Environment

China “will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad.”

“President Xi Jinping of China told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that his country would stop promoting the growth of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel overseas, in a major step to address climate change: China, he said, “will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad.” Mr. Xi’s announcement, in prerecorded remarks, was a surprise move …

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As China Boomed, It Didn’t Take Climate Change Into Account. Now It Must.

China’s breathtaking economic growth created cities ill-equipped to face extreme weather. Last week’s dramatic floods showed that much will have to change. By Steven Lee Myers, Keith Bradsher and Chris BuckleyPublished July 26, 2021Updated July 29, 2021阅读简体中文版閱讀繁體中文版 “China’s breakneck growth over the last four decades erected soaring cities where there had been hamlets and farmland. The cities lured factories, and the …

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‘He Never Came Back’: Frantic Searches for Loved Ones After Flood

Unusually heavy rains engulfed roads and bridges, flooding towns and cities in central China. The extreme weather has killed 33 people, displaced 250,000, and caused widespread disruption. By Keith Bradsher and Steven Lee MyersJuly 22, 2021Updated 9:35 a.m. ET MIHE, China — Chen Shuying was sitting at home with her husband and their 3-year-old grandson on Tuesday when water …

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Aquatic Ecosystems Source of Half of Global Methane Emissions

“One issue that stood out is how humans have impacted methane emissions from aquatic sources. “Anything human-driven or human-impacted had much higher fluxes than more natural sites,’’ says Rosentreter, a Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Hutchinson Fellow. Globally, rice cultivation releases more methane per year than all coastal wetlands, the continental shelf and open ocean …

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Glacier Bursts in India, Leaving 150 Missing in Floods

By Mujib Mashal and Hari Kumar Feb. 7, 2021 NEW DELHI — The Indian authorities were scrambling to evacuate villages and save lives on Sunday after a Himalayan glacier broke and caused sudden, massive flooding in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Vivek Kumar Pandey, a spokesman for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, said three bodies had been recovered and …

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Who Gets to Breathe Clean Air in New Delhi?

“Around 7 in the morning, Monu, 13, lifts his mosquito netting and crawls out of bed onto a dirt floor. Outside, his mother cooks breakfast over an open fire. A few miles across New Delhi, the world’s most polluted capital, 11-year-old Aamya finally gives in to her mom’s coaxing. She climbs out of bed and treads …

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Opinion | John Kerry: China’s Chance to Save Antarctic Sealife

“Even as the United States and China confront deep disagreements, there is a global challenge that simply won’t wait for the resolution of our differences: climate change. While some have decided that we are entering a new Cold War with China, we can still cooperate on critical mutual interests. After all, even at the height …

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Hu tieu, a Vietnamese dish spiced with prosperity and climate change – by George Black | Vital Signs | The Guardian

“On a visit last month to the town of My Tho, the capital of the Tien Giang province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, I found a riverside restaurant that served the local specialty, a dish called hu tieu. It’s a delicious soup, dense with stretchy rice noodles and topped with succulent locally farmed shrimp. These two ingredients …

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The Freshwater Giants Are Dying – By Rachel Nuwer – The New York Times

The giant devil catfish, or goonch, found in the rivers of Southeast Asia, can measure nearly seven feet long and can weigh more than 200 pounds.Credit…Zeb Hogan, UNR Global Water Center By Rachel Nuwer Jan. 21, 2020 19 “Some of the most astonishing creatures on Earth hide deep in rivers and lakes: giant catfish weighing over …

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There Are No Children Here. Just Lots of Life-Size Dolls. – The New York Times

There Are No Children Here. Just Lots of Life-Size Dolls. As Japan’s population shrinks and ages, rural areas are emptying out. In one childless village, two dozen adults compensate for the absence with the company of hundreds of giant handmade dolls. A group of women touring the school in Nagoro, which was closed after the …

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