President Obama: “It’s time for America and the world to act on climate change”

President Barack Obama declared Sunday that his administration is poised to unroll greater-than-expected cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, in what he called “the biggest, most important steps we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.” However, as

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Global Estimates 2015: People displaced by disasters

Latest figures from IDMC estimate that more than 19.3 million people were forced to flee their homes by disasters in 100 countries in 2014. Hundreds of thousands more are still displaced following disasters in previous years. Since 2008, an average

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2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record

In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several markers – such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels, and greenhouse gases – setting new records. These key

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Abbott government extends renewable energy investment ban to solar power

A directive banning the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) from investing in existing wind technology will also apply to small-scale solar projects, a move that will effectively throttle the industry, the Australian Solar Council said. The federal government confirmed that

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Climate change: ‘potentially catastrophic’ risks to public health

Climate change threatens to undermine half a century of progress in global health, according to a major new report. “The effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to

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Climate change presents ‘potentially catastrophic’ risks to public health, Lancet Commission study finds

Climate change poses such a threat to public health it risks undoing the gains of the past 50 years, a major study has found. The Lancet Commission on climate change and health found the threat had been underestimated, but that

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Infographic: What Do Your Country’s Emissions Look Like?

In the past couple of weeks, climate change has captured the headlines: Leaders of the G7 agreed to a decarbonization of the global economy over the course of this century; Pope Francis released his long-awaited Encyclical on climate change; and Morocco and Ethiopiajoined the U.S., EU, and

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What’s really warming the world?

Skeptics of manmade climate change offer various natural causes to explain why the Earth has warmed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. But can these account for the planet’s rising temperature? Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has tried to calculate the

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Insurance gains clout as climate change solution for the poor

Efforts to insure vulnerable people such as poor farmers against extreme weather and other climate risks are picking up pace, following a recent G7 commitment to extend cover in developing nations and a global insurance industry forum this week. U.N.

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Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for

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