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A woman at a displacement centre is pictured in Blantyre, Malawi, on Tuesday. (Thoko Chikondi/The Associated Press)

Mr. 15, 2023

Cyclone is set to be the longest ever recorded

The death toll in Malawi from tropical cyclone Freddy has risen to 225, the country's disaster management agency said on Wednesday, up from 190 reported on Tuesday.

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs also said in a statement that 707 people had been injured in the storm and 41 reported missing, as heavy rain continued to affect several parts of the southern African country.

CBC - The Early Edition
Cedar LNG

Mar. 15, 2023

The $3-billion Cedar LNG facility proposed by the Haisla Nation has been granted an environmental assessment certificate by the provincial government - but critics say the approval does not support BC's climate goals. We hear from Peter McCartney with the Wilderness Committee.

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Damian Carrington
Composite: Guardian Design/CATF/AP/Getty Images

Mar. 6, 2023

Vast releases of gas, along with future ‘methane bombs’, represent huge threat – but curbing emissions would rapidly reduce global heating

More than 1,000 “super-emitter” sites gushed the potent greenhouse gas methane into the global atmosphere in 2022, the Guardian can reveal, mostly from oil and gas facilities. The worst single leak spewed the pollution at a rate equivalent to 67m running cars.

Damian Carrington
Broken and melting sea ice in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Photograph: Peace Portal Photo/Alamy

Feb. 15, 2023

Sea ice helps protect glaciers and ice caps that would cause massive sea level rise when lost, scientists warn

The area of sea ice around Antarctica has hit a record low, with scientists reporting “never having seen such an extreme situation before”. The ice extent is expected to shrink even further before this year’s summer melting season ends.

Kate Yoder, GRIST
In an aerial view, flooding continues to cover much of the Salinas Valley after a series of powerful storms caused the overflow of the Salinas River on January 18, 2022 near Chualar, California. DAVID MCNEW / GETTY IMAGES

Feb. 26, 2023

The last three years were objectively hot, numbering among the warmest since records began in 1880. But the scorch factor of recent years was actually tempered by a climate pattern that slightly cools the globe, “La Niña.”

Avery Schuyler Nunn
An iceberg is frozen in place by sea ice in North Star Bay, Greenland. Photo by Jeremy Harbeck / NASA Earth Observatory

Feb. 27, 2023

This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

David Spratt
dominos being pushed over

 Feb 20, 2023 

First in a 3-part series

David Spratt is research director for the Melbourne-based Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration and coauthor of the book Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action (Scribe, 2008). He published “What Lies Beneath: The Underestimation of Existential Climate Risk” with Ian Dunlop in 2018.

Phil McKenna
Electricity pylon and power cables. Credit: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Jan. 31, 2023

Electric utilities are likely responsible for the nation’s higher than expected emissions of sulfur hexafluoride, a greenhouse gas 25,000 times worse for the climate than carbon dioxide.

While emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), the world’s most potent greenhouse gas, have fallen sharply in the U.S. in recent decades, actual emissions are significantly higher than the official government estimates, a new study concludes.

Damian Carrington
Livestock lost to the drought. Ethiopia is facing the worst El Niño-induced drought in 50 years. Photo by EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid /Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Feb. 1, 2023

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.


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