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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
Significant changes are taking place in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events in central India, increasing the risk of drought and flood in one of the world’s most densely populated regions
Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more of the gas, accelerating climate change
New analysis of temperature records dating back to 1500 all but rules out possibility that global warming during the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the Earth’s climate
New study published in Nature Geoscience establishes link between atmospheric dust and strength of monsoon rains falling on Indian subcontinent

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