Scientists discover 503 new species in 2020

A total of 503 new species were discovered by scientists at London’s Natural History Museum in 2020. Once again, an end of year tally of new species has revealed a remarkable diversity of life forms and minerals.

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.

Chemistry Nobel Prize Awarded to CRISPR-Cas9

The Prize in Chemistry went to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna. The two researchers achieved fame in 2012 when they developed the revolutionary tool CRISPR-Cas9 to make gene editing easier.

UN World Food Programme wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world - often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions - has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Best Astronomy Photography of the Year 2020

Images of the Milky Way, California nebula and Andromeda galaxy are among the winners of the Insight Investment astronomy photographer of the year award. 

NASA, ULA Launch Perseverance Rover to Mars

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to send back to Earth.

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.

Coronavirus: WHO declares global health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. The UN's health arm said the move was to protect countries with "weaker health systems."

US airline to go carbon neutral on all domestic flights in 2020

JetBlue has announced that it will offset carbon dioxide emissions from jet fuel for all domestic flights beginning in July 2020, making it the first major US airline to take the step toward reducing its contribution to global warming.

Vancouver says no more foam food containers

The foam ban will take effect on January 1, 2020 and is just one of the actions the city of Vancouver, Canada is taking to reduce single-use item waste in support of its zero-waste goal for 2040. 

Italy is making climate change study mandatory in schools

All children in Italy will have to study climate change at school starting from next year, becoming the first country in the world where this will be compulsory. The decision will come into force from the start of the 2020 school year.

British Airways to offset emissions on flights within the UK from 2020

From 2020, British Airways will become the first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on all domestic flights. Customers on domestic flights will have their carbon emissions offset by the airline and invested in carbon reduction projects around the world.

Plastic bag ban to be enforced in New York state, U.S.

Commencing on 1 March 2020, cities will have the choice to opt in to a five cents fee for a paper bag, two cents of which will go into local schemes that buy reusable bags for low-income consumers.

India follows China's lead, bans plastic waste imports

It has been just over a year since China banned imports of foreign plastic waste, and now India has followed in its footsteps. Effective March 1, all imports of foreign solid plastic waste and scrap have been banned.