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Vanuatu to push international court for opinion on protection from climate change

"We must address the crisis by systematically targeting the root causes of one of the biggest and most imminent threats we face today."
Image: FILE PHOTO: People commute on boats to Port Vila, capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu
Image: FILE PHOTO: People commute on boats to Port Vila, capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu

‘You can’t find work here’: Guatemalan farmers say climate change forcing them to migrate to U.S.

As a result of climate change, farmers in Guatemala are struggling with severe draught, followed by torrential rain, which has destroyed crops. Now many look to migrating to the U.S. as their only option to provide for their families. Meagan Fitzgerald reports on climate change and migration and how one crisis contributes to another.
‘You can’t find work here’: Guatemalan farmers say climate change forcing them to migrate to U.S.
‘You can’t find work here’: Guatemalan farmers say climate change forcing them to migrate to U.S.

California Gov. Newsom commits $15B to combat wildfire, drought and climate change

“California is doubling down on our nation-leading policies to confront the climate crisis head-on while protecting the hardest-hit communities,” he said.
Firefighters work to control the Windy Fire as trees burn in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, Calif., on Sept. 22, 2021.
Firefighters work to control the Windy Fire as trees burn in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, Calif., on Sept. 22, 2021.

'Grow up': U.K.'s Boris Johnson says world must face climate change

The British prime minister is due to host a major United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland in six weeks’ time.
Image: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City
Image: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City

Ozone hole over Antarctica larger than usual, scientists say

Atmospheric ozone absorbs ultraviolet light coming from the sun. Its absence means more of this high-energy radiation reaches Earth, where it can harm living cells.
Image: Ozone hole South Pole
Image: Ozone hole South Pole

Climate change could trigger migration of 216 million people, World Bank warns

The migration would be largely within countries where rising sea levels, water scarcity and declining crop productivity would lead to stress on cities and urban centers areas.
Mekong Delta.
Mekong Delta.

U.S. has hottest summer on record, beating out Dust Bowl year

This summer beat the record set by the Dust Bowl summer of 1936, when huge parts of the West and the Great Plains were parched by severe drought.
Image: A young boy cools down in a waterfall at Yards Park in Washington on Aug. 12, 2021, as a heat wave hit the region.
Image: A young boy cools down in a waterfall at Yards Park in Washington on Aug. 12, 2021, as a heat wave hit the region.

Top medical journals say climate change poses ‘greatest’ threat to public health

The world’s top medical journals have released a study that says climate change poses the biggest threat to public health just days after President Biden vowed strong action on climate change while touring damage from tropical storm Ida. Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Eric Rubin, joins News NOW to discuss what needs to change to mitigate the global impacts of climate change and why "global targets" are not enough. 
Top medical journals say climate change poses ‘greatest’ threat to public health
Top medical journals say climate change poses ‘greatest’ threat to public health

Researchers complete first-ever detailed map of global coral

The map gives users the ability to see detailed information about local reefs, including different types of submarine structure like sand, rocks, seagrass and, of course, coral.
A shark swims on a reef in Ailinginae Atoll in the Marshall Islands in August 2018.
A shark swims on a reef in Ailinginae Atoll in the Marshall Islands in August 2018.

Owners of flooded cars are likely to find their insurance doesn't cover the damage

Many owners of flooded cars could find that, despite carrying insurance, they are out of luck when it comes to recouping their losses.
Image: Remnants Of Hurricane Ida Move Through Northeast Causing Widespread Flooding
Image: Remnants Of Hurricane Ida Move Through Northeast Causing Widespread Flooding

Boomtime in disaster recovery's 'Wild West'

With climate change amplifying natural disasters, businesses focused on clean up are thriving — and Wall Street is buying in.
Image: Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall In Louisiana Leaving Devastation In Its Wake
Image: Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall In Louisiana Leaving Devastation In Its Wake