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"If you're expecting COP21 in Paris to save the world's climate you're in for a disappointment", writes Alex Scrivener, from Global Justice Now.
He dismisses positive and hopeful views painting the 21st Conference of Parties as "the world's last, best chance" to combat climate change. He argues that the UNFCCC system is flawed, at present, and major changes are needed.
However, we should not lose hope entirely. He suggests: "by concentrating on piling pressure on our own governments and corporations [...] we have a better chance of achieving tangible progress towards climate justice."

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Where are you going on holiday this summer? A European Commission study has found that Mediterranean countries may be at risk of increasing extreme temperatures, droughts and forest fires. Not only will these cause a loss of wildlife, but changing temperatures also represents a threat for these countries' tourism industries. Southern European countries could lose as much as 0.45% GDP every year due to changing climate conditions. For Spain, that could mean a loss of up to €5.6 billion (£4 billion) each year.
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Climate Change activism: a tale of doom or love? Environmental Storytelling and its many genres

The New Statesman analyses different ways of presenting the 'climate change cause' and whether presenting it either as a tale of love or one of crime and mystery might be more engaging.

India Bourke writes: "It may be helpful for campaigners to consider another kind of narrative altogether: the crime story. One of the world’s most successful genres in publishing, and on our screens, these tales feed off our compulsion to find answers. Not only do they hook our attention, they prepare us for hard ethical choices and multi-layered solutions.Full article:

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Leaving Nature in charge can have wonderful effects. Jo Cartmell allowed Oxeye daisies to re-populate her once unloved lawn, resulting in unexpected but welcome arrivals. Not only do wildflower meadows have a beneficial effect on human wellbeing because of their aesthetic beauty and pleasant smell - they are also important for biodiversity and to maintain the crops that feed us.

We join Cartmell in asking, why not do your bit for the planet and your local wildlife by starting your own mini wildflower meadow in an unused lawn area?

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The world's seabird population has plummeted by 70 percent in the past 60 years, a Canadian-Australian research team has found. Animals getting tangled in fishing gear or injured by marine plastic pollution cannot be replaced at a fast enough rate, causing the sharp decline in seabird species.
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Did you catch this great conversation between Population Matters Patron David Attenborough and President Barack Obama? The leaders discuss climate change, environmental degradation, and the need to slow and reverse population growth to protect the natural world and live sustainably. 

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Scientists have found that 27 per cent of plants and animal species in England, UK, will be put at risk as temperatures climb, including some of the nation's best known birds. A new report from Natural England finds that the cuckoo, curlew, tree pipit, wood warbler, peregrine, short-eared owl and barnacle goose all face very high risk of decline with 2C warming. Upland habitats are the most vulnerable to climate change, with more than 60 per cent of species at medium or high risk compared to 30 per cent in most other habitats.
"Some species will be pushed further and further north and some may end up in Scandinavia rather than in Britain at all," explained Dr Humphrey Crick of Natural England. "In the upland areas it's ... the lack of rainfall that might occur, and the increased evaporation, and the habitats of many of these northern species will dry out. For things like curlew, the ground will be too hard for them to stick their beak in effectively," he said.
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Natural England report: 'Research on the assessment of risks & opportunities for species in England as a result of climate change'

BBC report: 'Growing threat to England's curlews from climate change'

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'NEWSTHUMP' REPORT: Shark Simon Williams has spoken of his relief at surviving a potentially life-threatening encounter with Australian surfer, Mick Fanning. Williams was minding his own business at Jeffreys Bay off the coast of South Africa, when a chance encounter with professional surfer and full-time Aussie Mick Fanning left him facing a series of potentially lethal blows. He told us, “I was just swimming along thinking about stopping for something to eat when the next thing I know I’m being sucker-punched by this Aussie – right in the small of the back.”
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This recent BBC article belatedly acknowledging some of the infinite similarities between humans and countless other animal species is an encouraging sign that the mainstream media may finally be getting ready to remove the blinkers that have kept our culture in denial for so long about the widespread phenomenon of sentience on our planet. Our species is just part of one branch of a great planetary family tree full of sentient beings who have feelings, sensitivity to their surroundings and circumstances, a form of consciousness very similar to our own, and the ability to feel contentment and to suffer, just like we do. If we (including our mass media) could bring ourselves to admit that, then perhaps we could also give up our bad habit of trying to rule and plunder our planet and all our fellow-beings like tinpot demi-gods and instead start co-existing peacefully with our sentient animal relatives, like the good and sentient neighbours we should be. The most important way we can do that is to bring our population size back to a sustainable and planet-friendly level, stop killing and enslaving our fellow-animals to serve our needs, and give them back the freedom and habitat we have stolen from them, so that they can once more live their natural lives in peace alongside us, just as they evolved to do.
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Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can't really talk about it...
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