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Host of UN climate talks asks Trump to show 'pragmatism'

Experts say global warming over 2 deg C will result in land-gobbling sea level rise, worsening storms and droughts, disease spread and conflict over ever-scarcer resources. Small island nations are among the strongest advocates for sharp cuts in greenhouse gas emissions because they fear their survival depends on it. Many are already experiencing the effects of climate change, with rising seas eroding their coastlines and intruding into their freshwater supply.


Vulnerable countries pledge to go all-renewables, with help

Vulnerable countries pledge to go all-renewables, with help

Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, the host of the two-week talks in Marrakech, said the conference's "message to the new American president is simply to say, 'We count on your pragmatism and your spirit of commitment'". "All parties should start the transition, otherwise we will all suffer". Some countries like Bangladesh are planning to expand coal power, a key source of global warming emissions, to meet their growing energy needs.



World Health Organization declares end of Zika emergency, but still urges action

On Friday, the World Health Organization announced that the Zika virus is no longer a global health emergency. Health officials expect that the virus will become endemic and circulate seasonally in some countries. The emergency committee's head Heymann said Brazil's decision to continue dealing with the epidemic as an emergency was "appropriate", even as he affirmed the virus need not be dealt with as an emergency of worldwide concern.



Tesla, SolarCity shareholders prepare to vote on merger

He co-founded Tesla Motors, where he now serves as CEO, and is credited with the idea for SolarCity , which his cousins founded three years after Tesla was born. And it also suffered a setback in May when a man was killed driving a Tesla Model S while using the Autopilot function - though a preliminary US National Transportation Safety Board report into the incident said the driver had been speeding moments before he collided with a lorry.


Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields wins pro debut

Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields wins pro debut

National Basketball Association megastar Kevin Durant, 7x All-Star Robinson Cano, popstar Nick Jonas and floor general Jeremy Lin all tweeted out their support for Andre as he approaches the fight of his life, as well as a multitude of other prominent sports and entertainment figures.


Hokies take break from ACC race, Irish seek strong finish

Hokies take break from ACC race, Irish seek strong finish

Notre Dame carried its momentum into the second quarter, scoring on the first play of the frame on a perfectly thrown 31-yard touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer to Chris Finke to give the Irish their biggest lead of the half at 17-0. Not with them, but with myself. "And we had to adjust to that, and they just brought a little bit more pressure and they were on their assignments more than we were".