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In drought-hit southern india, animal rescue workers fed water to a parched king cobra

A thrilling video has emerged showing a king cobra drinking water from a bottle. The video – shot in Southern India – shows a daring wildlife rescue worker offering water to the snake. The 12 feet long cobra was rescued from a village in Kaiga township – where it has strayed, apparently looking for water. Some parts of southern India have been hit by drought, making water scarce. Wildlife officials say the drought has severely affected wild animals in the...

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Cities must lure private dollars fast to meet climate goals

By Alex Whiting LONDON, April 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cities must find ways to tap major private investment fast if they are to build the “green” infrastructure needed to help prevent global warming reaching dangerous levels, experts say. The 90 cities in an international network of megacities committed to tackling climate change – called C40 – will need to raise $375 billion by 2020 for low-carbon transport, buildings and other infrastructure, the group says. Even more is needed worldwide to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as agreed under the Paris climate...

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‘Worldwide momentum’ on climate change despite Trump – UN official

  OSLO, March 31 – Governments have created “worldwide momentum” to slow climate change despite threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Friday. “The Paris Agreement remains a remarkable achievement, universally supported by all countries when it was adopted,” Patricia Espinosa, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, wrote in a letter to staff. Trump, who doubts that greenhouse gases from fossil fuels are warming the planet, began undoing former President Barack Obama’s policies to slow global warming this...

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Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, March 28 – U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations that his administration says is hobbling oil drillers and coal miners, a move environmental groups have vowed to take to court. The decree’s main target is former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, requiring states to slash carbon emissions from power plants – a critical element in helping the United States meet its commitments to a global climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015....

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Good luck coins prove fatal for Thai “piggy bank” turtle

BANGKOK, March 21 – A 25-year-old Thai sea turtle died from blood poisoning on Tuesday, never recovering from an operation to remove 915 coins from her stomach, thrown into her pool for good luck, veterinarians said. The green turtle named Omsin, “piggy bank” in Thai, underwent a seven-hour-long operation this month to remove 5 kg (11 lb) of coins which she had mistaken for food. But Omsin, who lived at a conservation centre in Chonburi, east of the Thai capital Bangkok, was rushed into intensive care on Sunday night, breathing too slowly. She received an emergency operation on Monday,...

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Are women better climate leaders? Find out.

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini LONDON, March 13 – Women who aim for high political office often face plenty of challenges along the way. As a result, “they have an ability to resist and lead which is undoubtedly stronger than that of most men with a typical career path,” says Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. That hardiness is coming in handy as many of the world’s cities – a growing number of them led by women – move to take the lead in adopting clean energy, adapting to climate threats and otherwise battling climate change. Women “have the courage to bring about...

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Thai Veterinarians Remove 915 coins from sea turtle thrown into her pool for good luck

BANGKOK, March 6 – Thai veterinarians on Monday removed 915 coins from a 25-year-old sea turtle which had been swallowing items thrown into her pool for good luck, eventually limiting her ability to swim. The coins and other objects removed from the turtle named Omsin – piggy bank in Thai – weighed 5 kg (11 lb). The turtle itself weighed 59 kg (130 lb). The green sea turtle, living at a conservation centre in Sriracha, Chonburi, east of the Thai capital of Bangkok, had been finding it hard to swim normally because of the weight. The vets said they...

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Dubai Crown Prince Drives Around Town in Green Car

It has been barely two weeks since Tesla announced its big entry into the UAE market, and the Dubai royalty is already driving the green machines on its swanky roads, pushing the vehicle to its limit. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, recently put up pictures on Instagram of him driving a Tesla on what looks like the Sheikh Zayed Road during the recent spell of rain. At a time when fuel costs are rising and countries are pushing to reduce consumption of fossil fuel, a member of the Dubai royal family taking...

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Taliban Calls on Afghans to Plant Fruit Trees for benefit of the society

KABUL, Feb 26 – The Taliban group in Afghanistan on Sunday used a rare public statement in the name of its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, to call on Afghans to plant more trees for worldly and other-worldly good. Official Taliban outlets released the “special message” under Akhundzada’s name, an uncommon move for the group that has recently published unsigned statements on a range of issues such as civilian casualties, upcoming military operations, and the anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops in the 1980s. Akhundzada, a cleric, is believed to have been in hiding since becoming Taliban leader in May...

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These quick facts about food growth and distribution will change your perspective on the world

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has just released a report on world food growth and distribution, and the situation is bleak. Major transformations are needed in how food is grown and distributed if the world is to meet the challenges of climate change, population growth and pressure on natural resources, the agency said on Wednesday, February 22. “Global food security could be in jeopardy, due to mounting pressures on natural resources and to climate change,” FAO’s director general José Graziano da Silva said in a statement. FAO warned that world leaders would not meet a goal to end...

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