🌏Rounding today's climate change news 👇

The world doesn't have the ‘luxury' of waiting for the pandemic to end before tackling climate change, says U.S. climate envoy John Kerry, as the world continues to see the effects of a warming planet reut.rs/2UWYEfB 1/6☀️ Image
🌡 In the UK, Britain’s Met Office announced its first amber extreme heat alert due to unusually high temperatures, warning of its health risks and business impacts reut.rs/3BktxeF 2/6 Image
Catastrophic floods that swept Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands that killed more than 150 people led to urges in Europe for adapting infrastructure now as extreme weather events take place reut.rs/3zggE3j 3/6 Image
The Bootleg forest fire in Oregon continues to rage in a heavier than normal start to the Western forest fire season, which has coincided with a heat wave that killed hundreds of people and is seen as symptomatic of climate change reut.rs/3xXhOki 4/6 Image
📈 The IAEA warned that the economic rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic would drive greenhouse gas emissions to a new high, and the current spending on clean energy represented a third of what would be needed to reach net zero emissions by 2050 reut.rs/2UswEAw 5/6 Image
Climate envoy Kerry says the world must go beyond the pledges in the Paris Agreement at #COP26 to keep the world’s average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The Climate Action Tracker says the world is on track for 2.4 degrees Celsius of warming reut.rs/3kQQMaD 6/6 Image

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19 Jul
Dredging ships have sucked millions of tons of sand from the bed and shores of China's Poyang lake, drastically altering its ability to function.

New plans to build a sluice gate now further threaten the delicate ecosystem reut.rs/3ze3Xq0 1/6
Decades of mass urbanization in China have fueled rampant demand for sand to make glass, concrete and other materials used in construction.

The most desirable sand for this industry comes from rivers and lakes rather than deserts and oceans 2/6
Much of the sand used to build the country’s megacities has come from Poyang Lake, in the eastern province of Jiangxi.

Already ravaged by sand mining, the lake now faces a biodiversity crisis 3/6
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15 Jul
Thousands of baby flamingos have died at Turkey's Lake Tuz in the past two weeks from a drought that environmentalists said was the result of climate change and agricultural irrigation methods reut.rs/3kmk4xj 1/5 Image
Drone footage of the large saline lake in Turkey's central province of Konya showed dead flaminglets lying partially buried in dried mud. Lake Tuz is home to a flamingo colony where up to 10,000 flaminglets are born every year 2/5 Image
Turkey's minister of agriculture and forestry said around 1,000 birds were thought to have died but denied that agriculture was to blame.

'With less water and increased concentration ratio in the water, we observed deaths of flaminglets,' Bekir Pakdemirli said 3/5
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18 May
A top medical organization has thrown its weight behind calls to cancel the Tokyo Olympics saying hospitals are already overwhelmed as the country battles a spike in coronavirus infections less than three months from the start of the Games reut.rs/3tWE2jA 1/5
The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association representing about 6,000 primary care doctors said hospitals in the Games host city 'have their hands full and have almost no spare capacity' amid a surge in infections 2/5
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20 Apr
More than 30 South Korean college students shaved their heads in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul to protest Japan's decision to release water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, Hyun Yi reports reut.rs/3v1NL99 1/4
Police periodically dispersed crowds, who chanted and held placards, but did not stop the event from taking place, though there is an anti-pandemic ban on gatherings larger than 10 people 2/4
The protesters who were shaved were draped in protective sheets emblazoned with messages condemning the Japanese plan and calling for it to be ditched 3/4
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16 Apr
Researchers unveiled the first calculation of the total Tyrannosaurus rex population during the estimated 2.4 million years that this fearsome species inhabited western North America during the twilight of the age of dinosaurs reut.rs/3gjcAJs 1/5
Their analysis put the total number of T. rex individuals that ever existed at about 2.5 billion, including approximately 20,000 adults alive at any one time 2/5
They considered factors including the size of its geographic range, its body mass, growth pattern, age at sexual maturity, life expectancy, duration of a single generation and the total time that Tyrannosaurus rex existed before extinction 66 million years ago 3/5
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14 Apr
🔊 This is what a spiderweb sounds like.

It is an eerie, foreboding, reverberating tune, enough to send a tingle down your spine reut.rs/32cASfQ
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