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Marine life to face mass extinction by 2300, study finds

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Ocean life faces mass extinction

A third of all marine life is likely to disappear within 280 years if action isn’t taken to stop climate change

According to a new study, marine life faces the most significant die-off event since dinosaurs roamed the planet.

Researchers have found it could mirror the great extinctions of Earth’s past if humanity fails to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

An event known as ‘The Great Dying’ occurred 250 million years ago, and was caused by warming and oxygen depletion.

These conditions caused the deaths of more than two-thirds of marine animals, and researchers say conditions are similar today.

They predict tropical oceans will lose the most species, with many forced to migrate to higher areas to survive.

On the other hand, polar species would disappear altogether.

But there is some light, researchers believe when global warming is limited to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, it could curb such a catastrophe by up to 70 per cent.

“Because marine extinctions have not progressed as far as those on land, society has time to turn the tide in favor of ocean life”.

Scientists malin pinsky & Alexa fredston

The goal of the current Paris Climate Agreement is to reduce global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but this will not be achieved without a rapid reduction in carbon emissions.

Without intervention, current projections have global warming to reach 1.5 degrees by the early 2030s.

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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Yellowstone disaster: record rainfall, massive flooding and mudslides

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As Yellowstone National Park celebrates 150 years, emergency crews are scrambling to reopen roads and facilities following heavy rain and huge flooding

This is Yellowstone’s first natural disaster and has forced the region to close during the peak summer period.

Tourists and residents are being evacuated from the area as some roads have been destroyed leaving visitors stranded.

Resulting in a major blow to local tourism operators and surrounding communities. 

Montana, one of the three states the park belongs to, has not seen this type of flooding in more than a century.

The national park’s northern half is expected to remain shut for at least the rest of the season, with Montana’s governor declaring a statewide disaster. 

Record rainfall has triggered epic flooding, mudslides and rockfalls in Yellowstone.

Dangerous rockslides caused the park officials to shut down all five entrances to the park on Tuesday.

It follows one of the wettest springs in years and a sudden spike in summer temperatures, meaning the runoff of snow from the winter months has been quite intense. 

Danaya Malenda contributed to this report.

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U.S. under scorching summer hot-spell

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The U.S. is currently enduring an extreme heatwave, with over 100 million Americans told to stay indoors where possible and avoid the blazing sun

St Louis, Memphis, Minneapolis and Tulsa are all under dire heat warnings, with temperatures reaching 38 degrees coupled with high humidity. 

The National Weather Service says 107 million Americans will be affected by heat advisories and warnings this week alone. 

Beginning in the west and south-west, the heatwave has now moved east into parts of the Gulf coast and will reach as far as the Great Lakes and the Carolinas

In Chicago, officials have started alerting residents about relief centres.

Six community buildings will be opened to aid those who do not have access to suitable air conditioning. 

The city significantly ramped up its heatwave protocols after more than 700 people died in the 1995 heatwave.

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