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Amazon deforestation ‘at highest level in a decade’

10,000 sq kms lost in year to August according to new data from Brazilian government WT24 Desk Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has hit the highest annual level in a decade, according to new government data which highlights the impact the president, Jair Bolsonaro, has made on the world’s biggest rainforest, The Guardian reports. The new numbers, showing almost 10,000 sq ...

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Climate change becomes leading concern of Australian voters: survey

WT24 Desk Climate change and the environment have emerged as the biggest concern for Australian voters, according to the latest Trust Issues survey, published by JWS Research on Friday, Agencies report. Post-election optimism for the governing Coalition has faded and anxiety levels over the stagnating economy have grown. The survey conducted from Nov. 6 to Nov. 11 revealed a significant ...

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Venice flooded again

3 days after near-record high tide WT24 Desk Waters are rising in Venice where the tide is reaching exceptional levels just three days after the Italian lagoon city experienced its worst flooding in more than 50 years, Agencies report. The high tide Friday is projected to peak at 1.60 meters (more than 5 feet) which is far beyond normal levels. ...

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Dhaka air quality worsens before winter

WT24 Desk As winter sets in, the quality of air in Dhaka poses major health risks to citizens with pollution reaching severe levels, Agency reports. The prevalence of particulate matter in the air has multiplied beyond the tolerable limit, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department. Dust generated by construction projects such as the metro rail, among others, permeates the air ...

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Two die as Venice flooded by highest tide

High waters peaked at 1.87 metres as the flood alarm sounded across the Italian city of canals WT24 Desk The mayor of Venice is poised to declare a state of emergency after the city was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years, with another surge expected to cause further widespread flooding and destruction on Wednesday, The Guardian ...

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Dhaka ranks 4th worst

Air Quality Index on Wednesday morning WT24 Desk Bangladesh’s capital city was ranked fourth worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Wednesday morning, Agencies report. Dhaka had a score of 195 at 10am, indicating that the air quality was unhealthy. India’s Delhi, Pakistan’s Lahore and Vietnam’s Hanoi occupied the first, second and third spots respectively. When the AQI value ...

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Drought kills more than 200 elephants in Zimbabwe

Parks agency plans to move hundreds of animals, saying booming numbers a threat to ecosystem WT24 Desk More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, says Zimbabwe’s parks agency, which is planning a mass relocation of animals to ease congestion, Agencies report. Tinashe Farawo, a spokesman for Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said on Tuesday that at least 200 ...

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New South Wales braces for ‘catastrophic’ day

Winds fan ferocious fires in Australia’s most populous state WT24 Desk A vast area of Australia’s east coast – including the area around Sydney – is bracing itself for one of the nation’s worst ever bushfire threats, Agencies report. More than 50 blazes are burning across the state of New South Wales (NSW) ahead of predicted “catastrophic” conditions later on ...

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No signal for maritime ports

WT24 Desk  The Bangladesh Meteorological Department said there is no possibility of gusty winds to blow over coastal areas as cyclone ‘Bulbul’ weakened. Therefore, maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra are advised to lower the signal, Agencies report. The met office issued the release on Monday . Earlier, BMD issued great danger signal number 10 for maritime ...

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