Environment

Forest fires destroying vital buffer against climate change

PEKANBARU, Indonesia  (AFP) — With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming. The latest serious outbreak is in …

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Biggest Alpine glacier could disappear by 2100: study

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The mighty Aletsch — the largest glacier in the Alps — could completely disappear by the end of this century if nothing is done to rein in climate change, a study showed Thursday. A team of …

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World must adapt to ‘inevitable’ climate change, warns report

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) –Nations rich and poor must invest now to protect against destructive climate change impacts already in the pipeline or pay an even heavier price later, a global commission led by former UN head Ban …

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Hail falls on Washington DC in middle of summer heat wave

  WASHINGTON D.C. (Eagle News) — As the Washington DC metropolitan area suffers from a heat wave, hail, rain and thunder also hit the region. EBC Correspondent Eliza Manglicmot with the report from the nation’s capital.

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Ecological disaster on Greek island as fire burns on

by Angelos TZORTZINIS MARKYMALLI, Greece (AFP) — Firefighters on the Greek island of Evia were still battling Wednesday to contain a fire that has caused massive damage to a pristine mountain wildlife habitat after threatening four communities. “It’s a huge …

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Trash for tickets on Indonesia’s ‘plastic bus’

by Harry PEARL JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Dozens of people clutching bags full of plastic bottles and disposable cups queue at a busy bus terminal in the Indonesian city of Surabaya — where passengers can swap trash for travel tickets. …

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‘Siberia is burning’: Russians choke on forest fire smog

by Ekaterina ANISIMOVA BOGUCHANY, Russia (AFP) — Svetlana Tuflyakova is in a hurry as she pushes her small son in his pram, keen to get back inside her house and away from the permeating smoke of Siberian wildfires: “It feels …

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July hottest month measured, 2019 set to be among warmest years

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — July was the hottest month across the globe ever measured, and 2019 is on track to be one of the warmest years, according to data released Monday by the European Union’s Earth observation …

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Crocodiles hunt in flooded Indian city

VADODARA, India (AFP) — Crocodiles hunted dogs in the flooded streets of the Indian city of Vadodara after it was battered by nearly 50 centimeters (20 inches) of rain in 24 hours leaving five people dead, police said Friday. Waist-high …

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Asian countries turning back wealthy world’s waste

PARIS, France (AFP) — Several Southeast Asian countries, sick of being the wealthy world’s rubbish dump, have in recent weeks turned back container-loads of waste from foreign shores. It comes after China last year stopped accepting the world’s used plastic, …

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Siberia forest fires spark potential ‘disaster’ for Arctic

by Maria PANINA MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Gigantic forest fires have regularly raged through the vast expanses of Russia’s Siberia, but the magnitude of this year’s blazes has reached an exceptional level with fears of a long-term impact on the …

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Record 42.6C in Paris as Europe heatwave hits blistering peak

by Stuart WILLIAMS PARIS, France (AFP) — Paris on Thursday baked in an all-time high temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.7 Fahrenheit) as a ferocious heatwave smashed records across northern Europe, sparking concerns about public health and causing new misery …

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