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.

March of the multiple penguin genomes (Wed, 18 Sep 2019)
A new article presents 19 high-coverage penguin genome sequences. Adding this to the two previously published penguin genomes, there are now genome sequences available for all living penguin species. Here, the Penguin Genome Consortium, made up of researchers from 10 countries, has produced an unparalleled amount of information that covers an entire biological order. Research from evolution, the impact of human activities impact, and environmental changes, will benefit from this work.
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North Atlantic haddock use magnetic compass to guide them (Tue, 17 Sep 2019)
A new study found that the larvae of haddock, a commercially important type of cod, have a magnetic compass to find their way at sea. The findings showed that haddock larvae orient toward the northwest using Earth's magnetic field.
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Peatlands trap CO2, even during droughts (Tue, 17 Sep 2019)
Scientists studied the two species of moss that make up the peatland. They discovered that in hot weather and drought conditions, one species resists, whereas the other is negatively impacted. In wet weather conditions the opposite takes place. Peatland however survives in the end. Although peatlands make up only 3% of the Earth's surface, they store one third of CO2 present in soil. Preserving peatlands would therefore limit the impact of future climate change.
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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.

Collecting litter and data to combat plastic pollution (Tue, 17 Sep 2019)
More and more communities around the world are working against marine litter and plastic pollution. A Danish initiative mobilises schoolchildren to collect plastic waste and research data that will become part of the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) database on marine litter. Better data on plastic pollution helps inform policies and tackle the problem.
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EU on track to end use of chemicals harming the ozone layer (Mon, 16 Sep 2019)
The European Union (EU) has achieved its goals to phase out ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report shows that in 2018 the EU again destroyed or exported more ozone-depleting substances than it produced or imported.
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How to accelerate change towards sustainability? (Tue, 10 Sep 2019)
There is growing recognition that achieving prosperity within environmental limits requires fundamental changes in core systems of production and consumption. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, identifies ten focus areas for enabling sustainability transitions.
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BBC science and environment news

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

First measurements of 'interstellar comet' (Tue, 17 Sep 2019)
Astronomers report measurements from a presumed interstellar comet, providing clues about its chemical composition.
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Wild wheat genetics offer climate hope for food crops (Tue, 17 Sep 2019)
Wild relatives of food crops, such as wheat, host an abundant array of genetic material to help the plants cope with a changing climate.
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World's biggest amphibian 'discovered' in museum (Tue, 17 Sep 2019)
DNA from historical museum specimens may help save the giant salamander from extinction in the wild.
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