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Planet Earth Will Have Lost Two-Thirds Of Wild Vertebrates By 2020

Populations of wild vertebrates are on track to fall 67 per cent by 2020, according to a new report on the state of Earth’s ecosystems. It’s another stunning reminder of the scale of humanity’s impact on the planet, and a frightening glimpse into the realities of life in the Anthropocene.

Renewables Now Exceed All Other Forms Of New Power Generation

Last year, renewable energy accounted for more than half of all new forms of power generation produced worldwide. It’s an unprecedented milestone for our civilisation — one that points to a bright future for solar and wind power.

A Major Climate Threshold Has Been Permanently Crossed

For the first time in human history, atmospheric CO2 concentrations exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2015. They’re expected to do so again this year, and every subsequent year for many generations to come, according to a new report issued by the World Meteorological Organisation.

Iceland's Latest Renewable Energy Project Is So Badass

Iceland, land of elves and shark meat delicacies, is proving to be far more inventive than the rest of us when it comes to new energy technologies. Having already tamed its shallow geothermal resources, the chilly island nation is now trying to tap into the power of magma.

Enormous, Mysterious Ice Avalanches Strike Tibet

When the first deadly avalanche struck the Aru Range in Tibet on July 17th, scientists were puzzled. But when a second enormous ice slide occurred just a few kilometers south and two months later, they were shocked.

There's An Enormous Natural Gas Seep Along The US West Coast

From British Columbia to Northern California, planet Earth’s got a case of the toots. A recent deep ocean mapping survey has learned that a geologically-active strip of seafloor called the Cascadia Subduction Zone is bubbling methane like mad. It could be one of the most active methane seeps on the planet.

Ten Thousand Endangered 'Scrotum Frogs' Have Mysteriously Dropped Dead In Peru

Peruvian authorities are scrambling to determine why thousands of critically endangered, Titicaca water frogs are washing up belly up, after an environmental group reported the mass die-off last week. According to local activists, untreated sewage sludge is to blame.

NASA Already Says 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record

It’s only October, but that doesn’t seem to matter: NASA is basically sure 2016 will go down as the hottest year in recorded history. Unless a rogue planet suddenly appears to fling the Earth off its present orbit and into the Kuiper Belt, we’re locked in. Welcome to life in a rapidly warming world.

MIT's Fusion Reactor Broke A World Record Right Before The Feds Shut It Off

MIT’s fusion program has fallen on hard times, but that hasn’t stopped it from smashing world records and keeping the dream of limitless, carbon-free energy alive. At an International Atomic Energy Agency summit in Japan this week, researchers involved with MIT’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak reactor announced that their machine had generated the highest plasma pressure ever recorded.

'Single Most Important Step' To Fight Climate Change Taken In Historic Agreement

Leaders from 170 countries agreed to a deal on last week that is being touted as more significant in the effort to fight climate change than last year’s Paris accords.

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