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Groundbreaking plastic pollution treaty moves closer after Paris talks, despite fractured reactions

Groundbreaking plastic pollution treaty moves closer after Paris talks, despite fractured reactions

After a week of intense negotiations, a mandate was given to the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a first draft text on cutting the world's plastic pollution before the end of the year.
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Restoration of the ozone layer is back on track, scientists say

Rogue emissions from China of ozone-depleting chemicals had threatened to delay recovery by a decade. But the emissions were stopped, according to a U.N.-backed report.
Nations must increase funding to cope with climate shocks, U.N. warns

Nations must increase funding to cope with climate shocks, U.N. warns

Failing to help developing nations brace for disruption will lead to increased conflict and widespread suffering, the United Nations wrote in a new report.
How a new treaty could clean up plastic waste

How a new treaty could clean up plastic waste

The new pact would be legally binding and could go beyond cleaning up plastic waste to curbs on future production.
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Tech, entertainment giants team up for climate change solutions

Nongovernmental organizations and tech and entertainment giants including Amazon, Netflix and Disney have announced a partnership to pool solutions on scaling funding for responses to climate change.

Exports of used cars are a pollution problem, U.N. warns
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Exports of used cars are a pollution problem, U.N. warns

Rich countries are sending millions of older, dirtier vehicles abroad, in a trade that’s largely unregulated, even as they mandate cleaner cars at home.
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‘There’s no more water’: Climate change on a drying island
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‘There’s no more water’: Climate change on a drying island

A delicate ecosystem was disrupted in the Comoros, off East Africa, when forests were cleared to make way for farmland. The consequences offer lessons for other parts of the developing world.
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