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."
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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.
India's space agency, ISRO, has successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon. It's the first time any country has safely landed at the moon's south pole. The landing is a huge success for India, which has been working on the project for years.
For the last two weeks, 32 women's soccer teams have been playing in stadiums across Australia and New Zealand as part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Along the way, there have been some amazing matches, along with several surprises. Now there are only eight teams left.
Recently, people around the world have been experiencing some of the hottest weather ever recorded. In some places, the weather has been so hot that it's been dangerous. The extreme weather is being caused by climate change.
Last Friday, a special event took place at the National Theater of Korea. A robot called EveR 6 led an orchestra in a performance of Korean music. Robots have led orchestras in other countries, but this was the first time ever in Korea.
A group of scientists from the University of Kitakyushu in Japan has come up with an unusual solution to a messy problem. They've taken dirty diapers, and used them to replace some of the sand needed to build a house with concrete.
On Sunday, Thailand and Turkey held important elections that could lead to big changes for the countries. In Thailand, opposition parties clearly defeated the current military government. In Turkey, the close results have led to a runoff election.
On Friday, the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus pandemic is not a global emergency anymore. The disease is now spreading much more slowly than before. The WHO says Covid-19 is still a problem, but the hardest part of the pandemic is over.