Renewables can't deliver Paris climate goals

Feb 11, 2017

Renewables can't deliver Paris climate goals

Expansion of renewable energy cannot by itself stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists have warned recently. Even if solar and wind capacity continues to grow at breakneck speed, it will not be fast enough to cap global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, the target ...

Feb 5, 2017

Usually sweltering Qatar suffers its coldest ever day

The desert state of Qatar recorded the lowest ever temperature in the country’s history Sunday — just 1.5 degrees Celsius — according to a statement posted online by state media. Abu Samra weather station in the southwest of the country recorded the temperature, equivalent ...

Shopping habits hurt endangered species

Jan 21, 2017

Shopping habits hurt endangered species

The hidden danger to wildlife posed by imported consumer goods — an espresso coffee in Beijing, a tofu salad in Chicago — can now be pinpointed and measured, researchers have announced. Crunching huge amounts of data, they unveiled a global “threat map” detailing the ...

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 ...