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'Hungry Bear' Crisis Grips Far East Russian Region

Large numbers of hungry, aggressive bears are approaching humans and have killed two people in Russia's far east due to depleting food sources, a forestry worker told AFP Monday. 

Forestry authorities on Sakhalin island last week said 83 bears had to be shot dead because they were hostile, a figure that has nearly tripled from last year.

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Ireland Closes Schools as Rare Hurricane Approaches

Ireland has ordered all schools to close Monday as the country braces for an "unprecedented storm" with the arrival of Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean.

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30 Killed in Spain, Portugal as Wildfires Fanned by Hurricane

At least 27 people have died in fires which have ravaged forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours, rescuers said Monday, as three people were killed in Spain in blazes sparked by arsonists and fanned by Hurricane Ophelia.

In Portugal, Prime Minister Antonio Costa declared a state of emergency as more than 5,800 firefighters fought some 30 major fires still raging Monday.

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Vietnam Braces for More Downpours as Flood Toll Hits 72

Vietnam braced Monday for fresh storms as the official death toll from last week's floods and landslides rose to 72.

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Hurricane Ophelia Moves East over Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia moved eastward over the mid-Atlantic Friday as a category two storm packing winds gusting at up to 105 miles (165 kilometers) per hour en route for the Azores.

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U.S. House Approves $36 Billion for Disasters including Puerto Rico

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday easily approved a $36.5 billion disaster relief package for hurricane-affected communities like Puerto Rico, and for areas devastated by wildfires including those in California.

The measure outlining "supplemental" disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party.

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Paris Wants to Phase Out Diesel Cars by 2024, Petrol Cars by 2030

Paris city authorities said Thursday they aimed to phase out the use of diesel cars by the time the French capital hosts the Olympics in 2024, and petrol cars by 2030.

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'Plan B': Seven Ways to Engineer the Climate

Dismissed a decade ago as far-fetched and dangerous, schemes to tame global warming by engineering the climate have migrated from the margins of policy debate towards center stage.

"Plan A" remains tackling the problem at its source. But efforts to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions have fallen woefully short and cannot, most scientists agree, avert catastrophic climate change on their own.

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Trump Environment Chief: U.S. to End Obama Climate Plan

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that President Donald Trump's administration will move to repeal his predecessor Barack Obama's plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking in Kentucky at a political event attended by coal miners, EPA chief Scott Pruitt said he would Tuesday "be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration."

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U.S. Gulf Coast Begins Cleanup after Hurricane Nate Proves Weaker than Expected

Nate eased quickly overnight from one of the fastest-moving hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast to a fitful and deteriorating tropical depression, but only after flooding streets and casinos, pitching boats onto beaches and leaving thousands without power.

The storm, once predicted to hit the mainland as a powerful Category Two storm, had left a trail of death and destruction in Central America.

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