Australia is reeling from bushfires that since September have claimed 28 lives, including two on Kangaroo Island, and razed 10 million hectares (25 million acres) of land -- an area larger than South Korea or Portugal.
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and a crowd of thousands of protesters marched in the Swiss city of Lausanne before many of them head to Davos next week to challenge political and business leaders to combat the climate crisis.
Low growth, rising population, drought and floods have contributed to worsening food insecurity in the region.
Officials warned, however, that short, intense thunderstorms could lead to flash flooding, while lightning brought the risk of new fires being ignited.
The giant prehistoric trees were thought to be extinct until 1994, but then authorities found 200 of them in a national park near the Blue Mountains north-west of Sydney.
Pakistani officials said that 21 more bodies have been recovered in the avalanche-hit disputed region of Kashmir, bringing the total number of deaths to 160 in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In an interview with TRT World, energy security analyst Omid Shokri Kalehsar touched upon several aspects of competing foreign policies in the Eastern Mediterranean, saying Moscow would like to play a dominant role in the overall energy equation.
Aboriginal leaders in South Australia state said non-native camels, brought over by British settlers in 1840, were driven towards rural communities by drought and extreme heat, threatening scarce food and drinking water while damaging infrastructure.
Bushfires ravaging Australia have provided a foretaste of the kinds of conditions that could become normal, says Richard Betts, Head of Climate Impacts Research at Britain's Met Office Hadley Centre.
Campaigners slam German engineering group for opting to develop a controversial coal mine project in Australia with catastrophic bushfire season there fanning more anger against the proposed mine, owned by India's Adani group.
Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes around Taal, one of the world's smallest active volcanoes, which spewed ash for a second day from its crater in the middle of a lake about 70 km south of central Manila.
Storm-related fatalities were reported in Texas due to icy weather, in Alabama from a deadly tornado and in Louisiana, where winds were so strong that a trailer home was lifted off its foundation and carried several hundred feet.
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