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Worsening floods and storms accounted for about four-fifths of the total from 2000-2019. Pxfuel

Climate change has spurred close to a doubling of natural disasters in the last 20 years, and world leaders are failing to prevent Earth from evolving into "an uninhabitable hell" for millions, the United Nations warned on Monday.

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Refugees from Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yaman, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh live in roadside tents while awaiting work permits in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 19, 2018. Anton Raharjo / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

By Ambika Chawla

When the rains never arrived in the East African nation of Somalia in 2016, nor in 2017, hundreds of thousands of rural residents were forced to abandon their lands and livelihoods due to one of the most severe droughts in decades. Then, in 2019, from September to December, heavy rains led to severe flooding there, displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in rural areas and towns in the districts of Belet Weyne, Baardheere and Berdale.

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Drinking regular green tea is a lot like boiling kale and drinking the water. You get some of the nutrients, but most of it goes in the trash. With matcha tea, on the other hand, you consume the whole tea leaves and get all the nutrients. Plus, matcha is more nutrient-dense to begin with.

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The northern lights may be visible in the U.S. on Thursday night. La_Corivo / Getty Images

Update: The northern lights forecast has changed since the article was written this morning, and NOAA has downgraded the strength of the solar storm from G3 (strong) to G1 (minor), decreasing the odds of spotting the lights tonight and tomorrow.

Increased solar activity may give some people living in the lower 48 states a rare chance to glimpse the northern lights on Thursday.

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A home burns during the Bear fire, part of the North Lightning Complex fires in Butte County, California on September 9, 2020. Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images

Wildfires burned more acres this year in the U.S. than ever before in modern records, E&E reports based on data published by the National Interagency Fire Center.

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There are more than 90,000 dams in the United States, most of which were built more than 50 years ago. AlbertPego / Getty Images

There are more than 90,000 dams in the United States. Many of those dams are at risk of failure.

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A plume of smoke from wildfires burning in the Angeles National Forest is seen from downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

California is bracing for rare January wildfires this week amid damaging Santa Ana winds coupled with unusually hot and dry winter weather.

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Kelsey Mueller, 16, pets Ruby while waiting with her family to be escorted from the evacuation zone at the Shaver Lake Marina parking lot off of CA-168 during the Creek Fire on Sept. 7, 2020 in Shaver Lake, California. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images

By Daisy Simmons

In a wildfire, hurricane, or other disaster, people with pets should heed the Humane Society's advice: If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your animals either.

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Phoenix, Arizona is a prime example of a city facing heat stress as the climate warms. Art Wager / Getty Images

While cities bear a heavy cost from the climate crisis, they could also lead the way in implementing climate adaptation strategies.

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Leeuwin the dolphin just before stranding in Australia. Simon Allen / University of Western Australia

A groundbreaking international study has linked a potentially-fatal skin disease in dolphins to the climate crisis, and scientists predict that it's only going to get worse.

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2021 is forecasted to be slightly colder worldwide than years previous, according to meteorologists at the United Kingdom Meteorological Office, but will still be one the hottest on record due to greenhouse gas effects.

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In an alarming new study, scientists found that climate change is already harming children's diets.

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A portion of roadway is flooded in Corpus Christi, Texas on Sept. 20, 2020 due to storm surge from Tropical Storm Beta in the Gulf of Mexico. Matt Pierce / iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus

The National Hurricane Center has run out of names for tropical storms this year and has now moved on to the Greek alphabet during an extremely active hurricane season. Late Monday night, Tropical Storm Beta became the ninth named storm to make landfall. That's the first time so many named storms have made landfall since 1916, when Woodrow Wilson was president, according to NBC News.

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Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life
Worsening floods and storms accounted for about four-fifths of the total from 2000-2019. Pxfuel

Climate change has spurred close to a doubling of natural disasters in the last 20 years, and world leaders are failing to prevent Earth from evolving into "an uninhabitable hell" for millions, the United Nations warned on Monday.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Refugees from Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yaman, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh live in roadside tents while awaiting work permits in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 19, 2018. Anton Raharjo / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

By Ambika Chawla

When the rains never arrived in the East African nation of Somalia in 2016, nor in 2017, hundreds of thousands of rural residents were forced to abandon their lands and livelihoods due to one of the most severe droughts in decades. Then, in 2019, from September to December, heavy rains led to severe flooding there, displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in rural areas and towns in the districts of Belet Weyne, Baardheere and Berdale.

Read More Show Less
Jordan Lye / Moment / Getty Images

Drinking regular green tea is a lot like boiling kale and drinking the water. You get some of the nutrients, but most of it goes in the trash. With matcha tea, on the other hand, you consume the whole tea leaves and get all the nutrients. Plus, matcha is more nutrient-dense to begin with.

Read More Show Less
The northern lights may be visible in the U.S. on Thursday night. La_Corivo / Getty Images

Update: The northern lights forecast has changed since the article was written this morning, and NOAA has downgraded the strength of the solar storm from G3 (strong) to G1 (minor), decreasing the odds of spotting the lights tonight and tomorrow.

Increased solar activity may give some people living in the lower 48 states a rare chance to glimpse the northern lights on Thursday.

Read More Show Less

Trending

A home burns during the Bear fire, part of the North Lightning Complex fires in Butte County, California on September 9, 2020. Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images

Wildfires burned more acres this year in the U.S. than ever before in modern records, E&E reports based on data published by the National Interagency Fire Center.

Read More Show Less
There are more than 90,000 dams in the United States, most of which were built more than 50 years ago. AlbertPego / Getty Images

There are more than 90,000 dams in the United States. Many of those dams are at risk of failure.

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A plume of smoke from wildfires burning in the Angeles National Forest is seen from downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

California is bracing for rare January wildfires this week amid damaging Santa Ana winds coupled with unusually hot and dry winter weather.

Read More Show Less
Kelsey Mueller, 16, pets Ruby while waiting with her family to be escorted from the evacuation zone at the Shaver Lake Marina parking lot off of CA-168 during the Creek Fire on Sept. 7, 2020 in Shaver Lake, California. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images

By Daisy Simmons

In a wildfire, hurricane, or other disaster, people with pets should heed the Humane Society's advice: If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your animals either.

Read More Show Less

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Phoenix, Arizona is a prime example of a city facing heat stress as the climate warms. Art Wager / Getty Images

While cities bear a heavy cost from the climate crisis, they could also lead the way in implementing climate adaptation strategies.

Read More Show Less
Leeuwin the dolphin just before stranding in Australia. Simon Allen / University of Western Australia

A groundbreaking international study has linked a potentially-fatal skin disease in dolphins to the climate crisis, and scientists predict that it's only going to get worse.

Read More Show Less

Trending