Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger
Nov07

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger due to a severe drought that is strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. International aid agencies said they are planning emergency food deliveries for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high temperatures as summer approaches in the southern hemisphere. The U.N. World Food Program said southern Africa...

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Facebook response to privacy probe is ‘inadequate’: California AG
Nov07

Facebook response to privacy probe is ‘inadequate’: California AG

California’s attorney general is probing Facebook for privacy violations and called the tech giant’s responses to subpoenas and requests for documents slow and “inadequate.” The state “issued investigative subpoenas against Facebook starting back in June 2018 to examine the company‚Äôs actions and business practices and any violations of user privacy,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a...

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New Zealand passes law aimed at combating climate change
Nov07

New Zealand passes law aimed at combating climate change

New Zealand lawmakers on Thursday joined forces across the aisle to pass a bill aimed at combating climate change. The Zero Carbon bill aims to make New Zealand reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to the point the country becomes mostly carbon neutral by 2050. It gives some leeway to farmers, however, who bring in much of the country’s foreign income. The bill was spearheaded by the liberal government but in the end was...

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Biggest tropical wetlands ravaged by fires in Brazil
Nov07

Biggest tropical wetlands ravaged by fires in Brazil

Fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands have ripped through the biodiverse region, consuming an area the size of London in just the past 10 days, burning some animals alive and sending others fleeing. The inferno in the world’s largest tropical wetlands is the latest environmental disaster facing Brazil, coming after a mysterious oil spill that is afflicting beaches in the northeast and August fires that raged in the Amazon...

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Iconic Pacific bird sanctuary ravaged by plastic and death
Nov07

Iconic Pacific bird sanctuary ravaged by plastic and death

Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there’s a different scene: plastic, pollution and death. With virtually no predators, Midway is a haven for many species of seabirds and is home to the largest colony of albatross in the world. But Midway...

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