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Bitcoin causes carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to Las Vegas

Munich - Research suggests that Bitcoin causes carbon dioxide emissions comparable to a major city, such as Las Vegas or Hamburg. This is based on an analysis of hardware and IP addresses in association with cryptocurrency trading.

Captive beluga whales make epic journey from China to Iceland sanctuary

Reykjav - Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium arrived in Iceland on Wednesday to live out their days in a unique marine sanctuary that conservationists hope will become a model for rehoming some 3,000 of the creatures currently in captivity.

Future summers will 'smash' temperature records every year

Bihar - The climate crisis is already being blamed for what many people are calling the "new normal" in extremely hot temperatures across the globe this year. However, the world hasn't seen anything yet.

Arctic could face another scorching annus horribilis

Copenhagen - Scientists say 2019 could be another annus horribilis for the Arctic with record temperatures already registered in Greenland -- a giant melting icicle that threatens to submerge the world's coastal areas one day.

Indonesia pet orangutans released back into the wild

Jakarta - The young orangutan looks back at her rescuers before clambering over her steel cage and into the trees, swinging from hand to hand and hanging upside down.

Canada's House of Commons declares 'national climate emergency'

Ottawa - Canada's House of Commons has passed a motion declaring a national climate emergency, and supporting Canada’s commitment to meet the Paris Climate Agreement's emissions targets.

Ecuador to allow US military planes to use Galapagos airport

Reports claim that the Lenin Moreno administration of Ecuador has agreed that US military planes can operate from an airport in the Galapagos Islands.

China earthquake kills 12, injures 134

Bejing - The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 12 dead and 134 injured on Tuesday as rescuers pulled bodies and survivors from wrecked buildings.

From Greenland to Alaska, Arctic is heating up rapidly

Ice is melting at unprecedented levels as summer approaches in the Arctic. In recent days, observations have revealed a record-challenging melt event over the Greenland ice sheet, while the extent of ice over the Arctic Ocean is the lowest ever.

EU leaders to debate push for zero emissions by 2050

Apo - EU leaders will this week discuss setting a target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, European officials said Monday, following elections that highlighted climate fears.

Heavy toll for French farms and vineyards after brutal hailstorm

Romans-sur-is - Farmers in southeast France counted the costs from lost harvests on Sunday after a fierce storm battered the region with hail the size of ping-pong balls, decimating orchards and vineyards just as the summer season was kicking into high gear.

Getting to zero: the Japan town trying to recycle all its waste

Apo - Plastic, paper, metal? In Japan's Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be "zero-waste" by 2020.And that's not all: there isn't even trash collection.

Severe heat kills dozens in India's Bihar state

Connaught Place - Severe heat has left dozens dead over a 24-hour period in India's Bihar state, as the country enters a third week of searing temperatures, officials said Sunday.

G20 agrees marine plastic pollution deal

Apo - The Group of 20 major economies said they agreed a deal to reduce plastic waste that is choking the seas at a meeting in Japan on Sunday.

Barrels of agent orange chemicals found in Oregon lake

Joseph - Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week began the removal of barrels recently discovered at the bottom of Wallowa Lake marked as containing chemicals used in making agent orange.

France's 'wolf brigade': Alps guards with licence to kill

Breil-sur-roya - As the sun sets over the southern French Alps on a cool evening in early June, a flock of sheep huddle in an enclosure at an altitude of 1,500 metres.

Pollution concern: China’s algal blooms are getting bigger

They may appear visually stunning, especially from satellite images. However, new research traces how toxic bioluminescent microorganisms are becoming increasingly abundant, indicating a growing concern with pollution in China's waters.

Happiness and Harmony: 'Big step forward' as twin pandas grow

Maerkang - Born to a wild father and captive mother, nearly one-year-old twin pandas roll on the grass in a conservation base in southwest China, marking an important achievement in the preservation of the country's beloved animal.

'Hundreds' of elephants being poached each year in Botswana: report

Johanesburg - A leading conservation group has warned of surging elephant poaching in parts of Botswana and estimated nearly 400 were killed across the country in 2017 and 2018, according to a report published Thursday, adding to conservation concerns.
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