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Extreme heat threat rises for megacities

3 April 2017 – Scientists warn that even a modest rise in average global temperatures will put millions of city dwellers at greater risk from extreme heat.


Vital groundwater depleted faster than ever

2 April, 2017 – Global use of irreplaceable groundwater is exhausting the supply so fast that researchers say it will drive up food prices and hit international trade.

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China takes fresh approach to pollution

15 March, 2017 – A new scheme that pumps filtered air into homes aims to improve life for people in urban China and reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide.

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Healthy diet good for climate change

14 March, 2017 – US-based research has found that even a modest switch to a more vegetable-based diet could lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Humans may learn to survive climate change

13 March, 2017 – Researchers say improved education levels of future populations are a key factor in predicting climate change impacts on humans.

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Scientists track down travelling droughts

11 March, 2017 – New analysis of how some of the severest droughts can travel thousands of kilometres could help save many lives in future.

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Samba drums up opposition to factory farming

16 February, 2017 – A musical protest at the Rio carnival will stress the damaging impacts of factory farming on indigenous people and on global warming.

Small-scale hydro makes a big difference

29 January, 2017 – Small-scale hydro schemes can transform the lives of remote communities and cut carbon emissions, but they need high-level support.

Urban cropland loss puts harvests at risk

1 January, 2017 – Soils face a global threat as population pressure, human development and swelling cities lead to mounting cropland loss.

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African cropland heading for food deficit

31 December, 2016 – New research warns it will be almost impossible for African cropland to feed the continent by 2050 without massive changes to farming.

Heat hits wheat yields per field

28 November, 2016 − As demand for grain increases to feed a rising population, scientists warn that global warming could seriously reduce wheat productivity.