Climate Change: UK Summers Could be Over 5C Warmer by 2070

The UK Climate Projections 2018 study is the most up to date assessment of how the UK may change over this century.
It says that under the highest emissions scenario, summer temperatures could be 5.4C hotter by 2070.
The chances of a summer as warm as 2018 are around 50% by 2050.
One key figure in the report is the rise in summer temperatures - up to 5.4C warmer than the average between 1981-2000.

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Whale Stranding in New Zealand Leaves 145 Dead

The animals were discovered by a walker late on Saturday, strewn along the beach of Mason Bay.
Authorities said half the whales had already died by then, while the other half were put down as it would have been too difficult to save them.
In separate incidents, 12 pygmy whales and a sperm whale also beached in New Zealand over the weekend.
'A heart-breaking decision'
The pilot whales were beached in two pods about 2km (1.2 miles) apart on a remote beach on Rakiura or Stewart Island off the coast of South Island.

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Climate Change Is Going to Make Life on Earth a Whole Lot Worse, Report Predicts

Think recent climate disasters have been bad? Just wait, researchers at the University of Hawaii predicted Monday.
Right now, one climate-linked disaster generally hits at a time, whether it’s forest fires destroying swathes of California, hurricanes flooding Texas and Louisiana and completely devastating Puerto Rico, or heat waves killing thousands in Europe. By 2100, unless something drastic changes, a new report predicts regions will start dealing with multiple disasters all at once.

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Air Pollution a Main Factor for Parents When it Comes to Choosing a School

A study of more than 2,000 London schoolchildren published in The Lancet found that the growth of children's lungs is being stunted due to pollution from diesel emissions, leaving them damaged for life.
Speaking to The Guardian, Sarah Macfadyen, head of policy and public affairs at British Lung Foundation, said: "It found that children lost about 5 per cent of their lung capacity.

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'Sad Surprise': Amazon Fish Contaminated by Plastic Particles

Scientists have found the first evidence of plastic contamination in freshwater fish in the Amazon, highlighting the extent to which bags, bottles and other waste dumped in rivers is affecting the world’s wildlife.
Tests on the stomach contents of fish in Brazil’s Xingu River, one of the major tributaries of the Amazon, revealed plastic particles in more than 80% of the species examined, including the omnivorous parrot pacu, herbivorous redhook silver dollar, and meat-eating red-bellied piranha.

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Dozens Arrested after Climate Protest Blocks Five London Bridges

Eighty-five people have been arrested as thousands of demonstrators occupied five bridges in central London to voice their concern over the looming climate crisis.
Protesters, including families and pensioners, began massing on five of London’s main bridges from 10am on Saturday. An hour later, all the crossings had been blocked in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades. Some people locked themselves together, while others linked arms and sang songs.

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California Wildfires: More than 1,000 Missing and at Least 71 Killed in Deadly Camp Fire, Authorities Say

The death toll was raised from 63 on Friday after eight more bodies were found, while the list of people unaccounted for grew from 631 on Thursday night to 1,011 - but authorities have stressed it does not mean all of them are missing.
The rising figures come eight days after the Camp Fire broke out in northern California.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the list was dynamic and could easily contain duplicate names and unreliable spellings, as well as some who fled the blaze and do not realise they have been reported missing.

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Ban Gas and Diesel Vehicles? Spain Proposes Bill to Address Climate Change

The Spanish government is considering a slew of new climate-regulations in order to slash its greenhouse gas emissions, including a ban on sale of gasoline and diesel cars beginning in 2040.
A draft of the country's "Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition" published Tuesday also proposes measures such as ending fossil fuels subsidies, a ban on fracking, halting new oil exploration licenses and a transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2050, according to media reports.

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Climate Protesters Glue Hands to UK Government Building

Twenty-two people have been arrested after protesters daubed the windows of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London and blocked passing traffic in an effort to provoke society into action over climate change.
One protester climbed above the revolving doors of the main entrance of the building in Westminster and wrote “frack off” in black spray paint, and another sprayed the extinction symbol in red on windows facing traffic on Victoria Street.

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New UK Gas Power Station 'Would Breach Climate Commitments'

Plans to build a huge new UK gas power station are facing a challenge from an environmental law group that argues the project would breach the government’s recommendations on climate change.
ClientEarth, which has repeatedly defeated the government in court over its air pollution strategy, has submitted an objection to the planning inspectorate over Drax Group’s proposed 3.6GW plant in North Yorkshire.

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