Issues & Trends
|Research Highlight: Acid Ocean Poses Increased Reef Loss Risk
Scripps researcher Tyler Cyronak and test chambers in a study of ocean acidification effects on coral reef sediments in Bermuda
Much of the sediment that serves as the foundation of most coral reef ecosystems could begin to erode within 30 years as a result of increasing ocean acidity, according to new research.
|World Is Not on Track to Meet UN’s 2030 Sustainable Energy Goals
The world's poorest countries are making progress toward the United Nations' sustainable energy goals, but not as quickly as development agencies had hoped, according to a new report from the UN, the World Health Organization and three other international agencies.
|Which cities face most, least air pollution according to new WHO data
(CNN)Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills 7 million people each year, according to a new study from the World Health Organization.
|Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world, NASA says
A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies.
|Will Climate Change Cause More Migrants than Wars?
BUENOS AIRES, May 17 2018 (IPS) - Climate change is one of the main drivers of migration and will be increasingly so. It will even have a more significant role in the displacement of people than armed conflicts, which today cause major refugee crises.
| Infographic: A World of Languages
Infographic: A World of Languages
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Languages provide a window into culture and history. They’re also a unique way to map the world – not through landmasses or geopolitical borders, but through mother tongues.
THE TOWER OF BABEL
|Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers
The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.
|Water-smart agriculture could cut migration risk - FAO
Two-thirds of the world's people suffer some water scarcity for part of each year
By Nicole Hoey
LONDON, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water stress is increasingly driving migration around the world, but efforts to adapt to worsening shortages could help, a new U.N. study suggests.
|The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought
For years, scientists have been tracking a large accumulation of floating trash, mostly bits of plastic, in the north Pacific ocean called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” or the “trash vortex.” This region, according to the latest research, has more lost and discarded plastic inside it than previous surveys suggested—like, a lot more.
|Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.
OSLO (Reuters) - Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday.