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Sand mining — A global resource that is becoming scarce

If someone were to ask you to name the most-extracted materials on Earth, you might answer with fossil fuels or biomass. However, by weight, the answer is actually sand and gravel.

Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of radioactive pollution

Moscow - Russia's meteorological service confirmed on Monday "extremely high" concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in parts of the country in late September, following European reports about the contamination this month.

EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging

Luxembourg - The EU's top court on Monday warned Poland's rightwing government to "immediately" stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests or face fines of up to 100,000 euros ($118,000) a day.

Singapore rolls out tough measures to keep cars off the roads

Singapore - In the battle against the car, space-starved Singapore has deployed road tolls, massive spending on public transport, and a licence fee that bumps the cost of an average vehicle to over $80,000.

Keeping it real: UN climate talks struggle to stay relevant

Bonn - There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge.

Greek flooding toll reaches 19, as more bodies found

Atenas - Greek police and emergency workers rescued three bodies in flood-hit areas west of Athens on Saturday, bringing the death toll since Wednesday to 19.

Satellite technology aids ranchers with crop management

The Canadian government has laid down a challenge to technology companies to help farmers to manage crops using new risk management tools.

Five dead in Haiti flooding

Port-au-prince - Floods caused by two days of torrential rains have left five people dead in Haiti and more than 10,000 homes inundated, authorities said Thursday.

UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump

Bonn - Negotiations to bolster the climate-saving Paris Agreement, crafted over two decades, closed in Bonn Saturday, deflated but not derailed by Donald Trump's rejection of the treaty and defence of fossil fuels.

Turquoise waterfalls dry up after Mexico quakes

San Crist - The Agua Azul waterfalls in southern Mexico are a playground of bright turquoise water cascading over limestone steps.But after a powerful earthquake hit the country, they dried up -- and the area's once-booming tourist economy along with them.

Half of U.S. spending power joins alliance to phase out coal

Bonn - Twenty countries and two more U.S. states have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030, environment ministers said on Thursday.

Critics hit US over elephant trophy imports

Washington - The administration of US President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism on Thursday from animal rights groups after it authorized the import of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies.

Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks

Bonn - A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution.To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.

Greece in mourning as several still missing after deadly flood

M - Greece was in mourning Thursday as rescue crews tried to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 16 people near the capital, with more thunderstorms forecast until the weekend.

S. Korea quake leaves dozens injured, 1,500 seeking shelter

Seoul - More than 50 people were injured and 1,500 taken to shelters in South Korea after a rare 5.4-magnitude quake hit the southeastern port of Pohang on Wednesday, officials said Thursday.

St. John's salon recycles much of their waste

St. John's - Urban Salon in St. John's Newfoundland Canada is helping to keep waste out of the local landfill by recycling different wastes it produces including human hair and tinfoil.

Spain awarded 1.6 bln euros over Prestige oil spill

Madrid - A court awarded the Spanish state 1.6 billion euros ($1.9 billion) in damages on Wednesday over the 2002 Prestige oil spill, one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.

Trump pullout from climate pact means even hotter world: study

Bonn - US President Donald Trump's pullout from the Paris Agreement will push up global temperatures nearly half a degree Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, according to a report released Wednesday at UN climate talks in Bonn.

At least 13 die in Greece flash flood

Atenas - At least 13 people died on Wednesday and more were missing after a strong overnight downpour flooded three towns in Greece, officials said.
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