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India activists back 'pollution tax' to clean Delhi air

New Delhi - Environmentalists called Tuesday for a pollution tax in the Indian capital after a top court ordered the city and national governments to quickly come up with a plan to clean New Delhi's notoriously filthy air.

Indonesia investigating those responsible for forest fires

Jakarta - Indonesia has not been a good neighbor to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand this year. Raging forest fires, purposely set as part of a slash-and-burn method of clearing land, have pumped a peaty white smoke across the region, sickening millions.

Oil from freighter collision off Belgian coast threatens nature reserve

Den Haag - Belgium and the Netherlands are frantically trying to stop the spread of oil leaking from a collision Tuesday morning between a freighter and a tanker in the North Sea before the slick sullies a coastal nature reserve.

Record floods kill 11 in US state of South Carolina

Columbia - South Carolina residents on Tuesday reeled under the effects of weekend flooding that killed at least 11 people and left tens of thousands without power or drinking water.

South Carolina — Rains moving out, but it's not over yet

Columbia - Pictures and video clips coming out of South Carolina show scenes of horrific flooding and devastation. After days of historic amounts of rainfall, Gov. Nikki Haley said today "we are in assessment and recovery mode."

Chile declares huge Easter Island marine reserve

Miramar - Chile declared huge new marine reserves in the Pacific in water off Easter Island on Monday as it hosted a major conference on protecting the world's oceans and fisheries.

At least 131 killed in Guatemala landslide, hundreds missing

Santa Catarina Pinula - At least 131 people were killed in mudslides that smashed into a village outside Guatemala City, officials said, three days after the disaster struck the Central American nation.

Nearly 100 killed in Guatemala landslide, hundreds missing

Santa Catarina Pinula - Nearly 100 people were killed when massive mudslides buried scores of homes on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital city, officials said Sunday, as the death toll continued to climb.

Record rainfall spawns 'slow-motion disaster' in South Carolina

Charleston - Over 22 million residents in the southern U.S. state of South Carolina are doing their best to make it through what is being labeled a "slow-motion disaster," as record rainfall pounds the state. Governor Nikki Haley is calling for "All hands on deck."

Three in four fish in River Thames contain plastic

London - Around three-quarters of the fish in the River Thames have plastic fibers in their gut. This is based on a new survey, highlighting the extent of plastic pollution.

France's Fabius urges stragglers to publish emissions data

Paris - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who will chair December's UN-led climate talks in Paris, on Sunday urged countries which have yet to publish greenhouse gas emissions data to do so as soon as possible.

Canadian events for World Habitat Day

Toronto - World Habitat Day is an annual United Nations event, which takes place on October 5. To mark the event, this year Habitat for Humanity Canada is calling on Canadians of all ages to be part of the country’s affordable housing solution.

Four dead as southern China battered by Typhoon Mujigae: Report

Hong Kong - Four people were killed Sunday as Typhoon Mujigae ploughed into southern China with forecasters warning it was packing winds of up to 180 km/h (112 mph), state news agency Xinhua reported.

Record-setting rains submerge parts of US Southeast

Charleston - Record rainfall left large areas of the US southeast under water Sunday as roads were closed and residents were warned to stay indoors.

Rare white lion gives birth to four cubs at Toronto Zoo

Toronto - The white lion population at the Toronto Zoo has increased by four recently with the birth of four adorable — and vociferous cubs. White lioness Makali gave birth to two of the youngsters Saturday, Sept. 26, and then two more the following day.

17 dead as heavy flooding hits French Riviera

France - Violent storms and flooding along the French Riviera have killed at least 17 people and another four are still missing in what were described as "apocalyptic" scenes, local officials said Sunday.

Guatemala landslide death toll climbs to 69, hundreds missing

Santa Catarina Pinula - At least 69 people were killed when massive mudslides buried scores of homes on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital city, officials said, as the death toll continued to climb.

Rescuers hunt for hundreds missing in deadly Guatemala landslide

Santa Catarina Pinula - Rescuers resumed a desperate search Saturday for several hundred people believed missing in a village landslide on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital, which left at least 30 dead.

Mealworms may be the answer to world's plastic waste

Plastics are the bane of our existence. The worldwide consumption of plastics in 2015 is estimated to be 297.5 million tons, making plastics pollution a major problem. But research suggests a little worm may save us from being drowned in this pollutant.
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