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Britain, Italy make joint bid to host 2020 UN climate talks

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Britain, Italy make joint bid to host 2020 UN climate talks fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world/environment fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Berlin Associated Press article 904b9eea-3d37-5223-ac23-72aa6f6c3133

Britain and Italy are making a joint bid to host the U.N.’s global climate summit next year.

The two countries said Tuesday they’re proposing that Britain host the annual U.N. talks in late 2020 and for Italy to stage a preparatory meeting.

They said their partnership would send “a strong signal of determined and informed cooperation on climate change.”

Turkey is also in the running to host the 26th Conference of the Parties, or COP26. Countries are expected to make a decision on the venue during technical talks taking place in Bonn, Germany, until June 27.

Chile is hosting this year’s U.N. summit after Brazil dropped out.

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans last week to eliminate the country’s net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Japan pushes 300 North Korean boats out of fishing grounds

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The Japanese coast guard says its patrol boats have been pushing back hundreds of North Korean boats trying to poach in fishing grounds rich with squid off Japan’s northern coast.

Coast Guard officials said Tuesday they have forced more than 300 North Korean boats out of Japan’s exclusive economic zone near Yamatotai since May.

The patrol boats used water cannons on 50 North Korean boats that ignored warnings.

Coast Guard footage obtained Tuesday showed North Korean crewmen on a wooden boat abandon a fishing rope after being sprayed water.

Japanese authorities have stepped up patrols in the area as North Korean poaching has surged in recent years.

Experts say Pyongyang’s campaign to boost fish harvests has increased poaching by North Korean boats.

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Belgian dad pleas for help to find son missing in Australia

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Belgian dad pleas for help to find son missing in Australia fox-news/world/world-regions/pacific fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world/world-regions/australia fox-news/world/environment fox-news/world fnc/world fnc CANBERRA, Australia Associated Press article 90088959-3101-5009-b950-4a2d53d02ef8

A Belgian man says an encrypted phone message sent by his missing son could hold a clue to the 18-year-old tourist’s disappearance from an Australian coastal town.

Theo Hayez was last seen leaving a Byron Bay nightclub late on May 31. Police said on Monday they are baffled by the disappearance.

His father Laurent Hayez flew from Belgium to Australia last week to take part in the search which now involves homicide detectives.

Hayez on Monday made a public appeal for help to access his son’s encrypted WhatsApp account.

Police Superintendent Dave Roptell said WhatsApp’s owner Facebook was being asked for access to the missing man’s account.

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Extinction Rebellion postpones Heathrow drone protest plan

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Extinction Rebellion postpones Heathrow drone protest plan London fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world/environment fox-news/world fnc/world fnc cd48d714-95a5-59d1-b8b8-3da5d8c28ebf Associated Press article

The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion has postponed a plan to shut down London’s Heathrow Airport with drones after it was criticized by politicians and police.

The anti-climate change group said Sunday it would “not be carrying out any actions at Heathrow Airport in June or July this year.”

Details of the group’s plan were leaked last month. British Aviation Minister Charlotte Vere warned that “using drones to deliberately put people’s safety at risk carries a maximum life sentence.”

Extinction Rebellion said the allegation it was willing to endanger people’s lives “is a depressing and predictable smear.”

The group still aims to target the airport, Europe’s busiest, but said it would not fly drones within flightpaths, and would give two months’ notice so travelers could make other plans.

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Strong quake hits island chain off New Zealand; no tsunami

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Strong quake hits island chain off New Zealand; no tsunami WELLINGTON, New Zealand fox-news/world/world-regions/pacific fox-news/world/environment fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article a7a230d7-580b-5cab-9ac4-8114e0c57167

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck an arc of islands off New Zealand on Sunday, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it may cause only minor sea level changes in some coastal areas.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit a spot about 873 kilometers (541 miles) northeast of Ngunguru, New Zealand, a town of about 1,400 people. It occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

The area the quake struck is called the Kermadec Islands, about 800 kilometers (497 miles) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management cleared New Zealand of a tsunami threat moments after issuing a beach warning.

The Kermadec Islands, a volcanic archipelago, are prone to earthquakes. The islands are a dependency of New Zealand and lie at the western edge of the Kermadec Trench.

There are no permanent settlements on the islands.

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Zero elephants poached in a year in top Africa wildlife park

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Zero elephants poached in a year in top Africa wildlife park fox-news/world/world-regions/africa fox-news/world/environment fox-news/world fnc/world fnc CARA ANNA Associated Press article 67d95127-e349-5f8c-8122-be85ccbb50ff

One of Africa’s largest wildlife preserves is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts call an extraordinary development in an area larger than Switzerland where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years.

The apparent turnaround in Niassa reserve in a remote region of northern Mozambique comes after the introduction of a rapid intervention police force and more assertive patrolling and response by air, according to the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the reserve with Mozambique’s government and several other partners.

Monitoring of the vast reserve with aerial surveys and foot patrols remains incomplete and relies on sampling, however. And despite the sign of progress, it could take many years for Niassa’s elephant population to rebuild to its former levels even if poaching is kept under control.

Aggressive poaching over the years had cut the number of Niassa’s elephants from about 12,000 to little over 3,600 in 2016, according to an aerial survey. Anti-poaching strategies from 2015 to 2017 reduced the number killed but the conservation group called the rate still far too high.

The new interventions, with Mozambican President Felipe Nyusi personally authorizing the rapid intervention force, have led partners to hope that Niassa’s elephants “stand a genuine chance for recovery,” the conservation group said.

“It is a remarkable achievement,” James Bampton, country director with the Wildlife Conservation Society, told The Associated Press. He said he discovered the year free of poaching deaths while going through data.

The last time an elephant in the Niassa reserve was recorded killed by a poacher was May 17, 2018, he said.

Political will is a key reason for the success, Bampton said, with Mozambique’s president keen to see poaching reduced.

Bampton acknowledged that the low number of remaining elephants is also a factor in the decline in poaching. A year ago, he estimated that fewer than 2,000 elephants remained in Niassa, though he now says preliminary analysis of data from a survey conducted in October and not yet published indicated that about 4,000 elephants are in the reserve.

Still, a year that appears to be free of elephant poaching in the sprawling reserve drew exclamations from some wildlife experts.

“It is a major and very important development that poaching has ceased. This represents a major success,” George Wittemyer, who chairs the scientific board for the Kenya-based organization Save the Elephants, told the AP.

The new rapid intervention police force is an elite unit that is better-armed than the reserve’s normal rangers and has “a bit of a reputation of being quite hard,” Bampton said, adding that no “bad incidents” have been reported in Niassa.

Members of the force are empowered to arrest suspected poachers, put together a case within 72 hours and submit it to the local prosecutor, Bampton said. “Just being caught with a firearm is considered intent to illegal hunting,” with a maximum prison sentence of 16 years.

Wildlife experts have seen gains elsewhere in Africa against elephant poaching. Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, widely acknowledged as “Ground Zero” for the poaching and linked to the Niassa reserve by a wildlife corridor, also has seen a recent decline in the killings.

African elephant poaching has declined to pre-2008 levels after reaching a peak in 2011, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

But experts say the rate of annual elephant losses still exceeds the birth rate, and the encroachment of human settlements is reducing the animals’ range. Africa’s elephant population has plummeted from an estimated several million around 1900 to at least 415,000, according to surveys in recent years.

Collaboration and “huge effort” among the Niassa reserve’s partners has been crucial but data show that issues remain with other iconic species such as lions, said Rob Harris, country manager for Fauna & Flora International, which supports one of the operators in the reserve. “So the combination of national-level support and on-the-ground effort must be maintained to improve the situation for all wildlife.”

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Associated Press writer Christopher Torchia contributed.

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Vietnam police seize 7.5 tons of ivory, pangolin scales

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Vietnam police seize 7.5 tons of ivory, pangolin scales HANOI, Vietnam fox-news/world/world-regions/asia fox-news/world/environment fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 012c174e-aad9-5474-8986-43d6645f7b53

Police have seized 7.5 tons of elephant ivory and pangolin scales in one of Vietnam’s biggest wild animal trafficking cases.

Vietnam News Agency reported the 3.5 tons of ivory and 4 tons of pangolin scales were found in barrels when customs officers checked a shipping container arriving at Hai Phong port in northern Vietnam.

The steel barrels containing the ivory and scales were mixed with ones containing tar to conceal the trafficked animal parts from customs authorities.

Police began a criminal investigation on Friday.

Poaching and trading of ivory tusks and pangolins carry penalties of up to 5 years in jail in Vietnam, but the country is also a common destination for trafficked wildlife parts.

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Cyclone Vayu poised to hit India as year’s 2nd major storm

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Cyclone Vayu poised to hit India as year's 2nd major storm NEW DELHI fox-news/world/world-regions/asia fox-news/world/environment fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 7f228cf1-2a8a-58fb-be80-bd107e73dfb1

Indian authorities are bracing for a severe cyclone strengthening in the Arabian Sea that’s set to make landfall in the western state of Gujarat as India’s second major storm of the season.

The India Meteorological Department said Wednesday that Cyclone Vayu was due to hit the Gujarat coast early Thursday with winds gusting up to 170 kilometers (106 miles) per hour.

Gujarat’s chief minister, Vijay Rupani, requested on social media that tourists leave coastal areas by Wednesday afternoon. Authorities said more than a quarter of a million people living in low-lying areas would be evacuated.

By contrast more than a million people were evacuated ahead of Cyclone Fani, which hit India’s eastern coast on the Bay of Bengal in May, killing 34 people.

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Source for water contamination in Norway not yet found

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Source for water contamination in Norway not yet found fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/world/environment fox-news/world fnc/world fnc COPENHAGEN, Denmark Associated Press article 34122b9b-2ad4-573b-8b91-b8fc4ed96eac

Norwegian authorities say they have not yet identified the source of water contamination in southern Norway that sent dozens of people to the hospital.

Baard Espeli, deputy mayor of the municipality of Askoey, an island north of Bergen, says the E. coli bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness was found in a pool that supplied part of the drinking water.

Espeli said Monday evening that the closing of that pool “has stopped the pollution of the water” but it remains unclear how the bacteria got into the pool.

Since Thursday, 55 people have been hospitalized, of whom 13 were children. All have been discharged. Last week, a 1-year-old child died of an infection in the digestive tract, but it was not clear whether it was linked to the contamination.

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Trump baby blimp flies in London as protests greet president

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As British Prime Minister Theresa May meets President Donald Trump on Tuesday, thousands of protesters plan to tell the U.S. leader he should have stayed at home.

Trade unions, women’s groups, peace campaigners and environmentalists are gathering in the capital to condemn Trump’s policies — and Britain’s decision to roll out the red carpet for a pomp-filled state visit.

Protests began with the flying of a giant blimp depicting the president as an angry orange baby, which rose from the grass of central London’s Parliament Square.

One group came dressed in the red cloaks and bonnets of characters from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is set in a dystopian, misogynist future America.

Leaders of Britain’s main opposition party are due to join demonstrators later at a rally in Trafalgar Square, just up the street from May’s Downing St. office. Police have erected barricades to stop protesters marching past the gates of Downing St.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to address the protest, which will be attended by several senior lawmakers from his left-of-center party.

Emily Thornberry, Labour’s foreign affairs spokeswoman, said Trump was “a sexual predator” and a racist who did not deserve the honor of a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Thornberry told the BBC that the leader of Britain’s most important ally should be stood up to “the way you deal with a bully” because “if you bow down in front of them you just get kicked harder.”

Not everyone in London was unwelcoming.

Lewis Metcalfe said he came to the city from his home in northern England to show support for the president.

“I’m obviously going to be a minority today,” said Metcalfe, who wore a “Make America Great Again” cap.

“I don’t agree with all his policies. He’s not the greatest president in the world, but he does get things done.”

Trump dined with the queen at Buckingham Palace and took tea with Prince Charles on Monday, the first day of his three-day visit.

Things are likely to become more awkward on Tuesday when he meets May, who is in the final weeks of her premiership. The two leaders have sharply differing views on issues including Iran, Brexit and Chinese telecoms firm Huawei.

Trump has already criticized May’s handling of Brexit and said May’s rival Boris Johnson would make an “excellent” prime minister.

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