Environmental issues


The resilient environmentalist

Monday, 28 October 2013

Bjørn Lomborg can still be an antagonistic provocateur. But current events are proving him right and his old enemies are being won over. By Keith Kloor.

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Tracking the ocean’s trash

Monday, 7 October 2013

Garbage route monitor may help protect seabirds from deadly floating plastic waste

A species of Shrub frog from Vietnam, called Gracixalus quangi. Amphibians species are considered most at risk from climate change. Credit: Jodi J. L. Rowley

Warming to hit half of plants, a third of animals

Monday, 13 May 2013

More than half of common species of plants and a third of animal species are likely to see their living space halved by 2080 on current trends of carbon emissions, according to a new climate study.

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Another day in paradise

Monday, 22 April 2013 - 3 comments

Can we predict the future? Climate scientists say we can, and have been warning us about it for decades, says Stephen Pincock.

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Late 20th century warmest in 1,400 years

Monday, 22 April 2013

Earth was cooling until the end of the 19th century and a hundred years later, the planet’s surface was on average warmer than at any time in the previous 1,400 years, according to the latest climate records.

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Easter highlights palm oil controversy

Thursday, 28 March 2013 - 2 comments

The Easter holiday – and the treats that come with it – has given voice to an unlikely cause: the plight of the endangered orangutan, as its habitat falls victim to a booming palm oil industry.

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Pesticides killing amphibians: study

Thursday, 24 January 2013

A drop in the world’s population of frogs and toads may be blamed, at least in part, on farm pesticides, researchers in Germany said.

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‘Rock’ fix for oceans is badly flawed

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Claims that global warming can be braked by dissolving huge quantities of rock in the sea to absorb carbon emissions are laden with flaws, according to a new study.

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Obama in forceful call to address climate change

Monday, 21 January 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to make climate change a priority as he was sworn in to a second term, using some of his most forceful language yet despite uncertain political prospects.

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Extreme weather synchronises Arctic populations

Friday, 18 January 2013

Extreme weather events can put the birth and mortality rates of four different Arctic species – reindeer, rock ptarmigan, sibling vole and Arctic fox – in sync with each other, according to new research.


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