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All farming gases must be cut, scientists say

19 Dec 18 - Cutting methane and nitrous oxide emissions from farming are critical to keeping the world to no more than 1.5deg of warming, scientists say in new research.

New tech hailed as tool to protect oceans

30 Nov 18 - New technologies that can remotely monitor the high seas will be crucial to enforcing a proposed deal to preserve the biological diversity of oceans, researchers say.

Solar geoengineering could be cheap option

26 Nov 18 - Cooling the Earth by injecting sun-blocking particles into the stratosphere could be “remarkably inexpensive”, according to the most detailed engineering analysis to date.

Fog, freezing cold, plague, hunger ... 536 was a shocker

21 Nov 18 - Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: 536.

Academics call for emergency action

20 Nov 18 - One hundred and fifty New Zealand academics calling for “emergency” action on climate change say economic growth has to stop.

Messed-up ozone layer is on the mend

9 Nov 18 - The entire ozone layer — even the highly damaged parts over the North Pole and South Pole — could be completely healed by 2060.

This crab could save your life - if humans don't wipe it out first

5 Nov 18 - The wellbeing of people might one day depend on a blue-blooded crab that looks like a cross between the facehugger from Alien and a gigantic louse.

MEATLESS MEAT: One major issue is what do we call it

31 Oct 18 - The debate around the regulation of cell-based meat has stepped up significantly with one of major issues being what to call the new product.

Jet makes historic flight on LanzaTech fuel

5 Oct 18 - One-time New Zealand company LanzaTech developed the fuel for a Virgin Atlantic jet which has just flown from Orlando to Gatwick powered by a blend of aviation fuel and ethanol produced from waste...

WASTE NOT: Dumped plastic can be worth its weight in gold

5 Oct 18 - Plastics are among the most valuable waste materials – it’s possible to convert all plastics directly into useful forms of energy.

Even fish can eat this latest replacement for plastic

3 Oct 18 - A new alternative to plastic has the possibility to “replace all the packaging we know,” because it is so safe that even fish can eat it.

Scientists have high hopes for solar-flow battery

2 Oct 18 - Scientists in the United States and Saudi Arabia have harnessed the abilities of both a solar cell and a battery in one device - a "solar-flow battery" that soaks up sunlight and efficiently stores...

Plastic-eating mushrooms are the new waste superheroes

2 Oct 18 - Mushrooms are capable of expediting the breakdown of plastic waste, says a new study from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London.

Changing climate is destabilising mountains

28 Sep 18 - It's not just the atmosphere and the oceans that are heating up. An ever-denser blanket of greenhouse gases is also sending warmer air and water deeper into the planet's rocky bones.

What happened to solar panels on roads?

28 Sep 18 - Four years ago, a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels.

Building walls on seafloor might help, say scientists

24 Sep 18 - Building walls on the seafloor might become the next frontier of climate science, as engineers seek novel ways to hold back the sea level rises predicted to result from global warming.

Sun-powered golden sandwich gives solar panels more bite

24 Sep 18 - Japanese scientists have developed a sun-powered golden sandwich: an experimental solar panel that they claim could be up to 11 times more effective than most equipment on the market.

Satellite will precisely track how ice is melting

24 Sep 18 - The world will soon have a much clearer picture of how quickly humans are melting Earth’s ice and expanding the seas, with data collected by a sophisticated satellite launched by Nasa.

Microplastics take to the skies by riding with flying insects

21 Sep 18 - Microplastic can escape from polluted waters via flying insects, research has revealed, contaminating new environments and threatening birds and other creatures.

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