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Preventing water crises

Almost a billion people are at significant climate-related risk

According to the Global Peace Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), headquartered in Australia, 971 million people around the world live in areas facing high or very high exposure to climate hazards.

The founder and leader of IEP, Steve Killelea, told the Australian TV channel ABC that all of the nine countries facing the highest risks are in Asia, with the Philippines at the top of the list.

The areas in question have a particularly high risk of cyclones, floods, bushfires, rising sea levels and desertification.

“Pacific islands are going to be massively impacted by rising sea levels,” Mr Killelea said.

In Australia, where some 2.4 million people are impacted, the greatest risks come from rising sea levels in the south and east, drought and desertification, and hurricanes and cyclones in the north.

According to the report, 60 percent of all the people displaced in 2017 left their homes due to disasters associated with climate, while 40 percent did so due to armed conflicts.

Many countries will face the crisis of too much and too little water in the coming decades Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: ABC

Icelandic glacier to be remembered by monument

A monument is to be erected to honour the glacier that was first lost to global warming in Iceland. The plaque will feature a note to future generations, as well.

The brutal price of air conditioning

According to the 2018 global report of the International Energy Agency, demand for air conditioning will triple by 2050, which will increase electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emissions and thereby accelerate the rate of global warming.

Terrible damage to aquatic ecosystems

The situation is worse than we thought – not only in the case of coral reefs, but also in freshwater fish populations.

Warming will claim many lives

Scientists have studied mortality data in 27 Chinese cities with high population densities to get an accurate estimate of the effect that global warming of 2 instead of 1.5 degrees Celsius would have on the mortality rate.

Climate change is destroying hundreds of reindeer

Scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute have found an unprecedented reduction in Svalbard’s population of reindeer in 2019.

Want to find out how much your city will heat up?

An amazing interactive map produced by the BBC allows us to check temperatures projected for 2100 around the globe.

Lake found at 3400 metres in the Alps

Alpinist Bryan Mestre took an astonishing photo at the end of June, showing a lake in the French Alps that was probably created due to the heat wave that swept Europe.

Over 28 thousand species threatened with extinction

28,338 species on the planet are threatened with extinction according to the latest red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Astonishing record from beyond the Arctic Circle

The absolute temperature record was broken at one of Canada’s northernmost weather stations: 21 degrees Celsius was measured in Nunavut District beyond the Arctic Circle.

July set to be the hottest month ever recorded

According to data from NASA, this year’s was the hottest ever month of June, and July is well on the way to setting the record for the hottest month ever.

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