If We Save Forests, Will They Save the Climate?

Wе all know that forests help fight climate change by cooling the planet. Don’t they? They actually do, capturing and storing carbon from the air for centuries. But this is only part of the story. An increasing number of scientists are beginning to discover that the relationship is more complex …

Time-Saving Supersonic Airplanes Could Be a Disaster for the Environment

At least three companies are hoping to bring supersonic airplanes back into the skies, but environmental groups worry their return could mean a big increase in greenhouse gasses from aviation. The issue is expected to come to the fore next week as international regulators meet in Canada beginning Monday to …

UK Chips an Inch Shorter After Summer Heatwave – Report

The British chip has been left an inch shorter by the 2018 heatwave, according to a report on the risks to UK fruit and vegetable growing from climate change. The spell of baking summer weather was made 30 times more likely by global warming and left spuds substantially smaller than …

Droughts Lead to Higher Levels of HIV in Lesotho

Extreme events such as droughts are known to put agricultural communities under pressure. A new paper in PLOS One now suggests that there is also a link between severe droughts and the spread of HIV in Lesotho. A Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment conducted after a 2-year drought in southern Africa …

Investors Worth $6.5 Trillion Demand Climate Action from Fast Food

It’s not just consumers who are driving change in the food industry. For the longest time, discussions around changing the food industry have centered on diets. Whether it was farm-to-fork eating, freeganism or the rise of the vegans and flexitarians, the choices people make have been gradually influencing the food …

Germany Agrees to End Reliance on Coal Stations by 2038

Germany has agreed to end its reliance on polluting coal power stations by 2038, in a long-awaited decision that will have major ramifications for Europe’s attempts to meet its Paris climate change targets. The country is the last major bastion of coal-burning in north-western Europe and the dirtiest of fossil …

Heatwave Wipes Out Third of Spectacled Fruit Bats in Australia

A heatwave that swept Australia in November killed a third of an entire bat species. On the 26th and 27th of November last year, temperatures soared above 42°C, resulting in around 23,000 spectacled fruit bats dying of overheating. Before the incident occurred, the country was home to an estimated 75,000 …