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The deadly storms that battered the US East Coast, the Caribbean and South Asia are the latest and most emphatic evidence of the worldwide spike in extreme floods and storms.

Read more: How disaster resilience has saved lives

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Smoke billows as an area of the Amazon rain forest is burned to clear land for agriculture on Sept. 23, 2013, near Novo Progresso, in Brazil’s Para state. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

A surprising scientific study released Thursday presents troubling news about the enormous forests of the planet’s tropical midsection — suggesting that they are releasing hundreds of millions of tons of carbon to the atmosphere, rather than storing it in the trunks of trees and other vegetation.

Read more: Tropical forests used to protect us from climate change. Now, scientists say, they’re making it...

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NEW YORK - As part of its commitment to address climate change, Tiffany & Co. today announced that it is purchasing renewable energy credits equivalent to 100% of its U.S. electricity use in 2017. This milestone, part of Tiffany’s journey to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions globally by 2050, is being achieved through an investment in Utah solar renewable energy credits – a state where much of Tiffany’s gold and silver is mined.

Read more: Tiffany & Co. Balances Global Energy Use With Renewable Energy Investments, on Path to Net-Zero...

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