The world's countries have reached a new climate agreement. For the first time, the deal clearly calls on countries to move away from using fossil fuels to create energy. But many people say the agreement doesn't go far enough to protect the planet from global warming.
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Since last Thursday, representatives of hundreds of nations have been talking at an important climate meeting in Dubai. There has been progress, but there are also challenges. The biggest question is whether to end fossil fuels or just reduce them.
Tensions are rapidly rising between North and South Korea. The situation got worse quickly after North Korea launched a rocket that sent a spy satellite into space. Both sides have now pulled away from a 2018 agreement that was meant to prevent conflicts.
Last Wednesday, US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a four-hour meeting near San Francisco, California. The meeting was aimed at improving the relationship between the two countries, which has been getting worse in recent years.
Yesterday, the National Zoo in Washington, DC said goodbye to its giant pandas, as they left for China. It's the first time the zoo hasn't had pandas in 23 years, and it may mark the end of a 50-year program. The pandas will be greatly missed by the zoo and its visitors.
As winter comes to the northern part of India, the air pollution in the capital city of New Delhi is reaching levels that are too dangerous to breathe. The problem is so bad that schools have been closed, and people are being told to stay indoors.
On Saturday, the militant Palestinian group Hamas surprised Israel with a large, violent attack. Hundreds of people were killed, and over 150 were taken prisoner. Israel has responded by declaring war on Hamas, killing hundreds in its attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Over the weekend, people around the world turned out in huge numbers to protest the burning of fossil fuels. The protests - the largest since before the coronavirus pandemic - were meant to send a strong message to political leaders: "Take climate action now."
Torbjorn ("Thor") Pedersen is a Danish traveler who recently finished a trip around the world. But this wasn't just any trip. Mr. Pedersen spent nearly 10 years visiting every country in the world – and he did it all without flying.
On August 21, a cargo ship traveling from Singapore to Brazil became the first to try out a new kind of sail. The sail is expected to save fuel and cut pollution. If it works well, similar sails could become common on cargo ships over the next few years.
A recent report from a United Nations group warns that using technology in classes may not help as much as many people believe. The report suggests that technology should be used less in schools, and that smartphones should be banned from classrooms.