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Australian cities could lose some of their most common trees to climate change. Jamen Percy/Shutterstock

Our cities need more trees, but some commonly planted ones won’t survive climate change

Thirty tree species make up more than half of Australia's urban forests. Some won't survive climate change, so cities must plant a more diverse mix of the right species to preserve their tree cover.
European heatwaves are part of a pattern of rapid global warming. EPA/ABEL ALONSO

2,000 years of records show it’s getting hotter, faster

The clearest picture yet of the past 2,000 years of global temperatures has shown warming in the last 50-odd years is unprecedented in the last two millennia.
Studies on mortality in sub-Saharan Africa haven’t focused on the effects of climate change. Shutterstock

Climate and mortality rates in Kenya, Mali, and Malawi: what we found

African countries need to take into account the effects environmental changes, like climate change, have on their ability to deal with food security, poverty reduction and lowering mortality rates.
Surf threatens beach houses on Dauphin Island, Alabama, September 4, 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee. AP Photo/Dave Martin

Why are Atlantic and Gulf coast property owners building back bigger after hurricanes?

"Building back better" refers to making communities more disaster-proof and resilient after they take a hit. But instead, some U.S. owners are building back bigger homes in vulnerable places.
Climate activists block the entrance to the Swiss bank UBS with a pile of coal in Basel, Switzerland earlier this summer. Climate protests are helping raise awareness about the ugliness of fossil fuels, and so too should the language we use. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

Using language to make the world of fossil fuels strange and ugly

If how we speak about the world we want to see is crucial in building support for climate change momentum, then what is visible and invisible, strange and normal, positive and negative, must change.
Staying hydrated is key to avoiding heat stroke and other heat-related health problems. FocusStocker/Shutterstock.com

Heat stroke: A doctor offers tips to stay safe as temperatures soar

As the nation braces for a dangerous heat wave this weekend, a physician offers some tips for staying cool – and reminds us to watch out for older neighbors and friends.

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