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Top Scientist To World: Second Trump Terms Means ‘Game Over’ For Climate

6 Mins Read By: Mark Hertsgaard Michael Mann, one of the world’s most eminent climate experts, says Earth’s future ‘is in the hands of American citizens’. Michael Mann, one of the most eminent climate scientists in the world, believes averting climate catastrophe on a global scale would be “essentially impossible” if Donald Trump is re-elected. A professor at Penn State […]

A Trump Re-election May Cost Us The Climate Fight

7 Mins Read By: Oliver Milman  The US will officially exit the Paris accord one day after the 2020 US election and architects of that deal say the stakes could not be higher. It was a balmy June day in 2017 when Donald Trump took to the lectern in the White House Rose Garden to announce the US withdrawal from […]

Living Near Oil & Gas Wells While Pregnant Linked To Low Baby Birthweight

4 Mins Read By: Nina Lakhani Risk is greater in rural areas, according to study of nearly 3 million births over 10 years. Living near active oil and gas wells during pregnancy increases the risk of low-birthweight babies, especially in rural areas, according to the largest study of its kind. Researchers analysed the records of nearly 3 million […]

Meat-Free Future? Sustainable Farms See Jump In Business Amid Covid-19

5 Mins Read By: Amanda Holpuch Supply chain problems and workplace infection risks mean experts are urging US producers to focus on sustainability. Americans are nearing a future where the nation’s beloved steak dinners, cheeseburgers and barbecue are under threat, if the world’s second largest meat processor is to be believed. Tyson Foods warned “the food supply chain […]

Ocean Plastic Was Choking Chile’s Shores. Now It’s In Patagonia’s Hats

4 Mins Read By: Charis McGowan A startup is recycling tonnes of discarded fishing nets throughout Chile. Is this a template for tackling the global plastic waste problem?  In Tumbes, a village in southern Chile, discarded plastic fishing nets are crammed into gaps between parked cars and market stalls, evidence of a global waste problem that the town is […]

Could Microsoft’s Climate Crisis ‘Moonshot’ Plan Really Work?

8 Mins Read By: Oscar Schwartz The tech giant’s pledge to go carbon negative by 2030 leans heavily on nascent technology such as machines that suck carbon out of the air. Microsoft drew widespread praise in January this year after Brad Smith, the company’s president, announced their climate “moonshot”. While other corporate giants, such as Amazon and Walmart, were pledging […]

Leaked JP Morgan Report Warns Of “Catastrophic” Climate Crisis Threat

3 Mins Read In a leaked document sent to the Guardian and obtained by Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Rupert Read, JP Morgan’s economists warns clients that the climate crisis threatens the survival of humanity. The report contradicts the bank’s own investment strategy as the world’s largest financier of fossil fuels, and acknowledges that the business-as-usual is driving the planet […]

“I’ve Lost Friends”: The Young Climate Strikers Forced To Go It Alone

4 Mins Read By: Jessica Murray Activism can be lonely in rural areas, but social media lets lone children’s voices be amplified. In a remote village in north Norfolk, nine-year-old Amelia Bradbury has been standing alone outside her school gates every Friday for months. Like hundreds of thousands of young people across the world, she is following Greta Thunberg’s […]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Swedish Teenage Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

4 Mins Read It has been over a year since Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg made headlines when she staged her first school strike for climate change outside the Stockholm parliament building. The young climate activist has now become a global environmental figurehead, spearheading the planetwide #FridaysForFuture movement with millions of students following her footsteps to demand climate action […]

It’s Raining Plastic: Microplastics Are Falling From The Sky, Scientists Find

2 Mins Read Forget Purple Rain, we are now experiencing plastic rain. Researchers have discovered a plethora of multi-coloured microscopic plastic fibres in rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains in the United States. The recently published study raises awareness about the extent of our plastic pollution. Plastic waste is not just pervasive in the planet’s rivers, soil, […]