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What Would a Global Warming Increase of 1.5 Degrees Be Like?

by FRED PEARCE
The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target? READ MORE

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After Paris, A Move to Rein In Emissions by Ships and Planes

by FRED PEARCE
As the world moves to slash CO2 emissions, the shipping and aviation sectors have managed to remain on the sidelines. But the pressure is now on these two major polluting industries to start controlling their emissions at last. READ MORE

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Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat

by NICOLA JONES
Ninety-nine percent of the planet's freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world's populated coastal areas. READ MORE

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How Nations Are Chipping Away at Their Protected Lands

by RICHARD CONNIFF
Winning protected status for key natural areas and habitat has long been seen as the gold standard of conservation. But these gains are increasingly being compromised as governments redraw park boundaries to accommodate mining, logging, and other development. READ MORE

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Can We Reduce CO2 Emissions And Grow the Global Economy?

by FRED PEARCE
Surprising new statistics show that the world economy is expanding while global carbon emissions remain at the same level. Is it possible that the elusive “decoupling” of emissions and economic growth could be happening? READ MORE

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