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California Roasts under Record-Setting Temperatures

An excessive heat warning has been issued in California through Wednesday as the state bakes under extreme temperatures that are shattering records.

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Report: U.S. Should Take Steps to Manage Costly Climate Risks

The U.S. government should manage risks posed by climate change that could cost it tens of billions of dollars more per year by mid-century, a congressional report published Tuesday said.

But such steps seem in doubt under President Donald Trump, who has dismissed climate change as a "hoax," moved to pull the U.S. out of a global climate agreement and rolled back environmental regulations.

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The European Union Supports Lebanon in Its Quest for Cleaner Air

Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, launched on Tuesday in Horsh Beirut the National Air Quality Monitoring Network, a press release said.

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IMF Chief Warns of 'Dark Future' over Climate Change

The world faces a "dark future" if it fails to tackle climate change and inequality, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde warned on Tuesday.

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Climate Change Already Costing US Billions in Losses

A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades.

A Government Accountability Office report released Monday said the federal government has spent more than $350 billion over the last decade on disaster assistance programs and losses from flood and crop insurance. That tally does not include the massive toll from this year's wildfires and three major hurricanes, expected to be among the most costly in the nation's history.

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Cyprus Struggles to Manage Waste as Tourist Numbers Soar

Tourists on a crowded, sun-drenched beach in the Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa tossed drinks cans into recycling bins as a record-breaking holiday season drew to a close.

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Typhoon Leaves Five Dead after Lashing Japan on Election Day

A powerful typhoon left five dead, one missing and scores injured in Japan Monday, moving northward off the Pacific coast after millions struggled to the polls for a national election.

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Japan Braces for Super Typhoon ahead of Election

A powerful typhoon was bearing down on Japan Saturday, a day ahead of national elections, with experts predicting severe winds and heavy rains as the country goes to the polls.

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Study Finds Pollution is Deadlier than War, Disaster, Hunger

Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 — about 9 million — could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major study released Thursday in the Lancet medical journal. The financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is equally massive, the report says, costing some $4.6 trillion in annual losses — or about 6.2 percent of the global economy.

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Delhi Chokes on Toxic Haze despite Diwali Fireworks Ban

New Delhi was shrouded in a thick toxic haze Friday after a night of frenzied Diwali fireworks sent the air quality plummeting despite a ban on sale of fireworks aimed at thwarting a repeat of an 'airpocalypse'.

India's Supreme Court had banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of the Hindu festival of lights to prevent a repeat of last year's post-Diwali air pollution crises that left Delhi's 20 million residents gasping for weeks. 

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