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Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point

dodo skeleton
Summers Place Auctions sells first Dodo skeleton in a century for £346,300 Summers Place Auctions announces the sale of a 95% complete composite skeleton of a Dodo the first to come up for sale since the early 20th century. It was part of the fourth Evolution sale at Summers Place Auctions on Tuesday, 22nd November 2016 and the hammer went down at £280,000.
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We are destroying the world’s biodiversity. Yet debate has erupted over just what this means for the planet – and us

January 16, 2018 — Just over 250 million years ago, the planet suffered what may be described as its greatest holocaust: ninety-six percent of marine genera (plural of genus) and seventy percent of Continue reading Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point

Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says

australia's highest record since 1910
he national mean temperature of 22.76C was the third-highest since records began in 1910. Photograph: Glenn Campbell/AAP

Bureau says despite the lack of El Niño, Queensland and New South Wales experienced their hottest year on record

January 9, 2018 — Queensland and New South Wales experienced their warmest years on record in 2017 as the trend of warmer than average temperatures across Australia continued, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Continue reading Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says

Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago

scientific diver taking notes during coral bleaching event
Scientific diver taking notes during coral bleaching event at Alcatrazes island, Sao Paulo state shore, Brazil. Credit: Leo Francini / Alamy Stock Photo.

Mass coral reef bleaching events have become five times more common worldwide over the past 40 years, new research finds, with climate change playing a significant role in the rise

January 4, 2018 — The scale of bleaching has been rising steadily in the last four decades, a study author tells Carbon Brief, with the global proportion of coral being hit by bleaching per year rising from 8% in the 1980s to 31% in 2016. Continue reading Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago

Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

the leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet
The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet. David Attenborough travels to Trinidad to meet a community trying to save these giants. Photograph: Gavin Thurston

Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise

December 5, 2017 — The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity’s actions, he says. Continue reading Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

scientists hope to restore damaged coral on the great barrier reef
Scientists hope to restore damaged coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Auscape / UIG/Getty Images/Universal Images Group

Project, which could help restore damaged coral populations, has seen success in the Philippines

November 26, 2017 — Scientists have stepped in as environmental matchmakers by breeding baby coral on the Great Barrier Reef in a move that could have worldwide significance. Continue reading Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

More coral bleaching feared for Great Barrier Reef in coming months

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The coral bleaching events of 2016 and this year are said to have killed about half the Great Barrier Reef’s coral cover. Photograph: Greenpeace/Reuters

The next event, if it occurs, may not be as damaging as the previous two, but could ruin the chances of coral recovery

November 3, 2017 — The Great Barrier Reef could face more bleaching in the coming months, following unprecedented mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which are believed to have killed half the coral. Continue reading More coral bleaching feared for Great Barrier Reef in coming months

Study: our Paris carbon budget may be 40% smaller than thought

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Participants looks at a screen projecting a world map with climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21). Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

How we define “pre-industrial” is important

July 24, 2017 — In the Paris climate treaty, nearly every world country agreed to try and limit global warming to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures, and preferably closer to 1.5°C. Continue reading Study: our Paris carbon budget may be 40% smaller than thought

World’s northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

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BLEACHED. This combination of handout pictures released by Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies and created on July 18, 2017, shows coral reefs (L) in Toyotama, off the coast of Tsushima island taken in January 2016 before bleaching and the same coral reefs (R) in December 2017, after bleaching due to high water temperature. National Institute for Environmental Studies/AFP

About 30% of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan, which lies in the temperate zone, suffered bleaching, researchers say

TOKYO, Japan (Jul. 18, 2017) — Bleaching has damaged the world’s northernmost coral reef in Japan, a researcher said Tuesday, July 18, the latest example of a global phenomenon scientists have attributed to high ocean temperatures. Continue reading World’s northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco

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The world heritage convention demands strong action on climate change to protect coral reefs, Unesco says. Photograph: Justin Blank

Custodians of world heritage-listed sites should aim to keep global temperature increases to just 1.5°C, UN agency says

July 11, 2017 — Countries with responsibility over world heritage-listed coral reefs should adopt ambitious climate change targets, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep Continue reading Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco

Worst global coral bleaching event eases, as experts await next one

bleached coral on the great barrier reef near port douglas
Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef near Port Douglas in February. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

US researchers believe worst event on record is ending but fear coral won’t recover in time before oceans warm again

June 20, 2017 — The worst coral bleaching event in recorded history, which has hit every major coral region on Earth since 2014, appears to be coming to an end, with scientists now worrying how long reefs will have to recover before it happens again. Continue reading Worst global coral bleaching event eases, as experts await next one