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Economists Say Benefits of 'Drastic' Climate Action Outweigh Costs

The cost of global warming will far outweigh the cost of rapidly cutting greenhouse gas emissions, more than 700 economists from around the world said Tuesday in an unprecedented call to climate action.

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Galapagos Airport Staff Find 185 Tortoises in Suitcase

Staff at an airport on the Galapagos Islands found 185 tortoises in a suitcase that was heading for Ecuador's mainland, environment authorities said on Sunday.

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Biden Invites Putin, Xi to Virtual Climate Summit

U.S. President Joe Biden has invited his counterparts Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia to a virtual climate summit he is hosting on April 22 and 23, a State Department official told AFP on Friday.

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Russia Hails Rare Sighting of Amur Leopard Mum with Cubs

Russian conservationists hailed Friday a rare sighting of an Amur leopard mother with three cubs in the Far East as proof of the efficiency of the country's efforts to boost the population of the endangered species.

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Russia Says Suez Jam Shows Arctic Route Should be Developed

The Suez Canal jam has highlighted the importance of further developing Russia's Arctic shipping route, which is increasingly accessible due to climate change, a senior Russian diplomat said on Friday.

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Yemen's Socotra Archipelago Awaits Ecotourists

With its lush landscape, distinctive trees, unique animals and turquoise waters home to dolphins, Yemen is hoping its Socotra archipelago will become a dream destination despite the country's nightmarish conflict.

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'Catastrophic' Australia Floods Prompt Helicopter Rescues

Military helicopters, jet skis and rubber boats were deployed to rescue people stranded by "catastrophic" floods along Australia's populous east coast Tuesday, with thousands of homes damaged.

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Sweden Airports to Charge High-Polluting Planes More

Sweden is planning to introduce a bonus-malus scheme at its two main airports in relation to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that aircraft produce, the government announced Monday.

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Thousands Evacuate as Sydney Sees Worst Floods in Decades

Torrential downpours lashed Australia's east Monday, forcing thousands to flee the worst flooding in decades and pushing communities already battling drought, bushfires, and the coronavirus pandemic to "breaking point".

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Record Rains, Flooding Prompt Evacuations in Australia

Record rains and widespread flooding prompted evacuations along Australia's east coast Saturday and filled Sydney's main reservoir to overflowing for the first time in 30 years, officials said.

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