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Study: world in period of ‘mass extinction’

The world is currently in a period of mass extinction, according to a new study. Human activities have been linked to the falling populations of many species but the research also warns that extinction on a large scale could threaten human existence. The study, which has been published in...


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2015 on track to be hottest year on record

This year is on course to be the hottest year on record after data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that last month was the hottest since record keeping began in 1880. During May 2015 the average temperature across global land and ocean surface were 0.87C...


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Bamboo has the power to transform timber supply chains, says Wiseman

Troy Wiseman, CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo, has stated that bamboo has the potential to transform timber-dependent supply chains by offering a sustainable solution that can reverse the effects of deforestation while meeting global demand for fibre. The article was published in a climate change focused publication released for the...


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Elephant poaching hotspots revealed

Researchers have identified parts of Tanzania and Mozambique as the areas where most illegally poached elephant ivory can be traced back. Scientists have said that most illegally poached ivory found can be traced back to two hotspots on Tanzania and Mozambique. Researchers were able to trace back the ivory...


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Pope encyclical: we need a new dialogue to shape the future of our planet

Pope Francis has finally released his much-expected encyclical on the environment and climate change, with unprecedented warnings over the use of resources, climate, poverty and sustainable consumption. The encyclical, named Laudato Si’- after the first words of Saint Francis of Assisi’s canticle in which he praised God’s creation –...


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Thousands urge MPs to tackle climate change

Over 9,000 people demanding climate change action took part in a mass lobby calling on UK politicians to take strong action. Those involved travelled to Westminster to ask their local MPs to tackle the global issue. The lobby was organised by the Climate Coalition. The organisation wants politicians to...


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Protect more bee species to prevent future shocks, says scientists

Bee conservation efforts should focus on more bee species, not just those currently providing value by pollinating crops, in order to prevent future changes affecting the security of food supplies, scientists have said. Researchers from the University of Reading argue that while most crops are pollinated by only a...


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Study: major aquifers past sustainability tipping points

Human activities are “rapidly draining” some of the world’s largest groundwater aquifers, which millions of people rely on, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and NASA. The study, which has been published in Water Resources Research, warns that 21 of the world’s 37...


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Study: green spaces near schools boost mental development

Researchers have found a link between mental development in primary school aged children and exposure to green spaces at schools. The study suggests that children in urban areas could benefit from expanding park and school fields. The study, from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, notes that contact...


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Consumers willing to pay more for sustainable palm oil, study finds

Supermarkets could help save endangered species by increasing prices for products that use eco-friendly palm oil, a new study has found. The research also found that consumers would be willing to pay more for palm oil that is sustainably grown. Palm oil is often used in the food industry,...


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Report highlights vulnerability of global food systems

Global food systems are increasingly susceptible to acute disruption and systemic shocks could lead to food price rises, food riots and changes in stock market values. The global food system is increasingly vulnerable to acute disruptions that have the potential to cause widespread economic, social and political implications, according...


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Pope Francis warns of ‘unprecedented destruction’ if climate change is not addressed

The Pope has warned that there will be “serious consequences” for all unless the world does more to tackle climate change, in a leaked copy of an eagerly anticipated encyclical. The draft, which has been published by L’Espresso magazine, states, “If the current trend continues, this century could witness...


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California to cut water for farmers amid major drought

The US state is restricting water use for agriculture because of a devastating four-year drought, despite fears that the move could threaten the country’s food production. The State Water Resources Control Board has announced that senior water right holders in California’s Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds won’t be...


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Polar bears are changing diet because of global warming – study

Researchers in Norway have spotted a polar bear eating a dolphin for the first time and have suggested that climate change is pushing the species further north in the Arctic region. Effects of warmer climate is making polar bears adapting to other preys that are not usually hunted, according...


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Pope Francis’ climate encyclical could have ‘mayor impact’, says UN

The UN thinks that Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, set to be released next week, could have a “major impact” on climate change talks and negotiations ahead of a climate summit in December. The much anticipated encyclical, a letter set to bishops, is expected to argue that there...