UN report says world is racing to well past warming limit as carbon emissions rise instead of plunge
A new United Nations report calculates that the globe is speeding to 2.5 to 2.9 degrees Celsius (4.5 to 5.2 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming since pre-industrial times, set to blow well past the agreed upon international climate threshold.
EU Commission to extend use of glyphosate for 10 more years after member countries fail to agree
The European Commission will continue the use of the controversial chemical herbicide glyphosate in the European Union for 10 more years after the 27 member countries again failed to find a common position.
Iceland's Blue Lagoon spa closes temporarily as earthquakes put area on alert for volcanic eruption
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions, has closed temporarily as a swarm of earthquakes put the island nation’s most populated region on alert for a possible volcanic eruption.
Man accused of Antarctic assault was then sent to remote icefield with young graduate students
A man who was accused of physically assaulting a woman in Antarctica was then assigned to look after the safety of a professor and three young graduate students on a remote icefield, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Investigators are being sent to US research base on Antarctica to look into sexual violence concerns
The watchdog office overseeing the National Science Foundation is sending investigators to Antarctica’s McMurdo Station after hearing concerns about the prevalence of sexual violence at the U.S. research base.
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant starts 3rd release of treated radioactive wastewater into the sea
The tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began its third release of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the sea after Japanese officials said the two earlier releases ended smoothly.
In early 2029, Earth will likely lock into breaching key warming threshold, scientists calculate
A new study says that in a little more than five years the world will likely be unable to stay below the internationally agreed temperature limit for global warming if it continues to burn fossil fuels at its current rate.
UN nuclear agency team watches Japanese lab workers prepare fish samples from damaged nuclear plant
Scientists from the U.N. nuclear agency have watched Japanese lab workers prepare samples of fish collected at a seafood market near the Fukushima nuclear plant to test the safety of treated radioactive wastewater released from the damaged plant into the sea.
Australia's Lynas to upgrade Malaysian rare earth refinery amid dispute over operating license
Australian miner Lynas Rare Earths says it will temporarily shut down most of its operations in Malaysia for upgrades while dealing with a legal battle with the Malaysian government over its operating license.
Federal forecasters predict warm, wet US winter but less snow because of El Nino, climate change
The upcoming United States winter looks likely to be a bit low on snow and extreme cold outbreaks, with federal forecasters predicting the North to get warmer than normal and the South wetter and stormier.
New vaccine expected to give endangered California condors protection against deadly bird flu
Wildlife officials say antibodies found in early results of a historic new vaccine trial are expected to give endangered California condors at least partial protection from the deadliest strain of avian influenza in U.S. history.
Whales and dolphins in American waters are losing food and habitat to climate change, US study says
A first-of-its-kind assessment says whales, dolphins and seals living in U.S. waters face major threats from the warming ocean temperatures, rising sea levels and decreasing sea ice associated with climate change.
A string of volcanic tremors raises fears of mass evacuations in Italy
Hundreds of small tremors have shaken a densely populated volcanic area west of the Italian city of Naples in recent weeks, pushing the government to quickly redraft mass evacuation plans, even though experts don’t see an imminent risk of eruption.
As thaw accelerates, Swiss glaciers have lost 10% of their volume in the past 2 years, experts say
A Swiss Academy of Sciences panel is reporting a dramatic acceleration of glacier melt in the Alpine country, which has lost 10% of its ice volume in just two years after high summer heat and low snow volumes in winter.
At US Antarctic base hit by harassment claims, workers are banned from buying alcohol at bars
From Sunday, workers at the main United States base in Antarctica will no longer be able to walk into a bar and order a beer, after the federal agency overseeing the research program decided to stop serving alcohol.