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Thousands protest in Glasgow and around the world for action against climate change

Sat, 2021/11/06 - 12:17pm

With one week of the COP26 conference left, people worldwide participated in protests in support of climate change action. Activists say that pledges to cut carbon emissions don't go far enough.

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Environmentalists stage large protests in Glasgow, demanding more from COP26

Sat, 2021/11/06 - 5:05am

Environmentalists are expected to stage large protests are expected in Glasgow, Scotland, today, demanding more action to combat climate change.

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To fight climate change, Ithaca votes to decarbonize its buildings by 2030

Sat, 2021/11/06 - 4:00am

Decarbonizing involves installing things from solar panels to switching out gas stoves for electric stoves. The effort to decarbonize buildings will cut the city's carbon dioxide output by 40%.

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Latest climate pledges could limit global temperature rise, a new report says

Fri, 2021/11/05 - 8:23am

The International Energy Agency says that if nations honor their latest pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures could be held to 1.8 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

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Earth has 11 years to cut emissions to avoid dire climate scenarios, a report says

Thu, 2021/11/04 - 7:06am

Carbon dioxide emissions are rebounding after a dip in 2020, and researchers say that at the current rate, Earth's "carbon budget" will be exhausted in roughly 11 years.

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The U.K. considers its 1st new coal mine in decades even as it calls to phase out coal

Thu, 2021/11/04 - 5:02am

A town in northern England wants to open a coking coal mine to create jobs. But while hosting the U.N. climate summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is urging countries to slash greenhouse gases.

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The U.N. says climate impacts are getting worse faster than the world is adapting

Thu, 2021/11/04 - 4:31am

A new report finds some climate impacts are already irreversible and will last for many decades to come. It calls for far more money to help countries prepare for the growing risks they face.

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India pledges net-zero emissions by 2070 — but also wants to expand coal mining

Wed, 2021/11/03 - 10:41am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told COP26 that India, the world's third-biggest carbon emitter, would go net-zero by 2070. But appetite for coal, which supplies 70% of India's power, remains high.

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The biggest whales can eat the equivalent of 80,000 Big Macs in one day

Wed, 2021/11/03 - 9:01am

Scientists have gotten the best estimates yet of exactly how much baleen whales, the largest animals on the planet, can consume in one day. Their caloric intake is mind-boggling.

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A 15-year-old girl invented a solar ironing cart that's winning global respect

Wed, 2021/11/03 - 7:57am

Vinisha Umashankar came up with the idea of solar power instead of charcoal to heat street irons. "Iron-Max" was a finalist for Prince William's Earthshot Prize, and this week, she spoke at COP26.

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A Colorado effort helped to spur a new industry centered on hunting methane

Wed, 2021/11/03 - 2:12am

The Biden administration wants to crack down on climate-warming methane emissions. Success will depend on a growing new industry in high-tech ways to detect methane leaks.

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A climate change disaster led this shy 24-year-old from Uganda into activism

Tue, 2021/11/02 - 8:45am

When Hilda Flavia Nakabuye was a girl, a severe storm flooded her family's farm. Now she realizes that climate change was a factor — and she's become an advocate for change.

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Nations with 85% of Earth's forests pledge to reverse deforestation

Tue, 2021/11/02 - 7:02am

More than 100 countries have pledged to reverse the loss of crucial forestland needed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Biden joins global push to cut climate-warming methane emissions

Mon, 2021/11/01 - 10:02pm

In a major expansion, proposed U.S. rules would apply not only to new oil and gas operations but also older ones. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas considered key to slowing global warming quickly.

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Ambassador on how U.S. will respond to climate change differently following COP26

Mon, 2021/11/01 - 1:43pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Samantha Power, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, about commitments to addressing climate change in light of the COP26 Conference.

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Climate change is having an adverse effect on South Carolina's Low Country

Mon, 2021/11/01 - 2:03am

On the coast of the eastern U.S., a combination of climate change and development is threatening the fertile fishing grounds and salt marshes that have sustained and protected the region.

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News brief: climate summit, Texas abortion case, Rittenhouse trial

Mon, 2021/11/01 - 2:03am

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in two challenges to a Texas law that bans most abortions. Jury selection begins Monday in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial. The U.N. climate summit is underway.

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PHOTOS: Cyclones and salty water are a threat. These women are finding solutions

Sun, 2021/10/31 - 5:43am

Storms come more often and the sea is rising, says an activist in Bangladesh. Crops are being ruined. Here's how one village is handling the situation.

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Climate pledges don't stop countries from exporting huge amounts of fossil fuels

Sun, 2021/10/31 - 4:00am

Under the Paris climate deal, exports of oil, gas and coal don't count toward a country's emissions. That's coming in for scrutiny as leaders gather for another global climate summit.

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