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Spain offers to host COP25 climate change summit after Chile’s withdrawal

Spain has offered to host the United Nations COP25 climate change summit in Madrid, following Chile’s withdrawal as host amid raging street protests in the South American nation. The Spanish government said in a statement on Thursday that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had indicated that it was ready to do what was needed to host …

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Chaos in California: 200,000 people evacuated, 2.4 million without power, a 3.3-magnitude quake rocks as firefighters battle a blaze

Wildfires are continuing to ravage California as they force 200,000 people to flee their homes and threaten celebrity mansions and LA’s Getty Center which houses historic artwork.  Northern California, which has been hit hard by the Kincade Fire, also reported a minor 3.3 magnitude earthquake on Monday just after 1am local time not far from …

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Starvation kills 55 elephants in Zimbabwe’s biggest park

At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe’s biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities said on Monday. “The problem is real, the situation is dire,” said National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman …

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Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt, says Mark Carney

Bank of England governor warns of financial collapse linked to climate emergency. Companies and industries that are not moving towards zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt, the governor of the Bank of England has warned. Mark Carney also told the Guardian it was possible that the global transition needed to tackle the climate crisis …

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Typhoon Hagibis: Biggest Japan storm in decades makes landfall

Torrential rain and tornado-like winds are lashing large parts of Japan, as the country endures what could be its worst storm for 60 years. The eye of Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on Japan’s main island shortly before 19:00 local time (10:00 GMT), in Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo. It is now moving up the eastern …

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The 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era. New data from …

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Africa’s oil may have to stay in the ground to protect the climate

As a result of climate change, resource extraction industries in Africa will be impacted by asset stranding, researchers say. “Stranding implies that several natural assets are going to become commercially unviable around the world as a result of climate change and the inability of countries to exploit them,” said Vanessa Ushie, manager of the policy …

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UK weather: Biggest-ever hurricane to bring 60mph gales, 18ft waves and floods

Hurricane Lorenzo brings threats of 60mph gales and massive waves sparking more flood warnings for UK and Ireland coastal communities The hurricane headed straight for the UK has been described by the Met Office as the ‘biggest-ever’ storm of its kind near Europe. The storm has been forecast to bring 90mph gales, 18ft waves, and more floods …

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Nuclear energy too slow, too expensive to save climate: report

Nuclear power is losing ground to renewables in terms of both cost and capacity as its reactors are increasingly seen as less economical and slower to reverse carbon emissions, an industry report said. In mid-2019, new wind and solar generators competed efficiently against even existing nuclear power plants in cost terms, and grew generating capacity …

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Teenager Thunberg angrily tells U.N. climate summit ‘you have stolen my dreams’

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Monday opened the United Nations Climate Action Summit with an angry condemnation of world leaders for failing to take strong measures to combat climate change – “How dare you,” she said. Days after millions of young people took to the streets worldwide to demand emergency action on climate …

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