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Heat Wave Sweeps Through Southern United States

CreditCreditAndrea Smith/Associated PressA heat wave in the South forced residents to contend with scorching temperatures and dangerously high humidity on Monday and Tuesday.There was another excessive heat warning in less humid regions in the Southwest, and a heat advisory was in effect across much of Texas and Georgia.
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United Nations Says 80 Countries May Ramp Up Climate Pledges

CreditCreditBebeto Matthews/Associated PressUNITED NATIONS — About 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord, the United Nations said Tuesday, signaling that some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September.Whether the United Nations can persuade big polluting countries, like China and those within the European Union, to hasten their own reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is an important test for the world body.
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