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U.N. Climate Chief Calls for Action Plan at COP24 Summit

The U.N.'s climate chief on Tuesday said the COP24 summit in Poland must produce a detailed program to move the Paris climate accord forward. 

World leaders have been trying to breathe new life into the Paris Agreement amid backsliding from several nations over commitments made when it was signed in December 2015.

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Giant Mice Threaten Rare Seabirds on Remote British Island

Mice brought to a remote South Atlantic island by sailors in the 19th century are threatening seabirds including the critically endangered Tristan albatross, a British charity said on Monday.

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Floods in Qatar as Almost a Year's Rain Falls in One Day

Qatar was hit by widespread flash flooding on Saturday as the desert state received almost a year's worth of rainfall in one day.

Roads became impassable, air traffic was disrupted and homes were flooded, while shops and universities closed.

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'Bad News': CO2 Emissions to Rise in 2018, Says IEA Chief

Energy sector carbon emissions will rise in 2018 after hitting record levels the year before, dimming prospects for meeting Paris climate treaty goals, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.

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Scope of Michael's Fury Becomes Clearer in Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South.

The scope of the storm's fury became clearer after nearly a week of missing-persons reports and desperate searches of the Florida Panhandle neighborhoods devastated by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.

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'Year of Extremes' for Shrinking Swiss Glaciers in 2018, Study Says

Despite an exceptionally snow-filled winter, Swiss glaciers have lost 2.5 percent of their volume this year, according to a report Tuesday which dubbed 2018 "a year of extremes".

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Report: Protecting Nature the Best Way to Keep Planet Cool

The best -- and fairest -- way to cap global warming is to empower indigenous forest peoples, reduce food waste and slash meat consumption, an alliance of 38 NGOs said Monday.

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New World Bank Fund to Insure against Climate Disasters

The World Bank on Friday launched a new $150 million fund intended to help insure vulnerable countries against natural disasters and the increasing risk of climate change-linked crises.

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Monstrous Hurricane Michael Hits Florida as Category 4 Storm

Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida coast on Wednesday as the most powerful storm to hit the southern US state in more than a century as officials warned it could wreak "unimaginable devastation."

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Hurricane Michael Strengthens, Florida Panhandle Braces for Worst in Decades

Hurricane Michael swelled to an 'extremely dangerous' category four storm as it rumbled toward the Gulf Coast of Florida early Wednesday in what forecasters warned was an unprecedented weather event for the area.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is now packing maximum wind gusts of 130 mph (210 kilometers), could grow even more and is expected to slam ashore later in the day along the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend area as a "life-threatening event".

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