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Record southeastern Brazil rainstorms kill 30

Bras - At least 30 people have been killed in two days of intense storms in southeastern Brazil, the Minas Gerais state Civil Defense office said Saturday.

Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes

Nairobi - Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday.

Powerful quake kills 21 in eastern Turkey

Elazig - A powerful earthquake has killed at least 21 people and injured more than 1,000 in eastern Turkey, as rescue teams searched through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors on Saturday.

Big increase in potent greenhouse gases reported

A new study finds that levels of potent greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere have been increasing. The upward trajectory contrasts earlier reports which had signalled a reduction. The new data raises environmental concerns.

In Spain, toll rises to 10 dead as Storm Gloria ebbs

Barcelona - The death toll from a violent storm which has wrought havoc on huge swathes of Spain's eastern and southern coastline rose to 10 on Thursday as rescuers searched for four missing people.

Three American crew killed as firefighting plane crashes in Australia

Sydney - Three American crew helping to battle Australia's devastating bushfires were killed Thursday when their water-bombing plane crashed in mountainous terrain during a sortie to tackle another outbreak of the deadly blazes.

High alert for new Australia bushfires as heat and winds pick up

Sydney - Australian firefighters are on high alert for the possibility that scorching temperatures and strong winds could whip up new bushfires on Thursday, coming after rain brought welcome respite to fire-ravaged areas.

Platypus: On the brink of extinction

A new research report flags an urgent issue relating to the remaining platypus population. The study says that action is urgently needed to minimize the risk of the platypus vanishing entirely, as the result of habitat destruction to dams and weirs.

Earthquake-hit Puerto Rico investigates unused emergency supplies

Miami - Protests broke out in earthquake-hit Puerto Rico on Monday as a judicial investigation was opened into the weekend discovery of unused emergency supplies leftover from the devastating Hurricane Maria.

Spain joins over two dozen countries — Declares climate emergency

Madrid - Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, joining over two dozen countries, stating that they will send legislation to parliament within 100 days to address the issue.

Malaysia sends tons of plastic waste back to 13 countries

Malaysia has sent back 150 shipping containers (3,737 metric tons) of plastic waste to rich countries including the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Canada, insisting it won't be the "garbage dump" of the world.

Bangladesh factories ordered shut to save key river

Dhaka - Bangladesh's high court has ordered the shutdown of 231 factories that have contributed to Dhaka's main river becoming one of the world's most polluted, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Weather 'merry-go-round' poses new risks for fire-ravaged Australia

Sydney - A "merry-go-round" of extreme weather was hampering efforts by firefighters in Australia to tackle unprecedented bushfires that have killed at least 29 people and devastated vast swathes of the country.

UN ruling on climate refugees a legal 'tipping-point'

It is unlawful for governments to return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by the climate crisis, a landmark ruling by the United Nations human rights committee has found.

Climate crisis could justify asylum claims: UN committee

Geneva - Governments that send refugees back to countries severely affected by climate change could be in breach of their human rights obligations, a UN committee said on Monday.

Pyrenees glaciers 'doomed', experts warn

Toulouse - Glaciers nestled in the lofty crags of the Pyrenees mountains separating France and Spain could disappear within 30 years as temperatures rise, upending ecosystems while putting local economies at risk, scientists say.

Australia fires 'devastating habitats' of endangered species

Sydney - Australia's bushfires and other climate change effects are devastating the habitats of critically endangered species and driving the native platypus towards extinction, according to surveys highlighting the country's vulnerability to rising temperature...

China moves on takeout containers in bid to reduce plastic waste

Bejing - China will ban non-degradable plastic bags in major cities and single-use straws from restaurants by the end of this year in a bid to cut down on waste.

Climate activists march on Davos

Geneva - Hundreds of climate activists, young and old, embarked on a three-day march on Sunday to the make their voices heard at the 50th World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos.
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