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Fraser Island, a unique Australian ecosystem, is on fire

Firefighters in Australia are battling a massive bushfire that has been burning out of control for six weeks across the popular tourist spot of Fraser Island, as parts of the country's east swelter through a record-breaking heat wave following the hottest November on record.

Smoke from the bushfire on Australia's Fraser Island in Queensland. (Credit: Queensland Fire and Emergency services via CNN)

Dutch climate activists take Shell to court over emissions

A group of environmental organizations backed by thousands of Dutch citizens launched a civil case Tuesday against the energy giant Shell, asking a court to order the multinational to commit to reining in its carbon emissions by 45% by the year 2030.

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