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Jenin, West Bank A Palestinian child stares at the rubble of a building hit by an overnight Israeli strike at the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. The strike, carried out by a fighter jet and a helicopter,…

‘Kitty cat’ storms hitting US heartland are growing threat to home insurance

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration The rising cost of homeowner’s insurance is now one of the most prominent symptoms of the climate crisis in the US. Major…

Scientists transplant soil fungi in race to save world’s threatened orchids

Scientists are racing against the clock to save the world’s orchids by discovering the soil fungi they need to thrive, breeding them and then, in a first for conservation, transplanting them into orchid habitats. Among the showy blooms at Chelsea…

‘We’re up for this fight’: Labour plans to make climate key focus of election

Labour is planning to make the climate a key focus for its election campaign, putting its net zero commitments “up in lights”, and drawing a clear link between the “chaos” of the Conservative government and the effects of the climate…

Last summer’s temperature rise could be worse than we thought

Since 2015, when the world’s governments promised to work to try to keep global temperatures from rising 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, it has always seemed likely they would fail to keep their word. Scientific data now shows that last summer…

Snow worries: Australia’s ski resorts turn to snowmakers with slopes bare ahead of winter

With winter just around the corner, temperatures are plunging but Australia’s ski slopes are looking bare, prompting fears that the country’s best snow spots are set for an underwhelming peak season. The weather service WeatherZone has predicted there will be…

Alarm as German climate activists charged with ‘forming a criminal organisation’

Five members of Letzte Generation, Germany’s equivalent to Just Stop Oil, have been charged with “forming a criminal organisation”, a move civil rights campaigners say could in effect criminalise future support for the climate campaign. Mirjam Herrmann, 27, Henning Jeschke,…

Half of world’s mangrove forests are at risk due to human behaviour – study

Half of all the world’s mangrove forests are at risk of collapse, according to the first-ever expert assessment of these crucial ecosystems and carbon stores. Human behaviour is the primary cause of their decline, according to the analysis by the…

Alaskan rivers turning orange due to climate change, study finds

Dozens of rivers and streams in Alaska are turning rusty orange, a likely consequence of thawing permafrost, a new study finds. The Arctic is the fastest-warming region in the globe, and as the frozen ground below the surface melts, minerals…

Young Alaskans sue state over fossil fuel project they claim violates their rights

Eight young people are suing the government of Alaska – the nation’s fastest-warming state – claiming a major new fossil fuel project violates their state constitutional rights. The state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has proposed a $38.7bn gas export project…