Environment

Humans delayed the onset of the Sahara desert by 500 years

Humans did not accelerate the decline of the ‘Green Sahara’ and may have managed to hold back the onset of the Sahara desert by...

Sustained Antarctic warming of just 2°C could melt the largest ice sheet on earth

New research on Antarctic sediment layers has shown that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS), also known as Antarctica’s ‘sleeping giant’, retreated during extended...

How we can turn plastic waste into green energy

In the adventure classic Back to the Future, Emmett “Doc” Brown uses energy generated from rubbish to power his DeLorean time machine. But while a...

Large-scale wind power causes more climatic impact than previously thought

Wind beats coal by any environmental measure, but that doesn't mean that its impacts are negligible When it comes to energy production, there's no such...
130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean

130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean

When nitrogen-based fertilizers flow into water bodies, the result can be deadly for marine life near shore, but what is the effect of nitrogen...

How air pollution harms your mental health

There is little debate over the link between air pollution and the human respiratory system: Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and...
Common weed killer may be killing bees

Common weed killer may be killing bees

The world’s most widely used weed killer may also be indirectly killing bees. New research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that honey...
Microplastics found in fifty percent of freshwater insects

Microplastics found in fifty percent of freshwater insects

Research led by Cardiff University's School of Biosciences has revealed that microplastics are widespread in insects from South Wales rivers. Microplastic fragments—pieces of plastic debris...

PCB pollution threatens to wipe out killer whales

More than 40 years after the first initiatives were taken to ban the use of PCBs, the chemical pollutants remain a deadly threat to...

How to make computers faster and climate friendly

Your smartphone is far more powerful than the NASA computers that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon in 1969, but it...