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Amazon tipping point: Up to 47% forest threatened by climate change and deforestation, study warns
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Amazon tipping point: Up to 47% forest threatened by climate change and deforestation, study warns

The vital ecosystem could also flip between rainforest and Savanna-like vegetation if drought deepens, the research finds. The Amazon rainforest is approaching a tipping point which would have devastating consequences for the world’s climate system, new research shows. Up to 47 per cent of ‘the planet’s lungs’ could be threatened by rising temperatures, droughts, deforestation...

Extreme weather is driving food prices higher. These 5 crops are facing the biggest impacts
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Extreme weather is driving food prices higher. These 5 crops are facing the biggest impacts

Shortages and supply issues caused by events including the pandemic and war in Ukraine have been felt through food price inflation for some while now. But for some foods, the impact of climate change is also making itself felt, through record high temperatures and extreme weather. It’s entirely usual for food prices to fluctuate alongside...

Climate Change Behind Africa Cholera Surge, Top Health Officials Say
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Climate Change Behind Africa Cholera Surge, Top Health Officials Say

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the continent’s chief health advisory body, has tied the worst outbreak of cholera in three years to climate change, saying adverse weather is raising the risk of this disease faster than in the rest of the world. That’s as floods in Democratic Republic of Congo — and across...

UAE: Hosting COP28 Amid Longstanding Repression
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UAE: Hosting COP28 Amid Longstanding Repression

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in 2023 and used it to burnish its image despite pushing for fossil fuel expansion and maintaining a zero-tolerance policy toward dissent, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2024. The UAE, one of the world’s largest oil producers and per capita greenhouse...

Carbon Colonialism? Why Carbon Credits Won’t Necessarily be Good for Africa.
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Carbon Colonialism? Why Carbon Credits Won’t Necessarily be Good for Africa.

From November 30 to December 12, this year, delegates from nearly 200 countries across the globe, leaders of business and finance, and representatives of civil society gathered in Dubai for the COP28 climate conference, with the aim of fast-tracking the transition to a clean-energy future.  The climate conference was expected to stress the importance of...

Carbon Colonialism, COP28 and the Climate Crisis
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Carbon Colonialism, COP28 and the Climate Crisis

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan Dubai, UAE – More than 100,000 people have descended on the United Nations climate summit here in Dubai, making it the largest ever. The goal of COP28, the 28th annual “Conference of Parties” to the climate negotiations, is to halt catastrophic climate change. As the impacts of the climate emergency become increasingly...

Beyond Borders and Billionaires at COP28: Rethinking Elite Accountability for Climate Justice
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Beyond Borders and Billionaires at COP28: Rethinking Elite Accountability for Climate Justice

At least of 25% of the billionaires who participated as representatives at COP28 have amassed their wealth through sectors like petrochemicals, mining, and beef production. The collective net worth of the 34 billionaires that were present totaled approximately $495.5 billion. Introduction The global community is currently facing twin conundrums of the escalating climate crisis and...

How Big Oil is Taking Us for a Fossil-Fuelized Ride
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How Big Oil is Taking Us for a Fossil-Fuelized Ride

A recent opinion poll rocked the world of the Big Oil lobbyists in their proverbial thousand-dollar suits and alligator shoes. The Pew Research Center found that 37% of Americans now feel that fighting the climate crisis should be the number one priority of President Joe Biden and Congress, and another 34% put it among their highest priorities,...

The silent storm: The climate crisis’ impact on student mental health
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The silent storm: The climate crisis’ impact on student mental health

‘Climate anxiety’ has gained increasing traction in the media, but the relationship between climate change and mental health is a relatively new study, especially in higher education. According to a new report from Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, the impact of the climate crisis on students’ mental health and wellbeing is significant. The...