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Europe

New water fountains in London aim to cut plastic bottle use

The mayor of London has decided to try and tackle the issue of plastic pollution by introducing fountains and refill stations around the capital.

Counting the Cost

Extreme heat, wildfires and the cost of climate change

Environmental economics expert Sam Fankhauser discusses extreme weather events and says it will become 'the new normal'.

Counting the Cost

Pakistan, the IMF and China: Imran Khan's economic challenges

Why Pakistan's new leader, Imran Khan, is facing some tough financial and economic questions.

Middle East

Iraq's farmers hit hard by crippling water shortages

With one in five Iraqis working as farmers, crippling water shortages have pushed many to find alternative employment.

Iraq's farmers hit hard by water shortages

United States

Trump administration proposes freezing fuel efficiency standards

Trump's proposed standards for fuel efficiency would discard rules set to go into effect in 2025 and strip California of its rights to set its own efficiency standards.

Europe

UK farmers call for summit over drought crisis

As the heatwave in northern Europe continues, farmers in Britain have called an emergency 'drought summit' to address the effect the heat is having on food security.

Middle East

Iran: Drought epidemic fuels water crisis

Various theories over cause for country's drought plague that has caused severe water supply shortages.

US & Canada

California wildfires cause air quality to hit dangerous levels

While flames are extinguished in an area close to city of Redding, lingering smoke has left air quality at dangerously high levels.

Environment

'Heroic' Egyptian fisherman saved Greeks from wildfires

The sea was the only escape for many running for their lives as fires raged. Egyptian fisherman rushed to help.

Egyptian fisherman: I saved 23 Greeks, four dogs from wildfires

Environment

World's largest king penguin colony declines by almost 90 percent

Satellite images and photos taken from helicopters show the population Ile aux Cochons has collapsed by 88 percent.

World's largest king penguin colony declines by almost 90 percent

Asia Pacific

Indonesia's Lombok quake: Hundreds of trapped hikers rescued

More than 500 hikers are evacuated from Mount Rinjani on Lombok island after being stranded by a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

US & Canada

California fire: 17 major cities burning in the state

California is now facing 17 major fires, covering a combined 80,940 hectares across the state, as wildfires continue to scorch large swaths of land, wreaking record levels of destruction.

Latin America

Brazil: Many alarmed over boost to pesticide use in agriculture

Families slam commission recommendation on easing restrictions on deadly pesticides that are contaminating the environment and causing sky-high cancer rates and other health crises.

Counting the Cost

Ocean diamonds: Africa's 'blue economy'

Exploring the continent's blue economy concept and its potential in creating jobs and improving livelihoods.

Environment

Vietnam: Why Hanoi plans to ban motorbikes by 2030

The city had the second worst air pollution in the region in 2016.

Vietnam: Why Hanoi plans to ban motorbikes by 2030