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#Climate change

Heat stress in Europe

The forecast does not bode well: The number of days on which heat can damage human health is likely to increase sharply in the coming years and decades. This slider helps to compare predicted developments in the periods 1971-2000, 2031-2060 and 2070-2099.
Extreme drought has increased by nearly a third over the last 50 years, according to a report by The Lancet Countdown. Photo: Asaad Niazi /
Extreme drought has increased by nearly ... […]

‘Threat multiplier’: How climate change affects health

Deadlier than Covid, or even rivalling cancer? Researchers have been increasingly attempting to calculate the effect climate change will have on health if the world does not act quickly to reduce carbon emissions.
Farmer Achille Crespiatico assesses damages to his corn field due to a severe drought in Spino d'Adda, as Italy is hit by the worst drought in 70 years. Photo: Piero Cruciatti / AFP
Farmer Achille Crespiatico assesses dama... […]

Driest July in memory imperils Europe’s crops

As much of Europe bakes in a third heatwave since June, fears are growing that extreme drought driven by climate change in the continent's breadbasket nations will dent stable crop yields and deepen the cost-of-living crisis. 
A worker moves car batteries at Xinwangda Electric Vehicle Battery Co. Ltd., which makes lithium batteries for electric cars and other uses, in Nanjing, China, on March 12, 2021. Photo: Str / AFP
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Europe eyes lithium ‘white gold’ rush as cars go green

Europe wants to expand its lithium mining and refining capacity and wean itself off imports as the "white gold" becomes a vital resource in the fight against climate change
There is no formal organisation tasked with making sure individual nations are on track to make sure their climate commitments meet the Paris agreement's cap on global warming. Photo: Ina Fassbender / AFP
There is no formal organisation tasked w... […]

Who will be the judge of countries’ climate plans?

Countries have until the end of 2022 to ensure their climate commitments meet the Paris agreement's cap on global warming. But who will check that their promises really do stack up?
Locals stand by a damaged road between Beira and Chimoio in central Mozambique on March 19, 2019, after the area was hit by Cyclone Idai. Photo: Adrien Barbier / AFP
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Hard hit nations demand ‘loss and damage’ help at COP26

While COP26 struggles to rustle up promised funding to help vulnerable states prepare for future climate impacts, nations already reeling from disaster are demanding separate money for "loss and damage"