Sea Levels Could Rise by Metres amid Record Antarctic Ice Melt, Scientists Warn

Millions of people living in coastal cities around the world could be threatened with flooding as the pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come, a study has claimed.

"As the Antarctic ice sheet continues to melt away, we expect multi-metre sea level rise from Antarctica in the coming centuries," study lead Eric Rignot, chair of Earth system science at the University of California, said.

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Michael Gove Pledges 'Strong, Urgent Action' to Tackle Air Pollution

The days of polluting log burners and open-fire fuels are numbered, the environment secretary has said as he outlines an "ambitious strategy" to tackle air pollution.

The worst will be banned, with only the cleanest being on sale after 2022.

Michael Gove is looking especially at ways to reduce people's exposure to particulate matter, considered the most damaging pollutant.

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Air Pollution 'as Bad as Smoking in Increasing Risk of Miscarriage'

Air pollution is as bad for pregnant women as smoking in raising the risk of miscarriage, according to a scientific study. They said the finding was upsetting and that toxic air must be cut to protect the health of the next generation.

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As US Parks Go Understaffed, People Are Destroying California's Protected Joshua Trees

In most depictions, Joshua trees tower above the earth. Feathery-looking limbs topped with spiky green leaves twist skyward, completing the gangly succulent's striking appearance.
But now, viral pictures of these protected trees show a vastly different scene unfolding at Joshua Tree National Park, about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

The trees in the photos have been felled and are lying on the dusty ground - and Park Service officials say people, not Mother Nature, are to blame.

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Bill Gates: to Save Earth, We Will Need More Nuclear Power

This is according to Bill Gates, the famed billionaire investor and humanitarian who has published an open letter, his New Year’s Resolution of sorts, on what projects he thinks will need his urgent attention in 2019. These include rolling back resurgent polio through vaccination projects and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Ancient ‘windcatcher’ cooling tech is the new low-carbon AC

When it comes to reducing some greenhouse gases, the New Year has started off on the right foot as the Kigali Amendment went into force on January 1. The amendment to a 1987 Montreal agreement to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), negotiated in Rwanda in 2016, seeks to limit damage to the recovering ozone layer and curb the release of greenhouse gases from air conditioning and other cooling technologies.

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Global Warming of Oceans Equivalent to an Atomic Bomb per Second

More than 90% of the heat trapped by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions has been absorbed by the seas, with just a few per cent heating the air, land and ice caps respectively. The vast amount of energy being added to the oceans drives sea-level rise and enables hurricanes and typhoons to become more intense.

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Hundreds of Thousands of Native Fish Dead in Second Murray-Darling Incident

Hundreds of thousands of fish have been killed along a stretch of the Lower Darling River in New South Wales in a second major incident which has led some experts to fear whole populations of local native fish have been wiped out.
Residents near the Menindee Lakes are reporting what is the second major fish kill along a 20km stretch of water near Weir 32.
An incident before Christmas saw an estimated 10,000 fish die.

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London Nurseries to Get Air Purifiers after Toxic Air Concerns

A group of state-run nurseries in London are to be given air filtration systems as concern grows about the impact of the UK’s toxic air on some of the capital’s youngest and most vulnerable residents.

Five nurseries have been selected for the purifiers in the first wave, with 20 nurseries being audited to measure the extent of toddlers’ exposure to the potentially deadly particles from vehicles.

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Government Must Consider Meat Tax to Tackle Climate Change, Says Caroline Lucas

The government must consider a meat tax in order to slash greenhouse gas emissions from British farming, according to Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.

Emissions from agriculture make up 10 per cent of the UK’s total, prompting calls for massive changes to encourage farmers towards more environmentally friendly practices.

The former Green leader was addressing attendees at the Oxford Farming Conference, where speakers including environment secretary Michael Gove had already laid out a vision for making British agriculture greener.

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