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China Moves on Takeout Containers in Bid to Reduce Plastic Waste

China will ban plastic bags in major cities and single-use straws from restaurants by the end of this year in a bid to cut down on waste.

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Evacuation Crackdown Ordered as Philippine Volcano Seethes

Philippine officials ordered a crackdown Monday on people being allowed daily visits to the homes they fled after Taal volcano erupted, citing threats it could still explode at any time. 

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Rain Hits Australian Fires, but Blazes Still Rage

Heavy rain fell on bushfires in eastern Australia Friday for a second straight day, offering further relief from a months-long crisis, but dozens of blazes remained out of control.

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Relief as Rain Falls over Australian Bushfires

Heavy rain fell across parts of fire-ravaged eastern Australia on Thursday and more wet weather was forecast, giving some relief following months of catastrophic blazes fuelled by climate change.

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Philippines Says Danger High despite Volcano 'Lull'

The threat of the Philippines' Taal volcano unleashing a potentially catastrophic eruption remains high, authorities warned Thursday, saying it was showing dangerous signs despite a "lull" in spewing ash.

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Bushfire Smoke Hits Australian Open Again, but Rain Raises Hopes

Bushfire smoke disrupted the Australian Open build-up Wednesday for a second straight day to deepen concerns about the fate of the year's first tennis Grand Slam, but a cool change late in the day raised hopes of rain soaking the blazes.

The toxic haze that descended on Melbourne, where the Australian Open is due to begin next week, drifted down from out-of-control fires that have endured for months in eastern and southern Australia.

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Australian 'Megablaze' Brought under Control

Exhausted firefighters said they had finally brought Australia's largest "megablaze" under control Monday, as wet weather promised to deliver much-needed respite for countryside ravaged by bushfires.

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Volcano-Hit Philippines Halts Manila Flights 'until Further Notice'

Philippine authorities suspended flights from Manila's main international airport "until further notice" on Sunday after a massive ash cloud spewed from a volcano south of the capital.

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Climate at Mercy of Politics in 2020, Experts Warn

2020 is the most crucial year yet for humanity's plan to dodge the bullet of catastrophic global warming, experts said Saturday, warning that the narrow path to safety was riddled with pitfalls, from the US election to Brexit. 

When nations struck the 2015 Paris agreement, which aims to limit temperature rises under 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), they agreed on five-year periods in which climate action could be implemented, assessed and boosted. 

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Australia Bushfires Flare as Heatwave Brings Renewed Misery

Bushfires flared in southern Australia on Thursday as a heatwave expected to bring renewed misery set in, and officials warned some areas are "just at the beginning" of the devastating crisis.

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