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Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

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Nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard to human health or the environment. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

Greenpeace calls for investigation after levels of ruthenium-106 in atmosphere near Urals site found to be 986 times norm

November 21, 2017 — A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russia’s meteorological Continue reading Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

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EAST ANTARCTICA. This undated handout picture released by the Pew Charitable Trust on October 28, 2017 shows an ice wall in East Antarctica. Photo by John B. Weller/Pew Charitable Trust/AFP

Officials say Russia and China were key stumbling blocks, worried about compliance issues and fishing rights

SYDNEY, Australia (Oct. 29, 2017) — Hopes for a vast new marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica were dashed Saturday, October 28, after a key conservation summit failed to reach agreement, with advocates urging “greater vision and ambition”. Continue reading Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

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he Christophe de Margerie carried a cargo of liquefied natural gas from Hammerfest in Norway to Boryeong in South Korea in 22 days.

Climate change has thawed Arctic enough for $300m gas tanker to travel at record speed through northern sea route

August 24, 2017 — A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic. Continue reading Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

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‘TERRORIST ATTACK.’ Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish and world leaders condemn the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — Spanish and world leaders on Thursday, August 17, condemned the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. Continue reading World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

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Nuclear-armed states dismiss the ban as unrealistic, arguing it will have no impact on reducing the global stockpile of 15,000 atomic weapons

UNITED NATIONS (Jul. 7, 2017) — A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday, July 7, despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. Continue reading 122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

US signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement

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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson at the Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Photograph: Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Images

Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, signs a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to extend scientific cooperation in the Arctic region

May 12, 2017 — Environmental campaigners were given some hope that the US may stick to its commitments under the Paris climate change treaty when Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, signed a commitment to protect the Arctic and extend scientific co-operation. Continue reading US signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement

Russia and climate change follow Tillerson to Arctic

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TRAVELING SECRETARY. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Fairbanks, Alaska May 10, 2017. Photo courtesy US State Department

America’s top diplomat is in Fairbanks, Alaska, to chair a meeting of the 8-nation Arctic Council, a policy forum for countries with territory in the great white north

FAIRBANKS, USA (May 11, 2017)— US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travelled about as far from Washington as he could without leaving the United States, but could not escape questions about Russia and climate change. Continue reading Russia and climate change follow Tillerson to Arctic

Finland voices concern over US and Russian climate change doubters

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Arctic scientists have previously warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap could have catastrophic consequences around the world. Photograph: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty

New chair of Arctic council calls for Paris treaty on global warming to be respected amid fears of commitment downgrade

May 11, 2017 — Finland, the new chair of the Arctic council, has appealed to climate change scientists to fight the threat of the US and Russia tearing up commitments to combat global warming. Continue reading Finland voices concern over US and Russian climate change doubters

US tells China it has ‘no plan yet’ to meet its 2020 climate target

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Bonn Climate Change Conference Credit: UNclimatechange/Flickr

The US has no plan yet for how to meet its 2020 climate target and has made no analysis of the impact of recent policy changes, according to an official submission to the UN

May 4, 2017— The details emerged in a series of terse, repetitive answers to an international climate action peer-review process, known as the Multilateral Assessment. The US submission, which was published this week, says “jobs, economic growth and energy independence” are its priority. Continue reading US tells China it has ‘no plan yet’ to meet its 2020 climate target

Ukraine accuses Russia of terrorism in top UN court

Ukrainian deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal looks on during a public hearing in the case Ukraine v. Russian Federation, on March 6, 2017, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague. Kiev will seek to convince the UN’s top court on March 6, 2017 that Moscow is “sponsoring terrorism” in a bloody conflict involving separatist pro-Russian rebels, as tensions escalate in war-torn eastern Ukraine. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Bas Czerwinski / Netherlands OUT

Ukraine is asking the ICJ to impose emergency measures ordering Russia to stop the alleged funnelling of money, weapons, and personnel into the east, and to halt so-called ‘discrimination’ against minorities in Russian-occupied Crimea

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Mar. 7, 2017) — Ukraine urged the UN’s top court on Monday, March 6, to help bring stability to its war-torn east, seeking to convince judges that Russia is “sponsoring terrorism” in Kiev’s conflict with separatist pro-Russian rebels. Continue reading Ukraine accuses Russia of terrorism in top UN court