Pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years, UN says

The novel coronavirus outbreak has starkly exposed inequalities worldwide and could set back human development for the first time since 1990, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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Silence of the climate watchdogs

The focus on the coronavirus has distracted the press from its watchdog function on other matters of public importance, including the climate crisis.

Coronavirus prompts Thunberg to move Friday climate rallies online

Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Fridays for Future youth movement, on Wednesday called on fellow climate activists to move their weekly rallies online due to the spreading coronavirus outbreak.

When “meatless Mondays” aren’t enough

Between the climate crisis and increasingly cruel immigration policies, should food really be treated as a lifestyle subject?

Microsoft aims to erase its carbon footprint from atmosphere

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it aims to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits by 2030 and that by 2050, it hopes to have taken out enough to account for all the direct emissions the company has ever made.

James Murdoch's climate stance distances him from family empire

James Murdoch had always had a genuine and sincere concern about environmental issues throughout his career, according to a media analyst.

Good news, even in darkness

A normal response to any threat is to protect yourself and the people you love. But in the face of climate change, that very human logic doesn't help in the long run. We need to think globally and fight the urge to draw inward.

The Australian says it accepts climate science, so why does it give a platform to 'outright falsehoods'?

In an editorial on Saturday, the Weekend Australian defended the News Corp paper's climate coverage in response to criticism that it had underplayed the bushfire crisis and chosen to highlight concerns about arsonists and hazard reduction rather than explain the climate change drivers of the horrendous season.

Why climate denial survives while Australia burns

Australian conservative politicians and media outlets have been in prime misdirection mode in the past few months.

Saoirse McHugh: Climate denial is dangerous at this stage, and the media has a case to answer

In light of the Australia fires, Saoirse McHugh asks: when will the media take the climate crisis seriously and place it top of the reporting agenda?

Rebecca Leber: Monsters of the 2010s -Jonathan Franzen, neo-denialist

The elitist got himself anointed a climate change expert on account of liking birds.

Brazil's president accuses actor DiCaprio of financing Amazon fires

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claimed on Friday that Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio financed fires being set in the Amazon rainforest.

Guess the rain: Kenya gamifies climate change to help farmers

Kenya is gamifying climate change - challenging farmers to guess the rain in a bid to reach a remote audience with agricultural advice and ensure yields stay steady as climates change.

As pollution plagues Delhi, calls grow to shut schools and axe sport events

Some doctors and residents urged New Delhi authorities to shut schools and cancel outdoor sporting events in the Indian capital as air pollution remained at the most severe level for the second day running.

YouTube stars raise over $6m to plant trees around the world

A group of YouTube stars have raised more than $6m (£4.7m) to plant trees around the world by rallying their huge numbers of subscribers.

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The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

Blaming the COVID-19 messengers—public health officials under siege: Derrick Z. Jackson

The pandemic has put public health officials in a perilous place—caught between the common good and the often-toxic American drive for personal freedom.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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