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Fire and hail push insurers to rethink climate change risks

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LONDON (Reuters) – By the time David Kaisel got back from selling his flour at a farmers’ market, a wildfire in California’s Capay Valley had burned both his tractor and the shipping container where he kept some tools. His insurer is set to pay out a sixth of his losses. A fireman puts out flames Read More

Fiji PM calls for Australia to ‘unite behind the science’ of climate change

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama called on Monday on Australia to “unite behind the science” and be far more ambitious in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Prime Minister of Fiji and COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama speaks during the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland December Read More

If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

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NAIROBI (Reuters) – This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon – with saplings strapped to their backs. Activist and treegrower Siyabulela Sokomani takes a selfies as he prepares for the start of the Cape Town marathon, in South Africa September Read More

Australian state to cart truckloads of water to drought-hit town

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian state will spend tens of thousands of dollars each month to truck water into a drought-hit town that is forecast to run out of drinking water by December, it said on Friday. The northeastern state of Queensland has announced A$2.4 million ($1.65 million) in emergency funds, which would include A$800,000 Read More

The power of love: Frogs divorced after bringing too much rain to drought-stricken Indian state

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Two frogs were wedded in July to appease the Hindu god of rains, Lord Indra, and bring favor, and rainfall, to drought-stricken Bhopal. The hoppily married couple have now been divorced after the area experienced intense flooding. Since the frogs’ wedding, Madhya Pradesh has been inundated with rain, roughly 26 percent more than normal, causing Read More

Teenagers charged as Australia’s bushfires continue

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Two teenagers have been charged in connection with one of the dozens of bushfires devastating parts of Australia. The 14-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl are accused of deliberately lighting a fire that destroyed one home, severely damaged another, and ripped through bushland near the Queensland town of Peregian Beach. Police say the pair were among Read More

Need ‘Trump of the tropics’ to get attention? Fires ravage Australia, but outcry fixated on Brazil

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As eco-activists raise the alarm over wildfires cutting through the Amazon rainforest, far fewer have noticed the blazes consuming the Australian countryside. Perhaps some disasters are more politically expedient than others? An abnormally warm, dry and windy spring season in Australia has intensified drought conditions and helped to drive nearly 100 bushfires across hundreds of Read More

Mother Earth’s MeToo moment: English town joins campaign for ‘nature’s rights’

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FROME, England (Reuters) – Nobody knows exactly how ancient masons, wielding chisels made from deer antlers, managed to build Stonehenge, the standing circle that has enchanted southern England for thousands of years. FILE PHOTO: Activist, environmentalist, community leader and undertaker Peter McFadyen stands on the banks of the River Frome, in Frome, Britain, June 25, Read More

Japan weather bureau says 60% chance of no El Nino, La Nina through winter

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s weather bureau said on Tuesday there is a 60% chance there will be no El Nino or La Nina from now through the northern hemisphere winter. El Nino is a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific that typically happens every few years, sometimes causing crop damage, Read More