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Cleaner shipping fuel is contributing to ocean warming, scientists say


Shipping fuel regulations introduced in 2020 have led to a substantial cut in sulphur dioxide (SO2) pollution, but may also have made the ocean warmer by reducing cloud cover, according to a modeling study. International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules to tackle marine pollution forced shippers to cut their fuel sulphur… Read


Europe's battered Green movement tries to salvage climate agenda


Millions of young people took to the streets across Europe in 2019 demanding action to fight climate change, helping Green parties secure their best ever EU election results and giving them influence over climate policies Brussels has passed since. That looks set to change. Polls suggest Greens will perform worse… Read


Climate change is causing marine ‘coldwaves’ too, killing wildlife


The effects of ocean warming are profound and well-documented. But sometimes changes in the patterns of winds and ocean currents cause seawater to suddenly cool, instead. Surface temperatures can plummet rapidly — by 10ºC or more over a day or two. When these conditions persist for several days or weeks, the… Read


How global warming is reshaping winter life in Canada


As we begin to emerge out of yet another mild winter, Canadians are once again being reminded of just how acutely global warming has changed Canada’s winter climate. The impacts of this mild winter were felt across the country and touched all aspects of winter culture. From melting ice castles at… Read


From New York to Jakarta, land in many coastal cities sinking faster than sea levels are rising


Sea level rise has already put coastal cities on notice thanks to increasing storm surges and even sunny day flooding at high tide. These challenges will continue to grow because global projections point to a mean sea level rise of at least one foot above year-2000 levels by the end of this century. However,… Read


Japan has a big plastic waste problem


Since the first synthetic plastic was invented in 1907, an explosion in the world’s population and increased consumerism over the last century have led to a massive demand for — and the production of — plastic. We’re beginning to grapple with just what to do with all this plastic now… Read


The Sahara Desert used to be a green savannah – new research explains why


Algeria’s Tassili N’Ajjer plateau is Africa’s largest national park. Among its vast sandstone formations is perhaps the world’s largest art museum. Over 15,000 etchings and paintings are exhibited there, some as much as 11,000 years old according to scientific dating techniques, representing a unique ethnological and climatological record of the region. Curiously,… Read


Genetically modified crops aren’t a solution to climate change, despite what biotech industry says


The European Commission launched a proposal in July to deregulate a large number of plants manufactured using new genetic techniques. Despite extraordinary attempts by the Spanish presidency to force a breakthrough, EU members have not yet reached a consensus on this plan. But if the proposal were to be approved, these plants… Read


Kanazawa's urban Japanese gardens look to the future, water, well-being and youth


In recent months, both the Japanese and international press have extensively covered the Jingu Gaien Redevelopment Project. People have recently protested at the redevelopment site, concerned about the future of this historic urban green space and the potential negative environmental impacts of the project. The controversy around this project illustrates… Read


Here’s how your cup of coffee contributes to climate change


Global coffee consumption has been increasing steadily for almost 30 years. With a daily average consumption of 2.7 cups of coffee per person, coffee is now Canada’s most popular drink. It is estimated that around two billion cups of coffee are consumed daily worldwide. This demand has led to considerable diversification in the… Read

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