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Recent decades of European floods are among the worst in 500 years

The years 1990-2016 rank among the worst periods of flooding in Europe in five centuries, according to an assessment of historical letters, annals and legal records.

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Why coronavirus is the time for climate change action - and optimism

By dealing with the impact of this pandemic, we can also deal with climate change. We can have win-win solutions.

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Climate change may push Zika virus into southern and eastern Europe

Under the most drastic model of global warming, the risk of Zika transmission will increase over southern and eastern Europe, the northern US, northern China and southern Japan by 2080.

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Arctic explorers find unusually thin ice as a result of climate change

The biggest ever science expedition to the Arctic encountered extremely thin sea ice, which could threaten future efforts to study the region.

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Meat and dairy production emit more nitrogen than Earth can cope with

The amount of nitrogen pollution emitted just by global livestock farming is more than the planet can cope with, prompting scientists to say we need to eat less meat and dairy produce.

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Climate change will make world too hot for 60 percent of fish species

Fish are at a far greater risk from climate change than previously thought, as researchers have shown that embryos and spawning adults are more susceptible to warming oceans.

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Bees force plants to flower early by cutting holes in their leaves

Hungry bumblebees can make plants flower up to a month earlier than usual by cutting holes in their leaves, which may help them adapt to climate change.

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Algae transplant could protect coral reefs threatened by warming seas

Heat-resistant algae made in a lab seems to protect coral from bleaching. It could help to save reefs if we fail to tackle global warming fast enough.

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A Japanese nuclear power plant created a habitat for tropical fish

A small increase in water temperature near a Japanese nuclear power plant allowed tropical fish to colonise the area, suggesting global warming will drastically alter some marine ecosystems.

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David Attenborough’s A Life on Our Planet is a powerful call to action

David Attenborough's highly personal new documentary A Life On Our Planet allows the nature filmmaker to say what he really thinks about our destructive ways.

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AI pollution monitor could forecast harmful particles in the air

Most air pollution forecasts are based on maps of annual emissions and models of chemical reactions, but an AI could help predict more specific forecasts.
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UK government refuses request to explain cost of hitting net zero

The UK government has refused a request to explain why its estimated cost of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 is tens of billions of pounds more than its independent advisers found.

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Tackling air pollution may accidentally trigger serious health issues

Cities tackling one major air pollutant risk inadvertently making things worse by fuelling the growth of another, potentially more harmful type of pollution.

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Chinese air quality regulations could put an end to 'new car smell'

The chemical compounds that make up “new car smell” can be harmful, and they have been found in new cars at levels 10 times higher than recommended limits
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We constantly eat microplastics. What does that mean for our health?

Tiny particles of plastic are in our food, water and even the air we breathe. There is insufficient evidence to establish the impact of microplastics on human health. But the absence of evidence doesn't mean they are harmless.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

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Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

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.

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.

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.

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