Australia winemakers battle against warming

Dec 24, 2016

Australia winemakers battle against warming

When an unprecedented heatwave hit South Australia state, home to the world-renowned Barossa Valley winemaking region, viticulturists fretted about the impact on their grapes. The crops survived, but the extreme weather last year was a reminder of how climate change can hurt a resurgent ...

Mexico scrambles to save world's smallest porpoise

Dec 24, 2016

Mexico scrambles to save world's smallest porpoise

Mexican authorities and scientists are scrambling to save the world’s smallest porpoise, the vaquita marina, from extinction, capturing illegal “ghost” fishing nets while hoping to make specimens reproduce in captivity. The environment ministry recently said that the navy, conservation groups and fishermen removed 103 ...

Large cities key to achieving climate goals

Dec 10, 2016

Large cities key to achieving climate goals

The world’s big cities must collectively cut their carbon footprint by nearly half within a decade if global climate goals are to be met, according to an analysis unveiled on Dec. 1. Without aggressive measures by cities, the 196-nation Paris Agreement to curtail global ...

Zimbabwe crop farmers banking on science

Nov 26, 2016

Zimbabwe crop farmers banking on science

Under the scorching Zimbabwean sun, cattle seek shade among stunted thorn bushes in the drought-prone district of Zaka, where crops wither due to increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns. Severe lack of rain across southern Africa has hit the country hard, with government officials ...

Nov 7, 2016

Delhi shuts schools as smog sparks health 'emergency'

Authorities in Delhi on Monday closed schools, halted construction work and shut down a major power plant after days of choking smog led to warnings of a health “emergency” in the world’s most polluted capital. Pollution levels have spiked in recent days as farmers ...

Oct 22, 2016

Invasive insects cause tens of billions in damage

Invasive insects cause at least $77 billion (€69 billion) in damage every year, according to a recent study that says this figure is “grossly underestimated” because it covers only a fraction of the globe. Climate change is on track to boost the area affected ...

Eats shoots, rarely breeds: Pandas still at risk

Sep 24, 2016

Eats shoots, rarely breeds: Pandas still at risk

The giant panda may have been taken off the endangered species list, but the emblematic black and white bear still faces a plethora of risks, including epidemics and climate change, Chinese breeding centers say. Every morning, with the dawn light shimmering on their patchy ...