Environment

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa could lose title as “world’s largest volcano” to another Central Pacific volcano

By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii Bureau HONOLULU (Eagle News) – The scientific community and the public have long thought that Mauna Loa, currently an active shield volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, was the largest volcano in the world. However, after …

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Half of world’s beaches could vanish by 2100

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — Climate change and sea-level rise are currently on track to wipe out half the world’s sandy beaches by 2100, researchers warned Monday. Even if humanity sharply reduces the fossil fuel pollution that drives …

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Trudeau calls for national climate debate in Canada

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on Monday for a major national debate involving everyone from industry to indigenous groups to move the country to carbon neutrality by 2050 and still grow the economy. Trudeau was re-elected …

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Emaciated lion Jupiter returning home to ‘mother’

CALI, Colombia (AFP) — Emaciated with a vacant gaze and without the strength to stand upright, 20-year-old lion Jupiter’s life is in danger. But authorities are acting to try to save him after he was discovered in a “critical state.” …

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Bangladesh’s biggest zoo calls time on elephant rides

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) — Bangladesh’s biggest zoo has called time on elephant rides following a long-running campaign by activists. The ban was quietly introduced last month, Dhaka zoo curator Nurul Islam told AFP, adding it would never been lifted. “We …

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China ‘comprehensively’ bans illegal wildlife trade

BEIJING, China (AFP) — China on Monday declared an immediate and “comprehensive” ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed responsible for the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The country’s top legislative committee met on Monday and approved …

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How climate change reduced the flow of the Colorado River

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The massive Colorado River, which provides water for seven US states, has seen its flow reduced by 20 percent over the course of a century — and more than half of that loss is due …

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Bezos launches $10 billion fund to combat climate change

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — His company is often criticized for its environmental record, but Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and the world’s richest man, said Monday that he was committing $10 billion to a new fund to tackle climate …

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Flight of fancy? Aviation industry tries to go green

by Catherine Lai and Sam REEVES SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — From an emissions-reducing model jet that looks like something from a sci-fi movie to electric aircraft and sustainable fuel, the aviation industry is ramping up efforts to go green as …

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Jellyfish hurl venom ‘grenades’ to snare prey

PARIS, France (AFP) — A species of jellyfish hunts its prey by hurling venom grenades to create “stinging water”, researchers said Thursday, solving a long-standing mystery as to how they gather food without tentacles. The Cassiopea xamachana jellyfish, found in …

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Air pollution costs $2.9 trillion a year: NGO

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — The global cost of air pollution caused by fossil fuels is $8 billion a day, or roughly 3.3 percent of the entire world’s economic output, an environmental research group said on Wednesday. The …

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Oil: what the global giants are promising over climate change

by Jean-Baptiste OUBRIER LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Energy firm BP’s pledge on Wednesday to achieve “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050 is among the most ambitious in an industry often criticized for its inaction over climate change. Here are …

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