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Rain and ice in central US linked to three deaths in flash flooding

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Guardian: Heavy rain and icy conditions are likely to stick around through most of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in parts of the central US due to a slow-moving, complex weather system that’s being blamed for at least three flash-flooding deaths.
“There’s a pretty substantial shield of rain extending from parts of Texas across a lot of Oklahoma and into the mid-Mississippi Valley,” said John Hart, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service issued…
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Global warming: The great thaw

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Washington Post: The river of ice that hugs Mount Grinnell’s high ridges is neither big nor particularly beautiful, but it may be the most accessible glacier in all of North America. In as little as three hours, an average hiker can traverse the mountain’s well-groomed trail to plant a foot on a frozen relic of the Little Ice Age.
But if you want to see it, you’d better hurry. Grinnell Glacier is disappearing — fast.
This crescent-shaped glacier in Montana’s northern Rockies had been contracting for decades…
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Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder abyss

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Guardian: On a day when the skies were ashen from the smoke of distant wildfires, Chase Hurley kept his eyes trained on the slower-moving disaster at ground level: collapsing levees, buckling irrigation canals, water rising up over bridges and sloshing over roads.
This is the hidden disaster of California’s drought. So much water has been pumped out of the ground that vast areas of the Central Valley are sinking, destroying millions of dollars in infrastructure in the gradual collapse.
Four years of…
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Racing Extinction: “Half of all species will be gone in 100 years”

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Telegraph: Thirty years ago, Louie Psihoyos watched in horror as two young children were killed a few steps in front of him. On a blue-sky day near a market in Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, he noticed a family walking hand-in-hand beside the road ahead of him.
A large van swept past and he saw that one of its giant wing mirrors was going to hit one of the children as it headed towards them. Psihoyos shouted, but it was too little too late. Both children were dragged beneath the van’s wheels and crushed.
“They…
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Brazil to sue mining companies BHP & Vale for $5bn over dam disaster

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Guardian: Brazil’s government has announced it will sue mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale for $US5.2bn after the deadly collapse of a dam at an iron ore mine sent 60 million cubic meters of mud and mine waste cascading into the Atlantic ocean and left more than 13 people dead.
Environment minister Izabella Teixeira said a lawsuit would be filed demanding that the companies and the mine operator Samarco, which they co-own, create a fund of 20 billion reais to pay for environmental recovery and compensation…
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Grassroots leader’s murder in Peru signal to opponents of mining, son says

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Mongabay: The son of the president of a reforestation association who was murdered on November 19 vowed to continue his father’s work in Peru’s southern Amazonian forest.
Alfredo Vracko had settled on the land in the Amazonian lowlands, not far from the Madre de Dios River, in 1975.
Vracko’s property is across the Interoceanic Highway from the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve, in an area known as La Pampa, which has been a hot spot for illegal mining for nearly a decade.
The son of the…
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Seaweed Cultivation Ushers Waves of Change in Sundarbans

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Inter Press Service: In Bengal’s mangrove forests, the effects of climate change are forcing men to leave their families in search of work. But now, seaweed farming is offering the women left behind financial stability and empowerment. At sunset, Kanchan Mondal would set off every evening to find odd jobs, leaving her children at home. Like many women in her village in Sundarbans of Bengal, her husband left to find work in the city, forced away by the ever-encroaching seawater that has left their farmlands barren. …
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Pakistan to argue its case at Paris summit

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Tribune: Pakistan will argue its precarious situation and risks to its economy owing to fast changing climate at next week’s global summit in Paris, vowed Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid on Friday. “The case for Pakistan’s exposure to the climate change risks and prevailing opportunities would be compellingly presented at the climate change conference,” Hamid told a news conference in Islamabad. Hamid, who will be leading a 27-member Pakistan delegation at the two-week moot in Paris from…
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