EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy Coca-Cola Produced More Than 110 Billion Plastic Bottles Last Year Natural health service: wildlife volunteers get mental health boost Bags for life carry food poisoning risk if used for raw meat or fish We are all at risk from poisonous mercury. It’s time to take action Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find Climate experts criticize Scotland’s greenhouse emissions cuts strategy Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist
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Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

As a Caribbean climate scientist, I am often asked to speak about how climate change affects small islands. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, one of two category five storms to batter the eastern Caribbean in just a week, three words resonate in my mind. The first word is “unfamiliar”. Scientific analysis shows that the climate […]

Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy

Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, outstripping the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time and leading experts to hail a “new era” Renewable energy accounted for two-thirds of new power added to the world’s grids in 2016, the International Energy Agency said, but the group […]

Natural health service: wildlife volunteers get mental health boost

Volunteers on wildlife projects benefit from a big boost to their mental health, according to new research. It advances the idea that nature could be widely prescribed by doctors as a therapy, which its supporters say would ease the burden on the NHS. The new analysis tracked people across England taking part in projects run by the Wildlife […]

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. […]

Long-lost Congo notebooks may shed light on how trees react to climate change

A cache of decaying notebooks found in a crumbling Congo research station has provided unexpected evidence with which to help solve a crucial puzzle – predicting how vegetation will respond to climate change. The treasure trove of tree growth data dating from the 1930s was found by the biologist Koen Hufkens in a tumbledown building […]

Melting Arctic ice cap falls to well below average

The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer, according to data released late on Tuesday. Climate change is pushing temperatures up most rapidly in the polar regions and left the extent of Arctic sea ice at 1.79m sq miles at the end of the summer melt season. […]

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 […]

Three wildlife rangers killed in attack by violent militia in DRC

Three rangers have been killed and another is missing after an attack by violent militia in Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bringing the number of fatalities in the park this year to eight. The park rangers, Charles Paluku Syaira, Jonas Paluku Malyani and Pacifique Musubao Fikirini were murdered on the […]

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