‘Forever chemicals’: The hidden threat from the toxic PFAS on your shelf

PFAS are used in paints, food packaging and even cosmetics. We know they are in our water, air, soil and bodies – but less about how they will affect us.

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Biodiversity

Marseille biodiversity summit adopts motion to ban deep-sea mining

A motion calling for a ban on deep-sea mining has been adopted in Marseille at the world's biggest biodiversity summit since the pandemic, after an overwhelmingly supportive vote by governments and civil society groups.

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Justice

4 major environmental treaties the U.S. never ratified — but should

Most of the world’s countries support these global agreements on conservation and pollution, but the United States is noticeably absent.
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Climate

Who are the children most at risk from climate change?

Climate change affects everyone, but today's children are the ones who will be left to deal with the most disastrous consequences in the future.

Biodiversity

Robo-penguin: How artificial birds are relaying the secrets of ocean currents

They can go on research missions in stormy weather, dive to 150 metres and could soon be 'singing' signals. These penguin-like devices are helping to explain the eddies that are key to all life.

Climate

Is deep-sea mining a cure for the climate crisis or a curse?

Sea-floor nodules could fight global heating, but mining them may damage ocean ecology.

Toxics

Fukushima nuclear water to be released via undersea tunnel

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said it plans to build an undersea tunnel so that massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water can be released into the ocean about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) away from the plant to avoid interference with local fishing.

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Climate

Blue whales returning to Spain’s Atlantic coast after 40-year absence

Some experts fear climate crisis is leading the creatures back to the area where they were hunted almost to extinction.

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Climate

Victoria consents to gas production from well near Twelve Apostles

The Victorian government has given consent for a gas company to produce gas extracted from beneath a national park in the state's south-west, near the celebrated tourist site the Twelve Apostles.

Originals

Ocean plastic pollution

Plastic pollution: we all know it's a problem. In 2015, we produced almost 450 million tons of plastic, with that number expected to double by 2050.

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IPCC climate report: Profound changes are underway in Earth's oceans and ice – a lead author explains what the warnings mean

Some of the climate changes will be irreversible for millennia. But some can be slowed and even stopped if countries quickly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, including from burning fossil fuels.
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Climate

Atlantic Ocean currents weaken, signalling big weather changes - study

The Atlantic Ocean's current system, an engine of the Northern Hemsiphere's climate, could be weakening to such an extent that it could soon bring big changes to the world's weather, a scientific study said on Thursday.
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Climate

Lagos floods: Africa's most populous city could be unlivable in a few decades, experts warn

Home to more than 24 million people, Lagos, a low-lying city on Nigeria's Atlantic coast, may become uninhabitable by the end of this century as sea levels rise due to climate change, scientific projections suggest.

Climate

Critical measures of global heating reaching tipping point, study finds

A new study tracking the planet's vital signs has found that many of the key indicators of the global climate crisis are getting worse and either approaching, or exceeding, key tipping points as the Earth heats up.

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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

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Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

"We already know enough about the harm being caused by these very persistent substances to take action to stop all non-essential uses and to limit exposure from legacy contamination."

Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

Global study: Wildfire smoke kills people in cities far from fires

Guatemala, Thailand, and Paraguay had the highest proportion of estimated annual deaths from wildfire smoke.

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