A life of adventure and opportunity – birds find me in that happy place Only 260 vultures left in Bangladesh Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’ No subsidies for green power projects before 2025, says UK Treasury Particle level in city motor vehicle areas much higher, says study Global warming to make US thunderstorms larger, more frequent My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide UK considers tax on single-use plastics to tackle ocean pollution How Bangladesh is solving its water crisis
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We are all at risk from poisonous mercury. It’s time to take action

Mercury is far more pervasive than most people realize, and we have no idea how many people are at risk. It can be found in everything from mascara and dental amalgam to thermometers and skin whitening creams – and that’s before it reaches the food chain. There is no safe level of exposure, and everyone is […]

Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find

The scorching temperatures across Europe’s Mediterranean nations this summer were made at least 10 times more likely by climate change, according to scientists. Furthermore, without action to tackle global warming, such summer heatwaves with temperatures soaring over 40C will become normal by 2050. The new analysis by the World Weather Attribution (WWA) group also analysed […]

Climate experts criticize Scotland’s greenhouse emissions cuts strategy

Committee on Climate Change says policies needed to reach 2050 goal of 90% reduction are too weak and ill thought out. Climate experts have warned the Scottish government its ambitious plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions lack credibility and risk stalling unless its strategies improve dramatically. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said the devolved […]

Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist

Damning assessment by one of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change. The assumption by regulators around the world that it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is false, according to a chief scientific adviser to the UK government. […]

Third of Earth’s soil is acutely degraded due to agriculture

Fertile soil is being lost at rate of 24bn tonnes a year through intensive farming as demand for food increases, says UN-backed study. A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24bn tonnes a year, according to a new United Nations-backed study that calls […]

Sheffield tree-felling opponents vow to fight on after court setback

Campaigners trying to halt a “politically controversial” tree-felling programme in Sheffield have vowed to continue their fight despite losing a high court battle with council bosses. A judge on Tuesday made orders barring residents from taking “unlawful direct action” to prevent the lawful felling of roadside trees. It is the latest development in a long-running […]

Extreme weather deaths in Europe ‘could increase 50-fold by next century’

Deaths from weather disasters could increase 50-fold in Europe by the start of the next century if no action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or protect citizens, researchers have warned. A new study estimates a toll of 152,000 deaths a year between 2071 and 2100 as a direct result of hazards relating to extreme weather, […]

Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico. Toxins from manure and fertilizer pouring into waterways are exacerbating huge, harmful algal blooms that create oxygen-deprived stretches of the gulf, the Great […]

Dozens of Laotian elephants ‘illegally sold to Chinese zoos’

Laos accused of breaching Cites treaty to protect endangered species and China of encouraging trade in live animals. Dozens of elephants from Laos are being illegally bought by China to be displayed in zoos and safari parks across the country, according to wildlife investigator and film-maker Karl Ammann. According to Ammann, so-called captive elephants in […]

UK-built pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch

The Sentinel-5P spacecraft is designed to monitor the pollution that causes a reported tens of thousands of deaths every year in the UK. Last year, the European Space Agency launched the Trace Gas Orbiter to Mars. It is designed to look for methane – a key tracer of life – to determine if Martian microbes […]

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