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Record wildfires hit Venezuela during climate-driven Amazon drought

Sao Paulo/Maracay, Venezuela Reuters Venezuela is battling a record number of wildfires, according to data released on Monday, as a climate change-driven drought plagues the Amazon rainforest region. Satellites registered more than 30,200 fire points in Venezuela from January to March, the highest level for that period since records started in 1999, according to Brazil’s […]

Brazil to propose mega fund to conserve forests at COP28 climate summit

A fallen tree lies in an area of the Amazon jungle that was cleared by loggers and farmers near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, on 14th August, 2020

Sao Paulo, BrazilReuters Brazil plans to propose a “huge” fund to pay for the conservation of tropical forests at the United Nations COP28 climate change summit that begins later this month in Dubai, the country’s top climate negotiator said on Thursday. That potential financing mechanism, not previously reported, would be the latest in a proliferation […]

Alberta wildfire fighters hope rain, cooling bring relief

Firefighters gather for a morning briefing at Rainbow Lake Fire Hall before heading out to tackle the Long Lake wildfire HWF036, in Rainbow Lake, Alberta, Canada, on 18th May, 2023.

Reuters Alberta authorities hope cooler temperatures and showers forecast for the coming week will help firefighters battling blazes in the oil-rich Canadian province, although storms could complicate efforts.  Amid hot, dry conditions, forecasters were tracking a front likely to move into the province on Sunday that should bring much-needed relief, including humidity and even rain, […]

Global carbon dioxide removal totals two billion tonnes per year – report

Gabon rainforest

London, UKReuters About two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide are being removed from the atmosphere every year, according to a report published on Thursday, but nearly all of it is accomplished through forests, despite growing investments in new technologies.  The independent report, led by the University of Oxford, is the first to assess how much […]

“Now or never”: Only severe emissions cuts will avoid climate extremes – UN report

Germany Boxberg power station

Reuters Drastic cuts to fossil fuel use. Growing forests and eating less meat. These are just some of the actions needed in this decade to contain global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial temperatures, a major report by the UN climate science agency said Monday.  Despite climate change warnings issued by the Intergovernmental Panel […]