Oceans worth $24 trillion

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Geneva: The world’s oceans are awash in riches, with output rivalling that of some of the world’s largest economies, but over-fishing, pollution and climate change are rapidly eroding those resources, WWF warned on Thursday.

In a new report, the conservation group said oceans each year generate goods and services worth at least $2.5 trillion (Dh9.1 trillion), while their overall value as an asset is worth 10 times that.

Nepal quake toll passes 6,200, $2b needed for reconstruction

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KATHMANDU: The death toll from Nepal’s devastating earthquake rose steadily past 6,200 on Friday as fresh aftershocks and the stench of rotting bodies made it hard for nervous survivors to return to their homes.

Disposal of the hundreds of bodies still being found six days after the 7.9 magnitude quake devastated the Himalayan nation of 28 million people was becoming a problem for officials, who have ordered immediate cremations.

Philippine climate activist starts global trek

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Manila: An internationally renowned Filipino environmental activist on Wednesday started a journey to climate change hotspots around the world to press for an accord at a United Nations summit later this year.

Naderev “Yeb” Sano — a former envoy to UN climate talks who came to world attention in 2013 by fasting to highlight the threat of global warming — said he hopes his “People’s Pilgrimage” will put pressure on delegates to reach agreement at the UN Conference on Climate Change in December.

Maldives divers hold underwater protest to free ex-leader

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Colombo, Sri Lanka: A hundred scuba divers in the Maldives held an underwater protest demanding the release of jailed ex-president Mohammad Nasheed who became popular as an environmental activist during his presidency.

Nasheed is serving a 13-year prison sentence for ordering the arrest and detention of a senior judge when he was in power three years ago.