Environment

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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Japan retailers to charge for plastic bags from 2020

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japanese retailers including supermarkets and convenience stores will be required to charge for plastic bags from next summer ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, a government panel agreed Friday. The move brings Japan in line with many …

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Killer Japanese fungus found in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — One of the world’s deadliest fungi has been discovered in Australia’s far north for the first time — thousands of miles from its native habitat in the mountains of Japan and Korea. The Poison Fire Coral …

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US sizzles in rare autumn heat wave

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A freakish heatwave is making early autumn feel like the dog days of summer in much of the southern and eastern United States, with forecasters predicting that temperatures Wednesday could get close to triple digits. …

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Massive iceberg breaks off Antarctica — but it’s normal

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)– A more than 600-square-mile iceberg broke off Antarctica in recent days, but the event is part of a normal cycle and is not related to climate change, scientists say. The iceberg, dubbed D28, broke away from …

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More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — More than two million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of wildfires that devastated huge swaths of Bolivian forest and grassland, environmental experts said Wednesday. The fires devastated the Chiquitania …

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Greta Thunberg’s ‘How dare you?’ a major moment for climate movement

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Her imperious “How dare you?” to world leaders at the UN cemented Swedish teen Greta Thunberg’s role as her generation’s leading spokeswoman on climate change, the culmination of a year of dogged …

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Five-year period ending 2019 set to be hottest on record

by Issam AHMED A damning new UN report published Sunday said the world is falling badly behind in the race to avert climate disaster because of runaway warming, with the five-year period ending 2019 set to be the hottest ever. …

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Earth warming more quickly than thought, new climate models show

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere mainly by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth’s surface more quickly than previously understood, according to new climate models set to replace those used in current UN …

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