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U.N. Says Major Funding Needed to Help Southern Africa after Cyclone

The United Nations said Wednesday it will be seeking a "large" amount of funding from member-states to help deal with the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai.

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Thai Tycoon Convicted, Bailed in Black Leopard Poaching Case

A Thai tycoon accused of killing a black leopard was sentenced to 16 months in jail on other poaching-related charges Tuesday but allowed to go free pending an appeal, in a case that has caused an outcry in a country fed up with impunity for powerful figures.

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Dead Whale in Philippines Had 40 Kilograms of Plastic in Stomach

A starving whale with 40 kilos (88 pounds) of plastic trash in its stomach has died after being washed ashore in the Philippines, activists said Monday, calling it one of the worst cases of poisoning they have seen.

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More than 1,000 Feared Dead in Mozambique Storm

More than a thousand people are feared to have died in a cyclone that smashed into Mozambique last week, while scores have been killed and more than 150 are missing in neighboring Zimbabwe.

The city of Beira in central Mozambique bore Cyclone Idai's full wrath on Thursday before the storm barreled on to neighboring Zimbabwe, unleashing fierce winds and flash floods and washing away roads and houses.

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Remote Cape with 'World's Cleanest Air' Offers Smog Respite

As much of Asia wheezes, coughs and sniffles its way through another smog season, one isolated and windswept corner of Australia is serving as the global standard for clean air.

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More than 100 Dead after Cyclone Hits Mozambique, Zimbabwe

More than 100 people have died and many more are missing in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe on Sunday after tropical cyclone Idai barreled across the southern African nations with flash floods and ferocious winds.

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Students at U.N. Stage 'Die-In' to Protest Climate Inaction

Dozens of young climate change activists staged a "die-in" in front of the United Nations on Friday, lying sprawled on the pavement to draw attention to the lethal consequences of global warming.

"Today, the young people of the U.S. are declaring the era of American climate change denialism over," said Alexandria Villasenor, a 13-year-old who has been staging a climate strike outside the U.N. headquarters every Friday since December.

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Tens of Thousands Pack Paris Climate Demo

Tens of thousands of young people took part in the Paris edition of Friday's global student climate demonstration, according to the police and the rally's organizers.

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Nations Set to Agree 'Significant' Plastic Cuts

Nations on Friday were expected to commit to "significantly reduce" single-use plastics over the next decade, in a series of voluntary pledges that green groups warned fell short of tackling Earth's pollution crisis.

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Raw Materials Behind Half of Global Emissions, Says UN

Extracting and processing materials, fuel and food contributes as much as half of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, the UN said Tuesday, as experts gathered in Kenya to find ways to rein in exploding global consumption.

Using dozens of data sources, the authors of a major new report presented lawmakers and businesses with a stark choice: drastically reform the global economy to get more from less, or risk the collapse of global infrastructure. 

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