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70% of world’s workers at elevated health risks due to climate change, UN report finds

More than two out of three workers on Earth are going to experience climate change-related health risks in the near future, according to a recent report from the United Nations. The UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) found that many of the environmental conditions caused by global warming are already negatively impacting workers and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future....

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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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Will climate change make our planet a desert? Why “uninhabitable” may be the wrong climate framework

As fall weather bleeds into winter, it can be hard to remember that humanity just experienced its hottest summer in recorded history. We now hear news of billion dollar climate disasters on a regular basis, whether it’s heatwaves or flash floods or wildfires. Of course, all these things happened before the Industrial Revolution, but the amount of heat we’ve added to the planet has supercharged these natural events, making them more destructive and more common....

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The last 12 months were the hottest in recorded history, analysis finds

A new report by the nonprofit organization Climate Central reveals that the last 12 months (from November 2022 to October 2023) were the hottest ever recorded. As the organization’s vice president for science Dr. Andrew Pershing said in a statement, “this 12-month record is exactly what we expect from a global climate fueled by carbon pollution.”...

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Heat is making our planet uninhabitable. Why isn’t this the top news story around the world?

In the 1973 sci-fi movie “Soylent Green,” the year 2022 is depicted as a world so ravaged by pollution that the temperature never drops below 90°F (32°C). Food is scarce; millions of people are homeless and crowd together in hallways just to sleep; the government has become overtly authoritarian. While things are not currently that bad (at least not yet), studies on climate change repeatedly indicate that the heat-based premise of “Soylent Green” is rapidly becoming close to reality....

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