Environmental News

Top environmental news stories from across the world 

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The truth is, in an information age, where attention spans last seconds, its very easy to forget or be distracted from probably the biggest story of them all - the future of humanity, the future of the planet and how the two fates are interconnected. Each global threat topic area has live RSS feeds and Twitter streams. Below, we have selected three authoritative sites to provide mainstream news updates.

ScienceDaily Earth & climate news

ScienceDaily is one of the Internet’s most popular science news web sites. Since starting in 1995, the award-winning site has earned the loyalty of students, researchers, healthcare professionals, government agencies, educators and the general public around the world. Now with more than 6 million monthly visitors worldwide, ScienceDaily generates nearly 20 million page views a month and is steadily growing in its global audience.

Secret of explosive volcanism unlocked (Fri, 15 Nov 2019)
When will the next eruption take place? Examination of samples from Indonesia's Mount Merapi show that the explosivity of stratovolcanoes rises when mineral-rich gases seal the pores and microcracks in the uppermost layers of stone. These findings result in new possibilities for the prediction of an eruption.
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How nematodes outsmart the defenses of pests (Fri, 15 Nov 2019)
The western corn rootworm, one of the world's most damaging maize pests, can use plant defense compounds to defend itself against its own natural enemies, so-called entomopathogenic nematodes. However, the nematodes can become immune against these compounds in turn, which enhances their ability to fight the western corn rootworm, as researchers show. This mechanism may contribute to improving biological pest control.
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Lichens are way younger than scientists thought (Fri, 15 Nov 2019)
Lichens -- a combo of fungus and algae -- can grow on bare rocks, so scientists thought that lichens were some of the first organisms to make their way onto land from the water, changing the planet's atmosphere and paving the way for modern plants. But a closer look at the DNA of the algae and fungi that form lichens shows that lichens likely evolved millions of years after plants.
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European environment agency news

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Their task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. The EEA are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.

Climate change: Significant drop in EU emissions in 2018 but further effort needed to reach 2030 target (Thu, 31 Oct 2019)
The European Union (EU) cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2 % in 2018, according to preliminary estimates released today by the European Environment Agency. However, rising energy consumption continues to hamper progress on the share of energy generated by renewable sources and on energy efficiency. As in previous years, the transport sector remains a particular concern with rising GHG emissions, low uptake of renewable energy sources and insufficient reductions of transport fuels’ life-cycle emissions.
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Reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe’s waste problem and to foster a more circular economy (Mon, 28 Oct 2019)
Improved circular and climate-friendly business models and policies to boost reuse and recycling, plus improved consumer awareness will help the European Union tackle the growing problem posed by plastic, battery, electronic and textile waste, according to two European Environment Agency (EEA) briefings published today.
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Cutting air pollution in Europe would prevent early deaths, improve productivity and curb climate change (Wed, 16 Oct 2019)
Europe’s air is getting cleaner but persistent pollution, especially in cities, still damages people’s health and the economy. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new analysis on air quality shows that exposure to air pollution caused about 400,000 premature deaths in the European Union (EU) in 2016.
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BBC science and environment news

The British Broadcasting Corporation website covering science and environmental news from around the world.

Bloodhound land speed racer blasts to 628mph (Sat, 16 Nov 2019)
The British jet-powered car goes faster still during trials on a dried-out lakebed in South Africa.
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Sentinel for sea-level rise enters testing (Fri, 15 Nov 2019)
The satellite that will maintain the "gold standard" measurement of ocean height is nearly complete.
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'Alarm' over winter flood prospects in England (Fri, 15 Nov 2019)
The Environment Agency is worried about further flooding this winter after near-record rainfall.
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