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A deadly Pacific storm slammed into Fiji on Wednesday, tearing off roofs and flooding towns, after leaving a trail of destruction in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Pandas use lockdown privacy to mate after a decade of trying

Stuck at home with no visitors and not much else to do, a pair of pandas in Hong Kong finally decided to give mating a go after a decade of dodging the issue.

Coronavirus severs Brazilian Amazon from world

Deep in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, where rivers are the only highways, the coronavirus pandemic is sharply limiting boat traffic, leaving villages even more cut off from the world than before.

Great Barrier Reef suffers worst-ever coral bleaching: scientists

Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said Tuesday in a dire warning about the threat posed by climate change to the world's largest living organism.

March 2020 temperatures were sixth-warmest in Europe since 1979

Europe’s hottest winter on record ever gave way to a milder March, with below-average temperatures in some of the western parts of the continent, while global temperatures were much above average.

Monster storm strengthens in Pacific, lashing Vanuatu

A deadly Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu on Monday, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine the impoverished nation's battle to remain coronavirus-free.

New international standard for ‘greening’ buildings

The manufacturing and building sectors are major contributors to levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. How can this vital sector of the economy become greener? A new international standard can help.

UN's COP26 climate summit postponed due to coronavirus

The UN's COP 26 climate change summit due to take place in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the British government said on Wednesday.

The young Brazilians fighting for the Amazon

Maria dreams of being the next Greta Thunberg. Kelita is studying in the first-ever university program in the Amazon. Fabio is helping his family do its part to fight climate change through sustainable agriculture.

Geoengineering could reduce climate change risks

New research, from the UK, indicates that injecting the correct quantity of sulphur dioxide into Earth's upper atmosphere thicken the layer of light reflecting aerosol particles. This could lower the effects of climate change.

Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud

Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted Friday, shooting a column of ash some 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) into the air in its second major eruption this month.

Q&A: Are hemp plastics really sustainable? Special

Many companies tend to tout hemp plastics as a superior alternative to petroleum-based plastics, but its disadvantages often go unmentioned. Cody Ziering of PAQcase explains more.

Virus lockdown makes big dent in Paris air pollution: report

France's stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus outbreak have produced a 20 to 30 percent decline in overall air pollution levels in Paris, according to a report from the region's air quality monitoring agency.

LEGO bricks take hundreds of years to breakdown in the ocean

It's been long-known that the traditional LEGO brick takes along time to breakdown, which is something of concern in the context of plastic pollution. New research shows just how long it takes a humble brick to fully decompose.

International World Water Day and startling global facts

Each year, on March 22, the United Nations marks international world water day where a series of events are held and facts about access to clean water broadcast. This is to highlight just how many people still do not have access to clean water.

Powerful quake damages buildings in Croatia capital

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake tore down chunks of buildings in Zagreb and left a teenager in critical condition on Sunday, state media reported, as authorities warned residents not to gather together and further spread the coronavirus.

Slow growth in black rhino numbers cause for hope: conservationists

The tentative recovery of Africa’s black rhino population was hailed by conservationists on Thursday as a cause for hopes that ambitious protection efforts could overcome the "acute threat” of poaching.

Protests as Moscow moves to build road on radioactive dump

Moscow authorities on Wednesday began work on building a highway over a Soviet-era dump of radioactive materials, despite months of public protests and warnings from environmental campaigners.

Farmers are turning to big data to adapt to climate change

Climate change, especially global heating affecting farmers and causing problems both for growing crops and with animal husbandry. A new study shows how the use of big data can aid farmers in meeting the challenges from climate variation.

Six-fold jump in polar ice loss lifts global oceans

Greenland and Antarctica are shedding six times more ice than during the 1990s, driving sea level rise that could see annual flooding by 2100 in regions home today to some 400 million people, scientists have warned.

Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya: conservationists

Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists said Tuesday, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world.

Close to tipping point, Amazon could collapse in 50 years

The Amazon rainforest is nearing a threshold which, once crossed, would see one of the world's largest and richest ecosystems morph into arid savannah within half-a-century, scientists said Tuesday.

UN chief says drop in emissions from virus will not solve climate crisis

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that while the global outbreak of coronavirus may have caused a temporary drop in emissions that cause global warming, it would not end the problem and might even divert attention from the fight.

World needs to be ready for irreversible reshaping of ecosystems

Irreversible changes may start reshaping the world’s ecosystems as soon as the next few years—much sooner than previously thought.

Q&A: Utilities need to address climate change with open source Special

To reach 100 percent global decarbonization goals, utility companies need to take the first step and work together using open source to speed up this process and developing the green infrastructure required. Dr. Shuli Goodman explains how.

Starbucks testing a greener coffee cup with biodegradable liner

One can never be sure if the paper cup decorated with green arrows and pictures of trees holding hands with the sun is actually recyclable. Things are not always what they seem, including the current Starbucks disposable hot coffee cup.

Coronavirus to cause first annual decline in oil use in decade: IEA

The world is set for its first annual decline in oil consumption in more than a decade due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the IEA said Monday.

Climate change impacts on size and spread of hurricanes

Climate change can impact on extreme weather, especially violently strong winds. New research finds that climate change impacted Hurricane Florence's precipitation and size, based on computer modelling.

The strange case of Antarctica’s snow turning red

A strange phenomenon variously dubbed by scientists as “watermelon,” “raspberry,” and “blood” snow has affected part of Antarctica. Here the normally white landscape has been transformed into a variegated red. How has this happened?

Meet Thailand's secret weapon in climate change battle

Bangkok's future hangs in the balance.Rising sea levels, unchecked development, groundwater extraction, and rapid urban population growth has left millions vulnerable to natural disasters -- scientists warn the city itself may not survive the century.

Greenpeace accuses DR Congo of signing vast new logging contracts

Greenpeace on Thursday accused the Democratic Republic of Congo's government of signing huge new logging contracts in the country's vast rainforest, a central part of Earth's natural defence against global warming.

Chaotic climate, chaotic cities fuel Brazil flood toll

Violent rain has killed scores of people and forced thousands from their homes this year in Brazil's most populous states, a disaster experts blame on climate upheaval but also rampant urbanization.

Major growth predicted for energy storage market

Energy can be stored and transferred, and it is tapping into this storage potential that is interesting technologists and business investors. This is especially important for renewables as many have only intermittent generation profiles.

The end of the fossil fuel era could be on the horizon

The use of fossil fuels such as coal and oil for generating electricity fell in 2019 in the United States, the European Union, and India, at the same time overall power output rose, a turning point for the global energy mix.

Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source: study

The world's tropical forests are rapidly losing their ability to absorb carbon dioxide from greenhouse gas emissions, with the Amazon rainforest at risk of turning from carbon sink to source within 15 years, researchers warned Wednesday.

EU unveils climate law, but Greta is unimpressed

Europe unveiled a landmark green growth law on Wednesday but failed to impress teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who dubbed it a "surrender" to the threat of climate change.

Pakistan struggles to combat devastating locust plague

Pakistan's farmers are struggling to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country's agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring.

MEPs irked by Greta visit despite virus ban

European lawmakers on Tuesday complained that a visit by eco-warrior Greta Thunberg to European Parliament is set to go ahead despite a moratorium on all outside visits to the chamber.

15 dead as torrential rain hits Brazil

At least 15 people have been killed in torrential rain that hit the Brazilian states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, triggering flash floods and destroying houses, authorities said Tuesday.

Australian summers grow longer due to climate change: study

Australian summers are lengthening by a month or more while winters are getting shorter due to climate change, according to an analysis by a leading think tank released Monday.

Three new technologies to take solar power forwards

Solar cells are becoming thinner and the production methods are accelerating. These are two innovations designed to lower costs while meeting global demand. As solar energy use grows, we look at three new developments.
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