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Monster storm strengthens in Pacific, lashing Vanuatu

Vila - A deadly Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu on Monday, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine the impoverished nation's battle to remain coronavirus-free.

New international standard for ‘greening’ buildings

The manufacturing and building sectors are major contributors to levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. How can this vital sector of the economy become greener? A new international standard can help.

UN's COP26 climate summit postponed due to coronavirus

London - The UN's COP 26 climate change summit due to take place in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the British government said on Wednesday.

The young Brazilians fighting for the Amazon

Carauari - Maria dreams of being the next Greta Thunberg. Kelita is studying in the first-ever university program in the Amazon. Fabio is helping his family do its part to fight climate change through sustainable agriculture.

Geoengineering could reduce climate change risks

New research, from the UK, indicates that injecting the correct quantity of sulphur dioxide into Earth's upper atmosphere thicken the layer of light reflecting aerosol particles. This could lower the effects of climate change.

Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud

Jakarta - Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted Friday, shooting a column of ash some 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) into the air in its second major eruption this month.

Q&A: Are hemp plastics really sustainable? Special

Many companies tend to tout hemp plastics as a superior alternative to petroleum-based plastics, but its disadvantages often go unmentioned. Cody Ziering of PAQcase explains more.

Virus lockdown makes big dent in Paris air pollution: report

Paris - France's stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus outbreak have produced a 20 to 30 percent decline in overall air pollution levels in Paris, according to a report from the region's air quality monitoring agency.

LEGO bricks take hundreds of years to breakdown in the ocean

Plymouth - It's been long-known that the traditional LEGO brick takes along time to breakdown, which is something of concern in the context of plastic pollution. New research shows just how long it takes a humble brick to fully decompose.

International World Water Day and startling global facts

Each year, on March 22, the United Nations marks international world water day where a series of events are held and facts about access to clean water broadcast. This is to highlight just how many people still do not have access to clean water.

Powerful quake damages buildings in Croatia capital

Zagreb - A 5.3-magnitude earthquake tore down chunks of buildings in Zagreb and left a teenager in critical condition on Sunday, state media reported, as authorities warned residents not to gather together and further spread the coronavirus.

Slow growth in black rhino numbers cause for hope: conservationists

Paris - The tentative recovery of Africa’s black rhino population was hailed by conservationists on Thursday as a cause for hopes that ambitious protection efforts could overcome the "acute threat” of poaching.

Protests as Moscow moves to build road on radioactive dump

Moscow - Moscow authorities on Wednesday began work on building a highway over a Soviet-era dump of radioactive materials, despite months of public protests and warnings from environmental campaigners.

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