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'Wet ashtray' wine grapes left to birds as fires choke West Coast vineyards

Heavy ground smoke clouded Hanson Vineyards in Oregon's picturesque Willamette Valley for more than a week following a Labor Day windstorm that kicked up wildfires across the western United States.
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Fires and floods hurl climate change to fore of U.S. election | Reuters

Previously overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic and the country's racial reckoning, climate change has hurled to the front of the U.S. presidential race, as historic wildfires raged in the West and powerful storms battered the South.
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A Nobel for Thunberg? In the age of climate change and virus, it is possible

This year's Nobel Peace Prize could go to green campaigner Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement to highlight the link between environmental damage and the threat to peace and security, some experts say.
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Burned jaguars, fire tornadoes: Blazes in Brazil wetland deliver climate warning

A fire has been burning since mid-July in the remote wetlands of west-central Brazil, leaving in its wake a vast charred desolation bigger than New York City.
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Brazil's Amazon fires worsen in September, threaten virgin forests

Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest worsened in the first week of September and are increasingly spreading into areas of untouched forest, satellite data showed as of Wednesday, after the number of fires likely reached a 10-year high in August.
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Amazon animal rescue brings hope from blazes great and small

Xita, a tiny monkey with sad brown eyes, clutches her newborn tight. Both are fighting for their lives.
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Winter sea ice in Bering Sea reached lowest levels in millennia: Study

The Bering Sea ice cover during the winters of 2018 and 2019 hit new lows not seen in thousands of years, scientists say, adding to concerns about the accelerating impact of climate change in the Arctic.

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Why California's wildfire year could be the worst in decades - Reuters

California may experience its worst year for wildfires in decades, climate experts say, pointing out that it has already battled two of the three largest blazes in its recorded history during an intense heatwave this month - even before the peak season begins.
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Indonesia gets U.N. funds to fight climate change, deforestation

Indonesia has received an injection of cash from the United Nation's Green Climate Fund to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle forest fires at a time when the country has had to scale back spending in the area due to coronavirus budget pressures.
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Drier than the Sahara: heatwave fans fire risk for French farmers

Crop and forest fires are a ritual of summer in France, but a warming climate has meant the risk has increased and the danger zone has expanded from southern France to the north, scientists say.

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Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest surge in July, worst in recent days

The number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest jumped 28% in July from a year ago, official data shows, as some environmentalists warned a jump this week could signal a repeat of last year's surging destruction of the world's largest rainforest.

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Brazil acted too late to halt deforestation this year, vice president says

Brazil's Vice President Hamilton Mourao says that the government started efforts to fight environmental destruction too late and that as a result soaring deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest is unlikely to improve in 2020.

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Gold mining restricts Amazon forest recovery

Gold mining significantly limits the regrowth of Amazon forests and thus their ability to accumulate carbon, according to a new study.

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Brazil slashes budget to fight climate change as deforestation spikes

Efforts to keep the Amazon rainforest standing and reduce Brazil's planet-warming emissions are being hampered by budget cuts for the country's environmental watchdog and its main climate change programme, researchers have said.

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Tropical forests are adaptable to warming if temperatures stay below 90F

A study by the University of Leeds found that as long as countries limit greenhouse gas emissions and average temperatures don't go above 90F they will adapt.
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