Cape Town "Day Zero" drought risk lurking around the corner

The human-caused climate change made the ‘Day Zero’ drought in southwestern South Africa — named after the day when Cape Town’s municipal water supply would need to be shut off — five to six times more likely.

Loneliness hits elderly hardest during pandemic

Since the start of the pandemic, studies from the United Kingdom, the US, Austria and the Netherlands have shown that older adults are suffering from higher levels of loneliness. 

Lead exposure leads to changes in middle-aged brains

For each 5 micrograms per deciliter more lead they carried as children, the study participants lost an average of 2 IQ points by age 45. They also had slightly more than 1 square centimeter less cortical surface area.

Being Around Cars is Bad For Your Mental Health

There is a twofold increase in terms of common mental disorder cases directly attributable to residential annual exposures to PM2.5 greater than 15.5 micrograms per cubic meter.

Poor nutrition in school years created 20 cm height gap

The international team behind the study warn that highly variable childhood nutrition, especially a lack of quality food, may lead to stunted growth and a rise in childhood obesity.

Air pollution killed nearly half a million newborns in 2019

Hundreds of thousands of newborns, mostly in India and sub-Saharan Africa, died from air pollution in 2019, a study has found. Noxious fumes from cooking fuels are blamed for causing the majority of the babies' deaths.

Climate change: 'dirty' used cars sold to Africa

Between 2015 and 2018, some 14 million older, poor quality vehicles were exported from Europe, Japan and the US. Four out of five were sold to poorer countries, with more than half going to Africa.

Arctic sea ice isn't freezing in October for the first time

For the first time since records began, the main nursery of Arctic sea ice in Siberia has yet to start freezing in late October. The delayed annual freeze has been caused by extreme warmth. 

Satellites picture methane across the globe

This new tool allows you to move around the world to see how concentrations of the powerful greenhouse gas vary in space and time. Just like CO2, Methane (CH4) is increasing in the atmosphere. It is now above 1,876 ppb.

World's largest Arctic expedition returns with bad news

After 13 months of collecting data, history’s largest Arctic research expedition returned with grim news. “We witnessed how the Arctic Ocean is dying,” the mission leader said.

Global food production threatens the climate

Concentration of N2O in the atmosphere increases strongly and speeds up climate change. In addition to CO2 and methane, it is the third important greenhouse gas emitted due to anthropogenic activities. 

2020 may clinch hottest year

The planet just recorded its hottest September since at least 1880. The data, most of which was released Wednesday, shows that 2020 is on track to be one of the hottest years on record.

Ozone hole is one of the largest in last 15 years

The Ozone hole over the Antarctica continent has become unprecedentedly deeper and larger in the last 15 years, the latest finding of the World Meteorological Organization has shown. It has reached its peak of at 24 mil square km.

More Than 50% of Great Barrier Reef Corals Are Lost

Since the mid-1990s, coral in the Great Barrier Reef has declined by more than 50%. The research spanned the entire 2,300 km of the Great Barrier Reef and found a disturbing loss at pretty much every level.

Big Oil's devastating pollution plan

In 2018, ExxonMobil announced its intention to reduce its methane emissions and gas burning. But newly leaked documents reveal that Exxon actually plans to increase its carbon production by 17% by the year 2025.