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South Africa counts losses from drought

Iol.co.za reports: South Africa’s economy and businesses are beginning to count their losses from the devastating drought that has wreaked havoc throughout the country. Economists have warned that the drought will push food inflation higher as farmers scale down production … Continue reading

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Sunscreen contributing to decline of coral reefs, according to study

The Guardian reports: A common ingredient found in sunscreen is toxic to coral and contributing to the decline of reefs around the world, according to new research. Oxybenzone, a UV-filtering chemical compound found in 3,500 brands of sunscreen worldwide, can … Continue reading

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Beijing warns US over South China Sea dispute

Sky News Australia reports: Beijing has warned that it will ‘firmly oppose’ infringement of its sovereignty after indications Washington will soon send warships close to its artificial islands in the South China Sea. Tensions have mounted since China transformed reefs … Continue reading

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Singapore will close schools on Friday due to pollution

The Daily Mail reports: “Singapore will close all primary and secondary schools on Friday as worsening pollution causes air quality to deteriorate, the Ministry of Education said late on Thursday. Slash-and-burn agriculture in neighbouring Indonesia has blanketed Singapore in a … Continue reading

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Arctic Ice Reaches Its Fourth-Lowest Point on Record

Time reports: “Ice levels in the Arctic have declined to the fourth-lowest point on record, according to new research. The analysis comes in advance of an expected rise in ice levels during the cool fall and winter months. The research, … Continue reading

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Migrants killed as boat capsizes off Malaysian coast

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: “A boat carrying dozens of migrants has sunk in rough seas in the Malacca Strait off Malaysia, killing at least 14 people, according to Malaysian rescuers. The tragedy has reignited fears about a new wave … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe Heading for Social and Political Instability, Say Analysts

VOA Zimbabwe reports: “Economic and political analysts say Zimbabwe is headed for social and political instability unless the government speedily addresses the worsening economic situation. A snap informal survey on the streets of Harare found that the majority of the … Continue reading

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Evidence of species loss in the Amazon

Phys.org reports: “Researchers studying plants, ants, birds, dung beetles and orchid bees in the Brazilian Amazon have found clear evidence that deforestation causes drastic loss of tropical forest biodiversity. Publishing this week in Ecology Letters, researchers highlighted how remaining areas … Continue reading

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Sea level rise “very likely to get worse” say NASA experts

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: “NASA is undertaking an “intensive research effort” into the problem of rising seas brought on by global warming, the agency announced Wednesday. And it will include satellite mounted tools so accurate that “if they were … Continue reading

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China’s central bank cuts interest rates due to market slump

The BBC reports: “The People’s Bank of China cut its key lending rate by 0.25 percentage points to 4.6% in an effort to calm stock markets after two days of turmoil. It is the fifth interest rate cut since November … Continue reading

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