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India warns climate summit that poor nations must grow

Le Bourget - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned on the opening day of a global climate summit Monday that poor nations had a right to burn carbon to grow their economies, underscoring one of the major obstacles to a universal deal to tame the warming of the...

Climate summit: The key issues

Le Bourget - Some 150 heads of government and state on Monday kicked off a high-stakes negotiation to curb global warming and help poor countries cope with its impacts.The Paris conference runs until December 11.

Miner BHP commits to Brazil clean-up as huge lawsuit looms

Sydney - BHP Billiton renewed its commitment Monday to do all it can to help following the deadly collapse of a waste water dam in Brazil, with the mining giant and partner Vale facing a huge lawsuit.

Human chains, Hollywood heavyweights in global climate rallies

London - Celebrities and activists dressed as polar bears joined hundreds of thousands of people in colourful rallies across the globe Sunday to demand action on climate change, telling world leaders on the eve of a crunch UN summit that there is "no planet B.

'Green Thumbs Up' — The world marches for climate change

In over 2,000 marches and protests in 150 countries around the world this weekend, hundreds of thousands of people joined in demanding that world leaders take urgent action on climate change.

Op-Ed: Amazon explorer — We must rewild ourselves to save species Special

Cape Town - Human activity has sparked a mass extinction of species that may rival, and even surpass the death of the dinosaurs. With that in mind, a mother-and-son team is set to pedal across the Southern Atlantic on a customized boat powered only by foot pedals.

Japan's 166,000 tons of nuclear waste still waiting to be buried

In a survey conducted last month by the Kyodo News survey, none of the 47 prefectures showed much interest in hosting a nuclear waste dump site, with 14 saying "absolutely no."

Riot police clash with protesters at Paris climate demo

Paris - Paris riot police fired teargas Sunday in clashes with far-left activists in Paris during a climate change demonstration ahead of key UN talks after several thousand protesters had formed a human chain in the city.

Massive rallies for the climate, but violence in Paris

Paris - Hundreds of thousands of people rallied around the world Sunday on the eve of a Paris summit aimed at averting catastrophic climate change, but violent clashes in the French capital soured the show of people power.

More hope for Paris climate deal after Commonwealth accord

Valletta - The Commonwealth climate change agreement has made a deal at the upcoming Paris COP21 talks more likely, the 53-country organisation said Sunday, though one country expressed reservations over parts of the accord.

Sea Shepherd warns Japan against resuming whaling

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd warned Japan on Sunday against resuming "research" whaling in the Antarctic and called on the Australian government to intervene.

Paris human chain gives emotional jolt to climate summit

Paris - Protesters linked hands near the violent heart of the Paris terror attacks Sunday, giving an emotional jolt to world leaders flying into the French capital to try and save Earth from climate catastrophe.

Op-Ed: Sustainability — What is it and how does it apply to us?

Sustainable and sustainability are words we hear and read about almost every day. And with so many products and activities being labeled as "green" or "sustainable," the term has become nothing more than a lot of hot air.

EPA seeking court clearance to revoke approval for 'Enlist Duo'

In a surprise move on Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) went to court to ask that the registration of Dow AgroSciences' herbicide, Enlist Duo, be vacated, citing potentially significant environmental risks.

Commonwealth leaders retreat to fortress to finalise climate deal

Valletta - The Commonwealth was finalising fresh agreements on climate change and turning its focus to tackling radicalisation and corruption on Saturday as leaders retreated to a medieval Maltese fortress for intimate talks.

Japan to resume 'research' whaling in Antarctic: Media

Toukyo - Japan will resume "research" whaling in the Antarctic by the end of March next year, local media reported Saturday, despite a call by global regulators for more evidence that the expeditions have a scientific purpose.

Can eating less meat help to reduce global warming?

One of the world's most influential think-tanks has co-authored a report with the University of Glasgow that takes on livestock production and its impact on global warming, as well as our over-consumption of meat.

Rotting wood turns Austria's poorest town into green model

Osterreich - Broke, remote and deprived of jobs -- just 25 years ago, the border town of Guessing close to Hungary was one of the poorest in Austria, a forgotten frontier along the Iron Curtain trail.

LatAm hands climate bill to rich world at summit

Montevideo - Latin America will demand that the richest and most polluting countries foot the bill for reducing harmful emissions at the world climate summit starting Monday.
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