Pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years, UN says

The novel coronavirus outbreak has starkly exposed inequalities worldwide and could set back human development for the first time since 1990, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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Stripe picks $1 million in carbon-removal projects to spur industry

The billionaire brothers who control San Francisco-based online payments company Stripe are spending a quarter of a million dollars to import special sand to a remote Caribbean beach.
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Toxics

EU to introduce waste reduction targets, new sustainable products law

The European Commission said on Wednesday it will introduce new waste reduction targets and sustainability laws to ensure that products placed on the EU market are recyclable, repairable and designed to last longer, its latest plan to halve waste by 2030.

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Climate

U.S. blocking G20 mention of climate change in draft communique, diplomats say

The United States is against mentioning climate change in the communique of the world's financial leaders, G20 diplomats said, after a new draft of the joint statement showed the G20 are considering including it as a risk factor to growth.

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Climate

Microsoft aims to erase its carbon footprint from atmosphere

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it aims to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits by 2030 and that by 2050, it hopes to have taken out enough to account for all the direct emissions the company has ever made.

Climate

With 'thank you' emails, polite Britons burn thousands of tonnes of carbon a year

Britain could significantly cut its carbon footprint if people stopped sending unnecessary 'thank you' emails, researchers said on Tuesday, calling on the public to 'think before you thank'.

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Amazon's rising air shipments fly in the face of climate plan

Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the online retailer's delivery operations.

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Biodiversity

Fat is fabulous for bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park

Alaska grizzly bears packing on pounds for the winter are competing for more than the season's last salmon. They are also vying for the title of the state's fattest bear.

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Climate

Protesters target Amazon in France calling for action on climate change

Several hundred environmental activists protested outside Amazon's headquarters in Paris and at two of its regional distribution centers in France on Tuesday as part of stepped-up climate change demonstrations.

Energy

UPS gears up for heavy-duty eBike delivery test in Seattle

United Parcel Service Inc on Thursday will unveil an urban delivery test in Seattle that uses electric bicycles geared to carry packages in large preloaded boxes to save time and cut pollution, the company said.

Originals

U.S. intel chief warns of devastating cyber threat to U.S. infrastructure.

While at first glance this story would appear unrelated to environmental health, it actually covers a story of vital importance to the environment, health, and environmental health.

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Power to the drones: Utilities place bets on robots

Flying robots that can travel dozens of kilometers without stopping could be the next big thing for power companies.
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U.S. intel chief warns of devastating cyber threat to U.S. infrastructure

The U.S. intelligence chief warned on Friday that the threat was growing for a devastating cyber assault on critical U.S. infrastructure, saying the "warning lights are blinking red again" nearly two decades after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Toxics

Amazon to pay $1.2 million in settlement over pesticide sales, U.S. says

Amazon.com Inc will pay a $1.2 million penalty to settle nearly 4,000 alleged violations of U.S. law in a move to prevent harmful exposure to pesticides through illegal sales, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.
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Climate

Big firms call on EU to set 35 percent renewable power supplies target

A group of big technology, industry and power companies have called on the European Union to set a target for renewables of at least 35 percent when EU energy ministers meet next week.

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