Last update:

When grown right, palm oil can be sustainable

Turning an abandoned pasture into a palm tree plantation can be carbon neutral, according to a new study by EPFL and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). These findings, based on measurements ...

Estimating the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining

As an alternative to government-issued money, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin offers relative anonymity, no sales tax and freedom from bank and government interference. But some people argue that these benefits have an enormous ...

NASA soil data joins the Air Force

Getting stuck on a muddy road is a hassle for anyone, but for the U.S. Army it could be far more serious—a matter of life and death in some parts of the world. That's one of the reasons the U.S. Air Force HQ 557th Weather ...

Scientists suggest binding goals to rescue Amazon

As thousands of wildfires and deforestation escalate in the Amazon rainforest, a team of international scientists has called for governments to enact six key goals to protect the vital wilderness.

Canada falling short of UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Canada could lead the world in helping to achieve water sustainability but is falling short of reaching the goals set out by the United Nations (UN), according to a new report from scientists with the University of Saskatchewan-led ...

Airlines' fuel practices feed doubts over climate commitment

Airlines have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprints under the gaze of public opinion, but the pressure of the bottom line means some fly with extra fuel, boosting emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases.

Planned fossil fuel output swamps Paris climate goals

Oil, gas and coal output already planned or in the pipeline will overwhelm efforts to cap global warming at levels consistent with a liveable planet, the UN and leading research groups warned Wednesday.

China adds coal power despite climate pledge: report

China plans to add new coal power plants equivalent to all of the EU's current generating capacity, putting the world's biggest emitter out of sync with its commitments to combat climate change, researchers said Wednesday.

Climate impacts 'to cost world $7.9 trillion' by 2050

Climate change could directly cost the world economy $7.9 trillion by mid-century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth and threaten infrastructure, new analysis showed Wednesday.

More news

Environment
New danger for corals in warming oceans: Metal pollution
Environment
NASA identifies new Atlantic Tropical Storm Sebastien
Environment
NASA tracks Typhoon Kalmaegi affecting Northern Philippines
Environment
A global 'toilet revolution' is underway, but it's polluting water and ignoring the urban poor
Environment
Renewables could cut power generation health impact by 80 percent
Environment
Study finds US policies could have negative implications for Africa
Environment
Ban on hotel toiletries is latest effort to curb plastic waste
Environment
Beyond the green revolution
Environment
Freshwater lakes already emit a quarter of global carbon—and climate change could double that
Environment
Nitrogen fertilizers are incredibly efficient, but they make climate change a lot worse
Environment
Reservoir management could prevent toxic algal blooms
Environment
Smoke haze blankets Sydney as bushfire threat rises
Environment
Study finds a green solution in halving children's pollutant exposure
Environment
Warm ocean water delays sea ice for Alaska towns, wildlife
Environment
Mongolia's new 'cleaner' fuel linked to deaths, illness
Environment
Romania's forests under mounting threat—along with rangers
Environment
Humans light 85 percent of bushfires, and we do virtually nothing to stop it
Environment
Climate change could double greenhouse gas emissions from freshwater lakes
Earth Sciences
Nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, is on the rise: study
Environment
Paying countries for carbon protects forests, but only if payments continue

Other news

Ecology
A third of Africa's tropical flora threatened with extinction: study
Evolution
New fossils shed light on how snakes got their bite and lost their legs
Materials Science
Researchers design an improved pathway to carbon-neutral plastics
Plants & Animals
To navigate, flies make flexible mental maps of the world
Astronomy
First detection of the cosmic monster explosions with ground-based gamma-ray telescopes
Astronomy
Astronomers investigate stellar content of the open cluster NGC 330
Mathematics
Best of the best: Who makes the most accurate decisions in expert groups?
Archaeology & Fossils
Vanishing ice puts reindeer herders at risk
Biotechnology
Genetic discovery holds implications for better immunity, longer life
Social Sciences
Would people be willing to give their personal data for research?
Earth Sciences
Underwater robotic gliders provide key tool to measure ocean sound levels
Quantum Physics
A technique to measure mechanical motion beyond the quantum limit
Astronomy
Outback telescope captures Milky Way center, discovers remnants of dead stars
Earth Sciences
New study reveals secrets of Wolfe Creek Crater
Biotechnology
3-D maps of gene activity
Plants & Animals
Manta rays and whale sharks consuming massive amounts of plastics near Indonesia
Nanophysics
4-D imaging with liquid crystal microlenses
Materials Science
Chemists create new route to PHAs: naturally degradable bioplastics
Archaeology & Fossils
Ancient komodo dragon-like animals had heads proportionally larger than dinosaurs
Space Exploration
Historic climate change on Mars might be detectable