Environmental Policy News
July 5, 2023

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Potent Greenhouse Gas Produced by Industry Could Be Readily Abated With Existing Technologies

Researchers have found that one method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions is available, affordable, and capable of being implemented right now. Nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting substance, could be readily abated with ...

World's Most Threatened Seabirds Visit Remote Plastic Pollution Hotspots

Analysis of global tracking data for 77 species of petrel has revealed that a quarter of all plastics potentially encountered in their search for food are in remote international waters -- requiring international collaboration to ...

Three Things to Know: Climate Change's Impact on Extreme-Weather Events

Researchers found that the effects of climate change on the intensity, frequency, and duration of extreme weather events, like wildfires, could lead to massive increases in all ...

'Critical Climate Solution' or 'Worse Than Coal'? Study Explores Debate Around Divisive Energy Technology

A new study has explored the battle lines of public debate around a controversial energy technology which is heralded as 'critical to combating climate change' by its advocates and branded 'worse than coal' by its ...

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21st Century Economic Growth Will Be Slower Than We Thought

The global economy will grow slower in the 21st century than economists have expected, a finding that has implications for our ability to adapt to climate change in the coming decades, according to ...

Climate Action Plans Mobilize Limited Urban Change, Researchers Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), released just prior to an international climate convention in 2015, explicitly stated that human-caused greenhouse gas ...

New Research Reveals the Impact of Different Species and Their Traits on Human Wellbeing

New research has revealed that well-functioning ecosystems are crucial to human health and wellbeing, with human-biodiversity interactions delivering wellbeing gains equating to substantial ...

Supersized Fruit Eater Database on Climate Change Frontline

To conserve precious and fragile biodiversity hotspots, a crucial step is knowing how the fruit eaters are doing. To assist in that, scientists and students have supersized a database to keep track ...

When Is Migration Successful Adaptation to Climate Change?

A new study has put forward three criteria for evaluating the success of migration as adaptation in the face of climate change: well-being, equity and ...

Change Food Choices to Increase Chances of Tackling Global Warming

Action to protect the planet against the impact of climate change will fall short unless we reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the global food system, which now makes up a third of human-made ...

10-Year Countdown to Sea-Ice-Free Arctic

Research team predicts Arctic without ice by the end of 2030s if current increasing rate of greenhouse gas emission ...

Preserving Forests to Protect Deep Soil from Warming

An innovative, decade-long experiment in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountains shows carbon stocks buried deep underground are vulnerable to climate change. The findings have ...

Researchers Find High Risk to Amphibians If Fungal Pathogen Invades North America

New research indicates the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) could be devastating to amphibian biodiversity if introduced to North ...

Why Certain Fish Are Left Off the Hook

A new study found that while a piece of legislation designed to foster the sustainability of marine fisheries is sometimes blamed for being too stringent -- leading to what some politicians call ...

Without Fully Implementing Net-Zero Pledges, the World Will Miss Climate Goals

Without more legally binding and well-planned net-zero policies, the world is highly likely to miss key climate ...


Greenhouse Gas Emissions at 'an All-Time High' -- And It Is Causing an Unprecedented Rate of Global Warming, Say Scientists

Human-induced warming, largely caused by the burning of fossil fuels, reached an average of 1.14°C for the most recent decade (2013 to 2022) above pre-industrial levels. This is up from 1.07°C ...

空气质量监测站收集了海量DNA by Accident, a Potentially 'Game-Changing' Discovery for Tracking Global Biodiversity

The accelerating loss of biodiversity and increasing rate of species extinction is a major threat to ecosystems around the globe. And yet, quantifying those losses at a large scale hasn't been ...

Lessons from 'The Blob' Will Help Us Manage Fisheries During Future Marine Heatwaves

In early 2014, a great anomaly descended upon the seas: A patch of warm water that manifested in the Gulf of Alaska. Scientists called it 'The ...

Whales Not to Be Counted on as 'Climate Savers'

Do whales increase the removal of carbon from the atmosphere? Despite some hope that this would be the case, a new study has found the amount of potential carbon capture by whales is too little to ...

Forest Protection and Carbon Dioxide Stored in Biomass

A study has found that worldwide protected forests have an additional 9.65 billion metric tons of carbon stored in their above-ground biomass compared to ecologically similar unprotected ...

Study Identifies Boat Strikes as a Growing Cause of Manatee Deaths in Belize

The endangered Antillean manatee faces a growing threat from boat strikes in Belize, according to a new study that raises concerns about the survival of what had been considered a relatively healthy ...

Protecting Large Ocean Areas Doesn't Curb Fishing Catches

In the first-ever 'before and after' assessment of the impact of establishing Mexico's Revillagigedo National Park on the fishing industry, a team of US and Mexican researchers found ...

Fairy Tales Offer Accessible Ways to Communicate Energy Research in the Social Sciences to Help Tackle Climate Change

A team of researchers has been developing accessible and creative means of communicating sustainability research from the social sciences for policymakers and the wider public. Using fairy tale ...

Saved from Extinction, Southern California's Channel Island Foxes Now Face New Threat to Survival

Starting in the 1990s, Island Fox populations began to dwindle due to an outbreak of canine distemper and an increase in attacks by golden eagles. Some islands saw their population drop to as low as ...

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