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Tropical Storm Humberto dumps rain on hurricane-hit Bahamas

Miami - Tropical Storm Humberto lashed the Bahamas with rain and wind on Saturday, possibly slowing down relief efforts in the wake of the devastation wrought less than two weeks ago by Hurricane Dorian.

Frontline fight: Indonesia locked in epic battle against jungle blazes

Pekanbaru - Working around the clock, thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain smog-belching blazes raging across rainforests and farmland in Indonesia, one of the frontlines against fires blamed for aggravating global warming.

Thailand's northeast inundated after tropical storm

Bangkok - Floods in northeastern Thailand have submerged homes, roads and bridges, leaving more than 23,000 people in evacuation shelters as anger grows over the government's "slow" emergency response.

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg protests at White House

Washington - Teen climate champion Greta Thunberg brought her global environmental message to the heart of the US government on Friday, telling her legion of supporters outside the White House: "Never give up.

Tropical system over Bahamas could be Tropical Storm by weekend

The National Hurricane Center's 11:00 a.m. advisory forecasts the tropical system developing near the Bahamas is expected to become a named tropical storm Saturday.

Tropical Storm Humberto targets hurricane-hit Bahamas

Miami - The devastated northern Bahama islands were facing a fresh tropical storm on Saturday, potentially complicating desperately needed relief efforts to the shattered archipelago in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Colombian authorities seize animal parts sold for rituals

Apo - Colombian authorities seized 1,400 animal parts intended for witchcraft rituals and amulets from shops in the capital Bogota, officials said on Thursday.

Forest fires destroying vital buffer against climate change

Pekanbaru - With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming.

Sudden warming over Antarctica to prolong Australia drought

Sydney - A rare phenomenon causing "the strongest Antarctic warming on record" is set to deliver more pain to dought-stricken Australia, scientists said Friday.

Tropical storm warnings for Northern Bahamas now in effect

A tropical storm warning was issued Thursday evening for the Bahamas, less than two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the commonwealth's northwest region as a Category 5 hurricane.

Adam Lambert and Queen urge world leaders to prioritize oceans

World-renowned pop singer-songwriter Adam Lambert and rock group Queen are calling on global leaders to make the oceans a priority.

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Pekanbaru - Hundreds of people held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away the toxic haze covering wide swathes of the country.

Climate campaigners plan Heathrow drone shutdown

London - Climate activists planned to fly toy drones around London's Heathrow Airport on Friday in a controversial effort to shut down Europe's busiest travel hub over the weekend.

Odds just got better for tropical depression or storm by Friday

A tropical disturbance is likely to become a tropical depression or storm by Friday and could pose a threat to the Bahamas, Florida and other parts of the Southeast Coast or Gulf Coast, including areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Extreme weather has displaced seven million in first half of 2019

A record seven million people have been displaced globally due to natural disasters including storms and floods between January and June 2019 and the number is estimated to more than triple by the end of the year.

English Channel dolphins riddled with toxins

Paris - The skin and blubber of bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel contain alarmingly high concentrations of mercury and other toxic pollutants, researchers said Thursday.

Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

Pekanbaru - The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming.

Beijing to exit 200 most polluted cities list

Bejing - Beijing's notoriously bad air quality has improved in recent years and the Chinese capital is expected to drop out of a list of 200 most polluted cities in the world this year, a data provider said Thursday.Beijing "is on track" to reduce PM2.

New Tropical disturbance being followed could impact Gulf Coast

The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday was tracking three disturbances, including one heading for the Gulf of Mexico. It has a 60 percent chance of development within five days.
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