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Tackling water shortages with 'Star Wars' tech

'I thought why don’t we give it a try?' said student Swapnil Shrivastav, after inspiration struck. [...]

Extinct ‘mountain jewel’ plant returned to wild - in secret location

A plant picked for its beautiful flowers then wiped out in the UK mainland makes a dramatic return. [...]

Government wins court case over River Wye pollution

The High Court ruled that the Environment Agency and the UK government were implementing the law properly. [...]

Atlantic to get 'extraordinary' hurricane season

There could be up to seven major hurricanes of category three or higher this season, many more than usual. [...]

UK disaster response needs 'urgent' £100m upgrade

Fire chiefs say specialist service equipment used in natural disasters and terror attacks needs to be replaced. [...]

Airbus UK to build satellite to monitor Sun storms

The spacecraft will give earlier warnings of conditions that produced the recent auroral lights. [...]

UK breakthrough could slash emissions from cement

Scientists from Cambridge University find an ingenious way to decarbonise one of the world's most polluting materials. [...]

27 new wild swimming sites for England - but are they clean?

Twenty-seven new sites have been designated for summer pollution monitoring. [...]

Together in wonder: North America awed by total solar eclipse

Stunning spectacle is witnessed by millions across the continent. Here are some of the stories. [...]

Hottest February marks ninth new monthly record

It's the ninth month of global temperature records in a row, driven by climate change and El Niño. [...]

UK quits treaty that lets oil firms sue government

The ECT allowed fossil-fuel companies to sue governments for billions in compensation for lost profits. [...]

Why firms are racing to produce green ammonia

Ammonia is essential for fertiliser production but producing it is carbon intensive. [...]

World breaches 1.5C warming threshold for full year

The last 12 months were the hottest on record, temporarily sending the world past a deeply symbolic mark. [...]

Space telescope reveals new images of the Universe

The Euclid telescope mission, backed by Durham University scientists, releases dark Universe images. [...]

More Northern Lights soon as Sun storms strengthen

Another spectacular light show could come within two weeks as Sun storms reach 11-year high. [...]

US says Russia likely launched anti-satellite weapon

The Russian satellite launched last week may be capable of attacking other satellites, the Pentagon says. [...]

The man on a mission to open up space to disability

John McFall is studying whether it's possible for someone with a physical disability to go to space. [...]

European astronaut rookies make the grade

The European Space Agency's latest intake of astronauts complete their basic training. [...]

Preventing space contamination rises up the agenda

Agencies and scientists from around the world head to the UK to share space-exploration techniques. [...]

Q&A: Should We Be Having Babies In a Warming World? 

Jade S. Sasser has been studying reproductive choices in the context of climate change for a quarter century. Her 2018 book, “Infertile Ground,” explored how population growth in the Global [...]

To Incinerate Or Not To Incinerate: Maryland Hospitals Grapple With Question With Big Public Health Implications

Maryland’s two largest health systems have taken contrasting positions on their future dealings with a controversial medical waste incinerator in South Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Health System and University said it [...]

In Arizona, an Art Installation Highlights the U.S.-Mexico Border’s Impact on Wildlife

Earlier in May, a towering image of a jaguar suddenly rippled into view on the border wall straddling Nogales, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico. A striking Mexican wolf then shimmered in [...]

A Debate Rages Over the Putative Environmental Benefits of the ARCH2 ‘Hydrogen Hub’ in Appalachia

Backers of a planned “hydrogen hub”’ in the Appalachian region have issued a document responding to criticism by environmentalists, saying that carbon capture and sequestration technology would mitigate greenhouse gas [...]

After Five Years Without Drinkable Water, a Nebraska Town Asks: When Will Our Tap Water Be Safe?

This story was reported and originally published by the Flatwater Free Press, Nebraska’s nonprofit investigative newsroom.  Kameron Runnels watches, frustrated, as a pair of Santee tribal members move a pallet [...]

On California’s Central Coast, Battery Storage Is on the Ballot

By some criteria, 1290 Embarcadero in Morro Bay, Calif. seems like a prime site for a facility to store renewable energy.  The swath of coastal land houses a power plant [...]

Q&A: New Legislation in Vermont Will Make Fossil Fuel Companies Liable for Climate Impacts in the State. Here’s What That Could Look Like

From our collaborating partner “Living on Earth,” public radio’s environmental news magazine, an interview by host Paloma Beltran with Pat Parenteau, an emeritus professor of law at Vermont Law and [...]

NOAA 2024 Hurricane Forecast Is for More Storms Than Ever Before

ORLANDO, Fla.—Get ready for an active hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the greatest number of named storms this hurricane season since the forecasts began in [...]

Seniors More Vulnerable to Heat Waves and Hurricanes, Both Forecasted to Be Severe this Summer

When Hurricane Ian whipped through Florida in 2022, it left a path of devastation in its wake. Cars sank alongside boats on flooded streets, while once-extravagant houses were reduced to [...]

A Walk in the Woods With My Brain on Fire: Spring

PLEASANT VALLEY, Mass.—Two visits to this wildlife sanctuary.  One week apart. I came to report the arrival of spring, an under-covered story. In the hope, too, that the new season [...]

The Guardian – Environment Section:

Offers comprehensive news and opinion pieces on climate change, wildlife, and environmental policies.

Ditch brightly coloured plastic, anti-waste researchers tell firms

Studies find red, blue and green plastic decomposes into microplastic particles faster than plainer coloursRetailers are being urged to stop making everyday products such as drinks bottles, outdoor furniture and [...]

Lemur pups Nova and Evie born at Scottish safari park

Female pair are third litter born at Blair Drummond under endangered species breeding programmeA Scottish safari park has announced the birth of two female lemur pups native to Madagascar.Nova and [...]

Millions in US face extreme-heat threat as experts urge better protections

Recommendations include heat forecasts and outdoor-worker safeguards to prevent thousands of deaths and injuriesMillions of Americans face the threat of dangerous heatwaves in the coming weeks with another summer of [...]

Country diary 1924: dead seaweed is not always a safe refuge

30 May 1924: We watched a turnstone throwing over the dead weed and pouncing on as many light-surprised refugees as it could catchDead seaweed has uses. The Pelvetia of the [...]

Country diary: An evening walk is handsomely rewarded | Amy-Jane Beer

Burythorpe, North Yorkshire: Once the site of a Norman castle and a bronze age enclosure, I can be sure that I’m not the first to enjoy the spectacular May sunsets [...]

Yale Environment 360

Published by the Yale School of the Environment, it provides opinion, analysis, and reporting on topics like climate change, conservation, and air and water pollution.

In Bulgaria, a famed rose harvest has come nearly a month early this year. Read more on E360 → [...]

Can a California Oilfield Be Retrofitted to Store Solar Energy?

The transition to renewables requires batteries that can store energy for long periods of time. To meet that demand, engineers in California’s Kern County are aiming to revamp depleted oil [...]

A new analysis finds that climate change fueled excessive rainfall in the U.K. and Ireland this fall and winter.Read more on E360 → [...]

Populations of salmon, trout, eel, sturgeon, and other migrating freshwater fish have shrunk by 81 percent on average since 1970, a new report finds. Read more on E360 → [...]

How an El Niño-Driven Drought Brought Hunger to Southern Africa

A record-breaking drought, fueled by the El Niño weather pattern, has caused widespread crop failure and national emergency declarations in Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Without harvests of maize, the staple [...]

Windborne dust is spreading across the Southern Ocean, fueling plankton blooms that absorb our emissions. A new study reveals the full impact of dust on plankton. Read more on E360 [...]

Gone from Romania for 200 years, European bison were reintroduced to the Țarcu Mountains, at the southern end of the Carpathian range, in 2014. Now numbering 170, the bison are [...]

In Seawater, Researchers See an Untapped Bounty of Critical Metals

Researchers and companies are aiming to draw key minerals, including lithium and magnesium, from ocean water, desalination plant residue, and industrial waste brine. They say their processes will use less [...]

The summer of 2023 was the hottest summer in the Northern Hemisphere since the height of the Roman Empire, a new study finds.Read more on E360 → [...]

Inside Climate News

An independent news organization covering climate, energy, and the environment.

Q&A: Should We Be Having Babies In a Warming World? 

Jade S. Sasser has been studying reproductive choices in the context of climate change for a quarter century. Her 2018 book, “Infertile Ground,” explored how population growth in the Global [...]

To Incinerate Or Not To Incinerate: Maryland Hospitals Grapple With Question With Big Public Health Implications

Maryland’s two largest health systems have taken contrasting positions on their future dealings with a controversial medical waste incinerator in South Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Health System and University said it [...]

In Arizona, an Art Installation Highlights the U.S.-Mexico Border’s Impact on Wildlife

Earlier in May, a towering image of a jaguar suddenly rippled into view on the border wall straddling Nogales, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico. A striking Mexican wolf then shimmered in [...]

A Debate Rages Over the Putative Environmental Benefits of the ARCH2 ‘Hydrogen Hub’ in Appalachia

Backers of a planned “hydrogen hub”’ in the Appalachian region have issued a document responding to criticism by environmentalists, saying that carbon capture and sequestration technology would mitigate greenhouse gas [...]

After Five Years Without Drinkable Water, a Nebraska Town Asks: When Will Our Tap Water Be Safe?

This story was reported and originally published by the Flatwater Free Press, Nebraska’s nonprofit investigative newsroom.  Kameron Runnels watches, frustrated, as a pair of Santee tribal members move a pallet [...]

Nature News & Comment

From the renowned scientific journal, Nature, it provides updates on research and findings related to environmental science and climate.

I study artefacts left in prehistoric caves

Nature, Published online: 27 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01526-2Basran Burhan helped to date the oldest piece of figurative art discovered so far. [...]

Researcher parents are paying a high price for conference travel — here’s how to fix it

Nature, Published online: 27 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01571-xThree scientist mothers call for a change in how conference childcare costs are reimbursed, drawing on their personal experiences. [...]

How artificial intelligence is helping to identify global inequalities

Nature, Published online: 27 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01534-2Machine learning tools are helping researchers understand how income is distributed and progress towards reducing inequality. [...]

Tackling ‘wicked’ problems calls for engineers with social responsibility

Nature, Published online: 27 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01519-1Many technologies are high-risk, and their problems cannot be fixed by policy alone; engineers must embrace social responsibility. [...]

Nature, Published online: 24 May 2024; doi:10.1038/s41586-024-07542-6Author Correction: Bitter taste receptor activation by cholesterol and an intracellular tastant [...]

Audio long read: How does ChatGPT ‘think’? Psychology and neuroscience crack open AI large language models

Nature, Published online: 24 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01562-yTo understand the 'brains' of LLMs, researchers are attempting to reverse-engineering artificial intelligence systems. [...]

Ozempic keeps wowing: trial data show benefits for kidney disease

Nature, Published online: 24 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01564-wSemaglutide, the same compound in obesity drug Wegovy, slashes risk of kidney failure and death for people with diabetes. [...]

Software tools identify forgotten genes

Nature, Published online: 24 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01548-wFind My Understudied Genes and the Unknome database highlight interesting genes that have been neglected by science. [...]

Neanderthal–human baby-making was recent — and brief

Nature, Published online: 24 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01452-3Analysis of dozens of ancient genomes reveals that close encounters between the two species took place in a narrow time window. [...]

The global economy’s 200-year growth spurt — and what comes next

Nature, Published online: 24 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01520-8Can an unlimited supply of innovations and ideas maintain growth without costing the Earth? Yes, a wide-ranging book contends. [...]

How researchers in remote regions handle the isolation

Nature, Published online: 24 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01523-5Recruitment challenges and limited resources are among the challenges faced by scientists who live and work off the beaten track. [...]

What steps to take when funding starts to run out

Nature, Published online: 24 May 2024; doi:10.1038/d41586-024-01570-yAlthough researchers often face uncertainty when grants expire with no replacement in sight, there are creative ways to ease the dry spell. [...]

Climate Central

A science and news organization that delivers facts about climate change and its impact on the public.

The looming threat for Maine’s iconic potato industry

By Lori Valigra (Bangor Daily News) and Caitlin Looby (Climate Central) with Jen Brady (Climate Central) contributing to data reporting Maire Lenihan coaxes organic Keuka Gold potatoes into a washing machine at Goranson [...]

By Ayurella Horn-Muller (Climate Central ) and Andrew S. Lewis and Michael Sol Warren (NJ Spotlight News), with television segment by Brenda Flanagan (NJ Spotlight News) Read the Climate Central report, Future Flood [...]

By Ayurella Horn-Muller (Climate Central) and Amber Alexander (NBC WHO 13 Des Moines) Kerri Johannsen was less than a week from giving birth to her second child when a derecho [...]

By Lori Valigra and Elizabeth Miller A skier jumps into the air in front of a large snow-making machine at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. Modern advances in [...]

Hardly any past Winter Olympic host cities will have the snow to host in 60 years

By Clarisa Diaz and Elizabeth Miller Rain, wet snow, and shallow snow are all expected to increase at former Olympic venues over the coming decades, according to a new study led by [...]

Mongabay

A source for environmental science and conservation news.

Mongabay investigation is turned into art for World Press Freedom Day event

Mongabay’s award-winning investigation that revealed water contamination from palm oil plantations in Indigenous territories in the Brazilian Amazon inspired an art installation at UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day Conference in [...]

Polar warning: Warming temperatures mean more than melted ice

A new study finds the terrestrial part of the Arctic has shifted from being a greenhouse gas sink to being a source. Another finds that El Niño undermines Antarctic ice [...]

What’s at stake for the environment in Mexico’s upcoming election?

MEXICO CITY — Mexico will hold elections on June 2 that are likely to shape the country for years to come. In addition to president, all 500 deputies in the [...]

As catches fall, Sierra Leone’s artisanal fishers turn to destructive practices

PORT LOKO DISTRICT, Sierra Leone — At 5 a.m., as the horizon brightens and waves start to subside, more than a dozen wooden canoes along the shoreline between the settlements [...]

Exploring the science of Asian elephants: Interview with Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel

KATHMANDU — Asian elephants traverse vast distances, ingesting things they encounter as they retrace the ancient paths their ancestors followed. In doing so, they alter landscapes, create habitats, and earn [...]

Grist

Focuses on climate and sustainability stories with a unique perspective.

Researchers explore mining seawater for critical metals

The aim is to draw key minerals, including lithium and magnesium, from ocean water, desalination plant residue, and industrial waste brine. [...]

Puerto Rico’s rooftop solar boom is at risk, advocates warn

Rooftop solar has been a lifeline for the U.S. territory during blackouts. Now a government entity wants to undo a law protecting a key solar program. [...]

As New York’s offshore wind work begins, an environmental justice community awaits the benefits

A labor agreement guarantees jobs for unions, but making sure Sunset Park residents are included remains a challenge. [...]

What’s the difference between Indigenous nations co-managing or co-stewarding their land? A lot.

Being a "steward" of the land isn't enough for Native peoples. [...]

The ‘Doomsday Glacier’ is melting faster than scientists thought

Miles of seawater are flowing under Thwaites Glacier, undermining an Antarctic ice sheet and threatening rapid sea level rise. [...]

Greenpeace

While they are an advocacy group, they also provide news and updates on various environmental issues.

World Elephant Day: Why Community-Led Conservation of the Animal is Key

Elephant conservation in India is a popular and emotive issue. But when we look closer, the shrinking elephant habitat, human-elephant conflict and unscientific interventions are certainly concerning. [...]

Greenpeace reaffirms support for Indigenous people’s rights in forest conservation

Delhi, India, 22 July 2019 – In response to developments following India’s Supreme Court ordering the eviction of millions of tribal and other forest-dwelling people in February 2019, Greenpeace reaffirms… [...]

Press Release- Boom and Bust Report 2019

New coal plants shrink globally, but GoI continues to approve new proposals, despite pollution and deforestation impacts New Delhi, Thursday, March 28, 2019— For the third year in a row,… [...]

Attempt to Murder Gurgaon

Gurgaon is one of the most polluted cities in India, with only 3 days of clean air in 2018. Now a new amendment will make 20,000 acres of Aravalli forest [...]

Shut-up or Shut-down: The new ‘Law of the Land’

If, to be put on trial for speaking out for equality and justice is a crime, the society needs some serious introspection. The way the voice of Greenpeace India has… [...]