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Russia has managed to contain a massive diesel spill into a river in the Arctic, a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry told AFP on Friday.

Kenya bans single-use plastics in protected areas

Kenya on World Environment Day barred all single-use plastics such as water bottles and straws from its national parks, beaches, forests and other protected areas.

Warmest May on record, Siberia 10C hotter: EU

Temperatures soared 10 degrees Celsius above average last month in Siberia, home to much of Earth's permafrost, as the world experienced its warmest May on record, the European Union's climate monitoring network said Friday.

'Answered prayers': Fiji declares itself coronavirus free

Fiji announced it was coronavirus free Friday after the island nation's last known infected patient was given the all-clear, continuing the Pacific's remarkable record of success against the virus.

Virus could hamper Africa's climate change response : IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday warned that coronavirus could further weaken sub-Saharan Africa's ability to adapt to climate change, as measures to contain the pandemic stretch limited resources.

Russia struggles to clean up Arctic river fuel spill

Russia on Thursday intensified efforts to clean up a major fuel spill that environmentalists say is the worst such accident in the Arctic, as investigators made their first arrest.

Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a state of emergency and criticised a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel after a massive diesel spill into a Siberian river.

We're getting more extreme rainfall due to climate change

Warmer temperatures due to climate change lead to wetter air, and we've seen more extreme rainfall and flooding across North America. But is there really evidence that the two are related? Yes, there is evidence.

Tropical Storm Cristobal is still a U.S. Gulf Coast Threat

Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall Wednesday morning in the state of Campeche, Mexico with winds of 60 mph. The latest track has the center of the storm moving back over the Bay of Campeche Thursday night and Friday.

Tropical Storm Amanda death toll rises to 26 in Central America

The death toll from Tropical Storm Amanda in Central America rose to 26 even as a new storm was forming in the Gulf of Mexico, reports said on Tuesday.

Virus-hit Mumbai largely unscathed by Cyclone Nisarga

Two people were reported dead Wednesday as coronavirus-hit Mumbai appeared to escape the worst of Cyclone Nisarga, the first severe storm to threaten India's financial capital in more than 70 years.

Cristobal sets record as third earliest storm of the season

The hurricane season officially began on June 1 - but Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha apparently failed to get the memo, and arrived last month. Cristobal is now the third named storm of the season. It's the earliest a third named storm has ever formed.

Cristobal forms in Gulf of Mexico as season's third tropical storm

Tropical Storm Cristobal's formation in the Gulf of Mexico marks a new record as the earliest that the Atlantic hurricane season has seen its third named disturbance, US meteorologists said Tuesday.

The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line is now operational

After more than a decade in the works, a new carbon capture project in Alberta is now operational with lofty goals of sequestering large amounts of emissions, while also helping to revitalize the oil industry in the central part of the province.

Spain eyes new tax to rubbish plastic packaging

The Spanish government on Tuesday proposed new legislation on rubbish that seeks to dramatically reduce single-use plastic packaging, notably by taxing it.

Football pitch of rainforest destroyed every six seconds

Vast tracts of pristine rainforest on three continents went up in smoke last year, with an area roughly the size of Switzerland cut down or burned to make way for cattle and commercial crops, researchers said Tuesday.

COVID-19 lockdown has a significant impact on air quality

New research is demonstrating that during the time of the COVID-19 lockdown, there has been a change in environmental conditions. The lockdowns are significantly impacting global air quality.

Atlantic Hurricane season will clash with coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has affected almost every aspect of American life. Responding to hurricanes is no exception. Forecasts are calling for as many as 19 named storms forming, of which as many as 10 will be hurricanes.

Deadly Tropical Storm Amanda hits El Salvador, Guatemala

Tropical Storm Amanda triggered flash floods, landslides and power outages as it barrelled through El Salvador and Guatemala Sunday, killing 14 people, authorities said, warning of further heavy rain to come.

Op-Ed: This is how global warming can kill you right now

We hear about heatwaves, weird weather, etc. on a regular basis. The physiology of overheating, however, is quite literally lethal. There are now some actual numbers to work with, and it doesn’t look good.

Tropical storm Amanda leaves 9 dead in El Salvador: officials

Tropical storm Amanda, the first named storm of the season in the Pacific, lashed El Salvador and Guatemala on Sunday, leaving nine people dead amid flooding and power outages.

Court rejects bid to revive permits for new oil and gas pipelines

A federal appeals court on Thursday turned down the Trump administration's request to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines.

Climate change forces Sami reindeer herders to adapt

Once, the lynx, wolverines and eagles that preyed on their animals were the main concern for reindeer herders as they moved them to find food in the winter.

Major drop in carbon emissions reported during COVID-19

One indication of the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a 17 percent drop in global carbon emissions worldwide. The fall in pollution levels will please many in the environmental movement.

Floods and tears in Bangladesh a week after cyclone

Rezaul Islam wades through waist-high water, a sack of rice on his head salvaged from what remains of his home, a week after a cyclone savaged Bangladesh and eastern India.

Drought drives Australia's sheep flock to record low

Years of drought in Australia's east has caused the national sheep flock to shrink to the lowest levels since records began more than a century ago, agricultural figures revealed Thursday.Farmers sold-off or disposed of Aus$21 billion (US$13.

Massive Arctic heatwave reignites Siberian forest fires

Global warming is no longer a distant threat as exceptionally warm temperatures in some parts of the Arctic reach as much as 16 degrees Celsius (29 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the usual, according to meteorologists.

Tropical Storm Bertha makes landfall in South Carolina

Still days away from the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and the Southeast coast of the U.S. on Wednesday was dealing with its second named tropical system in less than two weeks.

Rio Tinto admits damaging Australian Aboriginal heritage site

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted damaging ancient Aboriginal rock shelters in the remote Pilbara region -- blasting near the 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

India wilts as temperature hits 50 degrees Celsius

India is wilting under a heatwave, with temperatures in places reaching 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) and the capital enduring its hottest May day in nearly two decades.

They're back - Virginia farmers brace for cicada invasion

After spending 17 years underground, billions of cicadas will be emerging in parts of the United States. Periodical cicadas are expected to come out in early summer across southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina, and in West Virginia.

Indian drones pursue locusts as swarms destroy swathes of crops

Huge swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops across western and central India, prompting authorities Tuesday to step up their response to the country's worst plague in nearly three decades.

A new study says Louisiana’s coastal marshlands cannot be saved

The marshlands on the coast of Louisiana have survived over thousands of years, even though the Mississippi Delta experiences some of the highest rates of coastal wetland loss in the world. Today, these marshlands have reached a "tipping point."

Alberta rescinds regulations — Will allow open-pit coal mines

The Alberta provincial government is changing its coal policies in a move it says is intended to make it easier to develop open-pit coal mines in one of the province’s most sensitive areas.

Cher tweets joy as Pakistan agrees to free lonely elephant Kaavan

Music icon Cher marked "ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE" Thursday after a Pakistani court ordered freedom for a lonely elephant named Kaavan, who had become the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by the US singer.

US forecasters predict 'above normal' Atlantic hurricane season

US forecasters on Thursday predicted an "above normal" Atlantic hurricane season with three to six storms of Category 3 or higher.

A world redrawn: virus a 'genocide' threat for Amazon, warns Salgado

Legendary photographer Sebastiao Salgado has warned of a "genocide" of the Amazon's indigenous peoples if the Brazilian government does not do more to protect them from the coronavirus.

Evacuations ordered after two dams in Michigan collapse

On Tuesday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared an emergency for Midland county after two dams breached and on expectations of extreme flooding.

Tests on nuclear weapons change rainfall patterns

Tests from the cold war nuclear missiles program affected the environment, in terms of alterations to rainfall. The data shows the radioactive period following nuclear tests changed rainfall thousands of miles from the detonation sites.

22 killed as 'super cyclone' ravages Bangladesh, India

At least 22 people died as the fiercest cyclone to hit parts of Bangladesh and eastern India this century sent trees flying and flattened houses, with millions crammed into shelters despite the risk of coronavirus.

'Super cyclone' to slam India, Bangladesh

The Bay of Bengal's fiercest cyclone this century was bearing down on millions of people in eastern India and Bangladesh on Wednesday, with forecasts of a potentially devastating and deadly storm surge.
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