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Iceland by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson via Flickr

Melting glaciers leading to Iceland rising, according to scientists

The Earth’s crust under Iceland is ‘rebounding’ as climate change leads to the ice caps on the island melting, according to research conducted by the University of Arizona. The paper argues that the “current fast uplift” of the Icelandic crust is a result of accelerated melting of the island’s...


City London by Ben Sutherland via Flickr

Frequency of heatwaves in urban areas on the rise

A new study has found that the world’s urban areas are increasingly experiencing heatwaves, potentially leading to huge issues for public health and infrastructure. The research, which has been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that prolonged periods of extreme hot days have significantly increased in over...


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Report: achieving renewable energy targets could address water challenges

Meeting renewable energy targets could significantly cut the amount of water used for generating electricity as water scarcity becomes a bigger risk, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Changing the way we use water and cutting down where possible is hugely important as climate...


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Report: supply chain collaboration can boost sustainability and investment return

Collaborating with supply chain partners on sustainability initiatives can boost outcomes, including financial return and reducing a firm’s environmental footprint, according to a new report. The report comes from CDP and Accenture and uses information from a supply chain programme, where companies can request that their supplier disclose information...


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World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative

The world can cut carbon emissions and limit global temperature increase to 2C whilst still prospering and maintaining lifestyles, according to new online tool the Global Calculator, a project led by the UK government. The initiative uses data reviewed by over 150 international experts and concludes that the world...


woodland river by Robert Pittman via Flickr

Decline of UK’s natural environment ‘costly’ to economy and wellbeing

The UK’s natural capital is in decline and must be safeguarded, according to a report from the Natural Capital Committee. The study warns that a declining natural environment is proving “costly” to our wellbeing and economy. The committee argues that England’s natural capital, which is defined as elements of...


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US north-east cost faces ‘historic’ blizzard

A “potentially historic blizzard” could see as much as 3ft of snow hit the US north-east coast, the National Weather Service has warned. The warning comes as a study suggests that extreme weather events could double due to climate change. The US forecast led to travel bans, public transport...


Prince Charles by Reza Akram via Flickr

Prince Charles: climate agreement should be ‘new Magna Carta for the Earth’

Prince Charles has called on the international community to act on climate change before we reach an irreversible situation. He said the climate change agreement, which is set to be decided in Paris later this year, should “be seen as a new Magna Carta for the Earth, and humanity’s...


power plant by Lisa Murray via Flickr

Climate change pushes doomsday clock closer to midnight

Climate change and nuclear proliferation have led to scientist deciding to move the symbolic doomsday clock closer to midnight signalling growing threats to humanity and the earth. The clock now reads three minutes to midnight. The doomsday clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists...


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Food diversity vital for adapting to climate change

Maintaining genetic diversity within the world’s food supply is vital to ensuring that humankind can preserve crop yields and adapt to climate change, however, a warming world places diversity at risk, a paper from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. The paper notes that agriculture, fisheries,...


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Commercial bees risk spreading disease to wild pollinators

Viruses carried by commercial bees, used for honey or to pollinate crops, risk spreading diseases to wild pollinator populations with potentially “devastating effects”, researchers from the University of Exeter have warned. The research, funded by the Royal Society and the Natural Environment Research Council, found that commercial species of...


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It’s impossible for big oil and gas to adapt to decarbonisation, says environmentalist

Leading environmentalist and founder of Forum of the Future Jonathon Porritt argues that it is “impossible” for major companies in the oil and gas industry to adapt to decarbonisation in a timely and intelligent way. In an article, published in the Guardian, Porritt explains that oil majors are “trapped...


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Pope Francis: climate change is mostly man’s fault

Pope Francis has said that the majority of climate change is man’s fault and criticised climate negotiations for failing to progress quickly enough during his tour of Asia. According to Reuters, the Pope said,  “I don’t know if it is all but the majority is, for the...


earth by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr

Human activity risking life on Earth, warn scientists

A group of scientists have warned that human activity is destabilising the Earth system that we depend on, with four of the nine planetary boundaries now being crossed, potentially leading to serious risks and dangers. The researchers explain that the planetary boundaries concept, first published in 2009, identifies nine...


Antarctic iceberg by NOAA's National Ocean Service via Flickr

Study: sea levels rising quicker than previously estimated

Sea level rise is accelerating at a much faster pace than previously estimated, according to a new study from Harvard University. The findings have implications for climate change models. The study, which has been published in the journal Nature, found that global sea level rise from 1900 to 1990...



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