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Will Nature Put an End to the Global Warming Debate?

A scan of the past week’s climate news suggests this may be the case.

Twenty-Six Individuals Now Own Wealth Equivalent to that of 50 percent of Humanity

The fortunes of the world’s billionaires increased 12 percent, or $2.5 billion per day, in 2018, while those of the poorest 50 percent of humanity declined 11 percent, according to Oxfam’s Public Good or Private Wealth.

Antarctic ice loss

Latest Research Reveals Troubling Signs of Antarctica Ice Loss, Ocean Warming and Climate Warming Effects at World Heritage Sites

Antarctica’s ice sheets are losing mass more than six-times faster than previously believed and ocean temperatures are rising as much as 40-times faster than the latest U.N. IPCC report estimates. One in four UNESCO natural World Heritage sites are “highly threatened” as a result of climate warming, according to recent research.

Nepal Seeks Climate Change Aid as Glaciers Retreat and Lakes Swell

Hundreds of glacial lakes have appeared in Nepal as the climate has warmed and glaciers have retreated, posing deadly threats to people and infrastructure that Nepal has contributed very little to creating.

Myanmar Mangrove Restoration Project First to Receive Verified Carbon Standard Certification

Six million mangrove seedlings had been planted with an 86 percent success rate as of the VCS report. Worldview International Foundation aims to restore 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of destroyed mangrove forest in Myanmar over the next 15 years.

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Fossil Fuels to Account for Over 50% of Global Energy Production Out to 2040

Despite efforts to stem the rising tide of human greenhouse gas emissions, oil & natural gas will remain the dominant source of energy out to at least 2040.

Plastic piles up on beach on Niihau island, Hawaii

250 Organizations Launch Effort to Create a Circular Economy for Plastics

A coalition of more than 250 private, government, academic and non-governmental organizations, including some of the world’s largest producers of consumer products, launched the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia Oct. 29. *Beach on the Hawaiian island of Niihau, Wikipedia Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment, signatories committed…

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