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Strong 6.4-Magnitude Quake Hits off Indonesia

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumba on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage.

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Scientists Warn of Climate 'Time Bomb' for World's Groundwater

Future generations face an environmental "time bomb" as the world's groundwater systems take decades to respond to the present day impact of climate change, scientists warned on Monday. 

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Climate Change Clouds Australia's Pacific Charm Offensive

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Pacific charm offensive went off course on Friday when he was forced to defend Fiji's accusations of inaction over climate change. 

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Volcano Erupts on Small Japan Island

A Japanese volcano erupted on Thursday, spewing ash and smoke six kilometers into the air over a small southern island.

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Climate Risks, Data Theft Top Fears for Davos

The risks of catastrophic weather and flooding from climate change are exercising business leaders heading into next week's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

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Fixing the Environment: When Solutions Become Problems

In a world where climate change, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, ozone depletion, and other environmental problems overlap, a fix in one arena can cause trouble in another.

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Desalination Produces More Toxic Waste than Clean Water

More than 16,000 desalination plants scattered across the globe produce far more toxic sludge than fresh water, according to a first global assessment of the sector's industrial waste, published Monday.

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World's Oceans are Heating Up at a Quickening Pace

The world's oceans are heating up at an accelerating pace as global warming threatens a diverse range of marine life and a major food supply for the planet, researchers said Thursday.

The findings in the US journal Science, led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, debunk previous reports that suggested a so-called pause in global warming in recent years.

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Trump Taps ex-Coal Lobbyist to Lead Environment Agency

U.S. President Donald Trump has formally nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

The nomination of Wheeler, who is currently the acting EPA chief, requires Senate confirmation.

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Singapore Eco-Tourism Plan Sparks Squawks of Protest

Singapore is creating a vast eco-tourism zone in a bid to bring in more visitors, but environmentalists fear the development will damage natural habitats and are already blaming it for a series of animal deaths.

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