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CAIRO, March 4, Xinhua -- African ministers and experts of over 50 states gathered in Cairo Wednesday to discuss the environmental challenges facing the continent topped by climate change.

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Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahleb delivers a speech on the 15th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) held in Cairo, Egypt, on March 4, 2015. Cairo is currently hosting the AMCEN from March 2 to 6, attended by senior environment officials and prominent experts of some 50 states. (Xinhua/Pan Chaoyue)

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MELBOURNE, Feb 16, Xinhua - Swamps and wetlands could be 50 times more effective than rainforests in storing carbon, an Australian scientist researching the topic said on Monday.

Researchers at Victoria's Deakin University found swamps bank up to one-third of the carbon found in terrestrial soils, yet only occupy 4 percent of the planet's land surface.

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BEIJING, Feb 10, Xinhua - On 3th February, the bilateral meeting between China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and UK Met Office was held in Beijing. CMA Deputy Administration Jiao Meiyan and Chief Executive of Met Office Rob Varley attended the meeting. In the meeting, two sides reached a consensus on cooperation in issues of climate services, numerical weather prediction, satellite observation and application, education and training and other fileds.

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HANOI, Jan 21, Xinhua - Vietnam considers adaption to climate change and rising sea level a vital task during its sustainable development, said Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung here on Wednesday.

Dung made the remarks while meeting with Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nations (UN)' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Wednesday during the latter's working visit to Vietnam.

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IRELAND,Jan 21,China.org.cn - Ireland published a climate bill on Tuesday, setting out the national objective of transitioning to "a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy up to the year 2050".

The bill, titled "Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015", gives a solid statutory foundation to the institutional arrangements necessary to enable the country to achieve that national transition objective.

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