Tropical forests are guardians against runaway climate change, but their ability to remove CO2 from the atmosphere is wearing down. Between 2001 and 2019 the Brazilian Amazon acted as a net emitter of carbon, study found.
A new study has found that deforestation in the Amazon has destroyed eight per cent of the world’s largest rainforest, between 2000 and 2018. The Amazon is often referred to as the ‘lungs of the planet’ .
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.
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.
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.
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.
INPE’s satellite-based short-term deforestation detection system has recorded 8,683 square kilometers of forest clearing since January 1, the highest on record since the agency started releasing monthly data in 2007. 2019’s figure is 79% higher than a year ago.
If we combine all of the estimated deaths of koalas in Australian bushfires, there could be 1,000 koalas that have been killed in the last two months. The extent of the blaze means large tracts of the tree-dwelling koalas’ habitat has been destroyed.
More than half of Europe’s endemic trees are threatened with extinction as invasive diseases, pests, pollution and urban development take a growing toll on the landscape, according to a study.
New research has revealed that toxic byproducts of the herbicide Agent Orange used by the US military continue to contaminate soils in Vietnam today.
Scientists have an imprecise understanding of the obscure phenomenon of mass whale strandings, when large numbers of the marine mammals suddenly beach themselves — often their final acts.