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Thunberg in Twitter spat with German rail

Berlin - Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was forced to defend herself in a Twitter spat with German railway service Deutsche Bahn (DB) on Sunday.

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon up by more than double: data

Rio De Janeiro - Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon in November surged by 104 percent compared to the same month in 2018, according to official data released Saturday.

Fighting climate change, protecting nature go hand in hand

Madrid - The preservation of Earth's pristine wildernesses and oceans, long treated as a separate issue to curbing climate change, is taking on more importance as scientists say they really need to go hand in hand.

Fukushima clean-up reduces radiation levels, but not all

Paris - Clean-up efforts at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, have significantly reduced radiation levels but untreated forested areas remain a problem, scientists said Thursday.

Mammoth field fires up Norway's oil industry

Norway - Under yellow metal legs stretching beneath the sea, billions of dollars lie buried. As the world tries hard to halt global warming, a huge oil field breathes new life into Norway's oil sector."Massive!

Red Cross scrambles to address surging climate-related risks

Geneva - Before Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in September, Red Cross officials there thought the island nation was well-prepared to weather the storm, with strong building codes, numerous shelters and pre-positioned aid.They were wrong.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time' 2019 person of the year

New York - Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who became the voice of conscience for a generation facing the climate change emergency, was named Wednesday as Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time' 2019 person of the year

New York - Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who became the voice of conscience for a generation facing the climate change emergency, was announced Wednesday as Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year.

Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic

Fpo - Scientists said Wednesday they have come up with an environmentally-friendly method that uses artificial sunlight to transform plastic into power-generating chemicals, as countries worldwide battle to reduce waste.

First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

Vancouver - The world's first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and offering hope that airlines may one day end their polluting emissions.

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls Greta Thunberg a 'brat'

Bras - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg a "brat" after the activist condemned the weekend killing of two indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest.

Smoke haze settles over Australian capital as bushfires burn

Sydney - Smoke haze from bushfires raging in Australia spread to the capital Sunday, as firefighters raced to contain more than 140 blazes ahead of a heatwave forecast early this week.

Bangladesh tears down brick kilns to fight toxic smog

Dhaka - Excavators flanked by Bangladesh riot police are at work demolishing illegal soot-belching brick kilns around the smog-choked capital Dhaka, forcing migrant labourers out of work and back to their villages.

Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

Palembang - A Sumatran tiger has killed an Indonesian farmer, police said Friday, marking the second fatal attack by the critically endangered species in less than a month.

At 50, Europe's oldest nuclear plant not ready to retire

Beznau - Europe's oldest functioning nuclear reactor, at Switzerland's Beznau plant, will turn 50 next week -- a lifespan deemed dangerously long by environmentalists who are demanding that it be shut down immediately.

Emerging from obscurity: 2019's unforeseen history-makers

Paris - Of the many people who made history in 2019, some surprised themselves and the world by emerging from obscurity to make their mark, though one remains anonymous for the time being -- "The Whistleblower" behind the impeachment probe into US President Do...

UK Greens poised as climate climbs election agenda

Hove - The city of Brighton and Hove on England's south coast is home to some of the country's most eco-conscious voters, and next week's general election there is as much about climate change as Brexit."It's the only issue really...

The year the world woke up to the climate emergency

Paris - Schoolchildren skipping class to strike, protests bringing city centres to a standstill: armed with dire warnings from scientists, people around the world dragged the climate emergency into the mainstream in 2019.

Early cholesterol treatment lowers heart disease risk: study

Paris - Treating younger people with high cholesterol levels may help reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke in later life, a major study showed Wednesday.

Greta Thunberg sails into Lisbon en route to COP25

Lisbon - Swedish teenage eco-warrior Greta Thunberg sailed into Lisbon on Tuesday after crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran with her sights set on the UN climate change summit in Madrid.

Drones show Greenland ice sheet fracturing in real time

Washington - Scientists said Monday they had used a drone to observe the rapid fracturing and draining of a lake on the Greenland ice sheet, a phenomenon that may become more frequent as a result of climate change.

Scientists hunt wild relatives of food crops to bolster defences

Paris - Scientists have been on a global search for the wild relatives of our food crops, hoping to bolster their defences against disease and climate change, a study showed Tuesday.

Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, closes Manila airport

Manila - Typhoon Kammuri on Tuesday lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila shut down its international airport over safety concerns.

Four get 50-year terms in Honduras for activist murder

Tegucigalpa - A court in Honduras on Monday sentenced four men to 50 years in prison for the 2016 murder of high-profile environmental activist Berta Caceres -- a slaying that sparked international outrage.

Anger, hope and pleas for action at UN climate meet

Madrid - Confronted with a climate crisis threatening civilisation itself, humanity must choose between hope and surrender, UN chief Antonio Guterres told the opening plenary of a UN climate conference Monday.

Evacuations, airport closure as Typhoon Kammuri nears Philippines

Manila - Typhoon Kammuri barrelled towards the Philippines on Monday, pushing tens of thousands of people into evacuation centres and prompting authorities to order a temporary closure of Manila's international airport as a safety precaution.

Thousands flee as Typhoon Kammuri churns towards Philippines

Manila - The Philippines was braced for powerful Typhoon Kammuri as the storm churned closer, forcing evacuations and threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games events near the capital Manila.

New 2030 goals for societal change top Dell Technologies’ agenda

Dell Technologies has unveiled its long-term plan to create a lasting, measurable impact on people and their communities across the globe as well as the planet. These include increasing inclusion and advancing sustainability.

Campaigners occupy German coal mines in climate protest

Spremberg - Thousands of activists on Saturday occupied several opencast coal mines in eastern Germany, seeking to put pressure on the government to phase out the fossil fuel -- a divisive issue in the country's rust belt.

Q&A: How energy companies are responding to climate change Special

Climate campaigners want the government to declare a climate and ecological emergency. How successful have protests like Extinction Rebellion been and will governments and energy companies give ground? Dr. Shuli Goodman weighs in.
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Projections of decreased potential for snow to supply spring and summer human water demand by mid-century (reddest areas are highest risk; yellow, lowest). In blue/white areas, future rainfall should be sufficient to supply present human needs; gray regions indicate basins where rainfall might be insufficient, potentially making them dependent on snow or other sources.
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Earth Day 2015 in Edmonton.
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Earth Day 2015 in Edmonton.
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