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ESA raises bar on future space projects

Part of European Space Agency’s deep-space tracking station at New Norcia, Australia (AN/ESA)

(AN) — The European Space Agency wrapped up two days of high level meetings on Thursday with pledges from 22 member nations to support more ambitious space exploration and research projects, including monitoring of climate change.

U.N. warns significant carbon cuts needed

Power lines extend from South African coal-fired power plants (AN/Clint Mason)

(AN) — A new United Nations report cautions the world must begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 7.6 percent a year starting in 2020 to meet global targets for avoiding the worst effects of planetary overheating.

ITU deal on 5G worries weather experts

A satellite image of a massive cyclone over the Labrador Sea between Canada’s Labrador Peninsula and Greenland on Nov. 17, 2019 (AN/NOAA)

(AN) — Negotiators at a U.N.-sponsored telecommunication conference announced a deal on Friday to launch new radio frequency standards for 5G technology, despite concerns it could negatively impact climate and weather forecasting.

Suu Kyi to confront U.N. genocide probe

Rohingya people in Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state (AN/DYKT Mohigan)

(AN) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head a delegation to the United Nations’ top court next month to challenge its prosecution of an alleged military-led genocide targeting Rohingya Muslims, her government said on Wednesday.

Progress and worry as kids’ treaty turns 30

Tajik children selling eggs to travelers along the Karakoram Highway (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — A landmark human rights treaty that turns 30 years old this week has helped make children healthier today but they still face new threats such as climate change and online abuse, UNICEF said in a new study on Monday.

White Helmets ally found dead in Turkey

James Le Mesurier near Istanbul's Golden Horn harbor and residential area (AN/White Helmets)

(AN) — James Le Mesurier, whose Mayday Rescue organization founded and supported White Helmets’ rescue efforts in Syria, was found dead near his home in Istanbul on Monday, prompting a wide-ranging police investigation.

France and China advocate multilateralism

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping talk in Shanghai while sampling French wine and beef (AN/Chinese State Media)

(AN) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping called for more global cooperation on climate change, biodiversity and trade on Wednesday, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump began the process of withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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