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7th November 2018

Ozone layer expected to heal fully by 2060

A new assessment of the ozone layer, published by the UN, shows it to be recovering faster than previously thought.

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4th November 2018

The Earth BioGenome Project is launched

The Earth BioGenome Project – a 10-year effort to sequence the genomes of all 1.5 million known animal, plant, protozoan and fungal species (eukaryotes) – was officially launched this week.

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31st October 2018

Bitcoin alone could push global warming above 2°C within 15 years

A new study finds that if Bitcoin is adopted at similar rates that other technologies have been incorporated, then it alone could produce enough emissions to raise global temperatures by 2°C as soon as 2033.

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27th October 2018

Peruvian glacier melting "irreversible" by mid-2050s

A study by the University at Albany forecasts that Peru's huge Quelccaya ice cap will reach a state of irreversible retreat by the mid-2050s, if current warming trends continue.

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17th October 2018

New study finds massive loss of insects in Puerto Rico

A study in the journal PNAS finds that insect populations in Puerto Rico have crashed since the 1970s. The fall may be caused by rising tropical forest temperatures.

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11th October 2018

Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 within planetary limits may be achievable

A global shift towards healthy and more plant-based diets, halving food loss and waste, and improving farming practices and technologies are required to feed 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, a new study finds.

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1st October 2018

Killer whale populations at risk of collapse by mid-century

A study in the journal Science concludes that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) could lead to a halving of killer whale populations in the most heavily contaminated areas within 30–50 years.

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30th September 2018

Giant undersea walls could prevent Antarctic melting

A new paper in the Cryosphere journal suggests that constructing massive "walls" on the seafloor could halt the slide of undersea glaciers, which are melting due to warmer ocean temperatures.

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14th September 2018

Fusion breakthrough: improved control of plasma

Researchers have predicted the entire set of beneficial 3-D distortions for controlling the edge localised modes (ELMs) in tokamak plasma.

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8th September 2018

Large-scale solar and wind power could help in "greening" the Sahara

A study by the University of Illinois finds that large-scale solar farms and wind turbines in the Sahara desert would have a major impact on rainfall, vegetation and temperatures – potentially greening the region.

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8th September 2018

World's largest offshore wind farm officially opens

The 659-megawatt Walney Extension has become operational off the coast of North West England.

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