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Drought conditions return to Australia’s eastern states

Conversation: While much of Australia has received average to above average rainfall over recent months, parts of Australia such as western Queensland are in the middle of a drought. Drought has been a feature of the Australian climate throughout its recorded history. But compared with other parts of the world, Australia is not as dry as you might think. Continue reading

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Say goodbye to Yosemite’s largest glacier

Grist: Hasta la vista, glacier. The world`s glaciers are withering quickly – researchers say they are contributing to nearly one-third of sea-level rise, despite holding just 1 percent of the planet`s surface ice. Continue reading

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Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Guardian: Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical community turned its venom on BuzzFeed. But I think BuzzFeed did a pretty good job of bringing the debate on chemicals in food to the fore Continue reading

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Extreme rainfall in UK ‘increasing’

BBC: The frequency of extreme rainfall in the UK may be increasing, according to analysis by the Met Office. Statistics show that days of particularly heavy rainfall have become more common since 1960. Continue reading

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A Nuclear Plant’s Flood Defenses Trigger a Yearlong Regulatory Confrontation

Climatewire: Pictures of the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant north of Omaha, Neb., show it encircled by the swollen waters of the Missouri River, which reached a height of nearly 1,007 feet above sea level at the plant yesterday. The plant’s defenses include new steel gates and other hard barriers protecting an auxiliary building with vital reactor controls, and a water-filled berm 8 feet tall that encircles other parts of the plant. Both systems are designed to hold back floodwaters reaching 1,014 feet above… Continue reading

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Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK

BBC: The UK’s parks, lakes, forests and wildlife are worth billions of pounds to the economy, says a major report. The health benefits of merely living close to a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year, it concludes Continue reading

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