What’s The Most Polluted City?

What’s The Most Polluted City?

Poor on-the-ground monitoring makes it impossible to know which city is the world’s most polluted, according to new research.

Ancient Plankton Hint At Climate To Come

Ancient Plankton Hint At Climate To Come

The Pliocene, a geological epoch between two and five million years ago with CO2 levels similar to today, is a good analog for future climate predictions, according to a new study.

Vegan Food's Sustainability Claims Need To Give The Full Picture

Vegan Food's Sustainability Claims Need To Give The Full Picture
The IPCC special report, Climate Change and Land, released last night, has found a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the “land”: largely farming, food production, land clearing and deforestation.

How To Change The World And Solve Global Problems With Cash Prizes

How To Change The World And Solve Global Problems With Cash Prizes|
Challenge prizes – which offer a cash incentive to those working to solve a particular problem – are becoming a force for change by allowing entrepreneurs and innovators, often overlooked by existing grant and procurement systems, to develop solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

How Agriculture Can Both Feed People And Fight Climate Change

How Agriculture Can Both Feed People And Fight Climate Change
Imagine “carbon emissions”, and what springs to mind? Most people tend to think of power stations belching out clouds of carbon dioxide or queues of vehicles burning up fossil fuels as they crawl, bumper-to-bumper, along congested urban roads.

Wicked Problems and How To Solve Them


Wicked problems are issues so complex and dependent on so many factors that it is hard to grasp what exactly the problem is, or how to tackle it.

Are Shared E-scooters Good For The Planet?

Are Shared E-scooters Good For The Planet?
Shared dockless electric scooters, or e-scooters, transport riders over short distances in cities. Ride share companies promote them as an environmentally friendly choice that reduces dependence on cars.

5 Periods of Mass Extinction on Earth. Are We Entering The Sixth?

5 Periods Of Mass Extinction On Earth. Are We Entering The Sixth?
Our earth is very old. Based on the estimation of the oldest rock, it’s around 4.5 billion years of age. Scientists from all over the world use astronomy, geology, chemistry, biology, archaeology and other sciences to investigate the Earth’s formation as well as the emergence and extinction of life on Earth.

Climate Change: Having The Right Combination Of Tree Personalities Could Make Forests More Resilient

Climate Change: Having The Right Combination Of Tree Personalities Could Make Forests More Resilient
Every tree in a forest has a neighbour. In many forest neighbourhoods, the same species are often found living together, especially when the growing conditions are similar. Sometimes these neighbours are close and sometimes far apart, but collectively they form part of a community, with some species naturally being more dominant than others, especially in terms of biomass production. 

How Rejuvenating Nature Could Help Fight Climate Change

Natural climate solutions let nature do the hard work in the fight against climate change by restoring habitats such as forests and wetlands. This could absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help biodiversity thrive.

How Planting Trees Can Improve Water Quality

How Planting Trees Can Improve Water Quality
New research offers a hard link between reforestation of marginal, degraded, or abandoned agricultural land and significant benefits in water quality.

Climate Crisis Update

June was the hottest June ever (and other climate curiosities) as polls show that Americans increasingly acknowledge climate change.

Game On Climate Change Game On

Laura Faye Tenenbaum is the Senior Science Editor for the NASA’s Global Climate Change publication and a member of the Earth Science Communications Team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She develops

What Happens When A Country Drowns?

What Happens When A Country Drowns?

Global climate change is endangering small island countries, many of them developing nations, potentially harming their ability to function as independent states.

Want Citizens To Care About Climate Change?

Want Citizens To Care About Climate Change?

Climate scientists insist in a recent report that fundamental changes in how energy is consumed and supplied are urgently required to avoid serious damage to life and property

Green Bonds Are Taking Off – and Could Help Save The Planet

Green Bonds Are Taking Off – And Could Help Save The Planet

The “tragedy of the horizons,” a term coined by Canada’s Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been haunting the financial sector ever since climate change began posing serious threats to the planet.

Biomining The Elements Of The Future

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Biomining is the kind of technique promised by science fiction: a vast tank filled with microorganisms that leach metal from ore, old mobile phones and hard drives.

5 Things The UK Must Do To Prepare For The Next Heatwave

5 Things The UK Must Do To Prepare For The Next Heatwave

The 2018 summer heatwave in the UK broke records – and it won’t be the last spell of such severe heat. In fact, climate change means that hot summers which would once occur twice a century may soon occur twice a decade.

The Stormy Outlook For Insurance-linked Securities

The Stormy Outlook For Insurance-linked Securities

The world has witnessed a shocking series of disastrous events in 2017. Devastating hurricanes and Mexico’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake were just some of the catastrophes to captivate our collective attention.

Why Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer To The Climate Crisis

Why Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer To The Climate Crisis

In November 2018, the Woolsey Fire scorched nearly 100,000 acres of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, destroying forests, fields and more than 1,500 structures, and forcing the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people over 14 days.

Misreading The Story Of Climate Change And The Maya

Misreading The Story Of Climate Change And The Maya

Carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere have reached 415 parts per million – a level that last occurred more than three million years ago, long before the evolution of humans.

Why Climate Change Is Worsening Public Health Problems

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Around the world, the health care debate often revolves around access. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, recently announced: “All roads lead to universal health coverage.”

How Can Trees Really Cool Our Cities Down?

How Can Trees Really Cool Our Cities Down?

In cities around the world, trees are often planted to help control temperatures and mitigate the effects of the “urban heat island”. But while trees have been called “nature’s air conditioners”, in practice, scientists often have difficulty demonstrating their cooling properties.

The Carbon Tax That Would Leave Households Better Off

The Carbon Tax That Would Leave Households Better Off

Today, as part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality, we release a study entitled A Climate Dividend for Australians that offers a practical solution to the twin problems of climate change and energy affordability.

How To Pay For A Green New Deal

How To Pay For A Green New Deal

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey are calling for a “Green New Deal” that would involve massive government spending to shift the U.S. economy away from its reliance on carbon.

Why the ocean you know and love won’t exist in 50 years

Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to

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