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China shut down up to 40% of its factories in an unprecedented stand against pollution.

China is cracking down on factories that have been flouting their emissions regulations; corporate polluters can expect even tougher measures as the government seeks to tackle its environmental problems.

These are big moves that signal China's new 'war on pollution', but senior government officials claim that current anti-pollution measures will have negligible effects on the economy:

"Measures to fight pollution don't have a big impact on economic growth," Zhang Yong, vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, told reporters during a briefing.

However, a recent New York Times article seems to indicate that the Chinese economy, which has grown exponentially in the past four decades at the expense of the environment, may slow as a result of more stringent regulations.

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Climate change will continue to widen gaps in food security, new study finds

Countries already struggling with low crop yields will be hurt most by a warming climate.

With storms to the east and wildfires to the west, the climate crisis is currently at the forefront of public consciousness.

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Brazil's Amazon rainforest suffers worst fires in a decade

Fires in Brazil's Amazon increased 13% in the first nine months of the year compared with a year ago, as the rainforest region experiences its worst rash of blazes in a decade, data from space research agency Inpe has shown.

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At one of America’s most toxic Superfund sites, climate change imperils more than cleanup

For many residents of Newark, its concentration of Superfund sites underscores two New Jerseys: one of tree-shaded suburbs where wealth and political leverage guard communities from outside corporate interests and rampant pollution, and the other, of lower-income and predominantly Black and brown residents who have endured decades of discriminatory housing policies only to find their communities squeezed by heavy industry and used as dumping grounds for hazardous waste.

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As glaciers melt, will deadly landslides increase?

A recent string of massive landslides in Alaska and around the world bears the fingerprint of climate change.
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Net zero by 2050 has quickly become the new normal for the largest U.S. utilities

New plans from Ameren and Entergy show the trend to renewables is accelerating because coal just can’t compete. Some activists want it to go even faster.
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NHS targets net zero emissions by 2040

Britain's National Health Service pledged on Thursday to become the world's first healthcare system to cut carbon emissions to net zero, hoping to achieve that by 2040 with measures from electric ambulances to energy-efficient hospitals.
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What a Joe Biden presidency would mean for five key science issues

The coronavirus pandemic, climate change and space exploration are among the issues that Biden will influence if he wins the upcoming US election.