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50 million ‘environmental refugees’ by 2020, experts say

WASHINGTON – Fifty million “environmental refugees” will flood into the global north by 2020, fleeing food shortages sparked by climate change, experts warned at a major science conference that ended here Monday. “In 2020, the UN has projected that we will have 50 million environmental refugees,” Cristina Tirado, a professor…

Rising seas threaten 180 U.S. cities by 2100: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rising seas spurred by climate change could threaten 180 U.S. coastal cities by 2100, a new study says, with Miami, New Orleans and Virginia Beach among those most severely affected. Previous studies have looked at where rising waters might go by the end of this century, assuming…

Increased flooding driven by climate change: study

PARIS – Global warming driven by human activity boosted the intensity of rain, snow and consequent flooding in the northern hemisphere over the last half of the 20th century, research released Wednesday has shown. Two studies, both published in Nature, are among the first to draw a straight line between…

Bahrainis demand regime change after two killed

MANAMA – Thousands of Bahrainis demonstrated in the capital Manama on Tuesday demanding regime change in the Gulf kingdom after two protesters were killed in clashes with police. The protests in a country, which saw deadly unrest in the 1990s between the majority Shiite population and the Sunni ruling family,…

Japanese women sue to keep maiden names

TOKYO (AFP) – A group of Japanese women filed a challenge Monday to a 19th century law that compels almost all females to drop their maiden names and assume their husbands’ surnames when they marry. The landmark case, launched before the Tokyo District Court, is seen as a test for…

Asia faces climate-induced migration ‘crisis’: report

SINGAPORE — Asia must prepare for millions of people to flee their homes to safer havens within countries and across borders as weather patterns become more extreme, the Asian Development Bank warns. A draft of an ADB report obtained by AFP over the weekend and confirmed by bank officials cautioned…

Asia faces climate-induced migration ‘crisis’

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Asia must prepare for millions of people to flee their homes to safer havens within countries and across borders as weather patterns become more extreme, the Asian Development Bank warns. A draft of an ADB report obtained by AFP over the weekend and confirmed by bank officials…

Thousands in Algeria protest march: organizers

ALGIERS (AFP) – More than 10,000 protesters marched against authorities in Algeria’s northeastern city of Bejaia on Saturday, organisers said, in the country’s latest rally inspired by neighbouring Tunisia. Demonstrators marched peacefully in the city in Algeria’s Berber-speaking Kabylie region, shouting Tunisia-inspired slogans such as: “For a radical change of…

GOP senator says lowering violent rhetoric means ‘the shooter wins’

Following the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the hospital, there have been calls for politicians and pundits to back off violent rhetoric. But tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) isn’t about to let the tragedy change his tone. Prior…

Climate change cost much larger than expected, prize-winning economist says

MADRID – British economist Nicholas Stern said the price of fighting climate change is now higher than he estimated in a 2006 study that earned him a 400,000-euro (530,000) Spanish award on Friday. Stern won the BBVA Foundation award for measuring the economic cost of climate change, notably in his…

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