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UN: Weather disasters soar in numbers, cost, but deaths fall

Weather disasters are striking the world four to five times more often and causing seven times more damage than in the 1970s, the United Nations weather agency reports. But these disasters are killing far fewer people.

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Not a long term solution; air conditioning offsets global warming impacts

People are using their air conditioners more frequently to mitigate climate impacts, but access to this much-needed cooling is uneven and the reliance on air conditioning may only make things worse.


Wildfires in Algeria leave 42 dead, including 25 soldiers

At least 25 soldiers died saving residents from wildfires ravaging mountain forests and villages east of Algeria's capital, the president announced Tuesday night as the civilian toll rose to at least 17.

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Pacific Northwest braces for another multiday heat wave

People in the Pacific Northwest braced for another major, multiday heat wave starting Wednesday, just over a month after record-shattering hot weather killed hundreds of the region's most vulnerable people when temperatures soared to 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 Celsius).


One woman’s dance with heat dome death

Advocates warn the province is moving too slowly in tracking and managing the health risks from extreme hot weather.

Central Oregon glaciers, snowpack feeling the heat of climate change

Winter brought above-average snow to the Central Cascades. Then a summertime heat wave melted most of it away.

Greece is being hit by 'worst heatwave' in 30 years, says PM

Greece is being hit by the worst heatwave in 30 years, the country's prime minister said, as temperatures reached 45°C.

Canada's farmers say heat wave, drought show agriculture needs support

A heatwave in B.C. and drought elsewhere in the country have farmers weighing the ravages of climate change on their crops.

Wildfires ravage Italy's Sardinia region in 'a disaster without precedent'

A 25-mile swath of vegetation, farms and villages is hit by one of the largest wildfires in decades, devastating the Italian tourist destination.

Heat wave death toll of 117 will rise with thorough count

When the Washington State Department of Health said this week that the recent heat wave in the Northwest had killed 117 people, many people missed an important word in the announcement: preliminary.

Heat wave bakes the Northern Rockies

The soaring temperatures have made wildfire season particularly dangerous.

Leah C. Stokes: Congress must pass a better climate bill

I've never seen a summer like the one we're experiencing now. If Congress spends too little, or passes only the bipartisan infrastructure package, we will continue to head in the wrong direction, and there will be worse summers ahead.

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Jack Fruchtman: Hot? Better get used to it

The heat in Baltimore hardly compared to the recent temperatures in the Pacific Northwest.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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