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As the debate over the Anthropocene – the proposed new geological age – continues, a new study argues the epoch actually started in 1610
A film uncovering and deploring the extent of air pollution and environmental degradation in China has started a national conversation
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet contains enough ice to raise the global sea level by 16 feet, and it could be melting faster than previously thought
Outlook is for fewer small quakes, but an increased risk from the ‘Big One’

Law of the wild

Sweden’s annual wolf hunt was only open for a few hours before a court closed the season. A few days and one court decision later, it was open again

Kiwis dry out

New Zealand suffered a record drought between 2012 and 2013, if current weather trends continue 2015 could prove to be even worse

Larsen’s rift

Larsen A and Larsen B ice shelves are long gone, breaking from the Antarctic Peninsula in 1995 and 2002 respectively. Now researchers at Swansea University suggest that Larsen C, big brother to the two vanished shelves, is cracking up
Basic ecology fieldwork techniques may allow indigenous groups to beat satellite data on carbon storage in the Amazon
The Global Calculator is a new online tool that lets anyone model future energy sources and carbon dioxide emissions, revealing potential ways to prevent a two-degree temperature rise
Plans for up to 400 turbines located 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast have been given consent by the UK government in what would be the country’s biggest source of renewable energy
The United Kingdom must appoint an ambassador for the Arctic region, or it risks becoming an irrelevance in decisions over the polar area’s future, a House of Lords report has concluded
In what has been seen as a key victory for environmentalists, President Obama has vetoed a controversial Canada-to-USA oil pipeline, citing issues related to ‘security, safety and [the] environment’
A monument to Britons who lost their lives for science in Antarctica has been unveiled on the waterfront in Stanley, Falkland Islands
Increasingly warm ocean temperatures are leading to coral bleaching on a global scale for only the third time in recorded history, and for the first time not during an El Niño period

A whale of a time

With the possibility of spectacular breaches and tail fluking, it is unsurprising that whale photography is growing in popularity in many global coastal resorts
Environmental stress causing young bees to mature too fast could be one of the major factors behind the disastrous decline of bee populations around the globe
America is facing ‘super-droughts’ on a scale that hasn’t been seen in a millennium
One in ten of Australia’s indigenous mammal species has become extinct in the past 200 years, according to a new survey of Australia’s native mammals

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