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Scientists to investigate Arctic sea ice melt with sensors and aquatic robots

An international team of scientists have attached sensors to Arctic sea ice to measure this year’s summer melt in a massive, unprecedented experiment. The study will focus on the so-called ‘marginal ice zone’ north of Alaska and Canada, the region that lies between the solid Arctic ice and the...


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‘Financial innovation’ critical to renewable energy’s success – ex-minister Greg Barker

The government’s former energy and climate change minister has called for a “relentless and remorseless” push to drive down the costs of renewable energy technologies – in what proved to be one of his final public engagements in office. Speaking in London last Thursday at a breakfast meeting organised...


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Climate change scientists face ‘credibility challenge’

Climate change scientists face a unique challenge regarding their research and how they live their own lives, especially as their projects face ever increasing pollicisation and criticism, according to a report. The report, co-authored by Chris Foulds, of Anglia Ruskin University, and academics from the Tyndall Centre for climate...


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The end of sustainability

We need to reexamine and move past the concept of sustainability, argues Melinda Harm Benson, associate professor at the University of New Mexico, and Robin Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law at the University of Utah. This article originally appeared on Ensia. The time has come for us to collectively...


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Scientist offers $30,000 for proof that climate change is not manmade

A climate change expert has offered $30,000 (£17,500) of his own money to anyone who can disprove that mankind is causing global warming, in an effort to demonstrate that climate sceptics cannot support their position. Physics professor Christopher Keating has given deniers until the end of July to prove...


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Meet EcoPlanet Bamboo: the Apple computer of timber

US entrepreneur Troy Wiseman tells Alex Blackburne about his mission to make bamboo the natural world’s next disruptive technology – while making money, providing deforestation-free solutions and helping eradicate poverty.  How does a boy from the US deep south end up being a pioneer in the global sustainable forestry...


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UN Green Climate Fund ready to mobilise finance

The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) is now ready to collect funds and mobilise finance to tackle issues around climate change adaption and mitigation, it has been announced. The GCF opened its headquarters in Songdo, South Korea, in December last year. The UN-backed fund aims to raise up...


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Thomson Reuters predicts solar and electric transport to grow rapidly

In 2025, solar will be the largest source of energy on the planet, electric air transport will be a mainstream consideration and food shortages will be a thing of the past, according to predictions by made Thomson Reuters. In a report – The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of...


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On this day in 1860: Oxford debates evolution after Darwin’s seminal text

One hundred and fifty-four years ago today, seven months after the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, a group of British scientists and philosophers debated the theory of evolution at the Oxford University Museum.  The implications of Darwin’s theory had caused uproar within the church and...


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Lush seeks animal testing alternatives for £250,000 annual prize

The retailer Lush is calling on individuals and organisations to come up with alternatives to animal testing and submit their ideas to its annual prize. Nominations are open until July 25. The Lush prize is managed by Lush and Ethical Consumer magazine. It awards £250,000 to bright ideas in...


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£10m science challenge Longitude Prize to tackle antibiotic resistance

The result of the public vote for the Longitude Prize 2014 has been announced, with the British public selecting the rise of resistance to antibiotics as the biggest scientific challenge of today. The result means that entrants will now have up to five years to come up with a...


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Three simple reasons why climate change is real, and humans are causing it

David Waltham, reader in mathematical geology at Royal Holloway, lays out three compelling reasons why climate change is real – and it is manmade. This article was originally published on the Conversation. Read the original here. Dire warnings of imminent human-induced climate disaster are constantly in the news but predictions of the...


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Climate scientists need professional body to communicate evidence

Climate scientists need to rethink the way they communicate the evidence and risks of climate change, according to a new report that finds experts are often ill-prepared to engage in public debate on the use of their findings. The report, published on Tuesday by a cross-disciplinary policy commission established...


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Smart cities don’t add complication, they allow society to thrive

I still have in my head the notion that sustainability means green, green means countryside, and countryside means something nostalgic – a remote unreality for most of us, other than at weekends when we might consider a break from the urban or suburban areas in which we live. Technology...


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TED talks: hackers: the internet’s immune system – Keren Elazari

Most internet hackers are trying to create a better world for society, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari in this week’s featured TED talk. Elazari, an analyst at the technology blog GigaOM, says hackers expose vulnerabilities, fight corruption and advocate for our rights. Some might use their skills for darker means, but the...


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