Environment

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Author: 

insects - pollution -wild life
Show

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.  ... Read more about Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Level: 

Category: 

Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world, NASA says

Author: 

drought - dry land
Show

A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies.

The results, which are probably a combination of the effects of climate change, vast human withdrawals of groundwater and simple natural changes, could have profound consequences if they continue, pointing to a situation in which some highly populous regions could struggle to find enough water in the future. ... Read more about Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world, NASA says

Level: 

Category: 

Which cities face most, least air pollution according to new WHO data

Author: 

WHO
Nigeria pollution air pollution
Show

(CNN)Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills 7 million people each year, according to a new study from the World Health Organization.

The study is an analysis of what the WHO says is the world's most comprehensive database on ambient air pollution. The organization collected the data from more than 4,300 cities and 108 countries. ... Read more about Which cities face most, least air pollution according to new WHO data

Level: 

Category: 

The world’s bleak climate situation, in 3 charts

Author: 

David Roberts
fossil fuel chart -fossil fuel chart visualization
Show

We’re currently heading for around 3 degrees of warming

Global average temperatures have risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times. At current rates, they could exceed 1.5 degrees by 2030. And global greenhouse gas emissions, after a brief lull from 2014 to 2016, are rising again. ... Read more about The world’s bleak climate situation, in 3 charts

Level: 

Category: 

Pollution Sources in China Increased More Than 50 Percent in Eight Years

Author: 

Olivia Rosane
pollution-sources-china
Show

The number of pollution sources in China has gone up by more than 50 percent since 2010, Reuters reported Thursday, indicating that the country still has a lot of work to do in its efforts to clean up its environment. ... Read more about Pollution Sources in China Increased More Than 50 Percent in Eight Years

Geographic Area: 

Category: 

Level: 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought

Author: 

George Dvorsky
floating trash-water pollution- Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Show

For years, scientists have been tracking a large accumulation of floating trash, mostly bits of plastic, in the north Pacific ocean called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” or the “trash vortex.” This region, according to the latest research, has more lost and discarded plastic inside it than previous surveys suggested—like, a lot more. And it’s still growing. ... Read more about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought

Level: 

Category: 

Water-smart agriculture could cut migration risk - FAO

Author: 

Nicole Hoey | Thomson Reuters Foundation
 collect water-drought - water crises
Show

Two-thirds of the world's people suffer some water scarcity for part of each year

By Nicole Hoey

LONDON, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water stress is increasingly driving migration around the world, but efforts to adapt to worsening shortages could help, a new U.N. study suggests.

Water stress - not just shortages, but water-quality issues - is expected to drive more people from their communities permanently and cause rapid growth of cities, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). ... Read more about Water-smart agriculture could cut migration risk - FAO

Level: 

Category: 

World leaders sound alarm over global water crisis

Author: 

PAMELA FALK
global water crisis
Show

UNITED NATIONS -- The World Bank and the U.N. are sounding the alarm over a global water crisis. A joint report released Wednesday says that 40 percent of the world's population is affected by water scarcity. ... Read more about World leaders sound alarm over global water crisis

Level: 

Category: 

Research Highlight: Acid Ocean Poses Increased Reef Loss Risk

Acid Ocean -  Reef Loss Risk
Show

Scripps researcher Tyler Cyronak and test chambers in a study of ocean acidification effects on coral reef sediments in Bermuda

 

Much of the sediment that serves as the foundation of most coral reef ecosystems could begin to erode within 30 years as a result of increasing ocean acidity, according to new research. ... Read more about Research Highlight: Acid Ocean Poses Increased Reef Loss Risk

Geographic Area: 

Category: 

Level: 

New maps show the utterly massive imprint of fishing on the world’s oceans

global fishing
Show

Humans are now fishing at least 55 percent of the world’s oceans — an area four times larger than the area occupied by humanity’s onshore agriculture. ... Read more about New maps show the utterly massive imprint of fishing on the world’s oceans

Category: 

Level: 

Pages