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Recycling in the United States is in serious trouble. How does it work?

You probably have no idea how recycling works.<p>Most Americans — who recycle nearly 87 million tons of waste each year — likely think that the plastic …

Sustainability

Melting Permafrost Below Arctic Lakes Is Even More Dangerous to the Climate, NASA Warns

Scientists have worried for years that rising temperatures will free carbon trapped in frozen soil in the Arctic, accelerating the pace of climate …

Global Warming

This Summer Has Been Brutal. Show These 7 Images to Anyone Who Says It's Normal

It's not just a heatwave.<p>The headlines of record-crushing heat in the Northern Hemisphere began in June and haven't stopped midway through August. …

Global Warming

The Guardian view on family planning policies: two kids or too many? | Editorial

Crude attempts to raise and lower birthrates are unlikely to produce sustainable solutions<p>How many children are enough? How many are too many? People’s feelings about their childhood, their partners and their jobs all shape these intimate choices. Yet in aggregate, clear patterns emerge. One of the …

Family Planning

The British countryside is being killed by herbicides and insecticides – can anything save it?

From orchids and moths to hedgehogs and toads, our wildflowers and wildlife are dying out. Making the meadows safe again is a huge challenge – but there are glimmers of hope<p>In June 2011 I took a long drive up the A1, the Great North Road. At Scotch Corner I turned for Barnard Castle. The villages …

Herbicides

Five myths about the refugee crisis

The cameras have gone – but the suffering endures. Daniel Trilling deconstructs the beliefs that still shape policy and public opinion<p>The refugee crisis that dominated the news in 2015 and 2016 consisted primarily of a sharp rise in the number of people coming to Europe to claim asylum. Arrivals …

Myths

Capital - One surprising idea to help solve a water crisis

The UK towns and cities with the highest and lowest wages

<b>Whether you are a security guard, lawyer, or IT worker, wages vary hugely across the UK. But where are the towns and cities that offer the best wages?</b><p>Workers in 15 of the country's largest towns and cities - defined here as built-up urban areas with 135,000 or more people - earn more than the …

Demographics

Japanese couple apologise for ignoring work pregnancy timetable by conceiving ‘before their turn’

A Japanese worker has been reprimanded by her boss for “selfishly breaking the rules” after she became pregnant before it was her “turn”, according to media reports.<p>The woman was working at a private childcare centre in Aichi prefecture, north Japan, when she found out she was pregnant.<p>However, the …

Child Care

Nigeria's soil-free salad farm

How one young entrepreneur is growing greens in shipping containers - no soil needed.<p>A film by Amelia Martyn-Hemphill and Sam Judah for BBC World Hacks.

Entrepreneurship

5 periods of mass extinction on Earth. Are we entering the sixth?

Our earth is very old. Based on the estimation of the oldest rock, it’s around 4.5 billion years of age.<p>Scientists from all over the world use …

What does China's new Arctic policy mean for Canada?

On Friday, China released a white paper describing its Arctic policy in a rare public move.<p>The policy outlines plans to develop shipping routes, …

World’s oceans rise to hottest temperatures ever recorded ‘by far’

The world’s oceans rose to the highest temperatures ever recorded by far in 2017, scientists have warned.<p>Research by a team of Chinese experts found …

Global register lists alien species

<b>The first global register of alien species shows that a fifth of 6,400 plants and animals catalogued are causing harm.</b><p>Some of the biggest factors in their spread are ballast water in ships for marine species and trade in ornamental plants on land, say scientists.<p>They released data for 20 countries …

Zoology

China to develop Arctic shipping routes opened by global warming

<b>China has announced plans to develop shipping lanes through the Arctic to become a "Polar Silk Route".</b><p>Beijing said global warming meant viable shipping routes through the Arctic would become increasingly important for international trade.<p>It said China would work with Russia and other Arctic …

Global Warming

Fish stomach full of plastic, garbage, fisherman discovers

Fish innards are off-putting on their own, but they becoming even more troubling when they’re filled with garbage.<p>That’s exactly what one angler claims he found during a fishing trip in Costa Rica, after cutting open the stomach of a mahi mahi which he suspected to be sick.<p>Upon slicing open the …

Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold.<p>"Are you ready …

Global Warming

Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world's largest in decades

What could be the largest oil spill since 1989's Exxon Valdez is unfolding in the East China Sea after a deadly and fiery collision between two …

Teachers Can Learn About Ed Research At The “Learning Zone”

I learned through a tweet by Dylan Wiliam about the Learning Zone.<p>It’s a UK-based site that offers information about education research. Here’s an …

McDonald's Just Made a Stunning Announcement That Will Completely Change the Future of Fast Food

In the United States alone, McDonald's sells more than 1 billion pounds of beef and more than 500 million cups of coffee each year.<p>While I don't eat at McDonald's very often anymore (the few times I eat a burger in any given year, my place of choice is In-N-Out), I have unwrapped plenty of Quarter …

EU declares war on plastic waste

Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up plan that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030<p>The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or …

Mrs Humanities shares… 5 simple feedback strategies

Not only do feedback grids allow you to live mark, they provide students with success criteria. Get your grids made up before students undertake an …

Q&A: How do climate models work?

<i>In the first article of a week-long series focused on climate modelling, Carbon Brief explains in detail how scientists use computers to understand</i> …

Climate change risk to 28 historic sites in Scotland

<b>Landmark Scottish castles and chapels are among 28 historic sites at "very high risk" from climate change, according to a new report.</b><p>A further 160 properties were found to be at "high risk" from flooding, coastal erosion and slope instability.<p>More than 350 buildings owned by Historic Environment …

Historic Sites

Study finds that global warming exacerbates refugee crises | John Abraham

Higher temperatures increase the number of people seeking asylum in the EU<p>The refugee crisis – particularly in the Mediterranean area – has received large amounts of new attention in the past few years, with people fleeing from Syria and entering the European Union emblematic of the problem. There …

New York City plans to divest $5bn from fossil fuels and sue oil companies

Mayor Bill de Blasio: ‘It’s up to the fossil fuel companies whose greed put us in this position to shoulder the cost of making New York safer and more resilient’<p>New York City is seeking to lead the assault on climate change and the Trump administration with a plan to divest $5bn from fossil fuels …

Insect declines: new alarm over mayfly is ‘tip of iceberg’, warn experts

Modest pollution in many English rivers is enough to kill 80% of eggs, increasing concerns over insects which are vital to all ecosystems<p>Modest levels of pollution found in many English rivers are having a devastating impact on mayflies, new research suggests, killing about 80% of all eggs.<p>Clouds …

Theresa May proposes plastic-free supermarket aisles in green strategy

PM declares war on scourge of plastic waste as she unveils much-heralded 25-year environmental plan<p>Theresa May has announced a war on plastic waste, with proposed policies including plastics-free aisles in supermarkets and a tax on takeaway containers.<p>The prime minister set out her ambition to …

The Museum of Ice Cream Is in a Sticky Situation Over Its Environmental Impact

“The Museum of Ice Cream is the place where ideas are transformed into real life experiences,” according to the website of the traveling pop-up …