Environment

Oceans were hottest on record in 2019

by Patrick GALEY PARIS, France (AFP) — The world’s oceans were the hottest in recorded history in 2019, scientists said on Tuesday, as manmade emissions warmed seas at an ever-increasing rate with potentially disastrous impacts on Earth’s climate. Oceans absorb …

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Protect 30% of planet by 2030: UN Nature rescue plan

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — Thirty percent of Earth’s surface across land and sea should become protected areas by 2030 to ensure the viability of ecosystems essential to human wellbeing, according to a UN plan released Monday. The …

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Plea for New Zealand to house fire-threatened koalas

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — Thousands of people have signed a petition for koalas to be introduced to New Zealand to escape Australia’s devastating bush fires, but the proposal has been given the thumbs down by officials. A group calling …

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Citizens battle to save China’s sickly ‘mother river’

by Poornima WEERASEKARA HENAN, China (AFP) — Water has been a source of death as well as a source of life for a generation in Shenqiu, a region fed by a tributary of China’s heavily polluted Yangtze river and pockmarked …

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Revised data shows deforestation in Brazil Amazon at decade high

BRASILIA, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil on Thursday released revised statistics showing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest surpassed 10,000 square kilometers (3,860 square miles) in the year to July 2019, the highest in more than a decade. The National Institute for …

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The climate crisis is here, get used to it

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — When teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, nominated for the Peace Nobel this year, scolded titans of industry in Davos and heads of state at the United Nations, she told them to look at …

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The eagles have landed: Singapore shows off rare Philippine raptors

SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — Singapore showed off two critically-endangered eagles Wednesday that were loaned from the Philippines as part of a breeding program to reverse the dwindling numbers of the feathered giants. Destruction of tropical rainforest and relentless hunting have …

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Online fundraiser for bushfire-hit koalas tops Aus$1-million

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — An online fundraiser for koalas injured in devastating bushfires topped Aus$1 million ($680,000) on Thursday, making it Australia’s biggest campaign on the GoFundMe platform this year. Deadly bushfires have ravaged vast swathes of eastern Australia, and …

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Climate change poses ‘lifelong’ child health risk

  by Patrick GALEY PARIS, France (AFP) — Climate change will damage the health of an entire generation unless there are immediate cuts to fossil fuel emissions, from a rise in deadly infectious diseases to surging malnutrition, experts warned Thursday. …

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Sea levels could rise even faster, higher than feared: study

by Bryan McManus / Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — Global warming could drive a much more dramatic increase in sea levels than current projections suggest, scientists say, citing a rise of 10 meters (33 feet) during Earth’s last warming …

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Xi, Macron unite on climate after US withdraws from Paris pact

  By Jérôme RIVET BEIJING, CHINA (AFP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Wednesday that the Paris climate pact was “irreversible”, showing a united front after Washington formally withdrew from the accord this week. …

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Seas to rise dramatically even if greenhouse gases are curbed

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Just as an oil tanker steaming ahead at full speed cannot stop immediately, so the dramatic rise in sea levels will continue even if the world manages to slash greenhouse gas emissions to zero by …

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