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Opinion: Brazil must protect its remaining 'uncontacted' indigenous Amazonians

In a remote corner of far-western Brazil lies the Vale do Javari, home to one of the greatest concentrations of isolated or entirely "uncontacted" tribes in the Amazon. Unlike indigenous lands elsewhere in the country, which have been colonised and polluted, the Javari's very inaccessibility has kept it largely untouched. Show More Summary

Macron convinced Trump will see U.S. interests lie inside Paris climate deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he continued to talk to U.S. leader Donald Trump about re-entering the Paris climate pact but that there was no scope for a renegotiation of the existing terms.

Downed trees not necessarily a lost cause

Among the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma last week, many downed trees and uprooted plants were left in the storm's wake. Those in a rush to get things back to normal have been quick to break out the chainsaws and remove the fallen debris in the days following the storm. Show More Summary

Lightning storms triggered by exhaust from cargo ships

The world's busiest shipping lanes have twice as many bolts of lightning as nearby areas, and ships pumping soot into the air seem to be responsible

ETP says U.S. approves drilling along Rover gas pipeline

(Reuters) - Oil and gas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners LP said on Tuesday it received approval from U.S. energy regulators to resume drilling along its $4.2 billion Rover pipeline project.

German union, car group seek government support for electric shift

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's biggest union and its car industry association urged politicians on Tuesday to help with a shift to electric vehicles and not force a phasing out the combustion engine.

Algae growing on snow found to cause ice field to melt faster in Alaska

(—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has found that algae growing on packed snow causes the snow to melt faster. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes testing the impact of algae growing on snow and measuring its impact on an Alaskan ice field.

Who should pay for damage associated with climate change – and who should be compensated?

Hurricanes in the Caribbean and deadly floods across South Asia have once again raised the issue of climate justice.

After Irma, special oxygen masks helped Florida pets breathe easier

(Reuters) - Soon after millions of Floridians lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week, firefighters in the city of Titusville responded to an emergency call at a home where a gasoline-powered generator had been running in an attached garage.

California's bullet train isn't just fast transit, it's a way to bridge the divide between rich and poor

In the seesaw battle over California’s bullet train, it’s easy to overlook the reasons why the project should be built — and why there’s still a good chance that it will be. On the seesaw’s upside, construction for the train’s first phase, which will connect Silicon Valley and the Central Valley,...

Are Democratic and Republican healthcare proposals really equally 'extreme'?

Will the real moderate party please stand up? On the same day that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced his “Medicare for All” healthcare plan, Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a last ditch effort to sorta-kinda repeal and replace Obamacare. Despite...

Stunning shots capture how we interact with our natural world

These evocative pictures by photographer Lucas Foglia catalogue his quest to capture our turbulent relationship with nature

The oil-drunk Trump administration needs to leave Alaska refuge alone

The Trump administration thinks it would be a good idea to allow seismic testing in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to assess how much oil and gas might lie underground, a possible prelude to drilling in a pristine wilderness that provides a vital habitat for polar bears and a variety...

No, climate science isn’t wrong, and yes, global warming is real

A study suggests we can emit three times more carbon than we thought and still avoid 1.5°C of global warming - but the results are not as straightforward as they seem

Border agents want to a search traveler's laptop and phone? Get a warrant

American travelers returning to the United States probably understand that customs officials might search their luggage looking for contraband or weapons. But many would be shocked to learn that agents also have been inspecting the contents of smartphones and laptops, devices that can contain a...

Don't expect the insurance industry to protect you from climate change

Banks and insurance experts are reporting that, with 2 ½ months to go, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is already one of the most expensive to date for the insurance industry. Here’s the weird part: Insurance companies are quietly happy about this. About the time that Hurricane Irma was making...

Energy firms back EU plan for CO2 cap on power subsidies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A group of energy firms has backed a disputed plan by EU regulators to attach emissions limits to subsidies for providing back-up power capacity to avert blackouts.

Leaders from round the world gather for the U.N. General Assembly: A quick look at what's on the table

A look at the difficult issues facing world leaders as they gather for the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Costco stores in South Korea offer chopped onions for hot dogs. Koreans have a different idea

The sound of silverware scraping plates reverberates through the Costco cafe, competing with the chatter of customers. It is the sound of scooping onions. Chopped onions are being scooped onto hot dogs, onto baked bulgogi sandwiches — and directly into people’s mouths, along with healthy dollops...

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