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Trump on Climate Change and Hurricanes: 'We've Had Bigger Storms'
Despite penning breathless tweets on the record-breaking size of both storms, President Trump rejected the connection between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and climate change on Thursday. "We've had bigger storms" than these two most recent storms, Trump told reporters on Air Force One after being asked if the storms had shifted his views on climate change.
Trump went on to describe unnamed storms from the 1930s and 1940s. Hurricane Irma broke several speed and strength records as it churned in the Atlantic, while Hurricane Harvey dumped historic levels of rainfall. Trump ignored a follow-up question on his personal views on climate change, according to the pool report.
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Malaysia Sends Plastic Waste Back to 13 Wealthy Countries, Says It Won’t Be 'the Rubbish Dump of the World'
The Southeast Asian country Malaysia has sent 150 shipping containers packed with plastic waste back to 13 wealthy countries, putting the world on notice that it will not be the world's garbage dump, as CNN reported. The countries receiving their trash back include the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada.
Madagascar has embarked on its most ambitious tree-planting drive yet, aiming to plant 60 million trees in the coming months. The island nation celebrates 60 years of independence this year, and the start of the planting campaign on Jan. 19 marked one year since the inauguration of President Andry Rajoelina, who has promised to restore Madagascar's lost forests.