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NATURAL DISASTERS: Venice remains submerged even as floodwaters begin to recede

Water levels in Venice have begun to recede after the historic city suffered another major flood surge, complicating efforts to protect homes, monuments and artworks in one of the most-visited cities in the world.

Researchers explore how citizens can become agents of environmental change

Some programs work better than others when it comes to involving citizens in preserving the environment. After reviewing those that worked, researchers propose a blueprint for how others can educate people to maximize their impact.

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Megadrought likely triggered the fall of the Assyrian Empire

The Neo-Assyrian Empire, centered in northern Iraq and extending from Iran to Egypt — the largest empire of its time — collapsed after more than two centuries of dominance at the fall of its capital, Nineveh, in 612 B.C.E. Despite a plethora of cuneiform textual documentation and archaeological excavations and field surveys, archaeologists and historians have been unable to explain the abruptness and finality of the historic empire’s collapse.

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Megadrought likely triggered the fall of the Assyrian Empire

The Neo-Assyrian Empire, centered in northern Iraq and extending from Iran to Egypt — the largest empire of its time — collapsed after more than two centuries of dominance at the fall of its capital, Nineveh, in 612 B.C.E. Despite a plethora of cuneiform textual documentation and archaeological excavations and field surveys, archaeologists and historians have been unable to explain the abruptness and finality of the historic empire’s collapse.

N. Hemisphere In Hypothermic Shock! Record Cold, ‘Historic Snowstorms’

Winter hasn’t even officially arrived, but already large areas of the northern hemisphere are seeing “historic snowfalls,” frigid temperatures, and even avalanche alarms. The Northern Hemisphere has certainly caught a major cold, one certainly not caused by the human CO2…

Waterlogged Venice reels from highest tide in 50 years

Italy’s sinking city is struggling after the highest tide in more than 50 years hit Venice on the night of Nov. 12. The “Alta Acqua” (high tide water) rolled in late Tuesday night, peaking at about six feet in the…

COP25 will review a scary year for climate change – Quartz

One year ago, the international scientific community could hardly have expected that Greta Thunberg, a teenager from Sweden, would become one of its greatest allies. Since beginning her weekly “School Strike for the Climate,” the petite 16-year-old has skillfully used…

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Thoughts on the Lib Dem, Green and Plaid Cymru remain election pact | Letters

The Greens’ electoral alliance with the Liberal Democrats (and Plaid Cymru) risks throwing their eco-socialism out with the remain bathwater (Report, 8 November). Greens have far more in common with Labour. Unlike the Lib Dems, Labour and the Greens support…

No Apologies: Africans Say Their Need For Oil Outweighs Climate Concerns

A handful of protesters on the ground floor of the cavernous Cape Town International Convention Centre spread fake oil on the ground and chanted, demanding an end to fossil fuels [pictured]. Two floors above, the hundreds of delegates at Africa…