Ecology

Ten threats to humanity's survival identified

The Australian Commission for the Human Future has tabled the top 10 threats to the survival of the human race. According to the report by a collection of prominent Australian researchers and public figures, governments should use …

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2019 sets record for Europe's hottest year

Last year, 2019, was the hottest year in history across Europe, the European Union's satellite monitoring service announced. The EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service (CS3) said in a new report that 11 out of 12 of the …

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New fires fanned by strong winds flare near Chernobyl

New fires broke out in the area around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant, fanned by heavy winds that have made it harder to put out the blaze, Ukrainian officials said. Emergency workers managed several days ago to contain an …

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Coronavirus shutdown clears China's air pollution

Satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is "at least partly" due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus, according to Nasa. Nasa maps show falling levels of …

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Snail found in Brunei named after Greta Thunberg

A minuscule green-brown snail has been discovered in the wilderness of Brunei and has been named after teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg.  The new species - Craspedotropis gretathunberga - is …

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France to shut down oldest nuclear plant

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that the Fessenheim nuclear reactor, on the border with Germany, will be shut down at the end of June, with one of its reactors to be closed this weekend.  A statement …

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 Scientists know how to generate electricity out of air

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable …

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Tofu worse for the environment than meat, say farmers 

Meat is often derided as one of the most environmentally damaging foods to consume, but new research is leading some farmers to claim that tofu could actually be worse. This is despite studies showing that following a vegan diet …

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Greta Thunberg to get BBC reality show

BBC Studios has announced a documentary series about the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.  The new show will follow Thunberg’s “international crusade” against the climate emergency, …

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Greta Thunberg files trademark for her name

 Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has applied to trademark her name. She said on Instagram that the move would allow legal action against persons or companies trying to use her name or the …

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