Republicans repudiate climate change fears despite admonitions from scientists

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Ted Cruz has presented misinforming information in the Senate, scientists say, while Marco Rubio repudiates destroying our economy despite pleas for action coming from officials in his own state They have bloviated about carpet bombing, bickered about walls, and waxed anti-Muslim and -migrant, but over more than 16 hours of debate, the Republican candidates for […]

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Red list: ash trees and antelopes on the brink of extinction

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Scientists warn once-common species are disappearing faster than they can be counted as North Americas ash trees join IUCNs list of endangered species due to threat of an invasive beetle Native ash trees, abundant across North America, are on the brink of extinction as an invasive beetle ravages forests, according to the new red list […]

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Pets displaced by California fires find a ‘little bit of home’ at strip mall

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Shasta Gateway mall outside Redding, California, is hosting about 463 animals including puppies, cats, birds and rabbits and an army of 400 volunteers At first glance, the Shasta Gateway mall outside Redding, California looks like any other American strip mall: a cracked, sun-beaten parking lot; a pizza place; a cell phone store. Except every time […]

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What you see in this painting says more about you than the kangaroo | Stephen Moss

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Whatever the animal was demonstrating empathy, sexual exploitation or something else one certainty is the human impulse to anthropomorphise It was a photograph that touched the world. An intimate portrait of a succumbing mom kangaroo being gently cradled by her mate, while with her last breath she reached out to caress her innocent baby. Yet, […]

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My family fell victim to a warming world. Now we need to build for this new reality | Vicki Arroyo

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Louisianas sinking Isle de Jean Charles shows the urgent need for radical measures to combat climate change As oceans rise, as inundations and droughts become more extreme, as crops fail and as cyclones intensify, the world will increasingly face a new challenge climate refugees. In the US, witness the recent scheme by the federal government […]

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Is it too late to save the world? Jonathan Franzen on one year of Trump’s America

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As the ice shelves crumble and the Twitter president threatens to pull out of the Paris accord, Franzen reflects on the role of the writer in times of crisis If an essay is something essayed – something hazarded , not definitive , not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author’s personal experience and […]

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The Tallinn experiment: what happens when a city stimulates public transport free?

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Since Estonias capital started free public transport for residents in 2013, it claims to have turned a 20 m a year earning each year. But has the strategy achieved its aspirations of reducing traffic and saving people money? In London a monthly travel card for the whole city costs almost 200. InCopenhagen, a city a […]

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Trouble in paradise: Lord Howe Island divided over plan to exterminate rats

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Rodents are threatening the unique natural environment of Australias sparsely populated Lord Howe Island. But a plan to eradicate the pests by dropping 42 tonnes of poisoned cereal is dividing the close-knit community in half Described by the UN as a zone of spectacular and scenic landscapes, Lord Howe Island is nothing if not dramatic. […]

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Cheetah ‘more vulnerable to extinction than previously thought’

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Urgent action is needed to stop the cheetah – the worlds fastest land animal – sprinting to extinction, experts have warned Urgent action is needed to stop the cheetah the worlds fastest land animal becoming extinct, experts have warned. Scientists estimate that only 7,100 of the fleet-footed cats remain in the wild, occupying 9% of […]

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