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Climate change protests block London bridges

Sit-down demonstrators blocked five bridges over the River Thames in the city centre, including Westminster Bridge next to the Houses of Parliament.

Bitcoin mining could void climate change efforts, say scientists

Producing bitcoin at a pace with growing demand could by 2033 defeat the aim of limiting global warming to 2°C.

UN warns of ‘perfect storm’ of hunger, climate change

Beasley warned institutions leading the fight against hunger not to study the roots of (poor people's) misery and merely respond with impressive publications destined only to enlarge library catalogues.

Prost, ganbei, cheers: Climate change means less beer

Heatwaves and droughts will periodically cause sharp declines in barley yields, a crucial ingredient in most beers.

Wind turbines contribute to climate change

Harvard researchers said that installing solar panels would have an impact of around 10 times smaller than wind turbines for the same energy generation rate.

California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants

The new law comes amid increased awareness worldwide about the global plastic waste crisis.

Penang’s natural treasure at stake, drop highway projects, says US activist

Renowned US civil rights activist Katherine Egland delivers sharp rebuke over Penang's plan to build more roads, telling authorities to focus on battling climate change instead.

UN begins talks on treaty to protect imperiled high seas

Four sessions of talks are planned to take place over two years, with the goal of protecting marine biodiversity and avoiding further pillaging of the oceans.

Leadership fears see Australia PM back away from climate targets

Australia's heavy use of coal-fired power and relatively small population of 25 million makes it one of the world's worst per capita greenhouse gas polluters.

Ten ways climate change can make wildfires worse

As out-of-control wildfires ravage large swathes of Portugal, Spain and northern California, AFP talked to scientists about the ways in which global warming can amplify the problem.

US Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to halt climate change case

In the lawsuit, 21 activists said federal officials violated their rights to due process under the US Constitution by failing to adequately address carbon pollution.

Rising temperatures to carry big price tag in steamy Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will see a loss of at least US$12 billion a year by 2050 if adequate measures are not taken to deal with temperature rise.

Climate change is beginning to disrupt the planet’s seasons

There is currently an uneven pace of seasonal change in the atmosphere above the Northern and Southern Hemispheres’ temperate zones.

China, EU reaffirm Paris climate commitment, vow more cooperation

China and the European Union have emerged as the biggest champions of the 2015 climate change accord, which aims to keep global temperature increases to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius.

Over a billion people struggle to stay cool as Earth warms

Countries most at risk include India, China, Mozambique, Sudan, Nigeria, Brazil, Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Exxon quits Koch-backed business group after climate change row

Exxon had a public spat with Alec in December when some members backed by climate sceptics moved to convince the federal government to drop its claim that climate change is a risk to human health.

US artist ‘floods’ Times Square to bring climate change to life

Using smartphones, visitors to Times Square could see 3-D holograms of ships and marine life floating above them in the flooded square in an augmented reality display.

Climate change threat sends Japanese coffee roaster on bean hunt

The change in climate is affecting coffee production in Japan.

Six sovereign wealth funds sign climate pledge

The state funds of Kuwait, Norway, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates agreed to push firms to integrate the risk of climate change into their business plans.

Guess who also met with Pope and Big Oil? Renewables executives

In the quest to track down every oil giant and investor that attended a recent climate change meeting with Pope Francis, two non-oil-related attendees have been overlooked: some renewable energy companies.

Study warns of alarming decline in Australian fish

The main causes were overfishing and climate change.

Climate victims seek justice in the courtroom and on the street

The climate justice movement has been gaining traction around the world.

NASA’s new chief changes mind, now accepts climate change

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine now agrees with the dominant perspective regarding climate change.

Global warming may have ‘devastating’ effects on rice, study says

An increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide has been reducing the amount of iron, zinc, protein, and vitamins present in rice.