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New project aims to prevent deforestation in Zambia by turning women into entrepreneurs

A group of young volunteers have discovered an inventive way to prevent deforestation in remote areas of Zambia – by encouraging women to become …

Rare Sumatran rhino, once believed to be extinct, dies just weeks after being discovered

A rare Sumatran rhinoceros has died in Indonesia, less than a month after its discovery and capture were hailed as an enormous conservation success for a species long believed to be extinct in the region.<p>The female rhino died from a leg infection, Indonesian environment officials told Agence …

Turkey slams 'inadequate' NASA over report on 'worst drought in 900 years'

Turkey has responded angrily to a NASA report that found that the region had recently experienced its worst drought in 900 years, calling the space …

Middle East

You Just Travelled Thousands of Miles Through Space in The Time It Took to Read This

This is what 850 km per SECOND feels like.<p>It's one of the most fundamental contradictions of life on Earth - we're sitting on a planet that's …

Amazing

Pesky plastic: The true harm of microplastics in the oceans

Changing Planet<p>Co-authored by Jessica Perelman<p>Pollution is evidently a major concern when talking about environmental protection in light of human development, but waste that ends up in the oceans is oftentimes overlooked. This is in part because many people do not come face-to-face with it on a …

The solution to climate change that has nothing to do with cars or coal

AMAZONAS, Brazil – At the base of a towering, 150-foot-high angelim tree, the scattered sloth claws and clumps of fur are a dead giveaway.<p>The tree contains the nest of a harpy eagle, a bird so powerful it kills monkeys and sloths by tearing them from the trees with its enormous claws. Its presence …

Fossil Fuels

The Guardian view on the EU and the refugee crisis: stop arguing, and fix it | Editorial

Europe knows what needs to be done. But fragmentation across the continent is making it harder to do<p>Just in the last two months, over 100,000 people have fled to Europe. That’s already three times more than during the same period last year. Winter temperatures in the Mediterranean have not slowed …

Middle East

World's largest solar plant goes online in Morocco

Many areas of the world are turning to solar power in order to help combat climate change and keep the environment cleaner while still meeting energy …

Why Earth's Magnetic Field Flip-Flops

Every so often, Earth's magnetic field flips on its head, turning the magnetic North Pole into the South Pole and vice versa.<p>It last happened 780,000 …

Saudi Arabia risks destroying Opec and feeding the Isil monster

'Saudi Arabia is acting directly against the interests of half the cartel and is running Opec over a cliff,' says RBC<p>The rumblings of revolt against Saudi Arabia and the Opec Gulf states are growing louder as half a trillion dollars goes up in smoke, and each month that goes by fails to bring about …

Oil

The evolution of American energy consumption since 1776

US consumers and businesses burn through a huge amount of energy resources.<p>And over the last 239 years there have some changes in the types of energies consumed: wood is no longer in vogue, while clean energies like solar and nuclear are making waves.<p>However, three fossil fuels — petroleum, natural …

Why scientists are so worried about the ice shelves of Antarctica

When it comes to climate change, Antarctica is one of the world’s major places of concern, mostly because of the sheer amount of ice it contains — enough to theoretically cause about 200 feet of sea-level rise if it were all to melt — not that anyone thinks that will happen anytime soon. <b></b>Still, …

Sweden To Become The World’s First Fossil Fuel-Free Nation In History

I'm in!<p>The Swedish government recently announced that their aim is to become one of the world’s first nations to end its dependence on fossil fuels. …

As rivers dry up, Swaziland builds dams to harvest water

Community members work together to build the sand dam over the Lugulo River in Swaziland. Photo: UNDP Swaziland<p>For the past century, Swaziland’s …

Water

Putin's Syrian Gambit

Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad<p>The last several weeks has seen some extraordinary developments in Russia's role in the Syrian Civil War. Russia has deployed 28 Suhkoi jet fighters, roughly two squadrons, in Syria. Originally believed to be SU-27s, NATO designation, "Flanker," satellite …

Why world economy as we know it is about to be turned on its head

Prof Goodhart says the coming era of labour scarcity will shift the balance of power from employers to workers, pushing up wages.<p>It will roll back …

Economics

US official: 'IS making and using chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria'

<b>There is a growing belief within the US government that the Islamic State militant group is making and using crude chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria, a US official has told the BBC.</b><p>The US has identified at least four occasions on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border where IS has used mustard …

Revealed: the widening gulf between salaries and house prices

Photograph: Jeffrey Blackler/Alamy<p>Heddon Street in Mayfair, the London postcode district where the median house price stood at £2.9m in 2014.<p>84<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/91ed8c51d7cb9ebb0d7be26ea950ba86ddbdecd7/0_0_5150_3090/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian<p>At £40,000, the …

Snapchat opens digital window on Mecca to millions

Arab coalition strikes Houthi targets in Yemen

Arab coalition jets have strucked several cities across Yemen as relief organisations warn of a deteriorating humanitarian situation.<p>Fighter jets targeted a Houthi-controlled arms depot in Fajj Attan, a neighbourhood overlooking the Yemeni capital Sanaa, residents said on Wednesday.<p>Air strikes also …

Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis

Last week drought in São Paulo was so bad, residents tried drilling through basement floors for groundwater. As reservoirs dry up across the world, a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Rationing and a battle to control supplies will follow<p>Water is the driving force of all nature, …

Water