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Donald Trump is hampering fight against climate change, WEF warns

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Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

World Economic Forum outlines huge increase in all five eco risks since the US president assumed office

January 18, 2018 — The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community. Continue reading Donald Trump is hampering fight against climate change, WEF warns

US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

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Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump’s time in office has coincided with huge increase to all five eco risks surveyed

January 17, 2018 — The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community. Continue reading US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point

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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.
Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

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

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

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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

2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record
2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Nino phenomena, says the UN’s World Meteorological Organization

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization says some 30 percent of the world’s population now experience ‘extreme hot temperatures’ for at least several days each year

BONN, Germany (Nov. 6, 2017) — 2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Niño phenomena, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said Monday, November 6. Continue reading 2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

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Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

October 18, 2017 — The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Continue reading Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

What Causes Ecological Shifts

instruments gather weather station data from a restored prairie site near the riparian corridor of the sangamon river in illinois.
Instruments gather weather station data from a restored prairie site near the riparian corridor of the Sangamon River in Illinois. Credit: Praveen Kumar

A new information-processing framework helps researchers tease out the factors driving ecological shifts over short timescales

October 3, 2017 — Our environment is constantly changing—today faster than ever, thanks in large part to human activities. Understanding the forces and feedbacks that drive the state of ecosystems is an important first step to either adapting to our changing planet or preventing runaway climate change. Continue reading What Causes Ecological Shifts

Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2017 is eighth lowest on record

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Aerial view of ice in the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, Alaska, 21/05/2011. Credit: Vicki Beaver/Alamy Stock Photo.

Arctic sea ice has dwindled to its summer minimum for 2017, with its smallest extent for the year clocking in at 4.64m square kilometres (sq km) on 13 September

September 21, 2017 — At 1.58m sq km below the 1981-2010 average, this puts 2017 as the eight lowest summer minimum in the satellite record, according to preliminary figures from the US Continue reading Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2017 is eighth lowest on record

Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

terrible destruction in the caribbean wrought by hurricane maria
Although Antigua and Barbuda was pummelled by Irma, as it recently exceeded the DAC country income threshold, it may be deemed ineligible for official development assistance.’ Photograph: Helene Valenzuela/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Maria has wrought terrible destruction in the Caribbean, yet OECD guidelines say that the islands are ineligible for assistance

September 19, 2017 — In a manner reminiscent of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams, dark clouds of despair and destruction hover yet again over the Caribbean with the passage of Hurricane Maria. Continue reading Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

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Fish swim off Easter Island. AFP image

Indigenous people who live on Chile’s Easter Island far out in the Pacific vote to create a vast marine protection zone, covering an area of 720,000 square kilometers (280,000 square miles) around the island

September 5, 2017 — Chile’s Environmental Minister Marcelo Mena, speaking at an environmental conference in La Serena, northern Chile, said the vote by the native Rapanui people means Chile will have the largest marine protection zone in Latin America. Continue reading Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone