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Controversial floating beach unveiled off French Riviera

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A controversial private floating beach anchored off the French Riviera has entered service despite opposition from local politicians and environmental groups. "Canua Island", a 1,750 square-meter motorized platform boasting a restaurant, bar lounge and freshwater swimming pool, was inaugurated last week off Mandelieu-La Napoule on the Cote d'Azur in southeastern… Read

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Experts say coral reef bleaching near record level globally because of 'crazy' ocean heat

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Ocean temperatures that have gone “crazy haywire” hot, especially in the Atlantic, are close to making the current global coral bleaching event the worst in history. It's so bad that scientists are hoping for a few hurricanes to cool things off. More than three-fifths — 62.9% — of the world's… Read

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K-pop fans around globe rally for climate and environment goals

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Fans of Korean pop bands around the world are increasingly channeling their millions-strong online community into climate and environmental activism, protesting business deals linked to coal power, urging K-pop entertainers to cut waste and raising awareness about climate-related issues. Other climate activist groups have begun joining forces with Kpop4Climate, an… Read

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West, Russia manage limited cooperation in Arctic despite chill in ties

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When Arctic nations simulated a large oil spill for a virtual training exercise in March off northern Norway, Russia also took part - a rare sign of cooperation between Moscow and the West that highlighted the special status of the polar region. Relations between Russia and Western nations have been… Read

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Identity crisis: Climate destroying wonders that gave U.S. parks their names

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Glacier National Park's ice fortress is crumbling. The giant trees of Sequoia National Park are ablaze. And even the tenacious cacti of Saguaro National Park are struggling to endure a decades-long drought. Since their creation, national parks have embodied the pioneering spirit of America in their vast expanses and breathtaking… Read

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Nepal's nature threatened by new development push: conservationists

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Nepali conservationists have condemned new regulations permitting hydropower and hotel projects in protected nature reserves, saying they threatened to damage the habitats of tigers and other endangered animals. A fifth of the Himalayan republic's total lands have been designated as protected areas established to forbid infrastructure projects that could damage… Read

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Brazil's catastrophic weather spawns spate of conspiracy theories

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The climate catastrophe that has struck southern Brazil, killing more than a hundred people and displacing nearly two million, has also spawned a spate of bizarre conspiracy theories, some involving jets' vapor trails and weather antennas in faraway Alaska. As often happens at times of disaster and great uncertainty, several… Read

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Hawaii officials outline efforts to prevent another devastating wildfire ahead of a dry season

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As Maui continues to recover from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century, Hawaii officials are looking at preventing another similar disaster ahead of what is expected to be a dry, fire-prone season, Gov Josh Green said in proclaiming Wildfire Mitigation and Risk Reduction Preparedness Month. The Aug.… Read

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School's out: How climate change threatens education

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Record-breaking heat last month that prompted governments in Asia to close schools offers fresh evidence of how climate change is threatening the education of millions of children. The arrival of seasonal rains has now brought relief to some parts of the region, but experts warn the broader problem remains, and… Read

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Rubbish, climate change help boost Portugal's white stork numbers

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Above a flowering meadow in southern Portugal, three white stork nestlings click their beaks, adding to the chorus of a thriving stork population that has settled year-round in the country. The long-legged birds have traditionally migrated from Europe in the autumn, heading south to spend winter in sub-Saharan Africa before… Read

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