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Yvon Chouinard: Patagonia founder gives away company to help fight climate crisis

Patagonia's billionaire owner gives away company to fight climate crisis
The founder of outdoor retailer Patagonia, known for his environmental stances, announced Wednesday he has given away his company in an effort to do even more for the planet. Yvon Chouinard, 83, could have sold the brand--valued at $3 billion --or taken it public.

Two dead, thousands told to flee California wildfire
Several buildings were destroyed as the Fairview fire erupted southeast of Los Angeles, racing to consume 2,400 acres (1,000 hectares) in less than 24 hours. Firefighters said two people were known to have died in the blaze, and one person had been hospitalized with burn injuries.

Northern California wildfire burns homes, causes injuries
California is in the grip of a prolonged drought and now a brutal heat wave that is taxing the power grid as people try to stay cool. Residents have been asked for three consecutive days to conserve power during late afternoon and evening hours when energy consumption is highest.

California wildfires prompt evacuations amid heat wave
The Route Fire in Castaic in northwestern Los Angeles County raged through about 4,625 acres (1,872 hectares) of hills containing scattered houses. Interstate 5, a major north-south route, was closed by a blaze that burned several hundred acres in only a few hours.

'Dangerous' heatwaves likely to grip the tropics daily by 2100: Study

Drought uncovers dinosaur tracks in US park

China's shrinking 'kidney' lake lays bare growing climate challenges
Normally surrounded by water in August, a pagoda-topped island in China's Poyang Lake is now fully visible, testifying to the dramatic impact of a long drought and heatwave on a vital part of the country's irrigation infrastructure. This year, as a record heatwave throughout the Yangtze basin stretches beyond 70 days, the lake has shrunk far earlier than usual and is just a fifth of its size of a few months ago.

Bill Gates and the secret push to save Joe Biden’s climate bill
Bill Gates started wooing Joe Manchin of West Virginia and other senators who might prove pivotal for clean-energy policy in 2019 over a meal in Washington DC. “My dialogue with Joe has been going on for quite a while,” Gates said.

US climate bill keeps hope alive for halting warming at 1.5°C
The 1.5°C warming limit was enshrined into the Paris Agreement in 2015 as a shared goal of world governments. It’s a crucial threshold beyond which heat waves, rain, drought, flooding and sea level rise become increasingly intolerable.

Climate change will severely impact bird species by 2080: Study
Climate change will not only impact the number of bird species by 2080 but also have profound effects on their diversity and community composition, according to a study. Although the researchers project species losses to be most common in tropical and subtropical areas, phylogenetic restructuring of species communities is expected to occur around the world.

Gujarat: Heat islands in cities affecting rain pattern, reveals study
Ever wondered why it's pouring cats and dogs in Ahmedabad's Satellite area, but the sun is shining bright a few kms away on Ashram Road at the same time? Or, Vadodara's posh Alkapuri is pounded while the airport runway is dry?

Wildfires in West explode in size amid hot, windy conditions
California governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Saturday as the fire intensified. The proclamation allows Newsom more flexibility to make emergency response and recovery effort decisions and access federal aid.

Climate change made UK heatwave at least 10 times more likely: Study
On July 18-19, an exceptional heatwave affected large parts of the UK. It was the first time that temperatures of 40° Celsius and above had been realised in the country. A total of 46 stations met or exceeded the previous record in a band stretching from Kent to North Yorkshire. Scotland recorded its maximum temperature above 35° Celsius for the first time, breaking the previous record.

Total heatwave days in 2022 over 5 times more than last year's
India reported one of its hottest summers in 2022 recording 203 heatwave days, which was the highest in the recent past. The maximum number of such episodes this year were reported from Uttarakhand (28), followed by Rajasthan (26), Punjab and Haryana (24 each), Jharkhand (18) and Delhi (17). Data also shows Assam, Himachal and Karnataka have not reported any heatwave day at all this year.

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