Environment

Electric scooters: not so eco-friendly after all?

by Catherine HOURS PARIS, France (AFP) — E-scooters touted as zero-carbon urban transport are flooding city streets worldwide, but just how green they remain an open question. The companies — from multinationals to local start-ups — distributing them insist the …

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Antarctic sea ice in dizzying decline since 2014: study

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — After mysteriously expanding for decades, Antarctica’s sea ice cover melted by an area four times greater than France in just a few years and now stands at a record low, according to …

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#EBCphotojournalism: Philippines sends garbage back to Canada

    BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada (Eagle News) — The Philippines returned tons of garbage left in its ports years ago by Canada. The trash which caused tensions between the two countries entered the Deltaport container terminal in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, …

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Searing heat across Europe sparks scramble for shade

by Joseph Schmid PARIS, France (AFP) — Fans flew off store shelves and water fountains offered relief from the heat as temperatures soared in Europe on Monday, with officials urging vigilance ahead of even hotter conditions forecast later in the …

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With plastic straw ban, Washington turns its back on its own invention

by Sébastien DUVAL WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — “How do you drink a milkshake without a straw?” It is a question the city of Washington will soon face after deciding, in the interest of the environment, to ban plastic drinking …

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Himalayan glaciers melting twice as fast: study

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Himalayan glaciers are melting twice as fast now as they were before the turn of the century, according to a new study that relied on recently declassified Cold War-era satellite imagery. The study, which appeared …

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Greenland ice sheet melting faster than thought: study

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Greenland’s ice sheet may have completely melted within the next millennium if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate, according to a new study with implications for sea-level rise around the world. The Greenland …

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Canada set to expand controversial oil pipeline to Pacific

  By Michel Comte Agence France-Presse OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — The Canadian government is expected to give a green light Tuesday to a controversial Pacific pipeline expansion, setting the stage for a major political battle ahead of elections. Prime Minister …

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Two rare white tiger cubs find new home in Nicaragua

MASAYA, Nicaragua (AFP) — Two white tiger cubs have been taken to their new home at the Nicaragua National Zoo, where the playful pair will join a menagerie of rare big cat species. The siblings, named Osman and Halime, are …

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Rare albino panda caught on camera in China: state media

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwest China, showing albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, state media reported. The spotless, red-eyed animal was photographed while trekking …

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Gardens of the future spring up at Chelsea Flower Show

by Pauline FROISSART LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Gardens of the future are being unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, where green-fingered designers have imagined innovative solutions to help combat climate change. “If we don’t have plants, we …

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Mineral misery: Vietnam salt farmers battered by imports, climate

by Jenny VAUGHAN / Tran Thi Minh Ha HON KOI, Vietnam (AFP) — The salt farmers of Hon Khoi rise before dawn as they have for generations, fanning out across shallow seawater pools in southern Vietnam to harvest the precious …

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