CLIMATE

Huge growth in meat consumption in China leads new study to conclude ‘rising global demand for meat and dairy produce means emissions will continue to rise’

Burn moor, or less?

An authoritative study has revealed the environmental effects of moorland burning. The Effects of Moorland Burning on the Ecohydrology of River basins project (EMBER), adds to a debate over grouse moor management
The UK’s first set of publicly-funded studies into climate intervention have dealt a blow to supporters of geoengineering projects, with results finding problems converting theories into successful possibilities
China’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are making no progress due to its rapid economic growth, says new research from the University of East Anglia
Freak weather has encouraged a plague of olive parasites to destroy this year’s harvest
With increasing pressure on agriculture, climate, population numbers and health, a much needed panacea for humanity’s manifold crises may be just a bite away
When extreme weather hits a country, food shortages follow. A report by the University of Oxford examined four events and concluded that authorities in all those countries were unprepared for such extreme weather and, as a result, citizens suffered

Ozone layer healing

The ozone layer is on track to recover in the next few decades, according to the first comprehensive report on its health in over four years
High-end CO2 emission scenarios continue to predominate global warming forecasts, according to the Global Carbon Project. Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production grew 2.3 per cent to a record high of 36.1 billion tonnes in 2013
‘The industrial side was saying, “We’re just using food additives, basically making ice cream here.” On the other side, there’s talk about the injection of thousands of toxic chemicals’
The airline industry is growing so fast that it will easily outpace carbon reduction efforts, according to a University of Southampton study
A new study warns that there is a strong link between Buruli ulcer outbreaks in French Guiana and changes in rainfall patterns
Scientists at Cornell University have predicted that the US Southwest faces a 20–50 per cent chance of experiencing a decades-long ‘megadrought’ this century
The so-called ‘hiatus’ in the rate of global warming between 1998 and 2013 is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters
A new study published in Scientific Reports has put forward a novel theory to explain the origin of the Quaternary ice age, which covered large parts of the Northern Hemisphere 2.6 million years ago
The first known mass extinction in the history of complex life was caused by a series of eruptions in what is now Australia
A new study has found that tropical cyclones are reaching their peak intensity farther from the equator than in the past

The green dragon awakens

China has achieved remarkable economic success following the principle of developing first and cleaning up later. But now the country with the world's worst environmental record is changing its ways

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