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Amazon deforestation increases 25 percent in Brazil

S - Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon increased by a record 25 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2020, official data released Friday showed, increasing pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to abandon his plans to develop the region.

World edging closer to 1.5C mark within the next five years

The annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least one degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels in each of the next five years, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Thursday.

Gardener uses Colombia lockdown to save botanical paradise

Calarc - When the coronavirus pandemic swept through Colombia in March, forcing a national lockdown, Alberto Gomez decided he would sit it out amid the lush green foliage of his botanical garden and tend to his plants.

Yellowstone grizzly bear hunting ban upheld in US

Los Angeles - A ban on hunting grizzly bears for sport in the Yellowstone region of the northwestern United States was upheld Wednesday, in a victory for conservationists and several indigenous tribes.

Texas faces future of drier summers and decreasing water supplies

Texas' future climate will feature drier summers and decreasing water supplies for much of the state for the remainder of the 21st century - likely resulting in the driest conditions the state has endured in the last 1,000 years.

Ukraine firefighters beat back fatal forest blazes

Ukraine - Forest fires in eastern Ukraine that have killed five people and left dozens homeless are being brought under control by firefighters, officials said on Wednesday.

Rain pounds central Japan as 58 feared dead in south

Kurume - Torrential rain pounded central Japan Wednesday as authorities said 58 people were feared dead in days of heavy downpours that have triggered devastating landslides and terrifying floods.

Siberian Arctic sets record for June heat as wildfires spread

Temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared to a record average for June, more than 5 degrees Celsius (9°F) above normal, in a heatwave that is stoking some of the worst wildfires the region has ever known.

Hundreds battle deadly Ukraine forest fire

Kiev - Hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers rushed to deal with a forest fire that has killed six people in eastern Ukraine, the interior minister said on Tuesday.

52 dead in Japan floods as more troops join rescue

Tsunagi - Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Tuesday.

Pink ice in Italy's Alps sparks algae probe

Italy - Scientists in Italy are investigating the mysterious appearance of pink glacial ice in the Alps, caused by algae that accelerate the effects of climate change.

Rain hampers rescue efforts after deadly Japan floods

Kumamoto - Torrential rain hampered the efforts of tens of thousands of rescue workers in southwestern Japan Monday as they hunted for survivors from deadly floods and landslides, with more downpours forecast.

Climate change 'fuelling deadly India lightning strikes'

Patna - Lightning strikes killed 147 people in the north Indian state of Bihar over the last 10 days, officials said Sunday, warning of more extreme weather conditions to come, driven by climate change.

Deadly heatwave to hit large part of U.S. next week

A sustained blast of heat is expected to bake much of the United States with hotter-than-usual temperatures this holiday weekend, and forecasts suggest that the extreme heat and the humidity could linger for several weeks.

Two feared dead, 13 missing as heavy rain lashes western Japan

Apo - At least two people were feared dead and 13 others went missing in western Japan Saturday as record heavy rain triggered massive floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 76,000 residents.

Brazilian Amazon sees worst June in 13 years for forest fires

Rio De Janeiro - Amazon forest fires in Brazil increased by 19.5 percent in June compared to the same month last year, making it the worst June in 13 years, authorities revealed on Wednesday.

New insights into atmospheric pollution sound warning bells

The global heating effect is leading to higher than predicted levels of methane, an insight that relates to better understanding aquatic microbial life. In other areas, the levels of harmful particles remain high, especially in the Sahara.

Data shows 14.6 million properties in U.S. at risk from floods

A new, nationwide flood modeling tool released Monday paints a picture of the U.S. as a country woefully underprepared for damaging floods, both now and in the future. And as climate change accelerates, the flood risk will only grow.

Russian mining giant admits waste 'violations' at Arctic plant

Moscow - A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra.
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