Coronavirus vaccine: when will it be ready?

About 35 companies and academic institutions are racing to create Covid-19 vaccine. 

Opening a Plastic Bottle Releases Microscopic Pollution

It seems we're releasing anywhere around 10 to 30 nanograms of plastic fragments just a few nanometres across for every 3 metres (about 10 feet) of plastic we break apart.

A Glacier in Antarctica Has Retreated With Astonishing Speed

In nearly three decades, Denman Glacier has already retreated some five km and lost over 250 billion tons of ice. In the worst case scenario, the damage could be much greater.

As coronavirus tanks economies, cleaner skies and water emerge

Images of clear skies over China and California, or fish swimming in in Venice’s canals, are a glimpse of what it might look like if we took better care of the Earth. 

World fritters away half trillion dollars on coal support

Nations around the world risk wasting $640 billion by continuing to prop up the coal industry rather than investing in less expensive and environmentally friendlier wind and solar power initiatives.

Half of world's sandy beaches could disappear by 2100

According to a new study, up to half of the world’s sandy beaches are at risk of disappearing by the end of this century if no action is taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions. 

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are sued over plastics pollution

The Earth Island Institute asked for unspecified damages and an order for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle USA, Procter & Gamble and six other companies to clean up plastic waste that the group says has created a global pollution crisis.

Canada Has Lost Half Of Its Ice in the Last 16 Years

Thousands of glaciers in the northern Ellesmere Island Canadian territory of Nunavut have shrunk, losing an estimated 1680 km, in the past nearly 20 years.

Rising Sea Levels Are Displacing Villagers in Myanmar

Millions of people in Myanmar are threatened by flooding and rapid soil erosion caused by rising sea levels. One village of 1,500 residents had to relocate entirely, moving further inland to escape the rising water, and abandoning farmland in the process.

Australia's fires burned 21% of the country's forests

When researchers surveyed historical records for evidence of comparable wildfire seasons — not just in Australia, but across the globe. They found nothing approaching the scope of Australia’s devastation.

The Species We Lost in 2019

Three bird species, two frogs, a shark, a famous snail and one of the world's largest freshwater fish were among those declared extinct this year. According to many experts, the sixth mass extinction is currently taking place.

January was warmest on record for the globe

We’re off to a hot start in 2020, with January setting a new mark as the warmest instance of that month on record for the globe. Europe through to northern Asia was particularly warm, and January ranked fifth warmest over the contiguous US.

Coral Habitats May Nearly Be Gone by 2100

Scientists project 70 to 90 percent of coral reefs will disappear over the next 20 years as a result of climate change and pollution. What's more, rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100.

Dramatic Melting of Antarctica

On February 6, 2020, weather stations recorded the hottest temperature on record for Antarctica. Thermometers reached 18.3 C (64.9 F). During the warming event, around 1.5 square km of snowpack became saturated with melt water.

Sitting is linked to increased risk of depression in adolescents

Too much time sitting still  is linked to an increased risk of depressive symptoms in adolescents, finds a new study. The study found that an additional 60 minutes of light activity daily was associated with a 10% reduction in depressive symptoms.