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Will China's climate pledges be enough to achieve Xi Jinping's vision of a 'beautiful, green China'?
Net zero. It’s the phrase that polarises scientists and environmental campaigners like no other. For some, it’s the only game in town, the sole means by which humans will avoid catastrophic climate change and limit global warming to 1.5°C. For…
As the world gears up for COP26 in Glasgow, Marco Magrini charts the fortunes of the COP summits
So far, carbon offsets have focused mostly on tree-planting. But a marketplace for verified soil carbon credits is emerging, and it could bring significant change to agriculture
Australia has the highest per-capita use of rooftop solar power in the world and some of its states and territories are striding ahead with clean-energy initiatives, yet the federal government still keenly supports fossil fuels. So what’s up Down Under?
A growing tide of legal action is increasing pressure on fossil fuel companies
As climate change dysregulates weather patterns, cases of pest explosions could increase
Combining solar farms with biodiversity-boosting plants could result in a win–win situation for the environment
One company’s plan to drill for oil in the Okavango Delta is raising the ire of environmentalists. As we find out, the promises of community uplift through oil extraction is not always a pathway to prosperity
It’s surprisingly difficult to know why trees die, but understanding this natural process is critical for climate research 
Climate change is bringing earlier, dangerous 'false springs', longer summers and shorter winters
Founded in the USA by Denis Hayes, Earth Day became a global initiative in 1990 when it extended its activities to 141 countries. Today it’s claimed to reach an estimated one billion people across more than 190 countries. Nic Davies…
History is littered with examples of fungi helping to digest the detritus and contaminants left by humans. New challenges could reinvigorate the field
The Great Plains of the USA are once again getting dustier, highlighting the complicated nature of environmental policies
Attempts to build a digital twin of the Earth could lead to the democratisation of climate and environmental data 
Researchers have identified the extent of microplastic contamination throughout the Everest region. Their expedition charts the extent of environmental change and pollution in one of the world’s most sensitive and remote places
Advances in space-based lightning mapping have allowed scientists to measure flash extent and duration over broader ranges. The development has led to the discovery of 'megaflashes' – vast electrical surges that discharge over long distances and durations

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