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Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

WASHINGTON: After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies released Wednesday from the Global Carbon Project , an international scientific collaboration of academics, governments and industry that tracks ...

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2018 set to be among hottest years on record: UN

GENEVA: Global temperatures in 2018 are set to be the fourth highest on record, the UN said Thursday, stressing the urgent need for action to rein in runaway warming of the planet. In a report released ahead of the COP 24 climate summit in Poland, the World Meteorological Organization pointed out that the 20 warmest years on record have been ...

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Future uncertain for Australia’s unique platypus: Researchers

SYDNEY: Australia‘s unique platypus population is shrinking under pressure from agriculture and pollution, putting the egg-laying mammals’ future in doubt, researchers said in a report published on Thursday. A three-year survey of the duck-billed animal suggested its numbers had fallen by 30 per cent, to around 200,000, since Europeans settled the continent two centuries ago. “We have great concerns about ...

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Air pollution exposure linked to breast cancer: Study

LONDON: Women working near busy roads are at high risk of developing breast cancer, due to traffic-related air pollution, researchers have warned. The team, from the University of Stirling in Scotland, analysed the case of a woman who developed breast cancer after spending 20 years working as a border guard at the busiest commercial border crossing in North America. The ...

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Oceans heating faster than previously thought: study

PARIS: The world’s oceans have absorbed more heat than previously thought over the last quarter of a century, scientists said Thursday, leaving Earth more sensitive still to the effects of climate change. Oceans cover more than two thirds of the planet’s surface and play a vital role in sustaining life on Earth. According to their most recent assessment this month, ...

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Keen to see a komodo dragon? $500 please, says Indonesian governor

KUPANG: Tourists keen for a close-up look at komodo dragons in their natural habitat could be hit with an alarming bill, if one Indonesian politician gets his way. The governor of East Nusa Tenggara province — home to the world’s biggest lizard — has proposed charging visitors $500 to see the endangered species, about 50 times the current entrance fee ...

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Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high: UN

GENEVA: The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, have hit a new record high, the UN said Thursday, warning that the time to act was running out. “Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth,” the head of the ...

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Dead sperm whale in Indonesia found with 6 kg of plastic in stomach

JAKARTA: A sperm whale has been found dead in Indonesia with 115 plastic cups and 25 plastic bags in its stomach, raising concern among environmentalists and throwing the spotlight on the country’s rubbish problem. The items were part of nearly six kilograms (13 pounds) of plastic waste discovered in the 9.5-metre (31-foot) carcass when it washed ashore in Wakatobi National ...

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