"California said it will cooperate with China on clean technology, emissions trading and other 'climate-positive' opportunities as it bids to fill the gap left after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord last week."
"China’s devastating pollution problems began here, in coal country, where legions of workers toiled and often died to exhume the rich deposits that fueled the country’s sooty rise to economic power. Today, these muddy plains are home to a potent symbol of China’s new ambition: to bypass the United States and cement its dominant role in clean energy."
"GUANGZHOU, China — The rains brought torrents, pouring into basements and malls, the water swiftly rising a foot and a half."
"India's $3 billion plan to clean the holy Ganges river is badly behind schedule with large stretches contaminated by toxic waste and sewage, forcing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene, according to government officials and documents seen by Reuters."
"For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore."
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"Two of India's most iconic rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Hindus in the country, have been given the status of living entities to save them from further harm caused by widespread pollution."
"Exploration work inside the nuclear plant’s failed reactors has barely begun, with the scale of the task described as ‘almost beyond comprehension’"
"To feed an enormous building boom, India’s relentless sand miners have devastated the waterways that make life there possible."