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Climate change is making homelessness worse — but experts say we can help

As climate change worsens, extreme weather events are becoming more common and more intense, from heat waves to floods to freak storms. For the most part, people can escape these events by going inside. But for the unhoused, things are obviously not so easy. For people without housing, they are the most vulnerable to dramatic shifts in climate, as they cannot easily cool off during a heat wave, warm up when it is below freezing or protect themselves from elements like fire, wind, rain and snow....

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Have humans triggered a new geologic era Geologists disagree if the Anthropocene exists or not

Earth’s 4.5 billion year geological history is full of death and rebirth, mass extinctions and explosions of biodiversity, with different periods often marked by cataclysmic changes that radically reshaped environments and climates. Whether it was major ice ages or meteor impacts, these changes encompass everything from the shape of our continents to the composition of our oceans....

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Sick, hot world: Climate change favors disease vectors, threatening to unleash more pandemics

Global heating has so profoundly altered our planet that some experts argue it’s no longer about a changing climate and instead about a changed climate. In other words, the hotter world, more chaotic world predicted by climate scientists is part of our present, not just our future. And those changes extend beyond rising sea levels and heat waves to how diseases spread and impact society....

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Swiss seniors win first-ever human-rights case on climate change

A group of elderly Swiss women made history on Tuesday when they became the first plaintiffs to win a climate-related victory in the European Court of Human Rights.

Representing a group of more than 2,000 individuals known as KlimaSeniorinnen — a Swiss German shorthand term for “Senior Women for Climate Protection” — the women successfully argued that because of their age and sex, they cannot leave their homes during heat waves without suffering health attacks. ...

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“Record-shattering” heat wave in Antarctica — yep, climate change is the culprit

As climate change continues to increase global temperatures, scientists are focusing on the most sparsely populated continent in the world: Antarctica. The largely frozen southern continent has immense amounts of land ice that is gradually melting, causing sea levels to rise all over the world. A recent study revealed the so-called “doomsday” glacier, actually called Thwaites Glacier, began to lose large amounts of ice in the 1940s and is still melting today....

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