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Fossil fuel companies have over 500 people at COP26, more than any single country, report says
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Fossil fuel companies have over 500 people at COP26, more than any single country, report says

More than 100 fossil fuel companies are understood to have sent 500 lobbyists to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, more than any single country at the summit, according to the environmental campaign group Global Witness. The group analyzed the UN’s provisional list of named corporate attendees and found at least 503 people linked…

An 87-year-old grandmother from Sri Lanka has become the oldest person to earn a master’s degree at this university in Canada
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An 87-year-old grandmother from Sri Lanka has become the oldest person to earn a master’s degree at this university in Canada

A grandmother of seven who emigrated from Sri Lanka has become the oldest person to earn a master’s degree at Canada’s York University — where she turned her passion for peace and learning into a political science degree. Varatha Shanmuganathan is 87, but her soul is as young and vibrant as ever. When she isn’t…

Reality check: Here’s what the COP26 deals actually mean for our future climate

Reality check: Here’s what the COP26 deals actually mean for our future climate

Delegates from around the world hammered out a number of agreements in the first week of COP26, an international summit where global leaders are attempting to limit the climate crisis. There were a few breakthroughs, but some experts warn the deals may not meet the urgency of the moment. Specifically, experts are concerned they won’t…

The search for another Earth across the galaxy heats up
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The search for another Earth across the galaxy heats up

I’ve always been a bit dazzled by the fact that, as humans, we truly are made of star stuff. This week, an element found in our teeth was detected for the first time in a galaxy 12 billion light-years away. That means during the early chaotic days of the universe, stars were exploding and releasing…

Police searching for missing swimmer after a shark attack in Western Australia

Police searching for missing swimmer after a shark attack in Western Australia

A man is missing after a reported shark attack at a beach in North Fremantle, Western Australia according to police and the state government. Police and surf rescue helicopters as well as water police and surf lifesaving personnel responded to reports of the “serious shark bite incident” at Port Beach around 10 a.m. local time.…

The Dutch are masters at taming water. Climate change is teaching them to just let it flood
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The Dutch are masters at taming water. Climate change is teaching them to just let it flood

In the spitting rain that is endemic to the Netherlands, Anneke van Lelieveld bundles up in her bright orange cardigan at her home on the New Merwede River, and turns to look out over the wetlands behind her garden. She loves the vista. She loves docking a boat just strides from her vegetable plot. She…

5 takeaways from Day 5 of COP26: Kids in the streets, carbon capture cost, caution on net-zero pledges
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5 takeaways from Day 5 of COP26: Kids in the streets, carbon capture cost, caution on net-zero pledges

TGIF! It’s been a long week at the COP26 climate conference, where Friday’s theme was about the impact of climate change on future generations. The focus, therefore, turned away from the suits and briefcases in the conference venue to the city center, where thousands of kids and young adults wanted to make sure their voices…

7 takeaways from Day 4 of COP26: 1.8 degrees within reach, a deal on coal, activists request fewer police
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7 takeaways from Day 4 of COP26: 1.8 degrees within reach, a deal on coal, activists request fewer police

It was energy day at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow on Thursday — and some pretty big announcements were made on the end of coal and fossil fuel financing. Here’s what happened on the fourth day of the climate summit. COP26 pledges could limit warming to 1.8 degrees Scientists say global warming must be…

Identifying ‘habitable worlds’ is a top priority for astronomers in the decade ahead
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Identifying ‘habitable worlds’ is a top priority for astronomers in the decade ahead

It’s quite a large to-do list. Over the next decade, scientists aim to unlock the secrets of the universe and identify Earth-like planets outside of our solar system to find other habitable worlds. Ultimately, this research could reveal if we truly are alone. These are the top priorities outlined in the highly anticipated Astro2020 decadal…

The world is not adapting fast enough to the climate crisis, UN reports
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The world is not adapting fast enough to the climate crisis, UN reports

Despite countries taking steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions — steps researchers say aren’t nearly strong enough to address the climate crisis — the gap is widening between climate impacts and the world’s effort to adapt to them, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme. The annual “adaptation gap” report — which…

Man charged over abduction of 4-year-old Cleo Smith
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Man charged over abduction of 4-year-old Cleo Smith

Police in Western Australia have charged a 36-year-old man in relation to the disappearance of 4-year-old Cleo Smith, who went missing from a campsite on October 16 and was finally found this week after a highly publicized search. The man, who was identified by Australia’s public broadcaster as Terence Kelly, was charged with various offenses…

Humanity needs to ditch coal to save itself. It also needs to keep the lights on.
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Humanity needs to ditch coal to save itself. It also needs to keep the lights on.

On a quiet Sunday morning, an ear-splitting roar reverberated across the English village of Eggborough as four giant concrete cooling towers imploded and crashed to the ground, transformed to clouds of debris in a matter of seconds. Just moments after their demolition, it became hard to imagine the structures were ever there, so out of…

5 takeaways from Day 3 of COP26: A fossil-fuel breakthrough, $9 billion forest bill, climate ‘debt traps’
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5 takeaways from Day 3 of COP26: A fossil-fuel breakthrough, $9 billion forest bill, climate ‘debt traps’

As world leaders left Glasgow, delegates at COP26 rolled up their sleeves to do the dirty work. National negotiators are now diving into the nitty-gritty of the talks, trying to reach agreements on everything from emissions reporting transparency to forest protection. Each day of the conference has has a set theme to guide conversations and…

‘Historic breakthrough’: 20 countries say they will stop funding fossil fuel projects abroad
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‘Historic breakthrough’: 20 countries say they will stop funding fossil fuel projects abroad

The push to phase out fossil fuels is gaining momentum at the COP26 climate summit. Twenty countries have agreed to end financing for fossil fuel projects abroad in a deal announced Thursday. Several countries had already agreed to end international financing for coal, but this agreement is the first of its kind to include oil and gas…

US falls behind on at-home Covid tests
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US falls behind on at-home Covid tests

The United States is pushing to end a scarcity of rapid, at-home Covid-19 tests, with new investments from the Biden administration intended to bring more of the devices into American households. The National Institutes of Health’s $70 million pledge, announced last week, promises to get more tests onto the market by identifying and encouraging new…

7 takeaways from COP26 Day 2: Biden slams Xi and Putin, a methane agreement and a deal on steel
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7 takeaways from COP26 Day 2: Biden slams Xi and Putin, a methane agreement and a deal on steel

The mood in Glasgow was optimistic on Tuesday as world leaders wrapped up their high-level summit at the COP26 climate conference. Several major announcements brightened the outlook on whether the meeting can achieve meaningful results. Here’s what happened on day two. A big methane pledge Around 100 nations and parties have signed on to a…