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This photo taken on October 8, 2018 shows an elementary student wading through floodwaters in Mabalacat, Pampanga. - Areas north of Manila like the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan have sunk four-six centimetres (1.5-2.4 inches) a year since 2003, according to satellite monitoring. The creeping bay waters put people and property at risk, while the threat is amplified by high-tides and flooding brought by the roughly 20 storms that pound the archipelago every year. AFP
This photo taken on February 3, 2019 shows residents using a boat to travel across the water in Sitio Pariahan, Bulacan. - Areas north of Manila like the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan have sunk four-six centimetres (1.5-2.4 inches) a year since 2003, according to satellite monitoring. AFP
Traditional Samburu tribes-people shelter in the shade of an acacia at Merille livestock market, some 411km north of Nairobi in Kenya's Marsabit county, on April 30, 2019. - Nomadic livestock herders in East Africa's drylands have endured climate variability for millennia, driving their relentless search for water and pasture in some of the world's most inhospitable terrain. AFP
Traditional Samburu tribeswomen gather their goats to be sell at Merille livestock market, some 411km north of Nairobi in Kenya's Marsabit county, on April 30, 2019. AFP
FILE - This Sept. 15, 2009 file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil's northern state of Para. Imazon, a non-government group that monitors the Amazon rainforest, said on Monday, May 27, 2019 that the pace of deforestation in the rainforest has increased by 20% since the same August-through-April period in 2018. AP
An aerial photo taken by a drone shows, a charcoal worker during preparations for the handcrafted charcoal in Istanbul, Turkey, 24 May 2019 (Issued on 26 May 2019) According to reports, 250,000 tonnes of charcoal are consumed every year in Turkey. Each year in the northern forests of Istanbul, traditional charcoal production starts in the summer The peasants living in the region cut their oak trees and systematically line them up as a circle, Then they covered it with soil and set on fire for a week, it is expected to cool down in two days. EPA
Fisherman Jose da Cruz, who is known by the nickname Vampire because of his distinctive teeth, catches crabs inside mangrove forests on the Caratingui river, in Cairu, state of Bahia, Brazil, April 3, 2019. Cruz's average daily catch is half of what it was 10 years ago. In that time, the water line has advanced 3 meters inland from where it used to be, according to Cruz. 'Nature is upset. ... In Antarctica, it's melting, nature is melting,' he said. 'People, you have to have some awareness about what is happening. It's clear what is happening.' Reuters
The Chuckegg Creek wildfire burns out of control in the High Level Forest Area, to the southwest and west of the town of High Level, Alberta, Canada in this May 19, 2019 picture obtained from social media. Reuters
Fire fighters extinguish a forests fire near Kfar Uriya, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Israeli police have ordered the evacuation of several communities in southern and central Israel as wildfires rage amid a major heatwave. AP
A firefighting aircraft flies over a forest near Kibbutz Harel, which was damaged by wildfires during a record heatwave, in Israel May 24, 2019. Reuters
A student releases a flare, during a Global Strike 4 climate protest, in Westminster, London, Friday May 24, 2019. AP
Demonstrators take part in a march as part of a world-wide protest called by 'Fridays for Future' movement against climate change in Madrid, Spain, May 24, 2019. Reuters
A young protestor takes part in a demonstration organised by 'Global Strike 4 Climate' in Parliament Square in London, Friday, May 24, 2019. AP
Students transport an inflated globe and a flag of the European Union through the streets during a 'Fridays for Future' protest for urgent climate action on May 24, 2019 in Muenster, northwestern Germany. - In a shift since the last European Parliament elections, mainstream parties have adopted climate change as a rallying cry -- spurred in part by a wave of student strikes. A Eurobarometer poll shows climate change is now a leading concern for European Union voters, not far behind economic issues and rivalling worries about migration. AFP
Young protestors march during a climate strike of school students as part of the Fridays for Future movement in front of the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Friday, May 24, 2019. AP
In this file photo taken on April 18, 2019 a field of rape is seen in front of a wind turbine as the sunshines in Korschenbroich, western Germany. - A European election drubbing has served as a harsh wake-up call for Germany's leaders that young voters fear climate change and are furious about the government's glacial response to it. A surge of support, helped by the Fridays for Future protest movement, propelled Germany's Greens party to second place in Sunday's European Parliament elections, at the expense of the mainstream parties. AFP
FILE - In this April 4, 2013, file photo, a mechanized shovel loads a haul truck that can carry up to 250 tons of coal at the Spring Creek coal mine near Decker, Mont. Federal officials say the Trump administration's decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gasses. The report comes after a court ruled last month that the administration failed to consider the environmental effects of its resumption in 2017 of coal sales. A moratorium had been imposed under President Barack Obama over worries about climate change. AP
Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen (R) and former New York City Mayor and UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Michael Bloomberg (2nd R) visit the Amager Resource Center (Amager Bakke) in Copenhagen on May 21, 2019. AFP
In this file photo taken on May 07, 2019 steam rises from towers of the coal-fired power plant of Moorburg in Hamburg, northern Germany. AFP
Trees shrouded in smoke from a burning pile of rubbish in Karachi, Pakistan, 04 May 2019. Pakistan cities figure in the world's top 100 positions for worst air pollution rates. EPA
A general view of Maidan, or the open field, scattered with plastic though known as the lungs of Kolkata, India, 13 February 2019. Maidan is the largest urban park in Kolkata and is the site for all sports, entertainment, and relaxation, with the Victoria Memorial building seen in the background. India scores badly in air quality ratings with 25 of the world's 50 most polluted cities located in India. Somewhere in every big Asian city, there is a green pocket, patch, or park, serving as a vital green lung in a body of concrete, but they are far too few. Asia claims 99 of the worlds 100 most polluted cities. Air pollution and improving air quality in cities across the world is the theme of World Environment Day 2019, marked on 05 June 2019. EPA
Men work in the recycling of plastic bags at CoopFuturo, a sorting collective which receives rubbish from the local government collection service and then sells the material to specialized recycling companies, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 21, 2019. AFP
People exercise amidst the green gardens of indigenous and exotic plants at Cubbon Park in Bangalore, India, 21 February 2019. The park forms a green lung area for Bangalore city. India scores badly in air quality ratings with 25 of the world's 50 most polluted cities located in India. EPA
Residents walk through City Forest Park in Tibang Village, Banda Aceh, Indonesia on 23 April 2019. The City Forest, a coastal mangrove swamp, is planned as a tsunami barrier and public green area where people can relax inside city limits. EPA
In this photo taken on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, tourists enjoy the sun in beach chairs on the car-free environmental island of Langeoog in the North Sea, Germany. AP
This photo taken on October 8, 2018 shows an elementary student wading through floodwaters in Mabalacat, Pampanga. - Areas north of Manila like the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan have sunk four-six centimetres (1.5-2.4 inches) a year since 2003, according to satellite monitoring. The creeping bay waters put people and property at risk, while the threat is amplified by high-tides and flooding brought by the roughly 20 storms that pound the archipelago every year. AFP
This photo taken on February 3, 2019 shows residents using a boat to travel across the water in Sitio Pariahan, Bulacan. - Areas north of Manila like the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan have sunk four-six centimetres (1.5-2.4 inches) a year since 2003, according to satellite monitoring. AFP
Traditional Samburu tribes-people shelter in the shade of an acacia at Merille livestock market, some 411km north of Nairobi in Kenya's Marsabit county, on April 30, 2019. - Nomadic livestock herders in East Africa's drylands have endured climate variability for millennia, driving their relentless search for water and pasture in some of the world's most inhospitable terrain. AFP
Traditional Samburu tribeswomen gather their goats to be sell at Merille livestock market, some 411km north of Nairobi in Kenya's Marsabit county, on April 30, 2019. AFP
FILE - This Sept. 15, 2009 file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil's northern state of Para. Imazon, a non-government group that monitors the Amazon rainforest, said on Monday, May 27, 2019 that the pace of deforestation in the rainforest has increased by 20% since the same August-through-April period in 2018. AP
An aerial photo taken by a drone shows, a charcoal worker during preparations for the handcrafted charcoal in Istanbul, Turkey, 24 May 2019 (Issued on 26 May 2019) According to reports, 250,000 tonnes of charcoal are consumed every year in Turkey. Each year in the northern forests of Istanbul, traditional charcoal production starts in the summer The peasants living in the region cut their oak trees and systematically line them up as a circle, Then they covered it with soil and set on fire for a week, it is expected to cool down in two days. EPA
Fisherman Jose da Cruz, who is known by the nickname Vampire because of his distinctive teeth, catches crabs inside mangrove forests on the Caratingui river, in Cairu, state of Bahia, Brazil, April 3, 2019. Cruz's average daily catch is half of what it was 10 years ago. In that time, the water line has advanced 3 meters inland from where it used to be, according to Cruz. 'Nature is upset. ... In Antarctica, it's melting, nature is melting,' he said. 'People, you have to have some awareness about what is happening. It's clear what is happening.' Reuters
The Chuckegg Creek wildfire burns out of control in the High Level Forest Area, to the southwest and west of the town of High Level, Alberta, Canada in this May 19, 2019 picture obtained from social media. Reuters
Fire fighters extinguish a forests fire near Kfar Uriya, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Israeli police have ordered the evacuation of several communities in southern and central Israel as wildfires rage amid a major heatwave. AP
A firefighting aircraft flies over a forest near Kibbutz Harel, which was damaged by wildfires during a record heatwave, in Israel May 24, 2019. Reuters
A student releases a flare, during a Global Strike 4 climate protest, in Westminster, London, Friday May 24, 2019. AP
Demonstrators take part in a march as part of a world-wide protest called by 'Fridays for Future' movement against climate change in Madrid, Spain, May 24, 2019. Reuters
A young protestor takes part in a demonstration organised by 'Global Strike 4 Climate' in Parliament Square in London, Friday, May 24, 2019. AP
Students transport an inflated globe and a flag of the European Union through the streets during a 'Fridays for Future' protest for urgent climate action on May 24, 2019 in Muenster, northwestern Germany. - In a shift since the last European Parliament elections, mainstream parties have adopted climate change as a rallying cry -- spurred in part by a wave of student strikes. A Eurobarometer poll shows climate change is now a leading concern for European Union voters, not far behind economic issues and rivalling worries about migration. AFP
Young protestors march during a climate strike of school students as part of the Fridays for Future movement in front of the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Friday, May 24, 2019. AP
In this file photo taken on April 18, 2019 a field of rape is seen in front of a wind turbine as the sunshines in Korschenbroich, western Germany. - A European election drubbing has served as a harsh wake-up call for Germany's leaders that young voters fear climate change and are furious about the government's glacial response to it. A surge of support, helped by the Fridays for Future protest movement, propelled Germany's Greens party to second place in Sunday's European Parliament elections, at the expense of the mainstream parties. AFP
FILE - In this April 4, 2013, file photo, a mechanized shovel loads a haul truck that can carry up to 250 tons of coal at the Spring Creek coal mine near Decker, Mont. Federal officials say the Trump administration's decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gasses. The report comes after a court ruled last month that the administration failed to consider the environmental effects of its resumption in 2017 of coal sales. A moratorium had been imposed under President Barack Obama over worries about climate change. AP
Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen (R) and former New York City Mayor and UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Michael Bloomberg (2nd R) visit the Amager Resource Center (Amager Bakke) in Copenhagen on May 21, 2019. AFP
In this file photo taken on May 07, 2019 steam rises from towers of the coal-fired power plant of Moorburg in Hamburg, northern Germany. AFP
Trees shrouded in smoke from a burning pile of rubbish in Karachi, Pakistan, 04 May 2019. Pakistan cities figure in the world's top 100 positions for worst air pollution rates. EPA
A general view of Maidan, or the open field, scattered with plastic though known as the lungs of Kolkata, India, 13 February 2019. Maidan is the largest urban park in Kolkata and is the site for all sports, entertainment, and relaxation, with the Victoria Memorial building seen in the background. India scores badly in air quality ratings with 25 of the world's 50 most polluted cities located in India. Somewhere in every big Asian city, there is a green pocket, patch, or park, serving as a vital green lung in a body of concrete, but they are far too few. Asia claims 99 of the worlds 100 most polluted cities. Air pollution and improving air quality in cities across the world is the theme of World Environment Day 2019, marked on 05 June 2019. EPA
Men work in the recycling of plastic bags at CoopFuturo, a sorting collective which receives rubbish from the local government collection service and then sells the material to specialized recycling companies, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 21, 2019. AFP
People exercise amidst the green gardens of indigenous and exotic plants at Cubbon Park in Bangalore, India, 21 February 2019. The park forms a green lung area for Bangalore city. India scores badly in air quality ratings with 25 of the world's 50 most polluted cities located in India. EPA
Residents walk through City Forest Park in Tibang Village, Banda Aceh, Indonesia on 23 April 2019. The City Forest, a coastal mangrove swamp, is planned as a tsunami barrier and public green area where people can relax inside city limits. EPA
In this photo taken on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, tourists enjoy the sun in beach chairs on the car-free environmental island of Langeoog in the North Sea, Germany. AP
Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr


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