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Hurricane Sandra surges to Category 4 in Pacific

Miami - Hurricane Sandra, the strongest storm on record this late in the Pacific hurricane season, surged to Category 4 off the coast of Mexico on Thursday.

Climate crunch to dominate Commonwealth summit

Valletta - The 2015 Commonwealth Summit kicks off on Friday to a grand opening ceremony with Queen Elizabeth, followed by intense working sessions where world leaders will grapple with climate change.

Australia fire death toll at 3 as damage tops $44 mln

Adelaide - Australians were counting the cost of bushfires Friday, with officials saying a volunteer firefighter died from a suspected heart attack while battling an eastern blaze and a southern inferno razed at least 35 homes.

Orca whale spotted and no longer tangled up in rope

If you happened to be worried about T77A, the killer whale struggling due to having become tangled up in rope and a float off the coast of Vancouver Island, worry no more. It has somehow managed to untangle itself.

Brazil mining giant rejects UN anger over 'toxic' flood

Rio De Janeiro - Mining giants responsible for a dam spill in Brazil earlier this month rejected Thursday accusations by the United Nations that "20,000 Olympic swimming pools of toxic mud" spewed into a river.

Prince Charles warns of 'perfect storm' should Paris climate talks flop

Valletta - Prince Charles warned Thursday that if international leaders fail to clinch a deal on climate change at talks in Paris next week, it would leave mankind facing a "perfect storm".

What's the carbon footprint of an email?

Paris - A long list of seemingly harmless everyday actions contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other climate-altering greenhouse gases.

2015 set to be hottest year on record: UN

Ginebra - The year 2015 is shaping up to be the hottest on record, the UN's weather agency said Wednesday, days before a UN summit opens in Paris to craft a climate rescue pact.Based on data for the first 10 months of the year, "We feel very confident...

France to deploy nearly 11,000 police for climate summit

Paris - France will deploy nearly 11,000 police for the climate summit in Paris, which begins a little more than two weeks after devastating attacks, the interior minister said Wednesday.

River turbines turn Austria's Danube from blue to green

Vienna - The Wachau, a picture-postcard river valley in Austria, makes a lot of wine. Soon it could be producing its own electricity too, and in a way that will not spoil the stunning views.

World must secure 'binding' climate deal in Paris: Merkel

Berlin - The international community must secure a binding deal against climate change at key UN talks in Paris next week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes Peru: USGS

- A large magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck eastern Peru, though there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the very deep temblor, the US Geological Survey reported Tuesday.

Good COP, bad COP: Will Paris climate summit prevail?

Paris - "Copenhagen". The mere mention of the Danish capital's name can send a chill down the spine of even the toughest climate negotiator.

New report finds climate change will increase world poverty

A newly published report from the World Bank Group finds climate change will dramatically increase the number of the world's impoverished people. Published as an eBook, the news it heralds is bad but it is also, the report says, preventable.

Xi to bring no new concessions to Paris climate summit

Bejing - China's President Xi Jinping will bring no new concessions to the negotiating table when he attends key UN climate change talks in Paris next week, a senior Chinese diplomat said Thursday.

'Blue dragon' is a sight to behold — But its sting is potent

A blue dragon sea slug washed ashore in Queensland, Australia recently, and Lucinda Fry, a Facebook user captured the sea creature on video as she took a closer look.

Europe’s biomass boom is destroying America's forests

European Union’s stringent renewable energy requirements are forcing coal-based power plants to use biomass fuel. Swaths of woodlands in Southeastern United States are being cut down to fuel the biomass boom across the Atlantic.

Peruvian farmer sues German energy giant over climate change

Berlin - A Peruvian farmer has filed a landmark lawsuit against German energy giant RWE, saying that the company's fossil fuel emissions endanger his family, livelihood and hometown, a German NGO said Tuesday.

147 world leaders to attend Paris climate summit

Paris - A total 147 heads of state and government have confirmedt heir attendance at the climate summit due to start in Paris next week, the French government said Tuesday.
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