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Greta Thunberg puts Africa's climate activists in media spotlight

Stockholm - After a racism debate in Davos on the invisibility of African climate activists, Greta Thunberg held a press conference Friday with fellow eco warriors from Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to stress the importance of their voices.

Brazil region swept by floods and record rains faces muddy desolation

Sabar - Elaine Almeida looked at her aunt's ruined house in Sabara, a town in a southeastern region of Brazil where at least 45 people have died in floods that followed record rainfall."The water rose more than two meters, she lost everything," Almeida said.

Storm Gloria claims 12 lives in Spain, four missing

Madrid - A violent storm which wrought havoc across huge swathes of Spain's eastern and southern coastline this week claimed 12 lives and left four others missing, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Friday, blaming climate change for the extreme weather.

French campaigners highlight trawlers' deadly toll on dolphins

France - Three knocks on the cabin door: "Half past midnight!"It's time for the team from Sea Shepherd, a group dedicated to protecting the world's marine life, to start their nightly patrol.

Pyrenees glaciers 'doomed', experts warn

Toulouse - Glaciers nestled in the lofty crags of the Pyrenees mountains separating France and Spain could disappear within 30 years as temperatures rise, upending ecosystems while putting local economies at risk, scientists say.

Amazon tribes meet to counter Bolsonaro environmental threats

Lucas - Dozens of Amazon indigenous leaders have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelands open to mining concerns.

Amazon tribes meet to counter Bolsonaro environmental threats

Lucas - Several dozen indigenous leaders and representatives of Amazon communities have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelan...

Arctic has one of warmest years, raising fears over rising sea levels

Washington - The Arctic has experienced its second warmest year since 1900, according to a report published Tuesday, raising fears over low summer sea ice and rising sea levels.

Invasive species set to exploit climate change in Antarctica

Washington - In the tiny part of Antarctica where the snow melts in springtime, mosses, lichens and grasses grow alongside flies, mites and colonies of micro-organisms that have fed and reproduced for millions of years.

Greta Thunberg bound for Europe as new adventures await

Hampton - "Extremely educational" is how Greta Thunberg sums up her North American sojourn as she prepares to cross the Atlantic once more, this time bound back for Europe.

Seas to rise dramatically even if greenhouse gases are curbed

Washington - Just as an oil tanker steaming ahead at full speed cannot stop immediately, so the dramatic rise in sea levels will continue even if the world manages to slash greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, experts warned in a study published Monday.

Britain calls halt on fracking following government U-turn

London - The British government called a halt Saturday to the controversial process of "fracking" due to fears it could trigger earthquakes in a surprise U-turn just weeks before a general election.

Brazil probes whether 'ghost ship' carrying Venezuelan oil involved in spill

Rio De Janeiro - A huge oil spill off Brazil's northeastern coast may have involved a "ghost ship" carrying Venezuelan oil in breach of US sanctions, an expert close to the probe into the disaster said Tuesday.

Mystery oil spills blot more than 130 Brazilian beaches

Rio De Janeiro - The source of large blots of oil staining more than 130 beaches in northeastern Brazil remained a mystery Tuesday despite President Jair Bolsonaro's assertions they came from outside the country and were possibly the work of criminals.

Pope says Amazon feathers same as Vatican hats

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday hit out at "offensive words" spoken against the Amazon's indigenous people, noting that a feather headdress is no more ridiculous than hats worn at the Vatican.

Pope blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Vatican City - Pope Francis opened a synod on Sunday to champion the Amazon's poverty-stricken and isolated indigenous communities by condemning the destructive "interests" he blamed for the fires that devastated the region.

Vatican to shine light on Amazon's indigenous communities

Vatican City - Pope Francis will gather Catholic bishops at the Vatican Sunday to champion the isolated and poverty-struck indigenous communities of the Amazon, whose way of life is under threat.

Climate activists occupy Paris mall as global Extinction Rebellion protests begin

Paris - Hundreds of climate activists barricaded themselves into a Paris shopping centre on Saturday as security forces tried to remove them, ahead of a planned series of protests around the world by the Extinction Rebellion movement.

Lake Maracaibo: polluted by a permanent black tide

Cabimas - Smelling like an oil refinery, the vast expanse of Lake Maracaibo has become polluted by its own reserves of crude as Venezuela's economic collapse has left wells and pipelines in ruin.

Greta Thunberg marches in Montreal for global climate protests

Montr - Teen activist Greta Thunberg urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders Friday to do more for the environment as she led half a million protesters in Montreal as part of a global wave of "climate strikes.

'Black bloc' protesters spoil Paris climate march amid violent clashes

Paris - A climate march in Paris turned violent on Saturday when anarchist "black bloc" protesters joined and provoked clashes with police, prompting the rally's organisers to call for demonstrators to leave the event.

Thousands of Paris police deployed over 'yellow vest' clash fears

Paris - More than 7,000 police officers are to be deployed for rallies in Paris on Saturday over fears that yellow vest protesters and their radical, anarchist "black blocs" could try to infiltrate a march against climate change in the French capital.

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg protests at White House

Washington - Teen climate champion Greta Thunberg brought her global environmental message to the heart of the US government on Friday, telling her legion of supporters outside the White House: "Never give up.

Climate change activists on trial in Paris for stealing Macron portraits

Paris - Eight activists went on trial in Paris on Wednesday for stealing official portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron from public buildings as part of a protest over climate change.

French first lady is 'truly ugly,' says Brazilian minister

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian government minister said French first lady Brigitte Macron was "truly ugly" Thursday, only days after the country's president appeared to endorse an attack on her appearance.

Confusion and delays at Nassau airport hamper hurricane response

Nassau - After arriving at Nassau Airport, volunteers from NGO Samaritan's Purse hoped to quickly reach areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian, but instead waited hours under the blazing sun for permission to take off.

More child arsenic cases found in former French mining town

Toulouse - French authorities said Wednesday that 10 more children living near what used to be the world's biggest arsenic mine have tested above recommended levels for the toxic element, stoking parents' fears that waste from the site is leaking into soil and gr...

Amazon fires create image nightmare for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Scorched forests, government inaction and presidential insults -- fires in the Amazon rainforest are having a disastrous effect on Brazil's international image, analysts warn.

CITES votes to protect endangered mako sharks

Geneva - A proposal to strengthen protection for mako sharks, hunted for their meat and fins, was adopted Sunday by 102 countries at the CITES global wildlife trade summit.

Anti-G7 activists march with 'stolen' Macron portraits

Bayonne - Several hundred anti-G7 protesters staged an unusual protest in southwestern France on Sunday, holding "stolen" portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron which were held upside down in a pointed critique on his policies.
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