Environment

Third Asian giant 'murder' hornet found in Washington state

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(Reuters) - Washington state has confirmed its third sighting of an Asian giant hornet, dubbed the “murder hornet,” indicating the invasive, predatory insect has survived the winter in the U.S. Northwest, state agriculture officials said on Friday. The stinging hornet, which can grow as large as 2-1/2 inches (6.4 cm) in length, could potentially pose…

China to restrict expansion of solar equipment producers

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China intends to impose restrictions on expansion of solar equipment production to tackle overcapacity in the industry in the face of falling domestic installations, a draft plan issued by the country’s industrial ministry showed on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Employees row a boat as they examine solar panel boards at a pond in…

U.N. delays crucial climate summit for a year, cites pandemic

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of the United Nations is seen on the outside of their headquarters in New York, September 15, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the United Nations to delay until late 2021 a crucial climate summit that had been scheduled for Britain this year, officials said on Thursday. This…

‘Repair embankments damaged in Cyclone Amphan on urgent basis’

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National and local NGOs working in coastal areas today asked the government to repair embankments damaged in Cyclone Amphan on an emergency basis to save crops in the upcoming monsoon. Local government authorities should be tasked with repairing embankments and their permanent maintenance in future, the NGOs said. They also urged an overhaul of cyclone…

UN chief urges countries to work together to preserve biodiversity

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all to work together to preserve biodiversity and help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "As we seek to build back better from the current crisis, let us work together to preserve biodiversity so we can achieve our Sustainable Development Goals," he said in a message marking the International Day…