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US role in spotlight as nations meet on Paris climate deal

Montreal, Canada | AFP | A top European environment official said Saturday the United States appeared to be softening its stance on the Paris climate accord, but the White House quickly pushed back. The remark came as environment ministers from some 30 countries gathered in Montreal seeking headway on the Paris …

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Report finds staggering decline in Canada wildlife

Montreal, Canada | AFP | Half of the vertebrate populations in Canada are in staggering decline, despite the country’s vast outback, according to a WWF report Thursday that highlighted threats to beluga whales and caribou. The World Wildlife Fund in its Living Planet Report pointed to 451 shrinking animal populations out …

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Urban sprawl in spotlight after historic Houston floods

Washington, United States | AFP | Rapid, poorly regulated urbanization in Houston has exacerbated the impact of flooding from Hurricane Harvey, experts say, warning that local authorities must pay attention as global climate change threatens to intensify extreme weather events. A residential and commercial construction boom the Greater Houston area, even …

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Warmer climate threatens malaria spread in Ethiopia

Paris, France | AFP |  Cool, high-lying areas of Ethiopia hitherto shielded from heat-loving malaria mosquitoes are increasingly exposed to the disease as the climate warms, researchers said Thursday. Most Ethiopians live in the country’s highlands, and have long enjoyed natural protection against mosquitoes carrying the malaria-causing parasites Plasmodium falciparum …

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Obama slams Trump for exiting Paris climate deal

Washington, United States | AFP |  Barack Obama slammed his successor President Donald Trump on Thursday for pulling out of the Paris climate deal, warning that the move would see the United States “reject the future.” “The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap …

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Climate: The Paris Agreement at a glance

Paris, France | AFP |  The 2015 Paris Agreement, which the United States will quit according to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday, is the first pact to commit all nations to limiting global warming caused by emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. Key facts about the pact: – …

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