Ukraine battles to restore power after Russian strikes leave ‘vast majority’ of people without electricity

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Ukraine raced to restore power across the country on Thursday, a day after Russia sent a new barrage of missiles to target critical infrastructure, resulting in the temporary shutdown of most of its power plants and leaving the “vast majority” of people without electricity. The national energy company Ukrenergo said work … Read more

Urban rewilding is bringing wildlife to the heart of cities

CNN — Visions of the urban future tend to revolve around mile-high skyscrapers, flying cars and high-tech solutions to sustainability challenges. But there is another vision that foresees a return to the wilderness that cities were once built upon, complete with forests and wild animals that were lost long ago. That vision is beginning to … Read more

5 things to know for Nov. 21: Colorado shooting, World Cup, Twitter, Congress, Climate

CNN — It’s almost time for the unhappiest part of the holidays: Getting there. Holiday travel is going to be more expensive than ever, and in some places, snowier too. We hope all your season’s obligatory journeys are safe and reasonably priced. Now, let’s Get Up to Speed ​​and On with Your Day. (You can … Read more

Tonga volcano: How ‘seafloor detectives’ uncovered its secrets

CNN — When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in Tonga in January 2022, it became the largest eruption ever recorded with modern technology. The blast, estimated to be hundreds of times stronger than the Hiroshima nuclear explosion, was heard in Alaska, more than 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) away. A plume of ash, smoke and … Read more

Kamala Harris’ visit to the Philippines sends China a message of US intent

CNN — A Philippine archipelago known for tropical vacations will become the focus of political attention this week when Vice President Kamala Harris becomes the highest ranking US official to visit its main island. Palawan is home to dive resorts as well as a Philippine military base that Harris will visit on Tuesday, according to … Read more

Qatar makes World Cup debut in a controversial tournament of firsts

Doha, Qatar CNN — There have been 21 editions of the men’s World Cup since its inauguration in 1930 but Qatar 2022 is set to be a tournament like no other. Since it was announced as the host city almost 12 years ago, it was always destined to be a World Cup of firsts. From … Read more

COP27: Negotiators reach tentative deal on ‘loss and damage’ at UN climate summit

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN — Despite one major breakthrough on Saturday, international climate negotiations at the UN’s COP27 climate summit are dragging on into early Sunday morning. The closing plenary of this year’s COP is scheduled to start at 3 am Egypt time, according to a notice from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate … Read more

COP27: Ukraine finds new allies in a Russian tourist hotspot

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN — Ukraine’s pavilion at the COP27 UN climate conference in Egypt is built of austere, dark gray walls. It feels like a bomb shelter, a bit out of place among all the brightly colored structures erected by other countries that are showcasing climate solutions and celebrating natural beauty. The contrast is … Read more

COP27: Activists hoped Egypt would bring a focus on Africa. They were disappointed

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN — The crowd was loving what Bhekumuzi Bhebhe had to say, cheering loudly as he yelled “don’t gas Africa!” into the megaphone. Standing under the baking Egyptian sun at the COP27 UN climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday, Bhebhe, a South Africa-based climate campaigner, was protesting against what he says … Read more

Rich countries are trying to hit pause on climate summit’s key issue

Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt CNN — The past week has given the world a glimpse of what climate-vulnerable countries have long known: while rich countries bend over backwards to pledge their support for climate action, they are far less enthusiastic when it comes to forking over the cash. At the UN’s COP27 climate summit, the United … Read more