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Climate science’s worst case is today’s reality

Today 12:00pm - A trio of US researchers has grim news for people worried about climate science’s worst case outcome. Forget about the other options. The worst case is already happening.

Diseases from wildlife thrive when nature is destroyed, study finds

Friday - The human destruction of natural ecosystems increases the numbers of rats, bats and other animals that harbour diseases that can lead to pandemics such as Covid-19, a comprehensive analysis has found

Satellites find new colonies of emperor penguins

Thursday - Satellite observations have found a raft of new emperor penguin breeding sites in the Antarctic - welcome news as the species faces increasing pressure from climate change.

YOUNG v OLD: The battle goes on in the forest

Tane Mahuta, Waipoua Forest

5 Aug 20 - Are young trees or old forests more important for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it?

New-look Scott Base is all go for green

4 Aug 20 - THE COLOUR of the new Scott Base may not be decided, but one thing is clear – the building will be green.

Scientists pull 100-million-year-old microbes from sea

31 Jul 20 - Microbes buried beneath the sea floor for more than 100 million years are still alive, a new study reveals.

Is there time for the nuclear fusion dream to work?

30 Jul 20 - The biggest science experiment on Earth could avert climate change. But is there still time for nuclear fusion to work?


Carbon emissions chill atmosphere at edge of space

29 Jul 20 - While greenhouse gases are warming Earth’s surface, they’re also causing rapid cooling far above us, at the edge of space.

Is storing CO2 in rocks a solution to climate change?

21 Jul 20 - An effective climate change solution may lie in rocks beneath our feet.

Ocean sensitivity might lower carbon emissions cuts

3 Jul 20 - As greenhouse gas emissions soar, ocean sensitivity has quietly helped humanity to slow global heating: the seas have responded by absorbing more and more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Burning coal caused mass extinctions

30 Jun 20 - Geologists have linked one of the planet’s most devastating events to the burning of fossil fuels, as ancient coal fires set in train a global extinction wave.

Microplastics are in the soils of even the remotest places

30 Jun 20 - If microplastics can enter the food web on King George Island, they can probably do so almost anywhere on earth.

Hospitals new theatres of emissions warfare

19 Jun 20 - Hospital operating theatres could be a new frontier in the battle to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate worst-case scenarios may not go far enough

15 Jun 20 - Worst-case global heating scenarios may need to be revised upwards in light of a better understanding of the role of clouds, scientists have said.

Sponge-tech sucks carbon from the air

Matthew Hill

12 Jun 20 - Scientists have set a record for carbon capture and storage using new sponge-like technology that can capture carbon directly from the air.

Engineers make syngas out of cement-waste

11 Jun 20 - Chemical engineers have found a new way to turn carbon dioxide emissions from cement-making and other industrial processes into useful products like fuel and plastics.

Not even pandemic can flatten the Keeling Curve

8 Jun 20 - As graphs go, the Keeling Curve is simple, but it clearly illustrates the planet's vexing global warming challenge.

We're sitting on remains of a giant volcanic plume

28 May 20 - Back in the 1970s, scientists came up with a revolutionary idea about how Earth’s deep interior works.

New solar cells pass global test standards

22 May 20 - Scientists have produced a new generation of experimental solar energy cells that, for the first time, pass strict International Electrotechnical Commission testing standards for heat and humidity.


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