Environment and Climate Change

Is Alaska the new Florida? Experts predict where next for America’s ‘climate refugees’

Alaska will be the next Florida by the end of the century, predicts a climate change expert. Photograph: Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images

Rising temperatures could spark massive population shifts across the United States  A brighter future for Detroit Climate change is already here Alaskans, stay in Alaska. People in the midwest and the Pacific north-west, sit tight. Scientists trying to predict the consequences of climate change say that they see few havens from the storms, floods and droughts that are sure to intensify over the ... Read More »

Brazil in narrow presidential race as Silva captures imagination

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Brazil is the world’s seventh largest economy, but millions still live in poverty Brazil is a contradictory, complex country. It boasts the world’s seventh largest economy but Brazilian society is still deeply divided and unequal. Racism and corruption are still rife yet a mixed-race woman, born into almost absolute poverty in the jungle interior, could soon be elected to lead ... Read More »

Citizen scientists classify storms for the Cyclone Center

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Massive crowdsourced identifications of cyclones are helping scientists classify storms  Jump to comments Taking measurements of the Earth’s weather and climatic state is challenging in many ways. One challenge is that we just don’t have sensors everywhere all the time. Sometimes we can use automated sensors (like Argo ocean floats or satellite imagery). But other times, scientists have to put ... Read More »

Pacific Islanders Threatened by Climate Change Face a Legal Black Hole

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For Ursula Rakova, climate change isn’t a theory—it’s a tangible threat that has been encroaching upon her ancestral home on the Carterets Islands for decades now. Global warming has forced the 2700 members of her community off the coast of Papua New Guinea to forge new lives on higher ground. Indigenous communities make up five percent of the world’s population, ... Read More »

World leaders urged to change course at UN climate summit as CO2 emissions climb

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The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opens at the United Nations on Tuesday amid calls for action to put the planet on course toward reversing global warming. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the summit of 120 leaders, the first high-level gathering since the Copenhagen conference on climate change ended in disarray in 2009. Diplomats and ... Read More »

Boris Johnson wins international award for London’s air quality efforts

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Accolade for mayor of a city with growing air pollution problem is ‘laughable’, say clean air campaigners  Jump to comments Boris Johnson, mayor of London, surprised clean air campaigners on Tuesday night by winning a prestigious international award for his efforts to improve the city’s air quality. The city faces stiff fines from Brussels over its repeated breaches of European Union air ... Read More »