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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

Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten Carbon-Storing Sea Grass

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Sea grass wafting in an underwater landscape. Credit: MorganLeeAlain/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

A new model predicts that as ocean temperatures rise, carbon-storing sea grass may disappear and even go extinct in some ecosystems

January 17, 2018 — Sea grasses are part of a team of coastal vegetation, including mangroves and salt marshes, that store up to 100 times more carbon than tropical forests at 12 times the speed. Vast prairies of sea grasses stretch for kilometers along the seafloor, storing enough carbon to rival the world’s forests. Continue reading Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten Carbon-Storing Sea Grass

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

A Better Way to Probe Peat

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A depressional wetland in the Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, in September 2016. Credit: William Wright

Florida scientists use ground-penetrating radar to image underground carbon stores in the Disney Wilderness Preserve

January 10, 2018 — Millions of years before it can turn into coal, dead and decaying organic matter exists as a dark, spongy, carbon-rich material called peat. When layers of peat become saturated Continue reading A Better Way to Probe Peat

New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

a flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the yasuní national park in ecuador
A flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the Yasuní national park in Ecuador. Photograph: Georg Ismar/Alamy

State oil company starts second phase of drilling in one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots

January 10, 2018 — Ecuador’s state oil company has begun drilling the first of 97 planned wells inside a new field of the Yasuní national park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Continue reading New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

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Steart Marshes in Somerset, a £20.7m wetland reserve recently created under EU law to compensate for loss of habitat on the Severn estuary, a Natura 2000 site. Photograph: Jim Wileman for the Guardian

Compliance committee considers complaint alleging government breached Aarhus convention by not consulting public over withdrawal bill

January 9, 2018 — The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation. Continue reading Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

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The forests of Wayqecha, Peru rely on moisture from clouds to sustain themselves but climate change is moving that cloud layer higher every year. Photograph: Dan Metcalfe

Global warming is predicted to push clouds higher in the sky. One scientist hopes to understand the future of our forests by suspending a vast fog-catching mesh in the Peruvian jungle

January 5, 2018 — What will happen if climate change pushes clouds higher into the sky, as models predict? One ecosystem that will be seriously affected will be cloud forests – tropical jungles persistently bathed in fog. Continue reading Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

the itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant
The Itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant. Brazil gets more than 70% of its electricity from hydropower. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hydropower policy to be rethought in face of environmental concerns, indigenous sensitivities and public unease, says surprise government statement

January 4, 2018 — After swathes of forest clearance, millions of tonnes of concrete and decades of hydro-expansion, Brazil has raised hopes that it may finally step back from the construction of new mega-dams. Continue reading Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

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Pelicans float with an offshore oil platform in the background in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. The government plans to allow drilling in 90% of the outer continental shelf. Photograph: Mark J Terrill/AP

Ryan Zinke unveils plan to offer leases in Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic while environmental groups and some Republicans lead outcry

January 4, 2018 — The Trump administration has unveiled a plan that would open almost all US offshore territory to oil and gas drilling, including previously protected areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans. Continue reading Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

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A fisherman on a beach in Temuco, Chile that is blanketed with dead sardines, a result of algal blooms that suck oxygen out of the water. Photograph: Felix Marquez/AP

Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity

January 4, 2018 — Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have multiplied tenfold. Continue reading Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn