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Problems plagued U.S. CO2 capture project before shutdown: document

A $1 billion project to harness carbon dioxide emissions from a Texas coal plant suffered chronic mechanical problems and routinely missed its targets before it was shut down this year, according to a report submitted by the project's owners to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Amazon fires rage in early August as fears of mass blazes mount

Fires in the Brazilian Amazon have surged so far in August, government data on Friday showed, outstripping the same period of 2019 and renewing concerns about the destruction of the world's largest rainforest, which is a critical bulwark against climate change.

Economic meltdown threatens Europe's war on plastic

Giving a new life to plastic trash gets Carlos Bento out of bed every morning. But the coronavirus pandemic has seen revenues drop up to 40% at Micronipol, the large recycling facility he runs in central Portugal, and it faces an uncertain future.

Thousands of baby turtles get first taste of the sea

More than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali on Friday, as part of conservationists' attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection.

Quake causes panic, damages homes in Algeria

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit eastern Algeria on Friday, toppling three houses, damaging others and sending panicked people rushing into the streets but there were no reports of casualties, the civil protection service said.

Penguins and jellyfish wow visitors at new Taiwan aquarium

From lunch with the penguins to the translucent shimmer of jellyfish and gliding rays, all underwater life was on display at a new aquarium in Taiwan that opened on Friday despite the ravaging effects of coronavirus on global tourism.

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