The first tranche of data offers clues to long-standing mysteries, including why the sun’s atmosphere, known as the corona, is hundreds of times hotter than its surface, as well as the precise origins of the solar wind.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described as “utterly inadequate” efforts to stop climate change. He noted that the world has the scientific knowledge and technical means to limit global warming but political will is lacking.
Granted personhood by New Zealand’s parliament, the Whanganui is the first river to be recognised as an indivisible, living being. But what happens when the river encounters development, farming, forestry, and run-off that challenge its health and ecology?
Evidence is mounting that tipping points in the Earth system — such as the loss of the Amazon rainforest or the West Antarctic ice sheet — could be more likely than was thought, potentially committing the world to widespread, long-term irreversible changes.
Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached a new high, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Global emissions are not estimated to peak by 2030, let alone by 2020, if current climate policies and ambition levels are maintained.
Cities are their own climates, often hotter than their surroundings due to the way surfaces like asphalt trap heat even as cars and buildings exude it. Part of the reason for Louisville’s temperature extremes is geography. But a lot of it comes down to trees.
Forging new alliances with young activists from Europe, the forest’s traditional guardians hope the connections will lead to more international support and greater overseas prominence for their long struggle to defend their land against invasion.
Venice has been engulfed by 1.87m (6ft) high water levels, flooding its historic basilica and cutting power to homes. More than 80% of the city, a UNESCO world heritage site, was under water when tides were at their highest.
Climategate marks its 10th anniversary this month – an opportune moment to reflect on just how serious was its impact on efforts to stop Earth from being ravaged by rising seas, spreading deserts, disappearing coral reefs, and suffocating heat.
The scientists say major changes to global society are urgently needed. These include ending population growth, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, halting forest destruction, and slashing meat eating.
India’s top court has accused state governments of failing to take action to tackle Delhi’s toxic smog. The Supreme Court said authorities were only interested in “gimmicks”, rather than concrete measures to combat pollution levels.
Tech companies are rapidly networking the environment in ways that will transform our perception of nature—just as social media reshaped our relationships with each other. What could possibly go wrong?
The analysis assessed the health and environmental impacts of 15 foods common in Western diets and found fruit, vegetables, beans, and wholegrains were best for both avoiding disease and protecting the climate and water resources.