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Brazil’s Worst Month Ever for Forest Fires Blamed on Human Activity

Brazil’s Worst Month Ever for Forest Fires Blamed on Human Activity

Brazil has seen more forest fires in September than in any single month since records began, and authorities have warned that 2017 could surpass the worst year on record if action is not taken soon. Experts say that the blazes are almost exclusively due to human activity, and they attribute the uptick to the expansion of agriculture and a … Read More

The Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies

The Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies

The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. “Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just as endangered [as wildlife] and are getting almost no attention,” said Ann Tutwiler, director general of… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Just Hit Its Eighth-Lowest Minimum Ever Recorded

Arctic Sea Ice Just Hit Its Eighth-Lowest Minimum Ever Recorded

The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer. Climate change is pushing temperatures up most rapidly in the polar regions and left the extent of Arctic sea ice at 1.79 million square miles at the end of the summer melt season. This is the time when it reaches its lowest area for the year, before … Read More

Here Are Three Ways Nanomaterials Could Help Combat Climate Change

Here Are Three Ways Nanomaterials Could Help Combat Climate Change

The list of environmental problems that the world faces may be huge, but some strategies for solving them are remarkably small. First explored for applications in microscopy and computing, nanomaterials — materials made up of units that are each thousands of times smaller than the thickness of a human hair — are emerging as useful for tackling … Read More

Here’s How Climate Change Could Turn U.S. Real Estate Prices Upside Down

Here’s How Climate Change Could Turn U.S. Real Estate Prices Upside Down

If Florida gleaned anything from Hurricane Andrew, the intensely powerful storm that tore a deadly trail of destruction across Miami-Dade County almost exactly 25 years to the day that Hurricane Harvey barreled into the Texas coastline, it was that living in areas exposed to the wrath of Mother Nature can come at a substantial cost. At the time… Read More

Here’s How Climate Change is a ‘Death Sentence’ in Afghanistan’s Highlands

Here’s How Climate Change is a ‘Death Sentence’ in Afghanistan’s Highlands

The central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country’s cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked mountains, set against blistering blue skies. In this spectacular, harsh landscape, one can pinpoint more or less where human settlement becomes impossible: at an altitude… Read More

Can Business Save the World from Climate Change?

Can Business Save the World from Climate Change?

“We are still in.” On June 5, 2017, with these four words a group of U.S. businesses and investors with a combined annual revenue of $1.4 trillion sent a powerful message to the world: U.S. president Donald Trump may have withdrawn from the Paris agreement on climate change four days earlier, but corporate America was not following suit. “We Are… Read More

Alaska Towns At Risk from Rising Seas Sound Alarm

Alaska Towns At Risk from Rising Seas Sound Alarm

The U.S. government’s withdrawal from dealing with, or even acknowledging, climate change may have provoked widespread opprobrium, but for Alaskan communities at risk of toppling into the sea, the risks are rather more personal. The Trump administration has moved to dismantle climate adaptation programs including the Denali Commission, an … Read More