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• The housing sector uses 40 per cent of the planet’s total resources and represents more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.<br>• Constructed …

Sustainability

The most dramatic impact of #deforestation is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Eighty percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests. https://t.co/oHgnkwHhv3

The rapidly changing face of tourism https://t.co/kO9mdPDbjk

'Hazardous' smoky air shuts Yosemite in peak tourist season

Yosemite National Park's iconic cliffs are shrouded in so much smoke from nearby wildfires that the air quality is worse than anywhere in America and …

National Parks

Brilliant! This machine crushes glass bottles instantly, providing sand to help protect New Zealand’s eroding coastline. https://t.co/qcMyWyE0QA

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China's new forests will be the size of Ireland

Shanghai (Reuters) - China will plant new forests covering an area roughly the size of Ireland this year as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23 …

Forests

In 30 years the Antarctic Treaty becomes modifiable, and the fate of a continent could hang in the balance

Three decades from now, several crucial elements of the Antarctic Treaty will come up for possible renewal, plunging the future of the continent into …

Amphibians face many challenges in Brazilian rain forest

Deforestation remains the biggest threat to animals that call the rain forest "home." However, even measured, sensible development projects can have …

Ecology

"Greening" urban areas could improve our mental health

You might’ve noticed that you feel calmer, even happier, when you’re walking through a lush park or forest. This is no coincidence — spending time in …

Mental Health

How treating violent crime like a disease can stop it spreading

Usually, facial trauma doesn’t kill you, but it can cause significant disfigurement. Working as a maxillofacial surgeon in Glasgow in the early …

Public Health

Gentrification threatens Glagow's carnival families

What the World Would Look Like if All the Ice Melted

If we keep burning fossil fuels indefinitely, global warming will eventually melt all the ice at the poles and on mountaintops, raising sea level by 216 feet. Explore what the world’s new coastlines would look like.<p>The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on …

'We are not wildlife': Kibera residents slam poverty tourism

Tourism in Nairobi slum is rising but many residents are angry at becoming an attraction for wealthy foreign visitors.<p><b>Kibera, Kenya</b> - Sylestine Awino rests on her faded brown couch, covering herself with a striped green shuka, a traditional Maasai fabric.<p>It's exactly past noon in a noisy …

Africa

Carr fire: California blaze leaves five dead

<b>A wildfire in northern California has killed five people, including two children and their great-grandmother, and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.</b><p>Six other people are reportedly missing.<p>The fires in Shasta county are being sucked up by strong winds to form "fire tornados" …

Northern California

Three (and a half) reasons why it has been so hot and dry in the UK and Ireland

The UK and Ireland have been experiencing a prolonged hot and dry spell since June, with the first half of summer being the UK’s driest on record. …

Climate Change

Karnataka is now India's leading state for renewable energy

The southern Indian state of Karnataka is now a renewable energy leader.<p>Over the last one year, it has toppled Tamil Nadu to become the country’s …

Renewable Energy

Heatwave made more than twice as likely by climate change, scientists find

The heatwave searing northern Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change, according to a rapid assessment by scientists.<p>The result is preliminary but they say the signal of climate change is “unambiguous”. Scientists have long predicted that global warming is ramping up the number …

Climate Change

This is why elderly Japanese people are getting arrested on purpose

Japan has the world's oldest population, with more than a quarter of its citizens aged 65 or older.<p>The ageing population has already put a strain on …

Old Age

How a moral philosopher justifies his carbon footprint

I recently flew to Florida to visit family. My round-trip economy seat emitted roughly two tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to one carbon …

Sustainability

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world

Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been …

What would it be like to travel by hyperloop? Virgin unveils its prototype pod

Our fascination with high-speed travel has resulted in the development of some incredibly fast machines.<p>Concorde, once the world’s fastest commercial …

High-speed Rail

Life expectancy in Britain has fallen so much that a million years of life could disappear by 2058 – why?

Buried deep in a note towards the end of a recent bulletin published by the British government’s statistical agency was a startling revelation. On …

Geography

Extreme global weather is 'the face of climate change' says leading scientist

The extreme heatwaves and wildfires wreaking havoc around the globe are “the face of climate change,” one of the world’s leading climate scientists has declared, with the impacts of global warming now “playing out in real time.”<p>Climate change has long been predicted to increase extreme weather …

Climate Change

Greenland: how rapid climate change on world's largest island will affect us all

The largest wildfire ever recorded in Greenland was recently spotted close to the west coast town of Sisimiut, not far from Disko Island where I …

Why mangroves matter: Experts respond on International Mangrove Day

The tsunami that struck Southeast and South Asia in late 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people and destroyed villages, towns and cities across 14 …

Mangroves

Regular heatwaves 'will kill thousands'

<b>The current heatwave could become the new normal for UK summers by 2040 because of climate change, MPs say.</b><p>The Environmental Audit Committee warns of 7,000 heat-related deaths every year in the UK by 2050 if the government doesn't act quickly.<p>Higher temperatures put some people at increased risk of …

Climate Change

Study reveals huge acceleration in erosion of England's white cliffs

Iconic southern coastline is eroding 10 times faster than the past few thousand years due to human management and changes in storm intensity<p>The iconic white cliffs of southern England are eroding 10 times faster than they have over the past few thousand years, a new study has revealed.<p>The cause of …

Coastlines

Dead zones in our oceans have increased dramatically since 1950

Two years ago Chile experienced phenomena that some called “toxic tides”.<p>First came 23 million salmon dying off its coast.<p>Then thousands of dead …