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As COVID-19 closes schools, the world's children go to work

Former students are taking illegal and often dangerous jobs in India and other developing countries, potentially rolling back years of progress in social mobility and public health.
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Mine disaster in China kills at least 16

A fire led to excessively high levels of carbon monoxide, officials said. The site had previously been fined for safety violations.
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China’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2060: What it means

Under international pressure to do more to address global warming, Xi Jinping made a surprise commitment to drastically reduce emissions. Now comes the hard part.
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Hundreds of whales stranded off Tasmania

More than 450 pilot whales became stranded on the west coast of the island state in Australia. Rescuers estimate that over half of them have already died.
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An Indigenous Canadian journalist was covering a protest. Then he got arrested

He is one of four reporters arrested while covering Indigenous affairs in a country that has been trying to make amends for its colonial past.
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Oxfam study: World's richest 1% responsible for 15% of carbon emissions

In the last quarter-century, the wealthiest 1% of the world were responsible for more than twice the carbon pollution than were the poorest half, new research showed Monday.
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Fire lessons from Australia's South Coast

Australia’s South Coast was hammered by last year’s fires. Now it’s time to prepare for another fire season.
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Annual plastic waste could reach 53m tons by 2030

In a new modeling study published in the journal Science, ecologists monitoring pollution in aquatic ecosystems have voiced their concern, saying more needs to be done to reduce emissions.

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Chile’s largest Indigenous group sees opportunity in a new constitution

Chile’s Mapuche have long demanded official recognition of their culture and of their claims to ancestral lands. A referendum over a new Constitution provides them a chance to be included.
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‘China is willing to contribute more’: Beijing signals carbon neutrality intent

China is considering carbon neutrality as part of its long term climate plan, the country's foreign ministry announced following a summit with EU leaders.

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Why Nord Stream 2 is back in the spotlight

The attack on the Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny has revived calls to cancel a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. Here’s what lies behind the debate.
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Australia’s witnesses to fire's fury are desperate to avoid a sequel

Eight months after blazes devastated a wide swath of Australia, the most battered communities are trying to burn their way to safety as another fire season approaches.
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Japan orders millions to evacuate as typhoon lashes region

Typhoon Haishen, which passed Japan and made landfall in South Korea, brought down power lines and left some injured in Japan, and disrupted travel in the region.
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