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America is facing ‘super-droughts’ on a scale that hasn’t been seen in a millennium
Fossil fuel-related air pollution causes over 3,000 deaths in London every year. Campaigners say that should cause healthcare organisations to rethink investments
Scientists propose the first nuclear bomb blasts as the point when humans became the driving force in new geological epoch
The current drought hitting the west coast of America is giving the nation’s almond growers a particular headache
Last year’s global temperature figures tied with 2010 as the warmest year on record since 1850, according to the Met Office, providing further proof to drown out climate change deniers
The UN Climate Change secretariat today opened calls for submissions for the 2015 Momentum for Change Awards, a scheme that rewards currently successful climate action in a number of designated key fields, as part of wider efforts to stimulate efforts…
A new model suggests that fossil fuel reserves must remain unexploited to contain climate change
Once again, the Australian summer is dominated by raging bushfires. Why is fire such a huge problem in Australia?
What connects a famous rapper, fashion, and horror fiction? Climate change, apparently
New tree data shows 2012–2014 drought in California was the most severe since the 13th century
Hagupit is weaker than last year’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan, but the Philippines is taking no chances

Big floods, big data

Climate change has contributed to more severe and frequent floods in the Andes in recent decades, but a new prediction model may help mitigate the impact
A new app and attachment for smartphones helps scientists trace air pollution
Huge growth in meat consumption in China leads new study to conclude ‘rising global demand for meat and dairy produce means emissions will continue to rise’

Burn moor, or less?

An authoritative study has revealed the environmental effects of moorland burning. The Effects of Moorland Burning on the Ecohydrology of River basins project (EMBER), adds to a debate over grouse moor management
The UK’s first set of publicly-funded studies into climate intervention have dealt a blow to supporters of geoengineering projects, with results finding problems converting theories into successful possibilities
China’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are making no progress due to its rapid economic growth, says new research from the University of East Anglia
Freak weather has encouraged a plague of olive parasites to destroy this year’s harvest

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