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Climate change-2023 will be the warmest year on record - EU's Copernicus // European Union scientists said on Wednesday that 2023 would be the warmest year on record, as global mean temperature for the first 11 months of the year hit the highest level on record, 1.46°C (34.63°F) above the 1850-1900 average.
Manuel Flores walks on a dry area that shows the drop in the level of Lake Titicaca, Latin America's largest freshwater basin, as it is edging towards record low levels, on Cojata Island, Bolivia October 26, 2023. REUTERS/Claudia Morales/File photo
Manuel Flores walks on a dry area that shows the drop in the level of Lake Titicaca, Latin America's largest freshwater basin, as it is edging towards record low levels, on Cojata Island, Bolivia October 26, 2023. REUTERS/Claudia Morales/File photo
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Australia's proposed koala haven faces logging threat // Nestled in old eucalyptus forests in Australia's New South Wales region, an estimated 15% of the state’s dwindling koala population is set to win some protection from as early as 2025, but environmentalists say that might be too late.
Forest activist Mark Graham looks at the markings on a tallowwood tree ahead of planned logging within the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP) area, near Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia, October 26, 2023. REUTERS/Cordelia Hsu
Forest activist Mark Graham looks at the markings on a tallowwood tree ahead of planned logging within the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP) area, near Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia, October 26, 2023. REUTERS/Cordelia Hsu
A tree stump stands after recent logging within the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP) area in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, October 25, 2023. REUTERS/Cordelia Hsu
A tree stump stands after recent logging within the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP) area in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, October 25, 2023. REUTERS/Cordelia Hsu
Tree harvesting operation sign stands on the side of the road in a state forest within the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP) area in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, October 25, 2023. REUTERS/Cordelia Hsu
Tree harvesting operation sign stands on the side of the road in a state forest within the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP) area in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, October 25, 2023. REUTERS/Cordelia Hsu
Tree logs lie on the ground in the aftermath of a recent logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP) area in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, October 25, 2023. REUTERS/Cordelia Hsu
Tree logs lie on the ground in the aftermath of a recent logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP) area in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, October 25, 2023. REUTERS/Cordelia Hsu
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US Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Gulf of Mexico // The U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday it was responding to an oil discharge near the Main Pass Oil Gathering (MPOG) Co's pipeline system in the Gulf of Mexico, while the main pipeline and several surrounding ones remained shut in.
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Atmospheric river pounds US Northwest; two deaths reported // An atmospheric river deluged the U.S. Northwest for a third straight day on Tuesday, swelling rivers to dangerous levels, forcing road and rail closures, and possibly killing two people who may have been swept up in floodwaters, officials said.
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New Mexico floats plan at COP28 to divert drilling wastewater to manufacturing // The U.S. state of New Mexico on Tuesday used the COP28 talks in Dubai to announce a plan to divert wastewater from the oil and gas industry to water-intensive clean energy projects such as electric vehicle and solar manufacturing.
People walk at Dubai's Expo City during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 4, 2023. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
People walk at Dubai's Expo City during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 4, 2023. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
FILE PHOTO: New Mexico's Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks to the media at a press event in Taipei, Taiwan September 20, 2023. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: New Mexico's Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks to the media at a press event in Taipei, Taiwan September 20, 2023. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo
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Global dairy companies announce alliance to cut methane at COP28 // Six of the world's largest dairy companies will soon begin disclosing their methane emissions as part of a new global alliance launched at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Tuesday.
A man talks on the phone during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 4, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Alfliky
A man talks on the phone during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 4, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Alfliky
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US envoy Kerry launches international nuclear fusion plan at COP28 // (This Dec. 5 story has been corrected to remove a reference to electricity in paragraph 4)) U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry on Tuesday launched an international engagement plan to boost nuclear fusion, saying the emissions-free technology could become a vital tool in the fight against climate change.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry participates in an event on women's role in building a climate-resilient world, at COP28 World Climate Summit, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 4, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry participates in an event on women's role in building a climate-resilient world, at COP28 World Climate Summit, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 4, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky/File Photo
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2023 in photos: Extreme climate // Extreme weather featured in headlines frequently in 2023. Drought dried up lakes, record heat sparked wildfires, rains turned streets into rivers, and deadly storms wiped out entire towns. In early 2023, California experienced an unusually wet, snowy winter, drenching the state and causing mudslides that left some homes precariously balanced on cliffsides, while in the Southern Hemisphere scorching temperatures fanned wildfires in Chile.
Dead sheep are seen in an area flooded due to the impact of storm Daniel in the city of Volos, Greece, September 6, 2023. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
Dead sheep are seen in an area flooded due to the impact of storm Daniel in the city of Volos, Greece, September 6, 2023. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
Monsoon clouds loom over the overflowing river Yamuna, in New Delhi, India, July 15, 2023. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Monsoon clouds loom over the overflowing river Yamuna, in New Delhi, India, July 15, 2023. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A coot swims through duckweed covering the surface of Limehouse Basin marina, as the recent warm weather has caused the floating weed to proliferate, starving the water of oxygen much needed by aquatic wildlife, and posing a risk to animals that might mistake it for grass, in London, Britain, September 6, 2023. REUTERS/ Susannah Ireland
A coot swims through duckweed covering the surface of Limehouse Basin marina, as the recent warm weather has caused the floating weed to proliferate, starving the water of oxygen much needed by aquatic wildlife, and posing a risk to animals that might mistake it for grass, in London, Britain, September 6, 2023. REUTERS/ Susannah Ireland
Volunteers give water to a sheep saved from a burning farm, as a wildfire rages in the village of Hasia, near Athens, Greece August 22, 2023. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Volunteers give water to a sheep saved from a burning farm, as a wildfire rages in the village of Hasia, near Athens, Greece August 22, 2023. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Ice covers communication towers as massive amounts of snow trap residents of mountain towns in San Bernadino County, Crestline, California, U.S. March 2, 2023. REUTERS/David Swanson
Ice covers communication towers as massive amounts of snow trap residents of mountain towns in San Bernadino County, Crestline, California, U.S. March 2, 2023. REUTERS/David Swanson
A person cools off at the Piazza del Popolo, during a heatwave in Rome, Italy July 18, 2023. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
A person cools off at the Piazza del Popolo, during a heatwave in Rome, Italy July 18, 2023. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
Manuel Flores walks on a dry area that shows the drop in the level of Lake Titicaca, Latin America's largest freshwater basin, as it is edging towards record low levels, on Cojata Island, Bolivia October 26, 2023. REUTERS/Claudia Morales
Manuel Flores walks on a dry area that shows the drop in the level of Lake Titicaca, Latin America's largest freshwater basin, as it is edging towards record low levels, on Cojata Island, Bolivia October 26, 2023. REUTERS/Claudia Morales
A tree burns during a wildfire in Mandra, Greece, July 18, 2023. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi
A tree burns during a wildfire in Mandra, Greece, July 18, 2023. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi
Trees can be seen after a wildfire burned areas in Santa Juana, near Concepcion, Chile, February 5, 2023. REUTERS/Juan Gonzalez
Trees can be seen after a wildfire burned areas in Santa Juana, near Concepcion, Chile, February 5, 2023. REUTERS/Juan Gonzalez
Flames and smoke rise from a line of trees as a wildfire burns at the Dadia National Park in the region of Evros, Greece, September 1, 2023. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Flames and smoke rise from a line of trees as a wildfire burns at the Dadia National Park in the region of Evros, Greece, September 1, 2023. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
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Activists protest against fossil fuel industry at COP28 climate summit // Activists protested over the presence of the oil, gas and coal industry at the COP28 U.N. summit in Dubai on Tuesday, while demanding an end to the use of fossil fuels, which are the major source cause of climate change.
Climate activists protest against fossil fuel emitters, demanding action and more contributions to the Loss and Damage Fund, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 5, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Climate activists protest against fossil fuel emitters, demanding action and more contributions to the Loss and Damage Fund, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 5, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
Activists hold a sign that reads "Unlock Climate Finance" during a protest, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 5, 2023. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Activists hold a sign that reads "Unlock Climate Finance" during a protest, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 5, 2023. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Swathes of Siberia freeze in temperatures below -58 Celsius // Arctic weather enfolded swathes of Russia on Tuesday, with temperatures in the wilds of Siberia falling to minus 58 degrees Celsius (minus 72 degrees Fahrenheit). Yakutsk, one of the world's coldest cities which lies some 5,000 km (3,100 miles) east of Moscow, was covered in freezing clouds and fog, drone footage showed.
Pedestrians walk along a street on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
Pedestrians walk along a street on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
An aerial view through clouds and fog shows the city of Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
An aerial view through clouds and fog shows the city of Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
Vendor Yegor Dyachkovsky stands next to deep-frozen fish at an open-air market on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
Vendor Yegor Dyachkovsky stands next to deep-frozen fish at an open-air market on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
A pedestrian walks along a street on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
A pedestrian walks along a street on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
A vendor serves customers at an open-air market on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
A vendor serves customers at an open-air market on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, December 5, 2023. Temperatures in parts of the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia and located in the northeastern part of Siberia, went below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) on December 5. REUTERS/Roman Kutukov
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