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05 07 2020 | 07:26

Are New Extreme Global Warming Projections Correct?

For the past year, some of the most up-to-date computer models from the world's top climate modeling groups have been "running hot" – projecting that global warming may be even more extreme than…

04 07 2020 | 10:45

Exclusive: water firms discharged raw sewage into England's rivers 200,000 times in 2019.

Untreated effluent flowed into waterways for more than 1.5m hours, data shows. Water companies in England discharged raw sewage into rivers on more than 200,000 occasions last year, according to…

04 07 2020 | 10:43

How do you deal with 9m tonnes of suffocating seaweed?

Across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, scientists are developing alternative sustainable solutions to the golden tide of Sargassum

04 07 2020 | 10:38

Getting closer to a much better count of Africa’s lions.

African lions are one of the world’s favourite animals. But their numbers have been shrinking over the past century, especially over the past 30 years. Some scientists estimate that their numbers…

04 07 2020 | 10:36

Petrol sold to Nigeria from Europe 'dirtier' than black market 'bush' fuel.

Samples from illegal refineries in Niger delta found to be of a higher quality than imported petrol in new analysis. Black market fuel made from stolen oil in rudimentary “bush” refineries hidden…

04 07 2020 | 10:26

Shooting of Zimbabwe workers by Chinese mine owner shows 'systemic' abuse, watchdog says.

Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN)The shooting of two Zimbabwean workers by a Chinese boss shows the "systematic and widespread" abuse that locals face in Chinese mining operations, says the Zimbabwe…

04 07 2020 | 10:18

Cooking up a solution to Uganda’s deforestation crisis with mud stoves.

Badru Kyewalyanga’s home-produced cooking devices use less wood and mean villagers are breathing cleaner air. People are “constantly cutting down trees”, says Badru Kyewalyanga, as he squelches his…

04 07 2020 | 10:12

Summer of the cannibal rats! Hungry, aggressive, highly fertile – and coming to our homes.

With restaurants closed and less food discarded on UK streets, rats have had to find new places to feed. Luckily for them, people are eating more in their houses, flats and gardens … Lockdown has…

02 07 2020 | 11:12

Scientists Say New Strain of Swine Flu Virus Is Spreading to Humans in China.

A new study warns that the strain of H1N1, common on China’s pig farms since 2016, should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic. HONG KONG — A new strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus is…

30 06 2020 | 09:01

Either we change or we die': the radical farming project in the Amazon

A growing movement for sustainable agriculture in Brazil has taken on new urgency with the coronavirus pandemic. The cumaru trees could have been planted elsewhere in this Amazon reserve, where they…

30 06 2020 | 08:51

German far right infiltrates green groups with call to protect the land.

Extremists exploit rural nostalgia and farmers’ anger at globalisation to smuggle in ideology. The poster advertising the evening of debate and organic canapés in Halle’s university district looked…

30 06 2020 | 08:40

The Arctic heatwave: here's what we know.

It’s 38°C in Siberia. The science may be complicated – but the need for action now couldn’t be clearer

30 06 2020 | 08:32

Forgotten farmers, mining and anti-green invective: how the Nationals became a party for coal.

In this extract from her Quarterly Essay, Judith Brett says mining has offered the Nationals a way to supplement their declining agricultural base At the gala dinner in March this year to celebrate…

30 06 2020 | 08:10

Siberian Forest Fires Increase Fivefold in Week Since Record High Temperature.

The number of fires in the vast north Asian region of Siberia increased fivefold this week, according to the Russian forest fire aerial protection service, as temperatures in the Arctic continued…

29 06 2020 | 07:52

Noose landmark in Namibia sparks a furore.

Petition launched to have Henties Bay tourist attraction removed and put in a museum. Windhoek — In Namibia’s coastal fishing village of Henties Bay the main tourist attraction is a noose hanging…

29 06 2020 | 07:32

Covid-19, UK tax policy and climate change.

With business leaders calling on the UK government for a 'green recovery' from Covid-19, it is time to rethink our tax system to make it green at its core. Rather than layering the tax code with…

29 06 2020 | 07:26

Firms start to believe in a battery afterlife.

By 2040, one out of every three passenger cars around the world is predicted to be electric-battery powered. But the power packs that drive those vehicles do not last forever, so what will become of…

29 06 2020 | 07:20

'My land is now owned by lions': Maasai farmers offer Kenya's wildlife a lifeline.

Kenya has lost 70% of its wildlife in 30 years, but conservancy schemes could halt the decline – and benefit local communities. Parsaloi Kupai’s home, situated on the edge of Ol Kinyei conservancy…

29 06 2020 | 07:07

Avoiding single-use plastic was becoming normal. Here’s how we can return to good habits.

Pre-pandemic, Australians made great progress on phasing them out – it is possible for the good work to continue. As Covid-19 restrictions start to ease, we’re unlikely to return to our previous…

29 06 2020 | 07:07

Funds With $3.7 Trillion Warn Brazil of Investor Backlash.

Institutional investors managing about $3.7 trillion in assets want Brazil to abandon a proposal they say will add to deforestation and violate the rights of indigenous groups in the Amazon.