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Decade of drought: a global tour of seven recent water crises

Projections for water stress in 2020, 2030 and 2040 indicate that the global picture is likely going to get worse. Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

With a chronic overuse of resources, it only takes a few bad rainfalls or poor management decisions to plunge a region into crisis

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Global warming made 2014 a record hot year – in animated graphics

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NASA and NOAA have just reported that global surface temperatures in 2014 were the hottest on record. That also means 2014 was likely the hottest the Earth has been in millennia, and perhaps as much as 100,000 years. . . . → Read More: Global warming made 2014 a record hot year – in animated graphics

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2014 officially the hottest year on record, US government scientists say

Campaign groups say the milestone report should spur new efforts to fight climate change. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

2014 has set a new record as the “hottest” year in 5000 years! If the rising trends in temperatures are to be believed, hotter climates, in all likelihood, will be the new “normal”. With no immediate global action plans to fight global warming in sight, the threat of climate change is becoming more stronger, putting future generations at risk. . . . → Read More: 2014 officially the hottest year on record, US government scientists say

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Top Business Sustainability Trends of 2014

Solutions to climate change would gain more success if they are driven by a political and a market agenda. The voluntary and mutual understanding between the US and China, reached this year, indicates that there is both – a political and a business case in the concept of circular economy. . . . → Read More: Top Business Sustainability Trends of 2014

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Green Climate Fund will get 200m from Australia after Tony Abbott’s about-turn

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Prime minister had previously disparaged the international fund designed to help poor countries adapt to climate change, and said Australia would not contribute

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Heatwaves likely ‘every other year’ by 2030s, says Met Office study

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Carbon emissions continuing at their current levels will lead to dramatic rise in severely hot weather patterns in central Europe and the Mediterranean

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Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change

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Performance index released at Lima climate talks puts Denmark in the best-performing slot, followed by Sweden and Britain

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Church of England challenges BP and Shell over global warming

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Planned shareholder resolution is a ‘vital opportunity to influence companies’ climate change strategy’, says investment chief

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2014 set to be world’s hottest year ever

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Record average temperatures highlight the urgent need to agree a deal on emissions at the UN climate change talks in Lima

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Tougher government attitudes on climate change key to business action

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A new study shows that while higher prices have forced change, stronger policy action has prompted British retailers to move faster than their US counterparts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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