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Municipality workers remove debris from the streets after flooding in Sheikh Jalal district, Baghlan province, Afghanistan May 12, 2024.

REUTERS/Sayed Hassib

Hard Numbers: Devastating floods, COVID reporter released, Catalonia votes, Swiss contestant wins Eurovision

315: At least 315 people in northern Afghanistan have died in severe floods that also injured over 1,600 others, wiped out thousands of homes, and devastated livestock herds that feed the region. Aid agencies expect chaos. It’s been a bad month for floods worldwide — similar inundations in southern Brazil and Kenya have killed hundreds in recent weeks.

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59.5 billion: US oil major Exxon Mobil on Wednesday paid $59.5 billion to acquire Pioneer Natural Resources, a major producer of shale oil in West Texas.


Hard Numbers: Exxon bets on shale, Netflix makes an unchill choice, Google floods the zone, digital tax plans advance

59.5 billion: US oil major Exxon Mobil on Wednesday paid $59.5 billion to acquire Pioneer Natural Resources, a major producer of shale oil in West Texas. Experts say the deal, Exxon Mobil’s largest since the 1990s, could spark fresh investments and acquisitions in the Canadian shale industry as well.
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Ico Oliveira

The Graphic Truth: The rising (insurance) costs of climate change

State Farm, the largest homeowner insurance company in California, recently announced that it’s halting new insurance sales across the Golden State. This is part of a nationwide trend of insurers raising rates, restricting coverage, or pulling out of areas altogether. Why? Because they’re tired of losing money to natural disasters.

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A general view as North Korea fired two missiles from a submarine at an underwater target at an undisclosed location in North Korea March 12, 2023.

North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via REUTERS

Hard Numbers: North Korea goes ballistic about “puppets”, Iran pardons protesters, Lula sacks soldiers, Freddy ravages Southern Africa

2: In response to new military drills by “the US imperialists and the South Korean puppet forces,” North Korea on Monday announced it had tested two new cruise missiles, which it says it plans to fit with nuclear warheads.

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Why biodiversity loss from climate change matters
Why Biodiversity Loss from Climate Change Matters | GZERO World

Why biodiversity loss from climate change matters

Raging fires, droughts, and superstorms like Sandy and Katrina are very visible impacts of climate change, but the damage to animals and plants flies under the radar. For UN environment chief Inger Andersen, that's because humans often take biodiversity for granted despite having messed up more than three-quarters of the planet's land and sea — and the consequences will be severe when nature stops behaving. "We have fragmented […] and converted so much land that nature is being squeezed into little corners." Watch her interview with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

Watch this episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer: Surviving a warming planet

Storm-battered Philippines cleans up

November 23, 2020 5:00 AM

In a matter of hours, swathes of the main Philippine island of Luzon were flooded by record downpours from Typhoon Vamco. Rivers burst their banks, landslides smashed into villages and rice fields were flattened. Much of the capital Manila was inundated by muddy water that quickly reached the rooftops of homes in some areas.

Philippines braces for new storm Vamco

November 11, 2020 10:28 AM

Areas including Metro Manila was placed on alert.

Two dead after landslide hits luxury resort in Ipoh

November 11, 2020 5:00 AM

A landslide believed to have been triggered by heavy rain has claimed the lives of two people staying at a resort in the Malaysian state of Perak.

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