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Ten conservation success stories when species came back from the brink

Ten conservation success stories when species came back from the brink

×LOOK at how we , or shocking graphs of animals threatened with extinction, and it is easy to be disheartened about the fate of the natural world. “There’s lots of doom and gloom stories around about ,” says Stuart Butchart at the conservation body BirdLife International. “It would be easy to feel conservation was a pointless exercise and there’s nothing we can do to slow the juggernaut down.”Butchart’s work suggests that isn’t the full picture, however. He was part of a team that recently estimated that since 1993. Given that 10 bird and five mammal species are known to have gone extinct...

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Covid-19 news: 95 per cent of over 70s in Great Britain given vaccine

Covid-19 news: 95 per cent of over 70s in Great Britain given vaccine

×95 per cent of people over 70 in Great Britain have had a vaccine doseAdvertisementOther coronavirus newCoronavirus deathsLife expectancy fell by one year in 2020, helped by theOther coronavirus newsCoronavirus deathsUK government plans to send 400,000 tests a day to homes and workplacesOther coronavirus newsCoronavirus deaths:Will the new variants scupper efforts to get life back to normal?Nearly two million more people will be added to England’s shielding listOther coronavirus newsCoronavirus deaths Coronavirus variants carrying similar mutations detected in the US Other coronavirus...

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Is it true climate change will cause the end of civilisation by 2050?

Is it true climate change will cause the end of civilisation by 2050?

×Climate change could bring about the end of civilisation as we know it within three decades, an Australian think tank has warned. by Breakthrough, endorsed by a retired Australian admiral, says a war-time response is needed to avoid the doomsday scenario. “The report speaks, in our opinion, a harsh but necessary truth,” says co-author David Spratt.What does the report say we are in for?The authors sketch a scenario where by 2050 more than half of the world’s population faces 20 days a year of lethal heat, crop yields globally drop by a fifth, the Amazon ecosystem collapses, the Arctic is...

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UK takes step towards world's first nuclear fusion power station

UK takes step towards world's first nuclear fusion power station

×The UK today embarked on a step toward building the world’s first nuclear fusion power station, by launching a search for a 100-plus hectare site where it can be plugged into the electricity grid. However, there are still major hurdles to overcome before it could start generating power.Prime minister Boris Johnson last year an extra £200 million to flesh out the possibility of building the project, known as the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP). The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the government body overseeing STEP, hopes construction could begin around 2030, with the...

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Air pollution linked to greater risk of dying from covid-19 in the US

Air pollution linked to greater risk of dying from covid-19 in the US

×Living in a part of the United States with dirty air has been linked to a significantly greater risk of dying from covid-19, raising the prospect of air pollution data being used to forecast which areas may need the most help treating people with the illness.As long-term exposure to air pollution weakens the lungs, and covid-19 attacks them, researchers worldwide have been racing to establish whether poor air quality makes the disease more severe. Links have been drawn, but , such as population density.Francesca Dominici at Harvard University and her colleagues have now found that each...

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European weather services hit by storm of malicious email attacks

European weather services hit by storm of malicious email attacks

×Weather services across Europe have been caught in a storm of malicious email attacks in the past week, forcing groups to upgrade security measures and creating challenges for staff.The Met Office and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in the UK, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency and the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) are among the European services that were affected, New Scientist has confirmed.People at meteorological services have received a mass of emails purporting to come from trusted contacts, with some of the senders spoofing European Commission...

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Superwhite paint can cool buildings even in hot sunlight

Superwhite paint can cool buildings even in hot sunlight

×A new superwhite paint is so reflective that it can cool a surface to below the surrounding air temperature, even under sunlight. It could help reduce the use of energy-intensive air conditioning in hot countries.With , ways to passively keep cool without using energy will be vital in coming decades. While “cool roofs” painted white are a common sight in hot climates, materials experts think they can do one better.Xiulin Ruan at Purdue University and his colleagues developed a white paint that was so reflective and good at radiating heat that it cooled a surface to 1.7°C below the...

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Microwaving plastic waste can generate clean hydrogen

Microwaving plastic waste can generate clean hydrogen

×Chemists have used microwaves to convert plastic bags, milk bottles and other supermarket packaging into a clean source of hydrogen.Plastic waste can already be converted to hydrogen , and . However, a new approach holds the promise of being quicker and less energy-intensive.Peter Edwards at the University of Oxford says he and his colleagues wanted to “confront the grim reality” of plastic waste, with the UK alone producing 1.5 million tonnes each year. As the density of hydrogen in plastic bags is about 14 per cent by weight, plastic offers a possible new source for .AdvertisementMost...

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Extreme rising seas could wipe out assets worth $14 trillion by 2100

Extreme rising seas could wipe out assets worth $14 trillion by 2100

×Coastal floods wrought by rising seas could affect tens of millions more people and cause trillions of dollars of harm by the end of the century if the world fails to prevent the worst-case climate change scenario, according to a new analysis.The area of land globally at risk from coastal flooding could increase by almost half by 2100 as sea level rises put more homes, roads and other infrastructure in the firing line. Asia and north-west Europe are anticipated to be hit hardest.However, this worst-case scenario assumes humanity pumps out high levels of carbon dioxide, implements no flood...

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Renewable energy will be world's main power source by 2040, says BP

Renewable energy will be world's main power source by 2040, says BP

sources will be the world’s main source of power within two decades and are establishing a foothold in the global energy system faster than any fuel in history, according to BP.The UK-based oil company said wind, solar and other renewables will account for about 30% of the world’s electricity supplies by 2040, up from 25% in BP’s 2040 estimates last year, and about 10% today.In regions such as Europe, the figure will be as high as 50% by 2040. The speed of growth was without parallel, the company said in its .While oil took almost 45 years to go from 1% of global energy to 10%, and gas took...

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