Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ at ICC

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was accused Tuesday (Oct 12) of “crimes against humanity” at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in the destruction of the Amazon, the first case seeking to explicitly link deforestation to loss of life. Planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from burning and industrial-scale agriculture in the Amazon are higherContinue reading “Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ at ICC”

Climate action cannot wait for pandemic to end, medical journals warn

Global warming is already affecting people’s health so much that emergency action on climate change cannot be put on hold while the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, medical journals across the globe warned on Monday. “Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world,” read an editorialContinue reading “Climate action cannot wait for pandemic to end, medical journals warn”

U.S. to bolster firefighter ranks as wildfires burn year-round

U.S. wildfire managers have started shifting from seasonal to full-time firefighting crews to deal with what has become a year-round wildfire season as climate change has made the American West warmer and drier. The crews also could remove brush and other hazardous fuels when not battling blazes. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said ThursdayContinue reading “U.S. to bolster firefighter ranks as wildfires burn year-round”

Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN

Extreme weather and climate events have become more frequent, intense and costlier since the 1970s — and that’s unlikely to change, a UN agency has said. But thanks to early warning systems, fewer people are dying. Disasters caused by extreme weather have become much more frequent and costly since the 1970s even as warning systems haveContinue reading “Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN”

U.S. declares a public health emergency post-Hurricane Ida

U.S. health officials Monday declared public health emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi, seeking to suspend government red tape that may get in the way of providing help to people affected by Hurricane Ida. The emergency declaration by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra puts a pause on certain payment rules and other requirements thatContinue reading “U.S. declares a public health emergency post-Hurricane Ida”

Extinction Rebellion blocks busy junction in London

Protesters gather in Covent Garden while activists stage diversion march up Charing Cross Road Extinction Rebellion protesters have blocked one of Covent Garden’s busiest junctions on the first day of the group’s latest wave of protests targeting London. At about midday on Monday, activists from the group chained themselves together to block the roundabout atContinue reading “Extinction Rebellion blocks busy junction in London”

The IPCC’s New “CODE RED” Climate Report – Second Thought

Japan: ‘Unprecedented’ rains trigger evacuation in Hiroshima

Japanese officials warned that a “grave disaster” may occur as heavy downpour continues. Nearly 70,000 people were asked to evacuate in the Hiroshima prefecture. At least one person died and tens of thousands of people were told to evacuate as “unprecedented” levels of torrential rain hit western Japan on Friday, authorities said. “There is a possibility that a graveContinue reading “Japan: ‘Unprecedented’ rains trigger evacuation in Hiroshima”

Siberian wildfires dwarf all others on Earth combined

Smoke just reached the North Pole in a first. Smoke from massive wildfires in Russia’s Siberia region has reached the geographic North Pole “for the first time in recorded history,” according to NASA — while the forest blazes themselves are bigger than all the other wildfires currently burning in the world combined, one expert said.  The U.SContinue reading “Siberian wildfires dwarf all others on Earth combined”

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