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MELBOURNE, Feb. 24 — The number of bushfires that threaten Western Australia (WA) is set to increase, studies from the Climate Council revealed on Tuesday.

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ILOILO CITY, Feb. 24 –The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 in Aklan province recently coordinated with the local government unit (LGU) of Malay for possible issuance of a Presidential Proclamation and/or Special Patent for the area being utilized as Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) situated in the island of Boracay.

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BEIJING, Feb. 24 — An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted 102km west of Abra Pampa, Argentina at 0513GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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BEIJING, Feb. 24 — China's weather observatory forecasted that cold front, rain and smog will affect traffic rush on Tuesday as the week-long Lunar New Year holiday is coming to an end.

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BANGKOK, Feb. 24 — Adverse climate change could cost Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand at least USD 16 billion per year in damage to natural resource assets and infrastructure services, a report has revealed.

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SINAIT, Ilocos Sur, Feb. 24 — A rough-toothed dolphin that was stranded along the beach in Barangay Pug-os here last Friday is now recovering in a concrete pond in Barangay Dadalaqueten, Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Feb. 24 — A Catholic university in this trading hub of Northern Mindanao would confer an award to a Moro leader during the university’s graduation rites next month.

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MANILA, Feb. 24 — Department of Environment and Natural Reources Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has lauded the record-breaking “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNow” as a big step forward in restoring Mindanao’s rapidly dwindling forest cover and fighting climate change.

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DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 24 — Juan Romeo Nereus “Neric” Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection and general manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority, will be the guest speaker during a convocation at Foundation University in Dumaguete City on Friday.

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Magnitude 4.1 quake jolts Baguio City

MANILA, Feb. 24 — A magnitude 4.1 earthquake jolted Baguio City on Tuesday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

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MOSCOW, Feb. 24 — US energy giant Chevron announced a pullback from its projects in Romania on Friday, after continuous protests in the country against controversial shale gas extraction techniques.

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HONG KONG, Feb. 24 — An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted 111 km east of Miyako, Japan at 2:28:52 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 24 — All is set for the holding of the First Local Bird Festival to be hosted by the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) on Friday, February 27, in this city.

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NAIROBI, Feb. 24 — Scientists from the UN affiliated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday that climatic shocks remain a mortal threat to Africa's socioeconomic progress.

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NAIROBI, Feb. 24 — The African Union on Monday urged the continent's governments to embrace the use of science in order to transform its agricultural sector.

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SEOUL, Feb. 23 — The heaviest yellow dust in five years hit South Korea on Monday, driving the country's meteorological authorities to issue yellow dust warnings and advisories.

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Cold front to hit north China

BEIJING, Feb. 23 — A cold front is expected to sweep north China starting Tuesday, bringing snow to parts of the region, China's weather observatory said on Monday.

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By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 23 (PNA) — Dive masters, operators, and other partners in the management of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) convened here Monday for the Elasmobranch (əˈ-lazmə-brangk) Research and Conservation Training which will start Tuesday.

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 24 — Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Luis Antonio Calvo will keynote the “Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga” celebration on Thursday.

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URUMQI, Feb. 24 — The buildings of 1,728 households were damaged in the earthquake that hit Shawan County of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China, local authorities said on Monday.

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