What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans’ way of life Gove’s cotton bud ban is feeble. This is how we can wipe out plastic Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed Single-use plastics could be banned in England next year I kept all my plastic for a year – the 4,490 items forced me to rethink More than 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, major study finds Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles Hidden plastics: just when you thought it was safe to dunk a teabag Coalition considers letting power companies buy offsets to cut emissions ‘Plastic is literally everywhere’: the epidemic attacking Australia’s oceans
Category archives for: Climate change

Green roofs to reduce the effects of climate change

Researchers from the Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering of the University of Seville have published a study in which they indicate that it would be necessary to have between 207 and 740 hectares of green roofs, depending on the scenario that is contemplated, to reduce the effects of climate change in relation to the […]

Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

Stumbling on submerged roots, attacked by bees and wading waist-deep through leech-infested water, the three researchers and their Pygmy guides progress at just 100 metres an hour through the largest and least-explored tropical bog in the world. The group halt and unpack what looks like a spear, which is plunged over and over again into […]

2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions.The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said temperatures in the first nine months of this year were unlikely to have been higher than 2016, when there […]

intensifying winds could increase east Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise

Totten Glacier, the largest glacier in East Antarctica, is being melted from below by warm water that reaches the ice when winds over the ocean are strong — a cause for concern because the glacier holds more than 11 feet of sea level rise and acts as a plug that helps lock in the ice […]

Climate change already bringing disease, air pollution and heatwaves

The health of hundreds of millions of people around the world is already being damaged by climate change, a major report has revealed.Heatwaves are affecting many more vulnerable people and global warming is boosting the transmission of deadly diseases such as dengue fever, the world’s most rapidly spreading disease. Air pollution from fossil fuel burning […]

Climate change ‘will create world’s biggest refugee crisis

Tens of millions of people will be forced from their homes by climate change in the next decade, creating the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, according to a new report.Senior US military and security experts have told the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) study that the number of climate refugees will dwarf those […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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