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Their lands are oceans apart but are linked by rising, warming seas of climate change

Fri, 2021/11/12 - 6:09am

Photographer Vlad Sokhin's latest work, Warm Waters, is an exploration of climate change traveling across 18 countries and off-the-map territories seen by seldom few.

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A pair of bald eagles was caught on video entangled on a Minnesota street

Fri, 2021/11/12 - 5:01am

The two birds writhed around together on a residential street for minutes, unable to separate themselves from each other. They reportedly flew away unharmed without police intervention.

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Developing nations say they're owed for climate damage. Richer nations aren't budging

Thu, 2021/11/11 - 2:18pm

Extreme weather is costing developing countries billions of dollars in damage. So they're seeking compensation from wealthier countries that have done the most to cause climate change.

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U.S. and China announce surprise climate agreement at COP26 summit

Thu, 2021/11/11 - 11:53am

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told NPR the declaration spurs mutual accountability. "I'm absolutely convinced that that is the fastest, best way to get China to move from where it is today," he said.

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The U.N. chief says the main global warming goal is on 'life support'

Thu, 2021/11/11 - 10:40am

The U.N. secretary-general says the talks in Glasgow will "very probably" not yield the carbon-cutting pledges he has said are needed to keep the planet from warming beyond the 1.5-degree threshold.

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Zombie river? London's Thames, once biologically dead, has been coming back to life

Thu, 2021/11/11 - 10:16am

Oxygen levels, necessary for fish, are up and dangerous phosphorus levels are down in the historically polluted waterway. But a new report points to climate change as a possible wildcard.

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For Brianna Fruean, the smell of mud drives home the need for climate action

Thu, 2021/11/11 - 8:32am

Many island nations have the most to lose when it comes to the climate crisis. But at the COP26 U.N. climate summit, they insist they aren't victims, they're warriors.

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Burning wood pellets isn't the 'clean energy' it claims to be, critics say

Wed, 2021/11/10 - 2:11pm

There's a big market sending U.S. wood pellets to Europe to burn as clean energy. But critics say they're not climate-friendly, and their production poses a health hazard for low-income communities.

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Uganda's Vanessa Nakate says COP26 sidelines nations most affected by climate change

Wed, 2021/11/10 - 7:08am

Nakate spoke with NPR about the role gender plays in climate activism, whether the COP26 summit feels inclusive and her advice for other youth who feel they can't affect change in the climate crisis.

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Extra-high tides offer a glimpse into the future as sea level rises

Wed, 2021/11/10 - 5:25am

Coastal communities are experiencing more flooding at extreme high tides. Merchants in North Kingston, R.I., say it's going to cost a lot of money to keep the water at bay.

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This Kenyan family got solar power. High-level climate talks determine who else will

Wed, 2021/11/10 - 3:08am

Last month, the Muisyo family turned on the lights for the first time thanks to climate financing from rich countries. But the fund is falling short of its $100 billion goal to help poor countries.

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Glasgow climate pledges are 'lip service' without far more aggressive plans

Tue, 2021/11/09 - 3:20pm

New analyses find countries' latest climate promises are still not enough to meet the goal set in the Paris climate agreement. And they warn few countries even have plans to carry out their pledges.

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They're the invisible victims of climate change

Tue, 2021/11/09 - 2:18pm

At summits like COP26, attention is paid to those who find their livelihood — and health — at risk and who might become climate change refugees. But who will speak up for the stateless?

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Indigenous activists are united in a cause and are making themselves heard at COP26

Tue, 2021/11/09 - 12:39pm

Indigenous activists from around the world are in Glasgow for COP26, but say the same legacy of colonialism that has led to climate-related losses has impacted their access to the conference.

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India's environmental issues have been made worse by global warming

Tue, 2021/11/09 - 3:04am

Unusually heavy rains. Toxic smog. A poisoned river in the capital New Delhi. India's rapid development has left it with many environmental challenges, on top of erratic weather from climate change.

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News brief: Jan. 6 subpoenas, Supreme Court preview, India's climate challenge

Tue, 2021/11/09 - 3:04am

The Jan. 6 House panel issues more subpoenas for ex-Trump officials. A look at two cases before the Supreme Court Tuesday. And, India's rapid development has left it with many environmental issues.

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Obama criticizes Russia and China, some of the largest emitters, at climate talks

Mon, 2021/11/08 - 9:41am

"When it comes to climate, time really is running out," the former president said. Though there has been progress since the historic Paris climate agreement, "we are nowhere near where we need to be."

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This is what the world looks like if we pass the crucial 1.5-degree climate threshold

Mon, 2021/11/08 - 3:15am

Despite new pledges to cut emissions, the world is not on track to hit a key climate change target of limiting warming. Scientists warn a planet that heats up more than that will look very different.

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In Iraq's famed marshlands, climate change is upending a way of life

Sun, 2021/11/07 - 6:03am

Drought and extreme heat that scientists link to climate change are altering the UNESCO-protected marshlands. Iraq's average annual temperatures are increasing at nearly double the rate of Earth's.

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Guyana is a poor country that was a green champion. Then Exxon discovered oil

Sun, 2021/11/07 - 3:00am

Guyana, one of South America's poorest countries, is under severe threat by rising seas. That had made it a champion of climate action, but it all changed when ExxonMobil found oil off its waters.

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