/ Mar 24, 2017

Coral reefs in hot water: study

A spike in water temperature lasting only days bleached all the coral in a South China Sea atoll and killed 40 percent of the tiny organisms within weeks, researchers reported Thursday. The surge of 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 Fahrenheit) at Dongsha Atoll in June ...

U.S. issues trade challenge at fraught G-20

Mar 19, 2017

U.S. issues trade challenge at fraught G-20

The United States on Saturday challenged long-standing global principles surrounding free trade, refusing to renew past anti-protectionist pledges and threatening to reopen negotiations on World Trade Organization deals. In a first sign of what Donald Trump’s “America First” push spells for the world, finance ...

Mar 19, 2017

Gist of Group of 20 finance chiefs' communique

In the communique released Saturday after a two-day meeting of Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers, the finance chiefs: Drop a pledge to resist all forms of protectionism. Vow to “strengthen the contribution of trade” to their economies. Say excess volatility and ...

U.N. reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

/ Mar 2, 2017

U.N. reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

The U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization published the highest temperatures on record in three Antarctic zones Wednesday, setting a benchmark for studying how climate change is affecting this crucial region. Mapping Antarctica’s extremes is essential for understanding weather patterns, and teasing out natural climate variability ...

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

Feb 23, 2017

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

High-rise wooden buildings, led by The Tree, a 52.8-meter (173-foot) apartment block in Norway, are claiming a place on city skylines as the timber industry challenges the supremacy of concrete and steel. New, ultra-strong wood materials are creating a small but fast-growing market for ...