2018 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recorded for Our Oceans

The year 2018 was the hottest year for the planet’s oceans ever since record-keeping began in 1958, according to a worrisome new study from international scientists. The findings, published Wednesday in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, noted that the five warmest years for our oceans were the last five years—2018, 2017, 2015, …

Insect Collapse: ‘We Are Destroying Our Life Support Systems’

Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished. “We knew that something was amiss in the first couple days,” said Brad Lister. “We were driving into the forest and at the same time both Andres and I said: ‘Where …

Antarctic Melting Increased 6x in the Past 40 Years

The results of what researchers say is the longest-running study of Antarctica’s ice mass have been published, and they are dramatic. Yearly ice loss has increased by a factor of six in the past 40 years, contributing more than half an inch to global sea level rise, a University of California, Irvine (UCI) …

Wind and Solar Are the Final Nails in Coal’s Coffin

During the 2016 campaign and in various postelection rallies, President Trump promised to save America’s flagging coal industry and put the nation’s coal miners “back to work.” While Trump continues to labor under the delusion that easing emissions standards will somehow resuscitate the coal industry, his administration’s own numbers tell a different story. In …

Lush Bath Bombs Make a Fizz About Going Plastic Free

The brand is opening an entirely plastic free shop in Manchester this Friday. Lush is to launch what it claims is the UK’s first plastic packaging-free cosmetics shop in Manchester this Friday. The ‘Naked’ shop will sell a range of innovative and plastic packaging-free alternatives to its popular soaps, bath bombs and …

This Robot Is Delivering Coral Babies to the Great Barrier Reef

The climate is changing faster than many species can adapt, so scientists are trying to speed up evolution by fostering the spread of creatures who can take the heat. Think of it as natural selection with a little boost from humans—or, in some cases, robots. To that end, Australian scientists Peter Harrison …

The Smoke Clears from Household Fuels with New Clean Air Strategy

The government has announced only the cleanest wood-burning stoves will be available for sale from 2022. Polluting household fuels could be banned under the UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy for 2019, published today. Ministers have claimed new plans to reduce air pollution go beyond existing EU rules and pledged to improve air …