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Clean energy champions assemble: Shape the future at Middle East Clean Energy 2024

Calling all clean energy specialists! Are you passionate about building a sustainable future powered by innovation? Then mark your calendars for the 3rd edition of Middle East Clean Energy (MECE), the premier clean and renewable energy exhibition & conference in Lebanon, happening from May 8th to 10th, 2024 at the InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut.

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COP29 host says deal on climate aid essential but offers few details

The world must agree this year on how to raise billions of dollars to help poorer countries adapt to global warming, the president of the U.N. climate talks said Thursday.

Mukhtar Babayev offered little concrete detail about how to broker this new deal but said climate finance would be a "pillar" of the COP29 summit in the petro-state of Azerbaijan in November.

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Climate change is bringing malaria to new areas. In Africa, it never left

When a small number of cases of locally transmitted malaria were found in the United States last year, it was a reminder that climate change is reviving or migrating the threat of some diseases. But across the African continent malaria has never left, killing or sickening millions of people.

Take Funmilayo Kotun, a 66-year-old resident of Makoko, an informal neighborhood in Nigeria's Lagos city. Its ponds of dirty water provide favorable breeding conditions for malaria-spreading mosquitoes. Kotun can't afford insecticide-treated bed nets that cost between $7 and $21 each, much less antimalarial medications or treatment.

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Global plastic pollution treaty talks hit critical stage in Canada

Thousands of negotiators and observers representing most of the world's nations are gathering in the Canadian city of Ottawa this week to craft a treaty to stop the rapidly escalating problem of plastic pollution.

Each day, the equivalent of 2,000 garbage trucks full of plastic are dumped into the world's oceans, rivers and lakes, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. People are increasingly breathing, eating and drinking tiny plastic particles.

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Martian skies: Athens turns orange hue with dust clouds from North Africa

Skies over southern Greece turned an orange hue on Tuesday as dust clouds blown across the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa engulfed the Acropolis and other Athens landmarks.

Strong southerly winds carried the dust from the Sahara Desert, giving the atmosphere of the Greek capital a Martian-like filter in the last hours of daylight.

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Angry farmers in once-lush Mexican state target thirsty avocado orchards

As a drought in Mexico drags on, angry subsistence farmers have begun taking direct action on thirsty avocado orchards and berry fields of commercial farms that are drying up streams in the mountains west of Mexico City.

Rivers and even whole lakes are disappearing in the once green and lush state of Michoacan, as the drought combines with a surge in the use of water for the country's lucrative export crops, led by avocados.

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Rivers recede but flooding plagues thousands in central Russia

Water levels in some overflowing rivers in Russia were starting to drop on Monday, but flooding remains widespread, Russian state TV reports said.

More than 5,000 properties in Russia's Kurgan region, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) east of Moscow along the border with Kazakhstan, are flooded, according to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, and 15,000 people have been evacuated.

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Mexico abandons protection of loggerhead sea turtles

The Mexican government has largely abandoned protection and enforcement measures for loggerhead sea turtles, leading to a spike in the number of turtles being caught up and killed in fishing nets, according to a report released Monday.

The findings were announced by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, which functions as part of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement.

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Ban on single-use plastics takes effect in Hong Kong in bid to reduce pollution

Hong Kong has long been a major producer and consumer of great food, and a great amount of plastic and Styrofoam to go with it.

That's going to change as new legislation aiming to stop the sale and distribution of Styrofoam products and single-use plastic cutlery went into effect on Monday.

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Europe is the fastest-warming continent, at nearly twice the average global rate

Europe is the fastest-warming continent and its temperatures are rising at roughly twice the global average, two top climate monitoring organizations reported Monday, warning of the consequences for human health, glacier melt and economic activity.

The U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization and the European Union's climate agency, Copernicus, said in a joint report that the continent has the opportunity to develop targeted strategies to speed up the transition to renewable resources like wind, solar and hydroelectric power in response to the effects of climate change.

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