The probability of human extinction is frighteningly high, scientists calculate
Nature & Science

The probability of human extinction is frighteningly high, scientists calculate

Scientists have calculated the odds of humanity going extinct in a report that makes for frightening reading. In a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, a team of academics from the University of Oxford worked out an ‘upper bound for the background rate of human extinction’. This means that ‘anthropogenic’ or human-caused apocalypses were…

Australia’s Terrifying Bushfires Remind Us Climate Change Is Here
Climate Change

Australia’s Terrifying Bushfires Remind Us Climate Change Is Here

Photo: GettyBushfires are raging through southeastern Australia and have possibly killed hundreds of koalas at one nature reserve. This comes as firefighters finally contain California’s Kincade Fire in Wine Country and as Friday marks the first anniversary of the deadly Camp Fire in California. Climate change is affecting all parts of the globe, and it…

Heineken becomes latest brewer to ditch plastic six-pack rings in UK
Environmental News

Heineken becomes latest brewer to ditch plastic six-pack rings in UK

Brewing giant Heineken has become the latest beer firm to replace the plastic ‘six-pack rings’ with an environmentally friendly alternative in a bid to reduce plastic pollution. The firm will replace the plastic rings, which hold multiple cans together, with a “topper” made from recycled cardboard and will eliminate the use of shrink-wrapping from its…

Climate groups can’t run ads about global warming on Twitter, but Exxon can
Environmental News

Climate groups can’t run ads about global warming on Twitter, but Exxon can

Twitter is enduring criticism this week related to its newly-announced ban on political ads, which will bar advertising on topics related to “legislative issues” like immigration or global warming .While Twitter’s policy would ostensibly block environmental groups from running ads about global warming, Exxon has still been allowed to run Twitter ads related to climate…

Berkeley scientists develop better batteries for storing renewable energy
Green Energy

Berkeley scientists develop better batteries for storing renewable energy

Most renewable energy researchers are focusing on a type of battery called a flow battery for storing energy, in which electricity is stored in a tank of liquid electrolyte. However, making this technology cost-effective on the scale required for the power grid has proven challenging.Researchers at Berkeley are helping with this problem through the development…

Pangolins threatened by criminal networks in southern Africa
Conservation

Pangolins threatened by criminal networks in southern Africa

Pangolins are under threat from illegal trafficking networks, conservationists said on Wednesday, as they urged southern African countries to step up protection of one of the world’s most smuggled mammals.Around 100 000 pangolins are plucked from the wild each year in Africa and Asia, according to conservation group WildAid.The flesh of these endangered scaled mammals…

Plants and Fungi Together Could Slow Climate Change by Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere
Nature & Science

Plants and Fungi Together Could Slow Climate Change by Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere

A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. Restoring these ecosystems could be one strategy to slow climate change. Human-induced transformations of Earth’s ecosystems have strongly affected distribution patterns of plant-fungus symbioses known as mycorrhiza. These changes have greatly reduced…