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More avoidable pandemics await a heedless world

LONDON, November 11, 2020 − Once again, naturalists have warned that the invasion of wilderness can seriously damage human health: avoidable pandemics − Covid-19 is an instance of a disease transferred from wild mammals to humans − threaten to arrive more often, spread more rapidly, do more damage to the global economy, and kill more people. That’s because […]

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Fire and drought could trigger Amazon collapse

LONDON, September 30, 2020 – Within one human lifetime, Amazon collapse could have turned the rainforest into open savannah. The combined devastation of human-induced global warming, rapidly increasing degradation or destruction of the forest, natural climate cycles and catastrophic wildfires could be enough to bring the world’s biggest, richest and most vital forest to a tipping point: […]

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Elephants’ diets help forests to thrive

LONDON, July 30, 2019 – Like humans, all social animals exploit, disturb and alter their natural environment. Biologists have just identified at least one species, elephants, that – in the course of bulldozing their way through the undergrowth and destroying young trees – actually make the forest more efficient at storing carbon and thus containing […]

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Paris treaty would cut US heat peril

LONDON, June 18, 2019 − British scientists have identified a way in which President Trump could save thousands of American lives from the US heat peril. All he needs to do is honour the Paris Agreement of 2015 to keep global warming to “well below” 2°C above the planetary average that has endured for most […]

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CO2 levels pass 3-million-year record

LONDON, April 8, 2019 – German scientists have confirmed, once again, that carbon dioxide is reaching concentrations unprecedented on any human time scale, with CO2 levels in the atmosphere already higher than they have been for at least three million years. And their computer simulations – backed up by analysis of ocean sediments that tell […]

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