Climate change drives California’s forest fires

Since the 1970s, California wildfires have increased in size eight-fold, with the annual burned area growing by nearly 500%.

Mosquitoes hunt first by smell, then by eyesight

They track the CO2 you breathe out.

Rome, the eternal city – of trash

Italy’s capital is overflowing with trash and local authorities seem completely overwhelmed.

California goes electric on school buses

California takes another step in the right direction.

July could be hottest month ever after record in June

Get used to monthly “hottest month” updates.

Scotland produces enough wind energy to power itself twice

This year, Scotland generated enough wind energy to power nearly twice as many homes as there currently are in the country.

Decline of iconic London sparrow might be caused by malaria

Habitat destruction and urbanization certainly played a role, but malaria might have dealt the final blow.

Extreme heat to become the new normal in the US

A lot of hot days loom over the US.

Analysis of 19 million cats shows how our pets’ weight evolves throughout their lifetimes

“As humans, we know we need to strive to maintain a healthy weight, but for cats, there has not been a clear definition of what that is. We simply didn’t have the data,” the authors say.

Vikings cut down all of Iceland’s forests — the country is planting them anew

Since 2015, Iceland has planted around 1,000 hectares of forest (between three and four million trees).

Air pollution challenges solar power expansion in China

China’s pollution is ironically hurting its renewable energy technology.

China’s emissions soar despite remarkable climate action

The need for more ambition on climate action was once more highlighted following a new report on China’s greenhouse gas emissions. The country’s emissions reached 12.3 billion tons in 2014 – a 53.5% increase in just a decade.   The figures were part of a report filed to the United Nations by China, as part of its obligation to regularly

World’s largest container shipping company pledges carbon neutrality by 2050

Still a long way to go, but it’s an important step in the right direction.

By 2050, many cities will have hot weather like they’ve never seen

How hot will your area be in 2050?

Grasshoppers, silkworms, giant cicadas are a good source of antioxidants — if you eat them

“In the future, we might also adapt dietary regimens for insect rearing in order to increase their antioxidant content for animal or human consumption,” say the authors.

Decline in African forest elephants can raise atmospheric carbon dioxide

Everything is connected in nature — and negative effects cascade.

Stockholm says no to fashion week to explore more sustainable options

A laudable initiative from Sweden.

Research is getting to the root of climate change with bigger, deeper plant roots

“We are incredibly excited about this first discovery on the road to realizing the goals of the Harnessing Plants Initiative,” the authors say.

Fossil Friday: bird encased in amber has an unique, “extreme” toe

The bird’s hyper-elongated third toe is longer than its whole lower leg, the authors report.

Plant-based meat is about to get cheaper than animal meat

Veggie burgers — yay or nay?