Environment and nature

Climate change will make droughts longer and more frequent, says UN

Climate change will make droughts longer and more frequent, says UN

The frequency and duration of droughts will continue to increase due to human-induced climate change, with water scarcity already affecting billions of people around the world, the United Nations warned in a report on Wednesday. The UN desertification agency, which is currently hosting a conference of the parties in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, estimates that around …

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California nixes plant, but says it's open to desalination

California nixes plant, but says it’s open to desalination

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California officials have rejected a proposed $1.4 billion desalination plant, but say they are open to increasing the state’s capacity to process seawater of the Pacific Ocean with drinking water to protect against persistent drought. After an hour-long hearing, members of a state coastal committee unanimously rejected a desalination plant …

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Study: Climate change a major driver of floods in South Africa

Study: Climate change a major driver of floods in South Africa

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) – The deadly floods that have wreaked havoc in South Africa in mid-April this year have been attributed to human-induced climate change, according to a rapid analysis released Friday by a team of leading international scientists. The World Weather Attribution group’s study analyzed historic and emerging weather data sets relating to last …

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WWF report says online wildlife trade is on the rise in Myanmar

WWF report says online wildlife trade is on the rise in Myanmar

BANGKOK (AP) — A report from the World Wide Fund for Nature shows that illegal online wildlife purchases are on the rise in Myanmar, threatening both public health and endangered species. The report released on Friday found that enforcement of prohibitions on such transactions weakened amid political unrest following a military coup in 2021. The …

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Population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals highest in decades

Population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals highest in decades

HONOLULU (AP) — The population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals has surpassed a level not seen in more than two decades, according to federal officials. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said this week that the seal population has grown steadily over the past two years. Officials estimated that the population increased by more than …

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