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Coal Boomtowns Fade as China Declares War on Pollution

ClimateWire: The streets of this northwestern Chinese city were once packed with Ferraris, BMWs and other luxury cars. Now, they are all gone. Average housing prices here have dropped by a quarter in two years. Driving across the city's downtown, you see vacant buildings and empty restaurants. "The business of coal companies here turned south since late 2012," Yang Cheng, a local driver, explained while passing by a closed hotel. "Yulin is a coal boomtown," Yang went on. "Once coal businesses are not...

Climate change threatens Nepali farmers’ livelihood and nation’s food security

ClimateWire: Churamani Neupane thought he was going through a normal monsoon when heavy rain arrived in June. But three days later, he found "normal" no longer applied. "My rice paddies had never been flooded before, but this time, they submerged into 2-meter-deep water," the 34-year-old farmer recalled of his first visit after the rain. "I was so stressed when I saw it, because much of my family's income relies on the rice sales." The flood finally faded away one week later, but the problem it caused didn't....