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U.N. General Assembly: Biden pledges to work toward ‘peaceful, prosperous future for all’

Covid-19 and climate change dominated the start of the General Assembly gathering. The U.N. secretary general warned that an increasingly divided world was “on the edge of an abyss.”
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Covid trash isn't always dangerous. Not everyone got the memo

Overblown fears that the coronavirus could be transmitted through surfaces have created a stigma around handling nonhazardous trash, experts say. Some recyclable waste has been junked or burned.

An economic lifeline in South America, the Paraná River, is shriveling

The continent’s second-largest river is drying up amid the biggest drought in 70 years, upending ecosystems, trade and livelihoods.
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Gaza is battling to tackle deadly pollution levels as efforts are hampered by continued conflict

Earlier this year, it looked as though Gaza's efforts to tackle pollution had borne fruit, after a damning UN report in 2012. But recent conflict has obliterated any progress.

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For France, American vines still mean sour grapes

French authorities have tried to outlaw hardy American hybrids for 87 years. But climate change and the natural wine movement are giving renegade winemakers a lift.

Athens is only getting hotter. Its new ‘Chief Heat Officer’ hopes to cool it down.

Eleni Myrivili has been tasked with finding ways to help the Greek capital cope with ever-hotter heat waves that are expected to be part of life for years to come.
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Opinion: The COVID-19 pandemic. Climate change. Culture wars. For the West, the party is over

With so many things going wrong at the same time, we have lost the ability to solve big problems and meet big challenges – and there is every reason to believe it may only get worse

Earthquake-Struck Haiti is Lashed by Heavy Rains After Storm Hits

The new casualty figures from Saturday’s quake, including 10,000 injured, come as victims struggled with a storm deluge that could complicate relief efforts.

Photographer captures seahorses, stingers and 'grumpy' fish in vanishing ocean habitats

A Spanish photographer is using his lens and his scuba gear to capture images of undersea marvels humanity stands to lose in the face of climate change and unchecked environmental pollution.

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Flash Floods in Turkey Kill 59, and Dozens Are Still Missing

The death toll rose to at least 59 a fifth day after the disaster, and more than 70 people remain missing.

A Sicilian town sends an omen of a much hotter future

Floridia may have hit 124 degrees Fahrenheit this week, possibly the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe, offering Italy and the entire Mediterranean a preview of things to come.
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Sicily Registers Record-High Temperature as Heat Wave Sweeps Italian Island

A monitoring station on the island reported a temperature of 119.84 Fahrenheit, 48.8 degrees Celsius, on Wednesday. If verified, it would be the highest ever recorded in Europe.

Greek island is new epicenter of europe’s summer of calamity

Evia was ravaged by wildfires this week, adding to the list of places that have fallen victim to extreme weather events made worse by climate change and scorching temperatures.
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The latest IPCC report is a catastrophe

Climate change is here, it’s a crisis, and it’s caused by fossil fuels.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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