Mar 03, 5:24 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Science By Lorraine Lorenzo 02/28/19 AT 7:30 AM There are now officially more trees in the world than there was 20 years ago. This is according to a recent NASA report. Based on satellite images, the green patches are equivalent to the areas covered by all the Amazon Forests combined. The good news, which was posted on NASA’s website, shared that the greening efforts came mostly from China and India. Both countries are two of the world’s most populated nations. NASA pointed out that the efforts were a result of China’s aggressive tree planting programs and intensive agricultural efforts from both countries.According to the report, the greening effort was detected during the mid-1990s by Ranga Myneni of Boston University along with his colleagues. It wasn’t sure, however, if the greening was due to human activity. The statement is a result … [Read more...] about NASA News 2019: Earth Now Greener, Shows Humans Actually Care About Climate Change
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and RoK President Moon Jae-in Meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the PM asked Indonesia to deal with fishery issues in humanitarian spirit and in line with bilateral strategic partnership. He suggested accelerating the conclusion of negotiations on demarcation of exclusive economic zones between the two countries. Widodo, for his part, expressed his support to Vietnam’s successful hosting of APEC Year 2017 and agreed with the Vietnamese PM’s suggestions. In another meeting with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, the Vietnamese PM urged India to gradually clear trade barriers towards lifting two-way trade to US$15 billion by 2020. The Vietnamese government is ready to offer all possible support for Indian firms to do business in Vietnam, he said, adding that Vietnam backs “Act East” policy of India and will continue further strengthening ASEAN-India strategic partnership. Modi vowed … [Read more...] about PM meets country leaders on sidelines of G20 Summit
By Associated Press | | PUBLISHED: November 30, 2018 at 9:00 am | UPDATED: November 30, 2018 at 1:12 pm By ANGELA CHARLTON | Associated Press The U.S. has been blocking progress at the Group of 20 summit on fixing world trade rules, fighting climate change and tackling migration, according to European officials involved in the discussions. The divisions among the world’s leading economies were evident from the moment the Argentine president opened the summit Friday with a call for international cooperation to solve the planet’s problems. President Donald Trump sought to use the summit to make his own trade deals. Meanwhile, two men under heavy criticism from the West lately — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — appeared to seek refuge in each other, bonding with a tough-guy hand grab as the leaders sat down around a huge round table for talks. Security concerns also weighed on the two-day talks in Buenos Aires. … [Read more...] about U.S. stands apart as G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climate
BUENOS AIRES — G20 powers open two days of summit talks in crisis-hit Argentina on Friday after a stormy buildup dominated by US President Donald Trump’s consensus-bucking crusade to realign world trade. Shortly before the summit kicks off, Trump’s "America First" charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA. The revamped accord, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), looks a lot like the one it replaces. But enough has been tweaked for Trump to declare victory on behalf of the US workers he claims were cheated by NAFTA. Yet, underlining that the new deal may not be quite the game-changer he professes, the signing will be executed by senior trade negotiators from the three countries rather than their leaders attending the G20. After imposing punishing tariffs on Chinese goods and threatening more to come in January, Trump also has China in his sights as he prepares to meet … [Read more...] about G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action
UNITED NATIONS -- World leaders will start trickling into New York on Tuesday for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, but the big names, including President Donald Trump, won't show up to U.N. Headquarters until next week. More than 140 leaders will make their case to the UNGA this year on what is arguably the biggest world stage, but the biggest questions revolve, for the second year running, around Mr. Trump. Trump chairs the Council The American president's presence at the UNGA carries extra weight this year as the U.S. currently holds the monthly-rotating chair of the Security Council. The most intriguing event may be President Trump's chairing of a Council meeting -- his first time wielding the U.N. gavel. "Like it or not, unless the Pope or Kim Jong Un show up, all eyes are on Trump," one Security Council diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS News. But his seat at the helm and all the global attention aside, the odds of Mr. Trump … [Read more...] about “All eyes” on Trump: U.N. to meet amid tension with U.S.