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Power plant accident death toll rises to 74

The death toll from the collapse of scaffolding at a construction site in eastern China rose to 74, state media said Friday, in the country’s worst work-safety accident in over two years.

Environmental group Greenpeace is calling for a ban in Britain on plastic “microbeads,” found in many cosmetics, which they warn pollute the oceans and poison marine life.

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The Philippines had a key role in the Paris conference that ended with the adoption of the Climate Change agreement in December, 2015. The country led a Climate Vulnerable Forum campaign to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, not just 2 degrees as was ultimately decided in the conference. As the Philippines had been hit by the strongest typhoon ever to hit land – Yolanda in November, 2013 – its suffering was seen as a warning to the rest of the world.

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Mt. Baekdu, (Mount Paektu), 2,744 meter high and located on the border between North Korea and China erupted more than 1,000 years ago. It was one of the most violent and powerful in recorded history and is classified as a VEI-7 event.

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