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Rainforest in crisis: Amazon devastated by increasing deforestation

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Amazon devastated by increasing deforestation showing signs of crisis

Deforestation across the Amazon rainforest is increasing day by day, with environmental campaigners growing increasingly concerned by the sheer level of destruction and devastation they are witnessing throughout this ecological wonder of the world. 

Surging to record levels this year, deforestation in the region totalled more than 1,000 square kilometres in the month of April alone. 

When we combine the first four months of 2022, logging increased by 69% when compared with the same period in 2021.

This is an area of land more than double the size of New York City and there’s fears this is just the beginning.

The practice has had a resurgence in popularity since far-right president Bolsanaro took office, with his administration encouraging deforestation and even implementing a range of weaker environmental protection policies – prioritising a struggling jobs market over sustainability. 

Bolsonaro argues more farming and mining in the Amazon equals less poverty in the region. 

Brazil’s ministries of environment and justice say the government is making major efforts to fight environmental crimes.

But why is the Amazon so important and why does it pain environmentalists to see so much deforestation? 

Because the rainforest plays a key role in protecting the Earth from the ever-increasing effects of climate change, sucking up a huge amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide every single day. 

In fact, worldwide, forests suck up 2.4 billion metric tons of carbon each year, with the Amazon absorbing a quarter of that total. 

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Thunderstorm asthma warning for millions of Australians

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Australians are being warned to stay indoors, as wild weather approaches

As wild weather approaches Australia, there has been a Thunderstorm asthma warning, with some experts saying it could be the worst thunderstorm asthma event since 2016.

In Australia, experts say the ‘perfect storm’ is well and truly on its way.

Melbourne is dubbed the world’s allergy capital by some researchers and residents are warning to brace for a thunderstorm asthma event.

Asthmatics in the country, are urged to prepare for the peak event as it will put allergy and asthma sufferers at risk.

In 2016 ten people died in a thunderstorm asthma event that rocked the nation.

Deadly storms triggered thousands of asthma attacks and there’s fears that will happen again.

The director of two of the state’s pollen monitoring stations has warned the state is “overdue” for another deadly storm

In fact all of Australia’s eastern states are being warned of intense weather systems over the coming days.

Sydney recorded its wettest year in 164 years, with more heavy downpours expected to fall over Australia’s largest city.

The wild weather can be blamed on the La Nina weather phenomenon. The country remains in the grip of a rare third straight year weather event.

The wild weather is expected to continue sporadically for the rest of the year. The advice is to stay indoors, watch out for flash flooding and stay off the roads.

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Rolls-Royce Plc CEO slams aviation for failing on climate targets

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Aviation needs to act on net-zero targets, according to the CEO of Rolls-Royce Plc

Warren East says the sector needs to move towards bio-fuels like hydrogen and electric aircraft.

He believes travellers can look forward to flying on planes that has a gas turbine that’s burning hydrogen.

Speaking at a conference in London, East says transitional technology is the answer that plane-makers are searching for.

“Ultimately, one day I’m pretty confident that you’ll be able to fly from here to San Francisco on an aircraft with something like a gas turbine burning hydrogen, but there’s no way that we’re going to be doing that in the next 15 years.”

WARREN EAST, CEO OF ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

Some companies are already looking at sustainable fuels (SAF), which can offer 80 per cent off carbon emissions across their lifetime.

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Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction

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Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction as clean-up begins

Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction as residents in the impacted areas begin picking up the pieces.

Searches are continuing in some of the hardest-hit regions of Florida.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Florida Task Force One members are conducting evacuation operations via helicopter.

The department said the area around Sanibel Island still remains inaccessible.

“Throughout the search and rescue operations, our crews encountered several elderly residents that needed to be evacuated from those areas that have sustained severe structural damage and have been only accessible by air rescue,” MDFR said in the release.

It added, “due to the inaccessibility, evacuations operations have been conducted via helicopters.

Assisted by the Florida National Guard and the United States Coast Guard, crews have been utilising a hoist to rescue and transport residents out of the island and into a safe zone in the mainland where they can receive medical attention.”

Ian weakened as it made its way northeast through Virginia.

The death toll stands at 78, with at least 74 people losing their lives in Florida and four in North Carolina.

U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill will now travel to Puerto Rico to assess the damage before moving onto Florida.

It comes as officials in Florida’s Lee County face growing questions over delayed mandatory evacuations when the storm first hit.

The Hurricane battered the states’ critical infrastructure.

Almost 800,000 customers in Florida and 10,000 in North Carolina remain without power.

Meanwhile, Orlando residents have been urged to conserve water after Ian damaged the city’s sewerage system.

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