climate change
Greenland’s Ice Can No Longer Handle Hot Summers

A team of scientists is warning that the double whammy of a naturally recurring weather pattern and rising temperatures is triggering dramatic melting on the Greenland ice sheet—a problem the researchers liken to recent global coral bleaching events, which have been fuelled by the one-two punch of El Niño and climate change. Read More >>

photography
2018’s Award-Winning Ocean Art Photos Will Transport You to Another Planet

In the sapphire-to-stygian waters that cover 70 per cent of Earth’s surface, fish school in iridescent sheets, whales sing mournful tunes, and jellyfish bloom like wildflowers. The ocean is a teeming mystery that most of us rarely dip our toes in. Thankfully, underwater photographers are working to bring portraits of its inhabitants back to shore. Read More >>

environment
Smog-Choked Bangkok Is Going to Make It Rain

In the capital of Thailand, a bout of toxic air has gotten so bad that officials are planning to literally make it rain to combat the smog. Read More >>

environment
Hardcore Recycling Enthusiasts Can Now Return Their Contact Lenses

The weird world of the spent disposable contact lens – which shrivel and harden into plastic lumps once out of a hydrating womb of eye fluid -- is the latest area to be environmentally-sounded, as it's now possible to save up all your seen-through lenses for return and recycling. Read More >>

climate change
Deadly Bird Battles May Be Another Weird Consequence of Climate Change

Climate change seems to be leading to more fatal conflict between a pair of bird species, according to a new study. The research demonstrates an important indirect consequence of a warming globe. Read More >>

plastic
The Guardian Now Comes Wrapped In Potatoes At Weekends

The Guardian's supplements came wrapped in a plastic substitute this weekend, but only in some areas. Read More >>

environment
Fatberg Sludges Down to Devon for Relaxing Getaway

It isn't just people in London who poke congealed sausage fat down sink plugs with pencils because the bin's too far away, as the modern fatberg menace has been spotted in the south west's tourist hotspot of Sidmouth. B&Bs frying up bacon for the Brexit dads are presumably to blame. Read More >>

drugs
Drug Dealers Are Doing Their Bit in War on Plastic

A Birmingham drug buyer has made the news today, after revealing that his friendly neighbourhood cocaine dealer offered to sell him his weekend pick-me-up in a reusable plastic pod, saving as much as five centimetres' worth of cling film from being wasted. Read More >>

environment
Scientists Want to Eavesdrop on Tropical Forests to Save Them From Annihilation

Seeing the forest through the trees is so 2018. In the coming years, ecologists are planning to do a lot more listening through the trees in an effort to get a better handle on forest health. Read More >>

environment
Antarctic Sea Ice Is In Record-Low Territory Again, and Nobody Knows Why

What’s happening to Arctic sea ice is pretty straightforward: Earth is getting warmer, and everything’s melting. But on the other side of the planet, things are more complicated, as evidenced by the latest Antarctic sea ice slump that has scientists scratching their heads. Read More >>

animals
Japanese Sushi Magnate Kicks Off 2019 by Ridiculously Overpaying for Bluefin, Regretting It

A Japanese restaurateur set a record on Saturday by paying nearly £2.4 million (333.6 million yen) for a massive, 613-pound Pacific bluefin tuna at the first auction of the year of Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market, and almost immediately conceded that perhaps he should not have paid that much, Reuters reported. Read More >>

environment
Industrial Chloroform Emissions Are Rising, and That’s Bad News

One of the rare bright spots amidst the environmental hellscape of 2018 was a United Nations report that the ozone hole was on track to be fully healed by mid century. But because no good news comes without caveats, scientists are now reporting that overlooked emissions of chloroform, which are on the rise in East Asia, could put a bit of a damper on that recovery. Read More >>

environment
New Delhi’s Air Quality Is So Bad the Government Is Enlisting Firefighters to Help Fight It

Firefighters in New Delhi, India, have got a new job: battling air pollution. Read More >>

climate change
Nearly 2 Million People Sign Petition to Sue France Over Climate Inaction

More than 1.8 million people worldwide have signed a petition from environmental groups to sue the French government for failing to take sufficient action on the matter. These groups, which include Greenpeace France and Oxfam France, are calling it the case of the century. Read More >>