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Changing climate casts a shadow over the future of the Panama Canal – and global trade
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Changing climate casts a shadow over the future of the Panama Canal – and global trade

From his office perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Steven Paton looks over the entrance to the Panama Canal; the high rises of the country’s capital resting upon the horizon behind him, and an increasingly long queue of tankers lining up in the bay. For 33 years his job with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute monitoring the...

Amazon drought sparks fears of climate tipping points
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Amazon drought sparks fears of climate tipping points

One of the world’s largest rivers and a major tributary of the Amazon, the yawning Rio Negro is a pillar of the rainforest ecosystem that is crucial to the stability of the global climate. But vast sections of the waterway are currently dry.For weeks, an unprecedented drought has pummelled the region, reducing water levels in...