Study Confirms Meteorite Caused Crater in India

In the vast desert of Kutch district, northwest India, where salt is harvested in colorful rectangular ponds, a circular feature in the otherwise flat Banni Plains has intrigued scientists for over a decade, with suspicions that it resulted from a meteorite impact remaining unconfirmed until recently. This crater, named Luna after the nearest village, measures… Continue reading Study Confirms Meteorite Caused Crater in India

Pigeons to Be Put on the Pill

The contraceptive pill revolutionized human society in the 1960s, ushering in the sexual revolution. Now, scientists are aiming to bring similar transformative effects to wildlife control. Trials are underway in the United Kingdom and other European countries to administer contraceptives to animals such as pigeons, squirrels, and wild boar. Deer and invasive parakeets are also… Continue reading Pigeons to Be Put on the Pill

What’s happening with global plastic treaty talks?

Global leaders are in Canada’s capital for the fourth round of negotiations towards what would become the first global treaty on soaring plastic pollution. The hoped-for treaty, due to be agreed to by the end of the year, could be the most significant deal relating to climate-warming emissions and environmental protection since the 2015 Paris… Continue reading What’s happening with global plastic treaty talks?

Let there be night: how light pollution is destroying our sky

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What if you never saw the stars again? In fact, you’ve probably never seen a real night sky in your entire life due to the damage that urban areas have on the light. We all find a starry night mesmerising. So why do we all ignore the immense issue that is progressively getting worse: Light… Continue reading Let there be night: how light pollution is destroying our sky

“We’re predicting that we’ll lose around 99 percent, possibly at least all the emperor penguins by the end of this century — that’s 75 years from now.”

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Record low sea ice in late 2023 led to breeding failures in one-fifth of Antarctica’s emperor penguin colonies. Emperor penguins suffered mass breeding failures due to record low sea ice in 2023, according to scientists with the British Antarctic Survey. “We’re predicting that we’ll lose around 99 percent, possibly at least all the emperor penguins… Continue reading “We’re predicting that we’ll lose around 99 percent, possibly at least all the emperor penguins by the end of this century — that’s 75 years from now.”

Electric vehicles will start to cut emissions and improve air quality in our cities – but only once they’re common

The first electric car (1832)

Electric vehicles are often seen as the panacea to cutting emissions – and air pollution – from transport. Is this view correct? Yes – but only once uptake accelerates. Despite the recent boom in EV purchases, they’re still a tiny minority of the cars on the road. We would get more immediate benefit by focusing on electrifying… Continue reading Electric vehicles will start to cut emissions and improve air quality in our cities – but only once they’re common

Lions in South Africa are being poisoned for their body parts

There are only around 22,000 lions left in Africa, compared to about 100,000 in 1965. Kruger National Park has some of the best access to wild animals in all of Africa and is possibly the most famous game reserve in the continent. South African National Parks – Sanparks – has acknowledged that poachers have poisoned… Continue reading Lions in South Africa are being poisoned for their body parts

Devon residents must boil tap water to avoid parasitic disease

Residents of Devon have been instructed to boil tap water before drinking it after 46 confirmed cases and over 100 suspected cases of parasitic disease in the water. The primarily waterborne parasite, cryptosporidium, informally known as “crypto”, can cause cryptosporidiosis, impacting between 3,000 and 6,000 people in the United Kingdom every year, with symptoms developing… Continue reading Devon residents must boil tap water to avoid parasitic disease

Plantable cutlery brings sustainable push to the table

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In a push to incorporate sustainable practices into everyday life, Dubai-based startup BloomSpoon has introduced recyclable cutlery made out of wheat straw that can be planted after use and blossom into herbs or vegetables. Plantable cutlery could one day blossom into an herb or vegetable. That’s because it’s not made from plastic – but wheat… Continue reading Plantable cutlery brings sustainable push to the table

Icelandic startup turns carbon dioxide into stone

Icelandic startup Carbfix is the world’s first CO2 mineral storage operator, permanently sequestering CO2 by mixing it with water and injecting into basalt rock. Transcript CARBFIX CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EDDA ARADOTTIR: “So Carbfix has developed a technology that mitigates climate change. What we do is we take CO2 that’s been captured either from point-source emissions… Continue reading Icelandic startup turns carbon dioxide into stone