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Researchers unveil tattoo biobatteries that generate energy from sweat

In the future biobatteries could be used to generate energy from sweat. Researchers have reported that they have designed a sensor in the form of a temporary tattoo that can produce power from perspiration. Scientists presented the approach at the National Meeting & Exposition of the America Chemical Society....


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Rapid melting of world’s glaciers proven to be man-made

A study has found that more than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the Earth’s glaciers can be attributed to human activity. In a new study, scientists have analysed glaciers’ melting activities since 1851, but did not find any evidence of man-made effects up until the middle of...


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Summer weather extremes on the rise because of climate change

Climate change could be affecting circulation patterns in the atmosphere leading to more extreme weather events during summer, including heatwaves, according to new research from a team of scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact and Research (PIK). “The large number of recent high-impact extreme weather events has...


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Wildlife crisis fuelling child slavery – study

The rapid decline of wildlife as food source in poor countries means that more children are needed for cheap labour to find food, causing social tensions to rise, according to a new study. New research published in the journal Science has suggested the existence of a link between wildlife...


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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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