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Pangolin traffickers opening up new routes: study

Kuala Lumpur - Pangolin smugglers are constantly opening up new routes to evade law enforcement agencies, a study showed Friday, highlighting the challenge of tackling the trade in the world's most heavily trafficked mammal.

Developing a green business with the Internet of Things

The possibilities presented by the Internet of Things can lead to a low carbon economy, according to a recent report. This presents opportunities for the telecom sector to contribute to business growth and a lower environmental impact.

Global, Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change: study

Miami - Last year's global heat record, extreme heat in Asia and unusually warm waters off the coast of Alaska happened purely because the planet is getting warmer due to human activities like burning fossil fuels, a study said Wednesday.

U.S. climate scientists get $70 million in grants from France

Paris - Over 50 world leaders, bankers, energy magnates and other well-known figures are meeting today for the "One Planet Summit" in Paris. On Monday, French president Emmanuel Macron awarded $70 million in grants to U.S. climate scientists.

Climate commitments at the 'One Planet Summit' in Paris

Paris - Moving away from using fossil fuels and leaning heavily on businesses to green up their act, the "One Planet Summit" in Paris on Tuesday set out a raft of wide-ranging commitments to turn the tables on climate change.

Warming Arctic is 'new normal,' will affect us all: report

Miami - A rapidly warming Arctic, where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the rest of the planet, is the "new normal," and the melting ice is triggering environmental changes that will affect the whole world, warned a global scientific report Tuesday.

With fossil fuel subsidies, humanity investing in 'own doom': UN chief

Paris - By subsidising fossil fuels, humanity was "investing in its own doom", UN chief Antonio Guterres said Tuesday at a Paris summit seeking to unlock funds for the global shift towards greener energy.

Macron calls for 'much stronger mobilisation' on climate

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for stronger action in the fight against climate change, as he hosted world leaders for talks two years to the day since the Paris agreement.

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeastern Iran: seismological centre

Tehran - A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Iran's southeastern province of Kerman on Tuesday, the Iranian seismological centre reported, though minimal damage was reported.

Firefighters lose control as Thomas fire grows larger

Carpinteria - The Thomas fire in Southern California has now become the fifth-largest wildfire on record in the state. Containment of the massive blaze slipped from 15 to 10 percent as high winds spread the fire from Ventura County into Santa Barbara County.

Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters were battling one of the most destructive wildfires in California's history Monday as it crept relentlessly up the Pacific coast and forced new evacuations.

Judge halts clearing of rare forest targeted by Walmart

Miami - A Miami District Court judge gave environmentalists fighting a construction project a victory on Friday, issuing an emergency injunction halting bulldozers clearing land for a Walmart shopping center near Zoo Miami.

Macron's 'real world' climate summit to focus on finance

Paris - Two years to the day after 195 nations adopted the Paris Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron will convene a follow-up climate summit Tuesday to jump-start the lagging transition to a greener global economy.

India faces painful move to cleaner energy

Dadri - Subedar Singh bears the scars of India's painful reliance on dirty power and its struggle to pay for the costly transition to the brave new world of solar and renewable electricity.

Winds pick up, fueling intensity of massive California wildfires

Los Angeles - A 70-year-old woman has become the first fire-related casualty as firefighters continue battling six massive wildfires across Southern California, with brutal Santa Ana winds expected to continue fanning the flames through Sunday.

To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists

Paris - The development of oil, gas and coal energy must stop in order to avoid the worst ravages of global warming, 80 top economists said Thursday, days ahead of a climate summit in Paris.

Alberta unveils new rules on large carbon emissions industries

Alberta, Canada's main crude oil-producing province, unveiled new rules governing how it plans to charge large industrial carbon emitters including the oilsands sector, targeting a 19 percent cut in emissions by 2030.

EU wins powers on new cars after VW diesel scandal

Brussels - The EU gained new powers Thursday to spot-check vehicles and fine automakers under tougher rules agreed after the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal.

Southern California fires force evacuation of nearly 200,000

Los Angeles - Wind-whipped fires continue to rage for a third day in Southern California, including a new blaze in the posh Bel Air area of Los Angeles and Interstate 405, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
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