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EU bank to stop funding fossil fuels in 'landmark decision'

Apo - The European Union's investment arm said Thursday it will stop funding fossil fuel projects from 2022 as part of a new strategy aimed at fighting climate change, in a decision environmental campaigners hailed as a "significant victory".

Death toll in Australia bushfires rises to four

Burrell Creek - The death toll from devastating bushfires in eastern Australia has risen to four after a man's body was discovered in a scorched area of bushland, police said Thursday.

Climate change poses 'lifelong' child health risk

Paris - Climate change will damage the health of an entire generation unless there are immediate cuts to fossil fuel emissions, from a rise in deadly infectious diseases to surging malnutrition, experts warned Thursday.

Greta Thunberg sails to Europe, sets course for UN climate summit

Hampton - Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg departed the United States on Wednesday, hitching a ride to Europe aboard a catamaran to attend a UN climate summit in Madrid.

Greta Thunberg sails to Europe, sets course for UN climate summit

Hampton - Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg departed the United States on Wednesday, hitching a ride to Europe aboard a catamaran to attend a UN climate summit in Madrid.

Bushfire threat still high as Australia clean up begins

Australians on Wednesday began sifting through the ashes of hundreds of bushfires that have ravaged the country, relieved that their worst fears were unrealised -- but wary of a long and brutal summer ahead.

Helicopter crashes during Australia bushfire operation

Sydney - A helicopter crashed while fighting a bushfire in northern Australia on Wednesday and the pilot managed to survive with only minor injuries, officials said.

Bushfire threat still high as Australia clean up begins

Australians on Wednesday began sifting through the ashes of hundreds of bushfires that have ravaged the country, relieved that their worst fears were unrealised -- but wary of a long and brutal summer ahead.

IEA says world needs 'laser-like focus' to bring down emissions

Paris - The world must do much more to slash emissions if it is to defuse the climate change time bomb and deliver sustainable energy for a growing population, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

Trump 'so extreme' on climate he's waking people up, Greta Thunberg tells AFP

Hampton - Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump's climate change denialism was "so extreme" that it had helped galvanize the movement to halt long term planetary warming.

Indigenous leaders urge EU to protect forest homeland

Paris - Brazilian indigenous leaders pleaded Tuesday with European lawmakers to protect the Amazon and the communities living there, warning that the West's insatiable appetite was risking the health of the planet.

Raging Australian bushfires hit Sydney suburbs

Sydney - Bushfires raging across eastern Australia singed Sydney's suburbs on Tuesday, with firefighters scrambling planes and helicopters to douse a built-up neighbourhood with water and red retardant.

Australia readies for 'catastrophic' bushfires

Winmalee - Thousands of firefighters fanned out across eastern Australia Tuesday as gale-force winds, scorching temperatures and tinder-dry bushland brought "catastrophic" fire conditions.

Sydney region faces 'catastrophic' bushfire threat

Sydney - Sydney residents were warned of "catastrophic" danger and a state of emergency was declared Monday as Australia girded for a fresh wave of devastating bushfires.

Iceland students see chilling reality of melting glacier

Vik I Myrdal - Icelandic seventh-grader Lilja Einarsdottir is on an unusual field trip with her class: they're measuring the Solheimajokull glacier to see how much it has shrunk in the past year, witnessing climate change first-hand.

Australia bushfires leave three dead, at least 150 homes lost

Bobin - Catastrophic bushfires in eastern Australia have killed at least three people and forced thousands from their homes, with the death toll expected to rise as firefighters struggle towards hard-to-reach communities.

Two dead, at least 100 homes lost in Australia bushfires

Sydney - At least two people have died and 100 homes have been destroyed as an unprecedented number of bushfires tore through eastern Australia Saturday.

'Uncharted territory' as bushfires rage across Australia's east

Sydney - Australian firefighters warned they were in "uncharted territory" as they struggled to contain more than a dozen out-of-control bushfires across the east of the country on Friday.

New Zealand makes 'zero carbon' target law

Wellington - New Zealand's plan to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 became law on Thursday, when it cleared its final hurdle in parliament.

Xi, Macron unite on climate after US withdraws from Paris pact

Bejing - Chinese leader Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Wednesday that the Paris climate pact was "irreversible", showing a united front after Washington formally withdrew from the accord this week.

Dismay as US formally starts pullout from Paris climate accord

Washington - The United States has formally notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, triggering expressions of concern and regret from other major powers on Tuesday.

US formally notifies UN of withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Washington - The United States on Monday formally notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, making the world's largest economy the sole outlier from the agreement.

Asia must quit 'coal addiction': UN chief

Bangkok - The UN chief on Saturday warned Asia to quit its "addiction" to coal, as climate change threatens hundreds of millions of people vulnerable to rising sea levels across the region.

Greta Thunberg seeks lift back across Atlantic to climate meet

Los Angeles - Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg had made it half-way from Sweden to Chile by boat, train and electric car when next month's UN climate summit was unexpectedly scrapped.

Spain steps in to host COP25 climate summit as Greta asks for a lift

Madrid - Spain will host the COP25 climate summit in December, the UN said on Friday, after Chile abandoned plans to hold it due to deadly anti-government protests.

Australia PM vows to outlaw 'apocalyptic' climate activism

Sydney - Australia's pro-coal government threatened harsh new penalties against "apocalyptic" activism Friday as a global wave of climate protests has become increasingly disruptive for the country's lucrative mining industry.

Energy giants face 35% output cut to hit Paris climate goals: watchdog

Paris - The biggest listed oil and gas giants must slash production by more than a third by 2040 to keep emissions within targets laid out in the landmark Paris climate deal, an industry watchdog said Friday.

East Africa reels from deadly floods in extreme weather

Nairobi - A powerful climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean stronger than any seen in years is unleashing destructive rains and flooding across East Africa -- and scientists say worse could be coming.

Climate-fuelled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Paris - Coastal areas currently home to 300 million people will be vulnerable by 2050 to flooding made worse by climate change, no matter how aggressively humanity curbs carbon emissions, scientists have warned.

Offshore wind power set for 15-fold increase: IEA

Paris - Offshore wind could become Europe's largest single source of electricity and its use for power generation is set to increase 15-fold worldwide by 2040, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Friday.
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The southernmost known moss bank in the world! At Lazarev Bay, Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula.
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