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18 January 2017 Conditions right for complex life may have come and gone in Earth’s distant past

This is a 1.9-billion-year-old stromatolite — or mound made by microbes that lived in shallow water — called the Gunflint Formation in northern Minnesota.

18 January 2017 Severe flood warnings mean ‘threat to life’, warns Environment Agency

The severe warnings in place along the east coast of England need to be taken seriously, the Environment Agency has warned. The BBC spoke to Lisa Pinney from the Environment Agency, who has been assisting residents in Jaywick, Essex, affected by possible floods.

18 January 2017 EU proposes to halve food waste in Europe by 2030

The initiative, which would apply to the UK if passed, would wipe out 44m tonnes of food waste every year

17 January 2017 British Antarctic station to shut down for winter due to crack in ice

Halley VI station moved to safer location but staff to be brought home during southern winter as ‘prudent precaution’

17 January 2017 Chinese discard hundreds of cycles-for-hire in giant piles

It was hoped bike-hire schemes would cut pollution and congestion but it seems some users just want to ride and dump

17 January 2017 Parts of United States are heating faster than globe as a whole

A new study shows the Northeast USA will reach the dangerous 2°C warming threshold faster than most of the rest of the planet

2 November 2016 Coal doesn’t help the poor; it makes them poorer

Climate denial often centers around myths about the importance of coal in alleviating poverty The coal-fired Castle Gate Power Plant is pictured outside Helper, Utah. Photograph: George Frey/Reuters Dana Nuccitelli A dozen international poverty and development organizations published a report last week on the impact of building new coal power plants in countries where a…

2 November 2016 World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact A victim of poachers in Kenya: elephants are among the species most impacted by humans, the WWF report found. Photograph: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

2 November 2016 300 million children live in areas with extreme air pollution, data reveals

Global study reveals huge number of children breathing toxic fumes more than six times over safe limits, while billions are affected by air pollution that exceeds guidelines Children are far more vulnerable to air pollution, which leads to 600,000 child deaths a year globally, according to Unicef. Photograph: Bazuki Muhammad/REUTERS

2 November 2016 Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning

Local traders lament collapse in business from storm surge amid growing concern that city’s sea defences are ill-equipped to cope The increasing frequency of storms is hindering the beaches’ ability to recuperate, leading to erosion along stretches of the shoreline at Copacabana beach and others. Photograph: Javier Etxezarreta/EPA Jonathan Watts in Rio de Janeiro

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