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COP26 climate deal includes historic reference to fossil fuels but doesn’t meet urgency of the crisis
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COP26 climate deal includes historic reference to fossil fuels but doesn’t meet urgency of the crisis

Nearly 200 nations reached a climate agreement on Saturday at COP26 with an unprecedented reference to the role of fossil fuels in the climate crisis, even after an 11th-hour objection from India that watered down the language around reducing the use of coal. The COP process has tried and failed for years to include an…

New images show just how much our world has changed
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New images show just how much our world has changed

As we eye exploring other planets in our solar system, we can’t forget about our own. A number of missions in the works aim to seek out the potential for life on moons around Jupiter and Saturn. Perseverance continues to check out Mars years before humans plan to arrive, and Heinz announced this week its…

Harry and Meghan visit Afghan refugees at Task Force Liberty

Harry and Meghan visit Afghan refugees at Task Force Liberty

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, visited a military base Thursday where they met Afghan refugees who had made it to the United States. The couple spoke with women recently arrived at Task Force Liberty, on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, which is home to more than 10,000 Afghan refugees, a spokesperson…

India and Iran say no to including fossil fuels in climate agreement
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India and Iran say no to including fossil fuels in climate agreement

India and Iran expressed fierce opposition to the inclusion of fossil fuels in any final agreement at the COP26 climate talks on Saturday, potentially thwarting what would have been a major breakthrough in the history of climate action at the 11th hour. In all 25 COPs before Glasgow, never has an agreement made even a…

Read the latest draft COP26 agreement in full
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Read the latest draft COP26 agreement in full

This is the official new draft of the COP26 Glasgow Agreement that has been published on Friday. Read CNN’s analysis of the text here. Draft COP decision proposed by the President The Conference of the Parties, Noting decisions 1/CMP.16 and 1/CMA.3, Recognizing the role of multilateralism and the Convention, including its processes and principles, and…

Overtime for COP26 as deep divisions remain over key issues around money and markets
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Overtime for COP26 as deep divisions remain over key issues around money and markets

Negotiations are expected to run through the night Friday at the COP26 climate summit, as stark divisions remain on several key issues. A second draft of a potential COP26 agreement was published Friday morning but there was clear opposition from many countries on language concerning temperature rise and fossil fuels, whether the developed world should…

Mars rover scrapes at rock to ‘look at something no one’s ever seen’
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Mars rover scrapes at rock to ‘look at something no one’s ever seen’

The Perseverance rover took a well-deserved break in October during solar conjunction, but it’s back to investigating intriguing rocks in Jezero Crater on Mars. Solar conjunction — a period when the sun is between Earth and Mars — began on October 2, which halted NASA’s communications with the rover. This blackout ended on October 19,…

Takeaways from Thursday at COP26: A fight is brewing over a critical piece of the final agreement
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Takeaways from Thursday at COP26: A fight is brewing over a critical piece of the final agreement

With just over 24 hours before the COP26 climate summit comes to a close, it’s all hands on deck. A new version of the draft agreement text is expected to be published at some point Thursday night, but COP26 President Alok Sharma made it clear the negotiations are far from over — so don’t be…

Ferris wheel-size asteroid could be a lost piece of the moon
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Ferris wheel-size asteroid could be a lost piece of the moon

A near-Earth asteroid may be a fragment that once broke away from the moon. Named Kamo’oalewa, which derives from a Hawaiian creation chant that alludes to an offspring traveling on its own, the quasi-satellite was first discovered in 2016 by astronomers using the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii. Pan-STARRS is short for Panoramic Survey Telescope and…

Hidden black hole discovered in our neighboring galaxy
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Hidden black hole discovered in our neighboring galaxy

A newly discovered black hole has been hiding in a cluster containing thousands of stars in our neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy. The black hole is 160,000 light-years away from Earth, and it’s 11 times the mass of our sun. Astronomers found it by using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and…

China and India among 22 nations calling for key emissions section to be ditched from COP26 agreement
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China and India among 22 nations calling for key emissions section to be ditched from COP26 agreement

A group of 22 nations known at the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC), which include China and India, asked for the entire section on the mitigation of climate change to be removed from the draft COP26 text, in a sign of the enormous gaps that still remain a day before talks are due to close. Bolivia’s…

Young people call for fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty as delegates spar over coal, oil and gas
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Young people call for fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty as delegates spar over coal, oil and gas

A group of young climate activists delivered a sharp rebuke to delegates at the COP26 climate summit Thursday, demanding that a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty be put in place and calling out global leaders for their continued closeness to the coal, oil and gas industries. The activists did not mince their words when they took…

A new dinosaur species was discovered decades after its bones were excavated

A new dinosaur species was discovered decades after its bones were excavated

A species of dinosaur has been discovered decades after its bones were unearthed, according to a new study. Scientists have named the ancient reptile Brighstoneus simmondsi, believed to be from the Lower Cretaceous period, about 125 million years ago. The genus Brightstoneous was named after Brightstone, an English town close to the excavation site. Simmondsi…

Takeaways from Wednesday at COP26: China and US surprise summit, negotiations heat up, car deal flops
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Takeaways from Wednesday at COP26: China and US surprise summit, negotiations heat up, car deal flops

Wednesday was big day at the COP26 climate summit, with the first draft of an overarching agreement released. The draft is a sort of a wish list put together by the COP presidency and its final version will be negotiated between national delegates over the next two days. Depending on whom you ask, it’s either…

Cats can track your ‘invisible presence’ using only their ears
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Cats can track your ‘invisible presence’ using only their ears

While you’re rummaging through cabinets and crevices trying to find your cat’s new favorite hiding spot, cats may be keeping mental tabs on you, too. A new study out of Japan found that a stationary cat can track its owner’s location using audio cues — specifically, the owner’s voice. Saho Takagi, first author of the…

China surprises climate summit with pledge to work with US, but doesn’t budge on climate goals
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China surprises climate summit with pledge to work with US, but doesn’t budge on climate goals

The US and China surprised the COP26 climate summit on Wednesday when representatives of the countries announced an agreement to ramp up their climate ambitions, just days before the end of the conference in Glasgow. “There is more agreement between the US and China than divergence, making it an area of huge potential for cooperation,”…

Boris Johnson appeals to delegates to ‘get on and do it’ as COP26 climate talks stall. Here’s where the deal stands
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Boris Johnson appeals to delegates to ‘get on and do it’ as COP26 climate talks stall. Here’s where the deal stands

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on leaders and delegates to just “get on and do it” as the COP26 climate talks appear to have stalled. A draft of the COP26 agreement published on Wednesday includes language that says the world should be aiming to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and acknowledges…

Key takeaways from Tuesday at COP26: On track for 2.4 degrees of warming, and is America really ‘back?’
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Key takeaways from Tuesday at COP26: On track for 2.4 degrees of warming, and is America really ‘back?’

It was gender and science innovation day at COP26 on Tuesday, but most of the focus was on countries wrangling over language around global warming limits and who will pay for the impacts of the climate crisis. A picture of the countries whose emissions pledges fall short of their fair share — or even their…

Nobel laureate and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai gets married
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Nobel laureate and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai gets married

Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Pakistani activist, has gotten married, she announced on Instagram on Tuesday. “Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families,” Yousafzai wrote in the caption. “Please…

Record-breaking ‘tsunami’ of gravitational waves detected
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Record-breaking ‘tsunami’ of gravitational waves detected

The ripples created by massive cosmic collisions have reached Earth after traveling across the universe for billions of years. Scientists have detected the largest number of these gravitational waves since the cosmic events were first discovered in 2015, according to new research. Astronomers made 35 new detections of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time, between…

World is on track for 2.4 degrees of warming despite COP26 pledges, analysis finds
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World is on track for 2.4 degrees of warming despite COP26 pledges, analysis finds

The world is on track for 2.4 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels, if not more, according to a new analysis — despite countries’ new and updated climate pledges, including those made at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The watchdog Climate Action Tracker (CAT) warned on Tuesday that global greenhouse gas emissions in…

First images from NASA satellite which tracks climate changes released
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First images from NASA satellite which tracks climate changes released

NASA has released the first snapshots of Earth taken with its new highly sensitive satellite which is designed to capture high-resolution images of the planet and help track the impacts of climate change. NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have been collecting images of our planet using satellites since 1972. The mission’s most recent…