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    While Mexico Plays Politics With Water, Some Cities Flood and Others Go Dry

    While Mexico Plays Politics With Water, Some Cities Flood and Others Go Dry

    By Veronica Herrera When Cape Town acknowledged in February that it would run out of water within months, South Africa suddenly became the global poster child for bad water management. Newspapers revealed that the federal government had been slow to respond to the city’s three-year drought because the mayor belongs to an opposition party. Cape […]

    Europe’s Cities Face a Hotter Century

    Europe’s Cities Face a Hotter Century

    By Tim Radford Europe’s cities are about to bake. The worst-case scenario for ever-hotter temperatures now suggests that later this century the Austrian city of Innsbruck—for example—could be subjected to heatwaves 14°C hotter than any in the past. Altogether more than 400 cities could under such circumstances expect heatwaves at least 10°C hotter than any […]

    World’s Largest Seed Bank Hits One Million Unique Food Crops

    World’s Largest Seed Bank Hits One Million Unique Food Crops

    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle—also known as the “doomsday vault” safeguarding the world’s most diverse collection of seeds—now holds 1,059,646 unique crop varieties after receiving more than 70,000 samples on Monday. Depositors from 23 seed banks around the world braved sub-zero temperatures to deliver duplicate seeds of vital staples such as […]

    Climate Change, Conflict Leave 224 Million Undernourished in Africa

    Climate Change, Conflict Leave 224 Million Undernourished in Africa

    An official with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that climate change and conflict are leading to food insecurity for millions of people living in Africa. “Undernourishment appears to have risen from about 21 percent to nearly 23 percent between 2015 and 2016,” Bukar Tijani, FAO’s assistant director general for Africa, said […]

    How One State Bridged the Cultural Divide on Climate Change

    How One State Bridged the Cultural Divide on Climate Change

    By Cameron Wake The year 2017 painted a grim picture of coastal storms in the eastern U.S. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria were deadly and destructive harbingers of how climate change contributes to bigger storms with stronger winds, greater extreme precipitation, and higher storm surge due to rising seas. Unfortunately, there’s a long-standing cultural divide […]

    Climate Adaptation Is Essential, Scientists Warn

    Climate Adaptation Is Essential, Scientists Warn

    By Tim Radford The probable changes as the world heats are so great that climate adaptation to cope with the inevitable is now essential, scientists are warning. Forest damage, drought and floods, for example, will all worsen, and tidal ranges are already changing. More than half of all the natural vegetation of California is at […]

    Climate Impacts Nearly Half of U.S. Military Bases

    Climate Impacts Nearly Half of U.S. Military Bases

    By Alex Kirby Once more, the administration of President Trump seems puzzled about how seriously—if at all—it should regard how climate effects strike U.S. military abilities. In December the president listed the global threats he reckoned the U.S. was facing—and climate change didn’t get a mention. Now, though, the U.S. Department of Defense says many […]