Fertilizer use driving rapid rise in potent nitrous oxide emissions

Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) have surpassed projections by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, jeopardizing the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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'Blue wave' U.S. election expectations trigger green stocks frenzy

Growing expectations of a strong Democratic victory in U.S. elections have prompted investors to snap up renewable energy stocks, amplifying a recent rush seen after the European Union's fiscal splurge earmarked for green investments.

COVID-19: Examining theories for Africa's low death rates

Africa accounts for 17% of the global population but only 3.5% of the reported global COVID-19 deaths. There has been much discussion on what accounts for this.


Egypt and Ethiopia clashes over GERD on the Nile: The Trump administration is making things worse

If Washington still hopes to stave off war between two of its closest allies on the African continent, it will need to reverse course.

David Luke, Lily Sommer: To build back better, make African trade greener

Climate change - and demand for greener products - threaten Africa, but smart decisions now can set it up for future success.


Chad halts lake's world heritage status request over oil exploration

Chad has asked to suspend an application for world heritage site status for Lake Chad to explore oil and mining opportunities in the region, it can be revealed.


356 elephants dropped dead. Did this bacteria poison them?

Some conservationists accepted the explanation provided by Botswana’s government, but others raised doubts.
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Una bacteria, responsable de la muerte masiva de elefantes en Botswana

En junio más de 350 elefantes aparecieron muertos en Botswana, de forma inexplicable. Ahora, según fuentes gubernamentales, estos animales habrían sido intoxicados por cianobacterias al beber agua de charcas contaminadas.


5G mobile technology set to bring climate dividends — but not everywhere

Expanding fast, reliable internet access across Africa will bring advantages for society, business and the climate. But with operators mainly focused on profit, environmental solutions often take a back seat to cost.

Pangolin scale seizures at all-time high in 2019, showing illegal trade still booming

Despite increased protections, the scaly mammals continue to be exploited for the traditional Chinese medicine market, according to a report shared exclusively with National Geographic.

South Africa aims to reach net zero emissions in 2050 - while still burning coal

The South African cabinet has approved a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, but it still plans to burn coal on this date.


A flood of polluting air conditioners hampers Africa's climate efforts

With cooling demand proliferating due to urbanization and hotter temperatures, Africa's air conditioning market is poised to get bigger.


YouTube videos inspire unsafe mountain gorilla tourism, study finds

Videos of people getting too close to and touching apes motivates other people to do the same — and that could spread diseases like COVID-19.

Africa's Great Green Wall just 4% complete halfway through schedule

The world's most ambitious reforestation project, the Great Green Wall of Africa, has covered only 4% of its target area but is more than halfway towards its 2030 completion date, according to a status report.


Why COVID school closures are making girls marry early

The pandemic's impact is long-term: the UN warns that it could lead to 13 million more child marriages over a decade.

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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