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Incredibly Rare Triplet Pandas Born in China Zoo

It's a … trio!

Three bundles of giant panda joy were unveiled in Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park, and are said to be the world's first surviving set of panda triplets.

They were born July 29, though the zoo delayed the announcement until they were sure that all three would survive.

Proud mamma Ju Xiao, 12, and her "new wonders of the world" are all healthy, and photos show them sleeping in their incubators. The cubs are unnamed and their genders are yet to be announced.

There are about 1,600 giant pandas in the wild, according to the WWF, and they are critically endangered due to habitat loss and low birth rates. More than 300 live in captivity, mostly in China's breeding programs, says the AP.

Photos: Liu Dawei/Xinhua/ZUMA

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Good COP, Bad COP? How Sharm El-Sheik Failed On The Planet's Big Question

The week-long climate summit in Egypt managed to a backsliding that looked possible at some point, it still failed to deliver on significant change to reverse the effects of global warming.

Photo of a potted tree lying overturned on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh as the COP27 summit concludes.

A potted tree lies overturned on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh as the COP27 summit concludes.

Matt McDonald*

For 30 years, developing nations have fought to establish an international fund to pay for the “loss and damage” they suffer as a result of climate change. As the COP27 climate summit in Egypt wrapped up over the weekend, they finally succeeded.

While it’s a historic moment, the agreement of loss and damage financing left many details yet to be sorted out. What’s more, many critics have lamented the overall outcome of COP27, saying it falls well short of a sufficient response to the climate crisis. As Alok Sharma, president of COP26 in Glasgow, noted:

"Friends, I said in Glasgow that the pulse of 1.5 °C was weak. Unfortunately it remains on life support."

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