The world’s rising reliance on fossil fuels may come to an end decades earlier than the most polluting companies predict, offering early signs of hope in the global battle to tackle the climate crisis.
If plans for coal and gas expansion go ahead, by 2030 Australia, with 0.3% of the global population, will be linked to about 13% of greenhouse gases that can can emitted if the world is to meet the goals set in Paris.
Norway’s municipal employees pension fund, the country’s largest, has sold its last stakes in companies with operations in Canada’s oilsands, saying holding them does not align with efforts to keep global heating below internationally agreed-upon targets.
A huge floating device designed by Dutch scientists to clean up an island of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean that is three times the size of France has successfully picked up plastic from the high seas for the first time.
Young people around the world recognize that the disastrous repercussions of the already present ecological crisis will fall disproportionately on their shoulders, and the shoulders of generations to come.
Meat is essentially a huge cheque written against the depleted funds of our environment. To find a solution, Impossible Foods assembled a team of scientists who approached simulating a hamburger as if it were the Apollo program.
Pointing to China’s emissions growth as an excuse for lack of climate action in Australia ignores the fact that in many regards China’s climate action is stronger than that of Australia or the United States.
According to a study, for 2 to 3 billion years after Venus formed, the planet could have maintained a habitable environment. Then a massive runaway Greenhouse Effect caused Venus’s atmosphere to become incredibly dense and hot.
Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Monday opened the United Nations Climate Action Summit with an angry condemnation of world leaders for failing to take strong measures to combat climate change. “How dare you?” she said.
The unprecedented feat, described as “exciting” and “extraordinary” by one leading researcher, shows that the Denisovans looked similar to the Neanderthals, but had wider heads and more protruding jaws.
Greenhouse gas emissions could be halved in the next decade if a small number of current technologies and behavioural trends are ramped up and adopted more widely, researchers have found, saying strong civil society movements are needed to drive such change.
Zambia’s vice-president has called for a radical change in the eating habits of the nation, saying people should ditch the staple, maize meal, for more nutritious foods – a proposal akin to telling Italians to stop eating pasta.
Scientists in France have discovered hundreds of fossilized footprints belonging to a single group of Neanderthals. At 80,000 years old, the prints chronicle a single, precious moment in the lives of these extinct hominins.
Global opprobrium has been focused on Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, over the record number of fires raging in the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical forest. Morales, Bolivia’s leftwing leader, is now facing similar anger.
Liam Megill is seeking the holy grail of air travel – a manned aircraft powered by a liquid hydrogen fuel cell. The technology promises a sort of atmospheric alchemy: a power source whose principal emission is water vapour.