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Lack of women in energy industry is holding back efforts to tackle climate change.
Poor gender diversity meant the energy industry was less open to new ideas and is so dominated by men - particularly older white men - it is slowing down the energy transition to greener power - Guardian

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  • South Africa declares drought a 'national disaster' - SpaceDaily 
  • Drought forces Mozambique capital to ration water - SpaceDaily
  • Intelligence agencies warn of climate risks in worldwide threat assessment – InsideClimateNews  (see page on Warnings
  • California truck rules set up potential conflict with Trump administration on oil drilling - ScientificAmerican 
  • Shipping first as commercial tanker crosses Arctic sea route in winter - Guardian 
  • Queen Elizabeth declares war on plastic - EcoWatch

Even with pledges to fight global warming, brace yourself for more extreme weather. Scientists have some sobering news about the future of our planet: Even if humans manage to meet the temperature target set forth in the Paris climate change agreement, record-breaking weather events will become increasingly common around the world. And that's the good part; the actual commitments made by these countries would probably allow the global average temperature to rise by as much as 3C - LATimes

Peru moves to protect one of the last great intact forests. The remote rain forests in Peru’s northwest corner are vast. Now the area has become home to one of the Western Hemisphere’s newest national parks to protect millions of acres of roadless wilderness, and the indigenous people who rely on it, from development and deforestation - NewYorkTimes

Clothing industry set to consume 25% of global carbon supply by 2050. In an industry based on bottomless consumption, ever-cheaper prices, and ever-declining labor and environmental standards, fast fashion and earth-friendly just don’t seem to match. A purportedly less exploitative production system is a circular economy is an integrated system that constantly recirculates and renews materials, through recycling, reuse, resale, or reduced consumption, to ensure minimum waste and exploitation. The underlying crisis lies not just in the technical quality, but in the overall quantity of production, circular or not - TheNation

Sea level rise accelerating: 4 inches per decade (or more) by 2100. Satellite data confirm what computer models have warned for years: Oceans are rising faster as the planet warms, and coastal communities face increasing flood risk. The last time Earth was as warm as it is now was about 125,000 years ago, and we know sea level was 6 meters higher than it is todayInsideClimateNews

Rural America’s drinking-water crisis. Sparsely populated, low-income communities across the USA suffer from polluted water, an injustice expected to worsen under Trump. Kentucky has had reliability and safety issues with drinking water for about 25 years, including water permeated by excessive amounts of disinfectant chemicals - NewRepublic  (See also “Water is Life” page)

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