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CO2 row over climate activist Thunberg's yacht trip to New York

Paris - The team behind teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg's yacht voyage to New York on Sunday fended off claims that her trip will create carbon emissions because team members will take transatlantic flights.

Climate change could wipe out California's Joshua trees by end of century

Los Angeles - Joshua trees, an iconic species of the arid southwestern United States, may totally disappear by the end of the century because of climate change, according to a new study.

Israel battles wildfires after record heatwave

Jerusalem - Israel sent teams of firefighters and planes Thursday to contain a blaze near Jerusalem as record temperatures fuelled wildfires across the country.

Searing heat across Europe sparks scramble for shade

Paris - Fans flew off store shelves and water fountains offered relief from the heat as temperatures soared in Europe on Monday, with officials urging vigilance ahead of even hotter conditions forecast later in the week.

Prince's climate change passion wows Trump

London - US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was wowed by Prince Charles's passion for fighting climate change and that he also wanted a world that is "good for future generations".

Researchers calculate decades of 'scary' Greenland ice melting

Washington - Measuring melting ice is a fairly precise business in 2019 -- thanks to satellites, weather stations and sophisticated climate models.

Climate campaigners take France to court

Paris - Four environmental NGOs on Thursday sued the French government for failing to uphold its commitments on fighting climate change, the latest in a series of high-profile cases that aim to force governments around the world into action.

UN Security Council divided on climate-security link

New York - Russia and the US resisted on Friday efforts by the UN Security Council to take a tougher stand on climate change -- a day after UN chief Antonio Guterres warned of a lack of political will to fight global warming.

French women reclaim 'yellow vest' protests with peaceful demo

Paris - Hundreds of women on Sunday marched in Paris to reclaim France's "yellow vest" movement from violent activists, a day after protesters smashed their way into a government ministry.

US, Saudi, Russia 'insulted' key global warming report: Al Gore

Oslo - Former US vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore on Tuesday slammed the world's top oil producers -- his own country, Saudi Arabia and Russia -- for "insulting" a key and alarming report on climate change.

Trump rejects Paris accord, but his diplomats are still negotiating

Washington - Next week in Poland, a discreet delegation of American diplomats will settle in for two weeks of international climate negotiations along with their European, Chinese and other counterparts they've mixed with for years.

Paradise regained? Experts call for European approach to US housing

Mountain View - With the embers still raining from blackened skies choked by California's massive wildfires, the effort turns to rebuilding Paradise -- a town of almost 30,000 that was wiped off the map.

Carbon taxes necessary in climate fight: World Bank chief

Montr - Fighting global warming will necessarily require taxing carbon emissions, or setting a price on carbon pollution, the World Bank's chief executive said Wednesday at a G7 environment meeting in Canada.

Eyes in the sky aim to protect Earth's rainforests, resources

San Francisco - In the Brazilian state of Para, every week, authorities receive alerts showing them which parts of the Amazon forest have been chopped down, with photos to back it up.

Sweden puts out emergency war pamphlet amid Russia fears

Stockholm - The Swedish government on Monday presented an emergency pamphlet to prepare millions of citizens in the event of a war, natural disaster or cyber attack amid soaring tensions between Russia and the Western allies.

'Noah's Ark' seed vault chalks up a million crop varieties

Longyearbyen - Norway's 'doomsday' seed bank, which seeks to protect the world's crops from natural disasters, on Monday said it had gathered more than a million varieties as it marked its 10-year anniversary.

Vines from Napa, Bordeaux tough against heat, drought

Washington - Worry not, wine drinkers. Some of the world's most popular wines, grown in California's Napa Valley and the Bordeaux region of France, are more resistant to drought than previously believed, researchers have concluded.

First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

Bejing - France and China's space agencies unveiled their first joint satellite in Beijing Friday, which will be used to improve forecasting of ocean storms and cyclones.
 

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