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UN: Paris Deal Won’t Be ‘Enough’ To Stave Off Worst Effects Of Climate Change

Paris deal won't stop climate changeThe Paris Agreement was the most significant climate change accord in history. More than 190 countries vowed to slash greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb global warming.

But that commitment won’t be enough, a new United Nations report warns.

To have any chance of staving off the worst effects of climate change, the world must “urgently and dramatically increase its ambition” to cut emissions, the U.N. Environment Program said on Thursday, as it released its annual Emissions Gap Report.

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Two billion children worldwide affected by air pollution, UNICEF study says

World pollution affecting 2 billion children...One in seven children in the world lives in an area with air pollution levels six or more times higher than international guidelines, the United Nations reported Monday.

UNICEF, the U.N.'s children's agency, used satellite imagery in a report released Monday to demonstrate children's' exposure to outdoor pollution levels as established by the World Health organization. The report, "Clear the Air for Children," said the satellite photographs confirm that around two billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution, caused by factors such as vehicle emissions, heavy use of fossil fuels, dust and burning of waste, exceeds minimum WHO air quality guidelines.

South Asia has 620 million children in these areas, Africa has 520 million and the East Asia and Pacific region has 450 million, the report said.

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Days of Record Warmth Close Out October, Open November in Central and Southern U.S.

Record heat at end of October, 2016Summer will continue to lag into early November, with numerous daily record highs, and also some monthly record highs expected in parts of the heat-weary South and Plains states.

Numerous daily record highs were broken Sunday. Atlanta's record high of 86 degrees was the latest 86-degree day on record there, surpassing the previous date of Oct. 28, 1940. Macon, Georgia, set a new record high by reaching 89 degrees Sunday afternoon. Greenville, North Carolina, also set a new daily record high by topping out at 86 degrees.

Some southern cities could set a new daily record high each day through midweek.

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Massive marine park declared in Antarctic Ocean

marine park in AntarcticThe world's biggest marine park is to be be created in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million sq km, after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached by 24 countries and the EU.

The deal, sealed on Friday in Hobart, Australia, after years of negotiations and with Russia dropping its long-held opposition, will see a massive US and New Zealand-backed marine protected area established in the Ross Sea.

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World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

wild animals on track to be lost by 2020The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.

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Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Yale Study Finds

Fracking chemicals linked to cancerYet another study has determined that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, might be a major public health threat. In one of the most exhaustive reviews to date, researchers from the Yale School of Public Health have confirmed that many of the chemicals involved and released by the controversial drilling process can be linked to cancer.

"Previous studies have examined the carcinogenicity of more selective lists of chemicals," lead author Nicole Deziel, Ph.D., assistant professor explained to the school. "To our knowledge, our analysis represents the most expansive review of carcinogenicity of hydraulic fracturing-related chemicals in the published literature."

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5.5 Earthquake Hits Central Italy, Tremors Felt In Rome

Earthquake hits ItalyA 5.5-magnitude earthquake Wednesday hit central Italy, about 50 miles north of the site of a deadly quake in August that killed nearly 300 people, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicenter was south-southwest of Visso and the initial depth is estimated at 10 kilometers (6 miles). The quake hit at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) between Perugia and Macerata, according to ANSA.
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