Canada army deployed for hurricane cleanup

Canada deployed soldiers on Monday to help clean up widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona, which left three people dead in the country’s Atlantic provinces. More than 260,000 people were still without electricity in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island ...

Boost climate action or we'll see you in court, activists tell govts

Governments around the world must scale up climate action “or face further legal action”, an open letter from campaign groups warned Tuesday, as battles over policies to cut emissions and protect the environment are increasingly fought in the courts. ...

Blinken urges Pakistan to seek China debt relief after floods

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Monday on Pakistan to seek debt relief from its close partner China as floods devastate the South Asian country. Blinken promised strong US support for Pakistan as it dries out from the ...

Rare protest in China tech hub over Covid lockdown

Dozens of people have taken part in a rare protest in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen, social media footage shows, after officials announced a snap lockdown over a handful of Covid cases. The megacity of more than ...

An ocean inside the Earth? Water hundreds of kilometers down

The transition zone (TZ) is the name given to the boundary layer that separates the Earth’s upper mantle and the lower mantle. It is located at a depth of 410 to 660 kilometres. The immense pressure of up to ...

Hong Kongers hail end of quarantine 'nightmare'; Taiwan scraps travel quarantine

Hong Kong’s decision to lift quarantine rules on Friday sparked jubilation among many residents, as well as frustration that the decision to reopen to the world did not happen sooner. Once one of the most internationally connected cities, Hong ...

Solomons leader claims neutrality to UN but defends China ties

Solomon Islands leader Manasseh Sogavare on Friday told the United Nations his South Pacific country remains neutral despite growing ties with China, charging that he has been “vilified” for the relationship with Beijing. The sprawling archipelago switched diplomatic recognition ...

NASA, First Street Foundation announce collaboration on climate risk research

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, along with the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, have partnered with science and technology nonprofit First Street Foundation to enhance climate risk modeling, promote applied science ...

Snow: Two weeks less on average in mountain areas than in 1982

Two years ago, an initial study of global snow cover announced how in 78 percent of mountain areas, snowfall had declined over the past 20 years. To bolster these observations, the same author has now extended the start of ...

The Earth's newest secret

It isn’t every day that we learn something that fundamentally changes how we understand our world. But for UC Santa Barbara Earth scientist Matthew Jackson and the thousands of volcanologists across the globe, such a revelation has occurred. While ...

New Curtin-led research discovers the heart of our evolution

Researchers have discovered a 380-million-year-old heart – the oldest ever found – alongside a separate fossilised stomach, intestine and liver in an ancient jawed fish, shedding new light on the evolution of our own bodies. The new research, published ...

Canada counts damage after Fiona; Cuba and Florida brace for storm Ian

Parts of eastern Canada suffered “immense” devastation, officials said Sunday after powerful storm Fiona swept houses into the sea and caused major power outages, as the Caribbean and Florida braced for intensifying Tropical Storm Ian. Fiona, a post-tropical cyclone ...

NASA and Google team up to better track local air pollution

NASA and Google broadened an existing partnership to help local governments improve their monitoring and prediction of air quality for better decision making. The expanded collaboration looks to develop advanced machine learning-based algorithms that link NASA data with Google ...

Hurricane Fiona leaves one dead in Dominican Republic after ravaging Puerto Rico

Hurricane Fiona dumped torrential rain on the Dominican Republic and left one person there dead on Monday after triggering major flooding in Puerto Rico and widespread power blackouts across both Caribbean islands. The storm strengthened to a Category Two ...

As tiny Tuvalu sinks, PM fights to save the archipelago's identity

The flag of Tuvalu contains nine yellow stars — one for each of the islands that make up the tiny Pacific archipelago, home to some 11,000 people. Today, however, two of those atolls are on the verge of being ...

Chimpanzee stone tool diversity

During fieldwork aimed at documenting the stone tool use of a group of wild chimpanzees in the Tai Forest in Cote d’Ivoire in early 2022, the researchers identified and 3D scanned a variety of stone tools used to crack ...

Pacific atoll nations launch global plan to preserve heritage

Pacific atoll nations on Wednesday launched a new global partnership to preserve their sovereignty and heritage as their countries disappear under rising seas triggered by climate change. The Rising Nations Initiative was announced at an event on the sidelines ...

541-million-year-old 3D fossil algae reveal modern-looking ancestry of the plant kingdom

Paleontologists have identified a new genus and species of algae called Protocodium sinense which predates the origin of land plants and modern animals and provides new insight into the early diversification of the plant kingdom. Discovered at a site ...

US cracks down on potent class of greenhouse gases

US senators voted Wednesday to sign on to a global agreement to drastically cut the use of a group of powerful greenhouse gasses commonly found in refrigerators and air conditioners. The super-pollutants, known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), can be hundreds ...

Major quake hits Mexico on anniversary of deadly tremors

A powerful earthquake struck western Mexico on Monday, leaving at least one person dead and sparking panic hundreds of kilometers away in Mexico City on the anniversary of two devastating tremors. The quake — magnitude 7.7 according to the ...

Disease, malnutrition threaten to raise Pakistan flood toll: UN

The water-borne diseases and malnutrition that are plaguing swathes of Pakistan after record monsoon floods threaten to be more deadly than the initial deluge, UN officials warned on Wednesday. Pakistan has been lashed by unprecedented monsoon downpours flooding a ...

Amnesty slams Egypt rights strategy as 'propaganda' ahead of COP27

Egyptian authorities “have continued to stifle freedoms” in the year since launching a national human rights strategy, Amnesty International said Wednesday, six weeks before Egypt hosts the COP27 climate summit. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi launched the rights strategy in ...

Looking for reasons to be cheerful about climate action

With a sunny smile to the camera Alaina Wood delivers a burst of “good climate news” to her young TikTok audience, trying to reassure them that it is not too late for action on global warming. This cheerfulness is ...

New MSU research: How nature handles Earth's nitrogen

Nitrogen may not get the same level of attention as its neighbors on the periodic table, carbon and oxygen. But like its neighbors, it’s an element we can’t live without. Nitrogen compounds have important roles in biology, including lowering ...

More than 150 dead in Niger rainy season floods

Severe floods in Niger after months of heavy downpours have killed 159 people, authorities said Monday, marking one of the deadliest rainy seasons in history for a normally arid state. The landlocked Sahel state’s annual rainy season typically runs ...

230 pilot whales stranded in Australia, 'about half' feared dead

A pod of 230 pilot whales was found stranded on the rugged west coast of Tasmania Wednesday, with Australian officials saying only half appeared to be alive. Aerial images showed a devastating scene of dozens of black glossy mammals ...

Two dead, more than 3,000 buildings damaged in Mexico earthquake

Two people were killed and more than 3,000 buildings were damaged by a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico on the anniversary of two devastating tremors, authorities said Tuesday. A woman died of injuries caused by a falling ...

Air strikes, floods displace Nigeria jihadists

Hundreds of Boko Haram jihadists have fled a forest enclave in northeast Nigeria, escaping air strikes by the military and floods from torrential rains to seek shelter on Niger’s side of Lake Chad, sources told AFP. Northeast Nigeria is ...

Tonga volcano erupts eight times in two days

A volcano north of Tonga’s main island has erupted eight times in the past 48 hours, according to the Pacific nation’s geological service, which has warned mariners to keep their distance Tuesday. The Home Reef volcano has been erupting ...

How many ants are on Earth? 20 quadrillion, study says

There are at least 20 quadrillion ants on Earth, according to a new study that says even that staggering figure likely underestimates the total population of the insects, which are an essential part of ecosystems around the world. Determining ...

Study: Injured brain's ability to heal may hinge on time of day, circadian rhythms

An injured brain’s ability to heal may hinge on the time of day, a new study suggests. That’s according to research findings that appeared Monday in the journal eNeuro. The study found that a type of brain cell able ...

Strong quake strikes eastern Taiwan, tsunami threat lifted

A strong earthquake struck southeastern Taiwan on Sunday, killing at least one person, bringing down a handful of buildings and tearing up roads — but forecasters said the threat of a regional tsunami had passed. The quake hit at ...

Seven dead in Indonesia mine landslide: district chief

Indonesian rescuers have recovered seven bodies after a landslide at an illegal gold mine buried an estimated 20 people, officials said on Saturday. The victims were mining gold on a bare hillside when the landslide triggered by heavy rains ...

Dragon boat contest ditches Hong Kong over Covid restrictions

The world’s top dragon boat competition will ditch Hong Kong in favour of Thailand next year due to the city’s stringent coronavirus rules, organisers announced on Saturday. Hong Kong is trying to reboot its pandemic-hit sports scene even as ...

27 people killed in China quarantine bus crash

Twenty-seven people died en route to a Covid-19 quarantine facility when their bus crashed in southwest China on Sunday, local authorities said, in the country’s deadliest road accident this year. The crash took place on a highway in rural ...

Rain and landslides kill 48 in Nepal and India

Heavy monsoon rains and landslides have killed almost 50 people in Nepal and India in recent days, authorities said on Sunday. In western Nepal at least 22 people died after landslides buried more than 100 houses on Friday, police ...

134 dead, scores of homes wiped out in Sudan seasonal floods

Flooding in Sudan has killed at least 134 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes in the northeast African country’s ongoing wet season, police said on Thursday. Heavy rains usually fall between May and October in Sudan, which ...

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, the reluctant businessman

Yvon Chouinard built an empire with his outdoor gear brand Patagonia, but the nature enthusiast has never done business like anyone else. And now, aged 83, he’s just taken his most drastic step: he has decided to give away ...

Kerry urges rich-poor unity on climate effort ahead of UN talks

US climate envoy John Kerry on Thursday urged African countries to help overcome divisions between rich and poor nations at the upcoming UN COP27 talks. Meeting African environment ministers, Kerry acknowledged the historic role of wealthy countries in stoking ...

Report: Fossil fuel industry funds research to weaken climate change messaging

According to an investigative report published Thursday in the British Medical Journal, fossil fuel companies have provided money to elite American universities to fund research that weakens messages on climate change and protects the interests of fossil fuel providers. ...


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Fire engulfs skyscraper in China's Changsha city

Leading scientists develop space tech platform to track carbon in every tree

Typhoon Muifa lashes eastern China, forcing 1.6 million from their homes

Hong Kong office vacancies double after protests, pandemic

Papua New Guinea quake toll rises to 10

Researchers identify neurons that specialize in remembering speed and location

Patagonia founder gives away company to save planet

'Don't drown' the world: UN chief makes urgent climate appeal

New fossil found in China answers some questions about apes' evolutionary chain

All Shanghai passenger flights cancelled as typhoon nears

Researchers determine optimal method to soothe crying baby

Portugal court acquits all in homicide trial, 5 years after worst wildfire

MEPs toughen EU law on deforestation

Booming gun ownership triggers fears for Brazil vote

More Australia floods 'very real possibility' as third straight La Nina declared

Volunteers lead desperate bid to reach PNG quake victims

What killed dinosaurs and other life on earth?

11 Iranian pilgrims and their driver killed in Iraq crash

Bin-opening cockatoos enter 'arms race' with humans

Indonesia, Norway ink deal to reward rainforest protection

New wildfire spreading in central California mountains

Egypt environment groups in 'fear' ahead of COP27: HRW

Homes 'swept away' in deadly S.Africa mine dam collapse

Five dead in 'massive' Papua New Guinea quake

Homes 'swept away' after S.Africa mine dam burst

Scientists discover how air pollution triggers lung cancer

Could more of Earth's surface host life?

Syrian refugees in Turkey plan caravan to reach EU

Mexican lawmakers approve contentious security reform

'Very strong' Typhoon Muifa approaches Japan southern islands

Iran says 25 were arrested during water protests last month

Risk of climate tipping points escalates at 1.5C warming: study

UN chief in Pakistan to boost flood aid for devastated millions

Hong Kong extends digital vaccine pass to kids as young as five

All eyes on army as Brazil heads for elections

Middle East heating nearly twice as fast as global average: report

Fears for rule of law in Kiribati as top judges suspended

In Liz Truss's seat, pride collides with UK's economic pain

Many may already have 'starved to death' in Somalia: WHO

Australia passes landmark climate change bill

S.Africa's Kruger Park sees drop in rhino numbers

Study finds surge in illegal gold mining in Brazil

Drought causes Yangtze to shrink

Global fish stocks can't rebuild if nothing done to halt climate change and overfishing

Discovery of new types of microfossils may answer an age-old scientific question

China earthquake death toll rises to 74

Shame, misery as Pakistan floods destroy toilets; UN preparing for worse

African leaders slam Western absence from climate summit

Rescuers search for survivors after dozens killed in China quake

Brazil judge suspends easing of gun laws, citing election violence fears

Army taking on gangs in Colombia's biggest port

Iraq powers agree to work towards snap elections following unrest

A ruff deal: Hong Kong exodus sparks surge in abandoned pets

Pregnant women caught in Pakistan floods desperate for aid

Scandals, Covid, deforestation: Brazil under Bolsonaro

Death toll from Sudan floods hits 112

At least six killed in Afghanistan earthquake

Mississippi capital struggles without running water

Thousands told to evacuate as rapid wildfire spreads in California

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