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Beijing to Spend $2.7 Billion on Cleaning Capital's Air

Chinese state media say Beijing will spend $2.7 billion to fight air pollution in the capital this year.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that part of the money will be used to close or upgrade more than 2,000 polluting factories, replace the use of coal with clean energy on the outskirts of the city and phase out 300,000 high-polluting older vehicles.

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Earth Breaks Heat Record in 2016 for Third Year in a Row

Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, U.S. scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.

Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India, Kuwait and Iran, while sea ice melted faster than ever in the fragile Arctic, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Anger at Skeletal Sun Bears in Indonesian Zoo

Animal rights activists Wednesday demanded the closure of an Indonesian zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from visitors and eating their own dung.

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US Contributes $500-Million to UN Green Climate Fund

The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House.

The $500 million payment, announced by State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement, is the second from the United States to support the United Nations Green Climate Fund, which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change in the world's poorest countries.

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China Tells Local Meteorological Bureaus to Stop Smog Alerts

China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country's air pollution as public anger over the issue grows.

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More than 80 False Killer Whales Die Off Florida Coast

More than 80 dolphins known as false killer whales have died off the southwest coast of Florida after getting stranded in shallow waters, U.S. officials said.

A pod of 95 of the dolphins, which are black in color and look like killer whales without white markings, became stranded in the Gulf Coast off Everglades National Park, the park said on Twitter.

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UK Experts Warn of Trump Climate Science Clampdown

More than 100 of Britain's top climate scientists on Monday urged Prime Minister Theresa May to press U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to safeguard government-led research on global warming.

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Snow Traps 1,000 Motorists in Tunisia

Heavy snow has trapped around 1,000 motorists in northwestern Tunisia, the prime minister's office said Monday.

Drifts blocked roads including a major highway in the province of Jendouba on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's office said.

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Climate Change Shows in Shrinking Antarctic Snows

Vast icy rock peaks tower above Argentina's Carlini research base in Antarctica. But scientists who have worked here for decades say the glaciers are less icy than they once were.

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Winter Storm Batters Europe, Killing Two

A powerful winter storm battered Europe on Friday, killing one woman and leaving 330,000 homes without power in France as flights and train services were canceled and coastal areas put on flood alert.

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