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Shea Woodrow

Largest-Ever Climate Poll Shows 64% of Global Public Believes Warming Planet Is an ‘Emergency’

Nearly two-thirds of people around the world think climate change is a global emergency that warrants a serious response, according to the results of the Peoples’ Climate Vote, the largest survey of public opinion on the planetary crisis and policy solutions…

‘A remarkable phenomenon’: billions of cicadas set to emerge across eastern US

Billions of cicadas that have spent 17 years underground are set to emerge across large areas of the eastern US, bringing swarming numbers and loud mating calls to major towns and cities.

Ivory by any other name: Illegal trade thrives on eBay, study finds

A new study finds that ivory is still being regularly traded on eBay, despite the e-commerce site prohibiting this kind of trade. The study focused on the online trade of miniature Japanese sculptures called netsuke, which are traditionally made from…

BP’s oil exploration team swept aside in climate revolution

Its geologists, engineers and scientists have been cut to less than 100 from a peak of more than 700 a few years ago, company sources told Reuters, part of a climate change-driven overhaul triggered last year by CEO Bernard Looney….

Satellite images to aid elephant conservation from space

Conservationists have started using satellite imagery to count elephants from space, a technique that British experts hope will help protect threatened populations in Africa. Researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Bath said the use of algorithms,…

The US will rejoin the Paris climate agreement, but that was the easy part

President Joe Biden recommitted the US to the Paris climate accord during his first day in office, fulfilling one of his earliest campaign promises. In 30 days, the US will once again be part of the global accord. Rejoining the…

How AI helped find millions of trees in the Sahara

When a team of international scientists set out to count every tree in a large swathe of west Africa using AI, satellite images and one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, their expectations were modest. Previously, the area had registered…

More than 50 countries commit to protecting 30% of Earth’s land and oceans

A coalition of more than 50 countries has committed to protect almost a third of the planet by 2030 to halt the destruction of the natural world and slow extinctions of wildlife. The High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and…

Captive gorillas caught COVID-19. Here’s how to protect endangered species

As COVID-19 sweeps across the world, it is not only human populations that are under threat. It has long been suspected that the SARS-CoV2 virus that is responsible for the current pandemic could have the potential to transmit to our…

Our Forests Are on Track to Hit a Crucial Climate Tipping Point by 2050, Scientists Warn

  Forests and other land ecosystems today absorb 30 percent of humanity’s CO2 pollution, but rapid global warming could transform these natural ‘sinks’ into carbon ‘sources’ within a few decades, opening another daunting front in the fight against climate change, alarmed researchers have said….

Clothes washing linked to ‘pervasive’ plastic pollution in the Arctic

The Arctic is “pervasively” polluted by microplastic fibres that most likely come from the washing of synthetic clothes by people in Europe and North America, research has found. The most comprehensive study to date found the microplastics in 96 of 97 sea…

Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future of mass extinction’ and climate disruption

The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction, according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven’t grasped the urgency of…