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Citrus flavoring is weaponized against insect-borne diseases

The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, which is found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat.
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Betio is facing a population crisis, and a sea wall could be its only hope of survival

With finite land on Kiribati, the country's woes demonstrate the challenging nexus of climate change and overpopulation.

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The human race is not special. So why do we think we're immune to mass extinction?

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Scientists sign open letter to Australian Government urging action on climate change

Scientists despairing over the deadly bushfire season sign an open letter to Australia's leaders calling on them to abandon partisan politics and take action on climate change.
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Frank Jotzo: The bushfire crisis has given the Government a political 'out' to its climate change problem

For those who see their future in peril, climate change action is not a divisive issue, but one of common sense.
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Omnicide: Who is responsible for the gravest of all crimes?

What word shall we reach for to name what is happening? 'Ecocide', the killing of ecosystems, won't do. This is something more; this is the killing of everything. Omnicide.

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To make sense of Lebanon's protests, follow the garbage

The country’s perpetual refuse crisis is just one example of the government corruption and dysfunction that have brought protesters into the streets.
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Philippines freezes climate studies loan over scrutiny of Duterte drug war

The Philippine government has suspended a $36 million loan from Germany to fund climate change studies in the Southeast Asian nation.

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There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one

Climate change has been reframed as natural, and climate action as unwarranted - but denial can take many forms.

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Climate change could stretch our capabilities, Defence Force chief speech warns

Increasingly frequent natural disasters caused by climate change could stretch the capability of the Australian Defence Force, according to a speech prepared for the Defence Force Chief.
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Pacific leaders, Australia agree to disagree about action on climate change

The hopes of smaller Pacific nations to get fully endorsed on their declaration for climate change are dashed after Australia expresses reservations.
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Defence lacks 'overarching strategy' to deal with climate change conflict, internal notes warn

Internal Australian Defence Force briefing notes warn of a possible influx of climate refugees and an increased potential for conflict as sea levels rise.
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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

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