Climate

Steve April 17, 2021

By Alexander McNamara and Matt Hambly Tom Brakefield/Alamy Orcas (orcinus orca) are aquatic mammals that can grow up to 8 metres in length, with a dorsal fin that stands up to 1.8 metres tall. But despite being commonly known as killer whales, these intelligent apex predators are actually the largest member of the dolphin family.  […]

Steve April 17, 2021

By Donna Lu A building damaged by an earthquake in eastern Taiwan in 2018 Ritchie B Tongo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Earthquakes in Taiwan may be linked to seasonal variations in the water cycle, driven by the Asian monsoon. Taiwan has both a high frequency of damaging earthquakes and a wide variation in the amount of precipitation and water […]

Steve April 16, 2021

The Science Museum is facing a major backlash after naming Shell as the sponsor of its flagship climate exhibition. ‘Our Future Planet’ will focus on ways of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through controversial Carbon, Capture and Storage (CCS) technology and nature-based solutions, as part of a programme of events leading up to the […]

Steve April 16, 2021

Science on a MissionNaomi OreskesUniv. of Chicago, $40 In 2004, Japanese scientists captured the first underwater images of a live giant squid, a near-mythical, deep-ocean creature whose only interactions with humans had been via fishing nets or beaches where the animals lay dead or dying. Getting such a glimpse could have come much sooner. In […]

Steve April 16, 2021

Sign up to get our weekly newsletter straight to your inbox, plus breaking news, investigations and extra bulletins from key events The coronavirus pandemic has put a lot of things on hold. And while an uneven race between variants and vaccines casts considerable uncertainty over events planning, there is an increasing recognition that climate diplomacy cannot […]

Steve April 16, 2021

Creditors could grant Pakistan debt relief in exchange for meeting nature restoration targets, under a proposed first-of-its-kind bond Pakistan has one of the largest tree-planting programmes in the world – a ready scheme for boosting employment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Like many developing countries, though, its capacity to build back better from […]

Steve April 16, 2021

Climate diplomats agreed to hold an informal and extended virtual meeting in June, despite connectivity concerns, to make progress on sticky issues Critical discussions to prepare for November’s Cop26 climate summit will take place virtually over a three-week period in June, but no decisions will be made. The compromise was agreed on Thursday evening by […]

Steve April 15, 2021

A number of senior Irish politicians and agri-industry interests are trying to block a legal challenge to a new cheese factory brought by environmentalists over concerns relating to pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.  Politicians and industry figures are applying sustained public and political pressure to have the appeal dropped, despite the High Court having approved […]

Steve April 15, 2021

This story originally appeared in Grist & The Texas Observer and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. When Laura Briggs and her husband finally found their dream home in West Texas, they knew they’d […]

Steve April 15, 2021

Neandertal DNA recovered from cave mud reveals that these ancient humans spread across Eurasia in two different waves. Analysis of genetic material from three caves in two countries suggests an early wave of Neandertals about 135,000 years ago may have been replaced by genetically and potentially anatomically distinct successors 30,000 years later, researchers report April […]

Steve April 15, 2021

The Serengeti looks largely like it did hundreds of years ago. Lions, hyenas and other top predators still stalk herds of wildebeests over a million strong, preventing them from eating too much vegetation. This diversity of trees and grasses support scores of other species, from vivid green-orange Fischer’s lovebirds to dung beetles. In turn, such […]

Steve April 15, 2021

Joe Biden promised to mobilise $20 billion to protect the Amazon rainforest, but negotiations with Jair Bolsonaro’s government are fraught The US government is struggling to fulfill an election promise to protect the Amazon rainforest without giving money and a political win to Jair Bolsonaro, whose administration has overseen an increase in deforestation in Brazil. […]