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Icy weather impedes travellers in China home-bound for new year festivities

Beijing, China Reuters Freezing rain, snow and ice have complicated the journey home for many in central and eastern China, as billions travel ahead of the Spring Festival in chilly weather that has swept through parts of the country during the past week. The central province of Hubei has been hit the hardest, with highways […]

Nepal’s mountains have lost one-third of their ice, UN chief says

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks with Nepal's Minister of Foreign Afairs Narayan Prakash Saud also known as NP Saud upon his arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on 29th October, 2023

Kathmandu, NepalReuters Nepal’s snow-capped mountains have lost close to one-third of their ice in over 30 years due to global warming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday after a visit to the area near Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. Climate scientists say the earth’s temperature has increased by an average of 0.74 degrees […]

World’s glaciers contain less ice than thought – report

Switzerland Rhone glacier

London, UKReuters Advances in satellite technology have revealed that the world’s glaciers contain significantly less ice than previously thought, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience on Monday.  The revised estimate reduces global sea level rise by three inches if all glaciers were to melt. But it raises concern for some communities that rely […]

Wrap up cool: Blankets help stave off glacier melt on Swiss ski pistes

Switzerland Mount Titlis1

Mount Titlis/Zurich, SwitzerlandReuters In one of Switzerland’s most popular Alpine destinations, resort staff have been working over the summer months to limit the impact of warming global temperatures on its glacial slopes – by blanketing the ice to block the sun. The 3,238-metre Mount Titlis has seen large swathes of ice disappear from its glacier […]

Another man is free to leave US church sanctuary as immigration policies ease

US sanctuary churches Eliseo Jimenez

RNS An undocumented immigrant who had taken refuge in a Raleigh, North Carolina, church for more than three years will now be allowed to leave without the danger of being deported. Eliseo Jimenez, a 42-year-old itinerant laborer who worked in the state’s tobacco fields and later in construction laying floors, has been living at Umstead […]

Immigrant facing deportation leaves US church sanctuary

Amherst, Massachusetts, USAP A Guatemalan man has left the Massachusetts church he lived in for more than three years to avoid deportation after being granted a reprieve from federal immigration officials. Lucio Perez stepped out of the First Congregational Church in Amherst on Saturday. Rev Margaret Sawyer, of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a local […]

Immigrant living in US church for years wins temporary reprieve

Bedford, MassachusettsAP A Guatemalan woman who has been living in a Massachusetts church for more than three years to avoid deportation has been granted a reprieve to remain in the country for now. Maria Macario was issued a one-year stay of her deportation by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials during a meeting at its Burlington office […]