Heatwave in 2018 ‘Could Not Have Occurred Without Human-Caused Climate Change’

The heatwave that swept the Northern Hemisphere for three months during the summer of 2018 could not have occurred without human-caused climate change. That’s the verdict from new scientific research published in the Earth’s Future journal, which suggests the three-month period that broke temperature records simultaneously across North America, Europe …

‘Mosquito-Borne Diseases Will Spread as the Planet Heats Up’

Climate change means the entire planet could be at risk from mosquito-borne tropical diseases by the end of the century. That’s according to a new study from PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, which suggests the regions in which mosquitoes carrying harmful viruses such as dengue, chikungunya, Zika and yellow fever can …

We Are Eating Large Wild Animals into Extinction

Much of the planet’s megafauna is being driven extinct because of the usual causes: habitat loss and rampant poaching for body parts like horns, bones and tusks. But there is another reason large vertebrates are going extinct: people keep on eating them. A team of researchers has analyzed how human …

Taxing Carbon May Sound Like a Good Idea But Does It Work?

Exxon Mobil is backing a proposal to tax oil, gas and coal companies for the carbon they emit and redistribute the money raised that way to all Americans. It’s also giving a group urging Washington to enact a tax on carbon US$1 million to advocate for this policy. The carbon …

Greenpeace Report: Europe Has 10 Years Left to Ditch Fossil Fuel Cars

Europe must phase out the sales of new gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars by 2028 if it wants to live up to its Paris climate agreement emissions-reduction pledges, according to new research by Germany’s Aerospace Center. Even conventional hybrid cars, which feature gasoline-powered engines, would have to disappear by the mid-2030s …

Online Ivory Trade Perpetuated by Yahoo Japan, Weak Legislation

Yahoo Japan is the single biggest online platform for elephant ivory sales in Japan, according to a new TRAFFIC investigation, which recorded a staggering 4,414 ivory items plus 35 whole tusks for sale over a four-week period in June and July 2018. The latest findings were revealed Thursday in “System …

Bees Addicted to Pesticides Much like Smokers to Nicotine, Scientists Say

Bees have developed a likening to pesticide-containing plants, according to a recent study. The affinity exhibited by the bees is similar to an addiction to nicotine from cigarettes. Apparently, the more pesticide-laced pollen that the bees ingest, the more they crave the tainted alternatives. The contaminated nectar is potentially harmful …