ENVIRONMENT

Sandstorm in Beijing
Skies Darken as China’s Worst Sandstorm in a Decade Chokes Beijing
China’s capital city woke up to dust-choked skies on March 15 as it experienced what its weather bureau has called the worst sandstorm in a decade. The thick dust shrouded Beijing’s iconic landmarks, including the...
polluting smokestacks
China Announces New 5-Year Climate Target Amid a ‘Dirty Recovery’
The world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases announced generally moderate new energy and climate targets that give little indications that it will step up its efforts at combatting climate change over the next five years....
The Greta Thunberg of China, Howey Ou, Raises Her Voice for Environmental Awareness
In many countries, climate change activists have taken to the streets, bringing their governments to task, but in China, one figure seems to be fighting alone. Howey Ou says it’s her “life mission” to spark...
Climate change report debunked
Climate Change Report Claiming ‘Point of No Return’ Exposed
A recent fear-mongering report that claimed humanity is ‘beyond the point of no return’ when it comes to climate change has been debunked by a group of scientists. The study claims that the Arctic Permafrost,...
Waste Fishing Gear Threatens Ganges Wildlife
Waste fishing gear in the Ganges River poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles, and dolphins, new research shows. The study says entanglement in fishing gear could harm species, including the critically endangered three-striped roofed turtle and...
New Knowledge About What Causes Thunderstorms and Cloudbursts
Thunderstorms often provoke violent cloud bursts that can result in devastating flooding. But what actually spawns thunderstorms and cloud bursts? This question has spurred a new study by researchers with surprising results. Thunderstorms are weather...
A New Theory: Water May Naturally Occur on All Rocky Planets
Life is deeply dependent on water, but where does water come from? Based on new research, researchers believe it may emerge in connection with the formation of planets. The emergence of life is a mystery....
Air pollution experts from the University of Surrey have found that green infrastructure (GI), such as trees, can help reduce temperatures in many of Europe's cities and towns. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)
Trees and Green Roofs Can Help Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect
An urban heat island is an urban area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas. The temperature difference is typically larger at night than during the day. With the UK government pledging to...
Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds
Clouds That Resemble Ocean Waves
Cloud formations can sometimes share a resemblance to some objects in the world. Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds are one such type of cloud — they look like ocean waves. These are named after two 19th century scientists...