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Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic'

Jonathan Amos @BBCAmos on Twitter<p><b>US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes.</b><p>It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last 65 years or so.<p>The 8.3 billion tonnes is as heavy as 25,000 Empire …

California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume

<b>Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite has captured a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from the devastating California wildfires.</b><p>It is a powerful demonstration of 5P's ability to sense the atmosphere.<p>The plume is seen to sweep westwards out over the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles and then …

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

<b>Marine life is facing "irreparable damage" from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned.</b><p>"This is a planetary crisis... we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean," UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson told the BBC.<p>But how does this …

Pollution

Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

A public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city plunged to levels likened to smoking at least 50 cigarettes in a single day.<p>Slow winds and colder temperatures have been blamed for a surge in airborne pollutants beyond what …

Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens 'survival of human societies'

Landmark study finds toxic air, water, soils and workplaces kill at least 9m people and cost trillions of dollars every year<p>Pollution kills at least nine million people and costs trillions of dollars every year, according to the most comprehensive global analysis to date, which warns the crisis …

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on. By Alex Blasdel<p>A few years ago, Björk began corresponding with a philosopher whose …

How Far Can Technology Go to Stave Off Climate Change?

With carbon dioxide emissions continuing to rise, an increasing number of experts believe major technological breakthroughs — such as CO2 air capture …

Fossil Fuels

Thirty Years After Montreal Pact, Solving the Ozone Problem Remains Elusive

Despite a ban on chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons, the ozone hole over Antarctica remains nearly as large as it did when the Montreal Protocol was …

How Pollution is Devastating an Indonesian Lake

More than 1,500 tons of fish suddenly turned up dead in Indonesia’s largest lake earlier this year, a mass asphyxiation from a lack of oxygen in the …

In New Ozone Alert, a Warning of Harm to Plants and People

For the last four years Jack Fishman, a professor of meteorology at St. Louis University, has guided the planting of five gardens in the Midwest, …

Why We Need a Carbon Tax, And Why It Won’t Be Enough

It feels as if we may be getting close, or at least closer, as a nation to putting some kind of price on global warming pollution.<p>Bernie Sanders …

What is Causing the Recent Rise in Methane Emissions?

The stomachs of cattle, fermentation in rice fields, fracking for natural gas, coal mines, festering bogs, burning forests — they all produce …

How the World Passed a Carbon Threshold and Why It Matters

Last year marked the first time in several million years that atmospheric concentrations of CO2 passed 400 parts per million. By looking at what …

Climate Change

Under cover of darkness: inside São Paulo's vast illegal Feirinha night market

Every night at 1am, thousands of sweatshop workers emerge on to the streets of Brás to sell Minnie Mouse and Nike knockoffs. When 7am strikes, the police break it up. But is this nightly choreography hiding something more dangerous?<p>Every two months, Aziz Abdel Rahman boards a bus in Brasilia. The …

Resistance! São Paulo's homeless seize the city

Like New York in the 1980s and Berlin in the 90s, the occupation movement in São Paulo has exploded into one of the most dynamic forces in Brazil<p>On the wall of an abandoned and occupied hotel in central São Paulo is a mural of a fiercely feral creature – part cat, part rat, part alien – that bears …

The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of water

A drought two years ago triggered fighting, looting and official ‘states of calamity’ across the metropolis, with the army preparing to send in troops. Now, new warnings suggest it could happen again – and point to a surprising culprit<p>São Paulo could face more devastating water shortages if farmers …

São Paulo

It's better to understand something than to know it

“Knowing” and “understanding” are related concepts, but they’re not the same. Each is a distinct mental state involving cognitive grasp: Knowing is static, referring to discrete facts, while understanding is active, describing the ability to analyze and place those facts in context to form a big …

Scientific Research

The great thaw of America’s north is coming

One of the most profound effects of a warming world is underway on US soil – the impact will force thousands to relocate, and have far-reaching, global consequences. Sara Goudarzi reports from Alaska.<p>Vladimir Romanovsky walks through the dense black spruce forest with ease. Not once does he stop or …

Global Warming

A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe

Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming<p>Thirty-five years ago an American biologist Terry Erwin conducted an experiment to count insect species. Using an insecticide …

Ecology

How may I help you?

By Lucy Hooker and Susie Bearne<br>BBC News<p>Imagine you’re in a crowd pouring out of a late night concert. Tired and hungry, you remember the cupboards at home are bare. Do not despair.<p>In the brave new world of retail this won’t necessitate a trek out to the nearest late night supermarket. Instead the …

eCommerce

World's First Malaria Vaccine Pilot Will Run In 2018

Malaria kills around 430,000 people a year.<p>Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will pilot the world’s first malaria vaccine from 2018, offering it for babies and children in high-risk areas as part of real-life trials, the World Health Organization said on Monday.<p>The injectable vaccine, called RTS,S or …

China Is Quietly Reshaping the World

The staggering scope of the country’s infrastructure initiative—and what it means for the international order<p>The Pakistani town of Gwadar was until recently filled with the dust-colored cinderblock houses of about 50,000 fishermen. Ringed by cliffs, desert, and the Arabian Sea, it was at the …

China

Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study<p>Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris …

Climate

'Fatbergs', faeces and other waste we flush could be a fuel

The stuff we flush down the toilet and the fat washed down the drain could be the surprising fuel of the 21st Century – improving sanitation and creating green energy worldwide.<p>Our planet has a problem. Humans, like all living creatures, produce a lot of… well, unpleasant waste. In the form of pee …

The World Eyes Yet Another Unconventional Source of Fossil Fuels

Vast quantities of methane hydrates — frozen deposits of natural gas on the sea floor — exist worldwide. But as experimental drilling moves forward, …

Fossil Fuels

How did that get there? Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

Discovery by UK scientists prompts fear that melting ice will allow more plastic to be released into the central Arctic Ocean – with huge effects on wildlife<p>A British-led expedition has discovered sizeable chunks of polystyrene lying on remote frozen ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.<p>The …

Pollution

The Vanishing Nile: A Great River Faces a Multitude of Threats

The Nile River is under assault on two fronts – a massive dam under construction upstream in Ethiopia and rising sea levels leading to saltwater …

Nile River

Turkey's 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf settlement faces obliteration

Work on clearing site for the controversial Ilisu dam on Tigris river threatens collapse of ancient monument famed for thousands of manmade caves<p>The destruction of Turkey’s 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf settlement and ancient citadel has moved a step closer as authorities have begun to collapse cliff …

Switzerland landslide: Are the Alps melting?

<b>A massive rockslide in Switzerland's Val Bondasca was not a complete surprise. Many parts of Switzerland, two thirds of which is mountainous, are at risk of avalanches and landslides.</b><p>Communities in the Alps have been protecting themselves against such natural hazards for years.<p>Before Wednesday's …