A sudden energy shortage following the coronavirus pandemic has led to increased demand for highly polluting fossil fuels. The demand comes at a time when the world's countries are trying hard to cut pollution and slow down the climate crisis.
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Crews in southern California are working to contain one of the area's largest oil spills in recent years. The spill, which began on Friday, has killed fish and birds, damaged protected areas, and covered nearby beaches with tar.
It's been over a week since Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana, and the area is still struggling to recover. So are many states much farther north which were surprised by the extreme damage the hurricane brought with it.
In July, Algeria became the last country in the world to stop selling leaded gasoline. The news marks a major step in improving the environment, and shows that the world's countries can work together to solve environmental problems.
Two weeks ago, a shocking report came out, giving details of the likely future effects of climate change. Though serious effects are already visible around the world, the report offered hope that fast action might still bring the crisis under control.
In today's news roundup, businesses around the world are hit by a massive computer attack, an underwater gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico leads to flames shooting out of the water, and two billionaires race to become the world's first space tourists.
A fire at a chemical factory in Rockton, Illinois has been burning since early Monday morning. Fire fighters have decided to let the fire burn itself out, which could take days. For safety, people living near the factory have been moved away.
Sea life near Turkey is being threatened by a layer of slimy brown foam on the ocean's surface. The foam, which many people are calling "sea snot", is natural, but it's triggered by pollution and global warming.
Last week was a tough one for fossil fuel businesses. Large oil producing companies in the Netherlands and the United States had some major defeats. The pattern suggests that fossil fuel companies are facing difficult times ahead.
Earth Day is a day set aside to remind people to protect our planet. It's held on April 22 every year. This Earth Day, US President Joe Biden is holding a virtual meeting on the climate with the leaders of 40 countries.