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After flattening buildings and cutting communications on the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu Monday and Tuesday, Cyclone Harold moved on to batter Fiji Wednesday.
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By Albert Van Dijk, Luigi Renzullo, Marta Yebra and Shoshana Rapley
2019 was the year Australians confronted the fact that a healthy environment is more than just a pretty waterfall in a national park; a nice extra we can do without. We do not survive without air to breathe, water to drink, soil to grow food and weather we can cope with.
Environmental condition scores by local government area, and values for each of the seven indicators. See more data on www.ausenv.online.
Values for 15 environmental indicators in 2015, expressed as the change from average 2000-2018 conditions. Similar to national economic indicators, they provide a summary but also hide regional variations, complex interactions and long-term context. ANU Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics
- 25 Humans, More Than One Billion Animals Dead in Australia ... ›
- Australia Sets New Record High for Emissions Pollution - EcoWatch ›
- Australia Airdrops Thousands of Carrots, Sweet Potatoes to ... ›
By Tharanga Gunawardena
Extreme climate events are increasingly threatening countries and livelihoods. Devastating natural disasters and unpredictable weather have made communities more vulnerable and impoverished, especially women. According to the United Nations, 80% of people displaced by climate change are women. But what makes them more susceptible to the effects of climate catastrophe?
- Schools for Girls Can Help Tackle the Climate Crisis - EcoWatch ›
- Want to Protect the Oceans? Empower Women - EcoWatch ›
Another wet spring and floods are on the way, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Fortunately, the agency predicted Thursday that this year's flooding would not be nearly as bad as last year's, which inundated the Midwest and devastated crops.
- Environmental Concerns, Including Water Crises, Dominate Global ... ›
- Water Conflicts Will Intensify. Can We Predict the Worst Problems ... ›
Brazil has faced a series of extreme weather events since the calendar flipped to 2020, with different states inundated with floods, torrential downpours, and mudslides that have killed 150 people in just a few months. Scientists say that the climate crisis is responsible, according to The Guardian.
- Brazil counts the cost after highest recorded rainfall in 110 years ... ›
- 2019's recording-breaking weather was linked to climate change ... ›
- Brazilian Officials Blame Climate Change as Landslides Kill at Least ... ›
- Extreme weather gets a boost from climate change | Environmental ... ›
- Brazil is already suffering the consequences of climate change ... ›
On Thursday, a federal district court required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue long-overdue protections against worst-case scenario spills of hazardous materials, like in the case of extreme storms, fires, or flooding. The decision approved a negotiated consent decree between the EPA and a coalition of community and environmental organizations, including NRDC, the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA), and Clean Water Action.
"This is a victory for the millions of people who live in fear of experiencing catastrophic chemical spills in their own backyards," says Kaitlin Morrison, an NRDC attorney.
- EPA Announces 20 Toxic Chemicals It Won't Protect Us From ... ›
- U.S. Steel Chemical Spill Exceeds Allowable Limit by 584 Times ... ›
- Chemical Spill Closes Four Lake Michigan Beaches - EcoWatch ›
By Kimberly M.S. Cartier
Mangrove forests, marshes and seagrass beds protect inland areas from storm surges and strong winds. Over long periods, coastal wetlands like these build up sediment that mitigates sea level rise and local land subsidence.
- Saving the World's Largest Tropical Wetland - EcoWatch ›
- Protecting the World's Wetlands: 5 Essential Reads - EcoWatch ›
The polar ice caps are melting six times faster than they were in the 1990s, the most comprehensive look at the data to date has found.
- Warmer Current Is Carving Away Greenland Ice Sheet From Below ... ›
- Greenland's Ice Sheet Is Melting at Rate That Surpasses Scientists ... ›
The United Nations released a sobering report Tuesday showing that the climate crisis is accelerating global hunger and wreaking havoc on land, sea and in the atmosphere, according to the UN's State of the Climate report.
- Cut Greenhouse Gases Immediately or Face Catastrophe, New UN ... ›
- Climate Crisis Contributes to a Rise in World Hunger, UN Report Says ›