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Scientists: Current International Warming Target Is “Disastrous”

Climate Desk: Ever since the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen, world leaders have agreed on 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) as the maximum acceptable global warming above preindustrial levels to avert the worst impacts of climate change (today we`re at about 0.8 degrees C). But a new study, led by climatologist James Hansen of Columbia University, argues that pollution plans aimed at that target would still result in “disastrous consequences,” from rampant sea level rise to widespread extinction. A major… Continue reading

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Typhoon Haiyan: climate change is increasing the intensity of extreme weather events

Guardian: Three weeks ago the most powerful typhoon ever recorded to hit land destroyed parts of the Philippines. The devastation has been catastrophic, flattening homes, schools and hospitals and leaving thousands dead and 5.5 million children affected Continue reading

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Mexico to revise 2014 budget after storms, death toll around 115

Reuters: Mexico’s Congress will revise its proposed 2014 budget in the wake of some of the worst storm damage in decades, President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Sunday as the death toll from widespread flooding and mudslides rose to some 115. The government earlier this month said it aimed to run a budget deficit this year and next as it forges ahead with spending on infrastructure. It must now find additional funds to repair roads and infrastructure hammered by the storms. Continue reading

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Four dead in Colorado floods amid rescues, scenes of devastation

Reuters: National Guard troops plucked stranded residents out of danger by helicopter and hauled them out of an inundated community in military trucks on Friday as the death toll from the worst floods to hit Colorado in decades rose to four with 80 people still unaccounted for. Taking advantage of a break in torrential rains that have unleashed floodwaters up and down the state, Guard members rumbled into the hard-hit town of Lyons through waist-high water and went door to door to pull out up to 2,000… Continue reading

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California on edge as wildfires spread

San Francisco Chronicle: What was expected to be a bad fire season is turning out to be just that. Nearly a dozen major fires, some touched off by an unusual string of lightning storms, are burning across California wildlands parched by back-to-back dry winters. Twice as much of the state has burned this year as had gone up in flames at this point in 2012. Continue reading

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California on edge as wildfires spread

San Francisco Chronicle: What was expected to be a bad fire season is turning out to be just that. Nearly a dozen major fires, some touched off by an unusual string of lightning storms, are burning across California wildlands parched by back-to-back dry winters Continue reading

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United States: How suburban sprawl makes wildfires more deadly

Grist: Last year’s wildfire season was one of the worst on record, and whether or not this year`s tops it (a likely outcome), it’s already off to a horrifically tragic start: 19 elite firefighters perished in a blaze outside Prescott, Ariz., on Sunday – the most to die fighting a single wildfire in 80 years. Even before the deadly Yarnell Hill blaze began, the usual suspects were asking: What does climate change have to do with wildfires Continue reading

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United States: How suburban sprawl makes wildfires more deadly

Grist: Last year’s wildfire season was one of the worst on record, and whether or not this year`s tops it (a likely outcome), it’s already off to a horrifically tragic start: 19 elite firefighters perished in a blaze outside Prescott, Ariz., on Sunday – the most to die fighting a single wildfire in 80 years. Continue reading

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Spending review: environment suffers worst cuts once again

Guardian: Environment secretary Owen Paterson had, I’m told, battled hard in the fight over which departments’ budgets would fare the worst in Wednesday’s spending review. He failed. One insider told me: “Paterson was lucky to escape with a department at all.” George Osborne inflicted the highest level of budget cuts – 10% – on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), alongside a few other unfortunates – just as he did in the 2010 spending review. Continue reading

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India Flooding, Landslides Cause 600 Deaths as Stranded Begin to Starve

Nature World News: Flooding and landslides in northern India have claimed the lives of at nearly 600 people as the death toll continued to rise throughout the week. Early and abnormally heavy monsoon rains caused the Ganges Rivers and some of its tributaries to flood, triggering landslides that killed or trapped hundreds, while tens of thousands have been left stranded. Continue reading

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