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Forest fire haze clears over Singapore ahead of F1

Fpo - Singapore's skies were clearer Friday and air quality improved as smog from Indonesian forest fires drifted away, easing fears that this weekend's Formula One race may be affected.

Children in Australia, Pacific launch global climate strike

Sydney - Children in Australia and the Pacific Islands kicked off a millions-strong global climate strike Friday -- heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg and demanding adults take action to stave off environmental disaster.

Thousands of dead fish wash up on drought-stricken Greek lake

Thessalon - Thousands of fish washed up dead on the shores of Lake Koroneia in northern Greece on Thursday as a result of high temperatures and declining water levels, authorities said.

Malaysia raises diplomatic temperature as Indonesia burns

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia said Thursday it will raise pressure on its Southeast Asian neighbours to find a solution to recurring outbreaks of smog-belching forest fires in Indonesia, as air quality plummeted and more schools closed.

New Aussie law aims to help save Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia introduced stricter new laws to limit agricultural run-off into the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Thursday, in an attempt to save the reef and keep its prized world heritage status.

'Day Zero' looms in Australian Outback as climate change bites

Stanthorpe - An unprecedented water shortage in drought-stricken eastern Australia is driving home the brutal realities of climate change and threatening the much-mythologised Outback way of life.

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Kuala Lumpur - Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and Indonesia Thursday, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting.

Sparks fly as Germany's climate plan hits rural landscapes

Bad Kissingen - German farmer Edgar Thomas already has two towering pylons spoiling the view of the picturesque rolling hills around his land, and he's exasperated that his area is being asked to find room for more.

Melting snowcaps spell water trouble for world's highest capital

La Paz - Water resources are running dry in the world's highest-elevation capital due to the combined effect of the Andean glaciers melting, drought and mismanagement.

Trump revokes California's authority to set auto emissions limits

Los Angeles - President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set its own stricter emissions standards, days before a major UN summit on averting climate change disaster.

Tiny penguin's clean bill of health after epic NZ-Australia swim

Sydney - A tiny penguin that made the mammoth journey from New Zealand to Australia has been nursed back to health and released into the wild -- in the hope it will find its own way home.

Schools, airports closed as Indonesia fires spark fears for Singapore F1

Kuala Lumpur - Toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires closed schools and airports across the country and in neighbouring Malaysia Wednesday, while air quality worsened in Singapore just days before the city's Formula One motor race.

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia closed more than 1,000 schools nationwide Wednesday and air quality worsened in Singapore days before the city's Formula One race, as toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires engulfed the region.

Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires — President Widodo

Pekanbaru - Indonesia is battling forest fires causing toxic haze across southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer, President Joko Widodo said during a visit to a hard-hit area Tuesday.

Indonesia arrests nearly 200 over raging forest fires

Jakarta - Indonesia has arrested nearly 200 people over vast forest fires ripping across the archipelago, police said Monday, as toxic haze sends air quality levels plummeting and sparks flight cancellations.

Tears at Bangkok memorial for murdered activist

Bangkok - The wife of a murdered activist whose charred remains were found dumped in a Thai reservoir led an emotional memorial Monday, saying their five young children had been left bereft by his death.

Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse underground fires

Pekanbaru - Thousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of Whack-a-Mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy -- underground fires that aggravate global warming.

Lilly, Thailand's Greta Thunberg, wages 'war' on plastic

Bangkok - Skipping school to glide through a dirty Bangkok canal on a paddleboard, Lilly fishes out rubbish in her mission to clean up Thailand, where the average person uses eight plastic bags every single day.

Trump opens Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge to oil drillers

Washington - The Trump administration announced a key step toward opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration Thursday, rolling out a plan that would see lease sales occur by the end of the year.

Bolivia, with huge untapped reserves, gears up for soaring lithium demand

Vinto - Over 3,600 meters above sea level on the blinding white plain of the world's largest salt flat, landlocked Bolivia is dramatically ramping up production of lithium to cope with soaring global demand for the prized electric-battery metal.

Frontline fight: Indonesia locked in epic battle against jungle blazes

Pekanbaru - Working around the clock, thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain smog-belching blazes raging across rainforests and farmland in Indonesia, one of the frontlines against fires blamed for aggravating global warming.

Russia's world-first floating nuclear plant arrives in port

Moscow - Russia's world first floating nuclear power station on Saturday completed a 5,000-kilometre (3,100-mile) Arctic transfer to the country's far east, the Rosatom nuclear agency said."The Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear plant arrived ...

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Pekanbaru - Hundreds held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away toxic haze covering wide swathes of the country that has forced mass school closures.

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Pekanbaru - Hundreds of people held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away the toxic haze covering wide swathes of the country.

Forest fires destroying vital buffer against climate change

Pekanbaru - With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming.

Colombian authorities seize animal parts sold for rituals

Apo - Colombian authorities seized 1,400 animal parts intended for witchcraft rituals and amulets from shops in the capital Bogota, officials said on Thursday.

English Channel dolphins riddled with toxins

Paris - The skin and blubber of bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel contain alarmingly high concentrations of mercury and other toxic pollutants, researchers said Thursday.

Paris, four other French cities ban use of pesticides

Paris - Paris and four other French cities on Thursday banned the use of synthetic pesticides within their boundaries, as an anti-chemicals movement that began in the countryside gains momentum.

Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

Pekanbaru - The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming.

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring.
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