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We face enormous challenges: Sustainably feeding and powering 9 billion by 2050 while ensuring long-term care for a growing, aging ...

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Solutions in the city

Resilience can mean a dozen different things. For example, it can imply how well a community or city can withstand ...

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Farmers Unite Against Climate

As a communicator, I believe there’s nothing more powerful than a good story. So when I tell people about ...

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Climate mitigation

Cuba is apparently reclaiming coastal areas, destroying houses and even military facilities where necessary to provide protection against rising sea ...

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Extreme Oil Drilling

Our hundred year reliance on oil is at a turning point. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf ...

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Risk of flooding in Bratislava

Earlier this week, like many other cities in Central Europe, also Bratislava was hit by rising levels of the River ...

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Flood prevention pays off

This week's floods in Germany and Eastern Europe have led to extreme water levels along the Saale and Danube ...

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Happy World Environment Day

I was never a big fan of birthdays as a kid. But I've come to understand the importance of ...

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North Atlantic hurricane season

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. Forecasts across the board call for an active season, with storm counts ...

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Banning plastic

Rwanda has banned non-biodegradable plastic and hopes to become the first plastic free country in the world, but as this ...

STORY URL: Rwanda's plastic bag-free utopia
Not so long ago, Rwanda suffered from an all-too-familiar problem in Africa: billions of plastic bags choking waterways and destroying entire ecosystems. To fight this scourge of the environment...

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Washed away

The Senegalese city of St. Louis is being threatened by rising sea levels. Some 70% of its 250,000 citizens ...

STORY URL: Climate change drowning 'Venice of Africa'
Ameth Diagne was asleep when the first waves lapped at his back door, the lukewarm, salty water seeping into his bedroom an impassive portent of the final days of his 650-year-old fishing community.

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Devastating tornado hits Oklahoma

Here at Swiss Re we are shaken by the devastation caused yesterday by the massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Our ...

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Lead - a heartwarming conclusion

Everyone should read this extraordinary Obiturary on Lead - published recently in The Economist: http://www.economist.com/news/21566385-lead-tantalisingly-close-death-2013-world-meant-stop-using-leaded-petrol-toxin Politicians ...

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Proactive Planning

Delray Beach has a history of successful planning. The Beach Property Owners Association is already meeting to discuss sea level ...

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Four huge sun flares in 24 hours

Swiss Re's predictions on the impact of Solar flares looks pretty prescient all of a sudden. Especially with how ...

STORY URL: Four colossal Sun flares in 48 hours
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22539160

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