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?

Corals are moving away from the sweltering tropics — and establishing new reefs

Everybody seems to be running from the heat this summer.

Satellite imaging used to spot the largest seaweed bloom in the world

The record-breaking belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Earth has room for a trillion more trees — which might be our best bet against climate change

A new study shows that there’s still plenty of room for almost a billion hectares of forest.

Antarctic instability could raise sea levels by half a meter in 150 years

Currently, sea levels are 20 cm (almost 8 inches) above pre-industrial levels.

Ancient life is waking up from melting ice and permafrost

The permafrost is like a graveyard. Some of that graveyard is waking up.

Deforestation in Brazil continues to soar as current administration shows lack of interest

The all-too-familiar story about the rainforest versus economic development.

8 bird species have disappeared this decade or are on the brink of extinction

This includes the Spix’s Macaw, the lovely birds which inspired the main characters in Rio.

Contrails’ warming effect on the climate could triple by 2050

Contrail cirrus clouds have warmed the atmosphere more than all the carbon dioxide from planes since the dawn of aviation and will do so even more in the future.

Some extinct species of crocs were plant-eaters, fossil study reveals

Between three and six such species have existed in the past.

Researchers are one step closer to saving the northern white rhino from complete extinction

With only two females surviving in captivity, the species is functionally extinct.