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'Fat' traces confirm weird fossils were earliest animals By AFP | Last Updated: 21st September, 2018, 02:16

This confirms that the creature, known as Dickinsonia, is the Earth's earliest known animal, said the report Thursday in the journal Science

'Fat' traces confirm weird fossils were earliest animals

Melting permafrost threatens climate rescue plan: study Melting permafrost threatens climate rescue plan: study

With only 1C of warming above pre-industrial levels so far, the world’s permafrost is already thawing, albeit slowly


Researchers turn to oysters as pollution-tracking sentinels Researchers turn to oysters as pollution-tracking sentinels

Their findings reveal that much like canaries in a coal mine, oysters stationed near offshore oil platforms can detect minute amounts of hydrocarbons


International Ozone Day being observed International Ozone Day being observed

The theme of this year is “Keep cool and carry on, the Montreal Protocol”


Researchers find Nemo's genetic code Researchers find Nemo's genetic code

The orange clownfish is not only the most recognised reef fish on Earth, but it is also one of the most highly studied


Eyes in the sky aim to protect Earth’s rainforests, resources Eyes in the sky aim to protect Earth’s rainforests, resources

This revolution in forest surveillance, and the Earth in general, comes from a constellation of satellites run by a company called Planet


Brazil meeting votes to protect world's whale population

Brazil meeting votes to protect whales

International Whaling Commission (IWC) recognises two whaling sanctuaries - one in the Indian Ocean and the other in the waters of the Southern Ocean


Regional and business leaders step into the climate breach Regional and business leaders step into the climate breach

Dozens of cities, provinces, states and multinational companies will pledge to run on clean energy — mostly solar or wind — within a few decades


Atlantic whale sanctuary bid blocked by pro-hunting nations Atlantic whale sanctuary bid blocked by pro-hunting nations

Pro-whaling nations on Tuesday blocked a near two-decade effort to create a South Atlantic haven for the endangered marine mammals


Climate extremes ‘key driver’ behind rising global hunger: UN Climate extremes ‘key driver’ behind rising global hunger: UN

Increasingly frequent shocks such as extreme rainfall or temperatures helped push the number of undernourished people to 821 million in 2017


Ban Ki-moon, Bill Gates head climate body Ban Ki-moon, Bill Gates head climate body

WB CEO Kristalina Georgieva will also oversee the Rotterdam-based commission, which styles itself as a 'solutions broker' to speed climate reform


New El Niño weather event likely this winter New El Niño weather event likely this winter

The El Niño/Southern Oscillation is a natural event that involves fluctuating ocean surface temperatures in the Pacific, which influence the weather


The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic

The ambitious project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, hopes to clean up half of the infamous garbage patch within five years


Lawachhara wildlife in danger as apathy prevails Lawachhara wildlife in danger

When a big-size python entered a locality in the last week of August, local people attempted to kill it. However, WSF rescued the snake


Australia drought extends despite ‘widespread, significant rain’ Australia drought extends despite ‘widespread, significant rain’

Graziers in eastern Australia have been battling a long-period of severe conditions that have turned green pastures brown


Global warming hikes risk of landslide tsunamis: study Global warming hikes risk of landslide tsunamis: study

Most of the recent risk research on tsunamis has focused on those caused by earthquakes, such as one in the Indian Ocean in 2004


Climate action could add $26 trillion to world economy: study Climate action could add $26 trillion to world economy: study

Dynamic action on climate could also generate “over 65 million new low-carbon jobs” by 2030


World's biggest sovereign fund pleads to save oceans World's biggest sovereign fund pleads to save oceans

"The ocean is a vital part of the biosphere and an important part of the global economy," said Yngve Slyngstad


UN kicks off talks on high seas treaty UN kicks off talks on high seas treaty

The talks are set to unfold over the next two years in four separate sessions, each lasting two weeks


Heatwave: 2018 was the joint hottest summer for UK 2018 joint hottest summer for UK

Dry, sweltering conditions for weeks on end gave way to a more average August


US firefighters battle suicidal thoughts after the blaze US firefighters battle suicidal thoughts after the blaze

California, one of the worst-hit states, has seen five firefighters die battling the flames so far this year


Can crunch talks bring the Paris climate treaty to life? Can crunch talks bring the Paris climate treaty to life?

This year is the deadline to finalise the "rule book" for the 2015 treaty, which calls for capping the rise in global temperatures


Pope urges clean up of plastic waste from oceans Pope urges clean up of plastic waste from oceans

The pope also says that access “to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right”


The incredible marathon of New Zealand Tawaki penguins The incredible marathon of New Zealand Tawaki penguins

The breathtaking distance was recorded by researchers, who for the first time managed to track the birds


Court blocks construction of Canada pipeline to Pacific Court blocks construction of Canada pipeline to Pacific

Federal Court of Appeal says Ottawa, which reached a deal in May to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan, must better consult with indigenous tribes


Rising temperature puts deeper corals in danger Rising temperature puts deeper corals in danger

A new study describes a novel approach for predicting warm temperature-induced stress on corals from the sea surface


Paris, Tokyo, New York and others pledge to slash waste Paris, Tokyo, New York and others pledge to slash waste

Places like New York, Tokyo, London, Paris and Sydney vowed to “cut the amount of waste generated by each citizen 15 percent by 2030”


Millions risk malnutrition as CO2 levels climb: study Millions risk malnutrition as CO2 levels climb: study

Protein, along with the minerals iron and zinc, are essential nutrients for normal human growth and development


Bangladeshis lose over 1.8 years of lifespan to air pollution: Scientists ‘Bangladeshis lose 1.8 yrs to air pollution’

Bangladesh placed top among 185 countries in terms of average years of life expectancy lost due to exposure to PM2.5


India’s devastating rains match climate change forecasts India’s devastating rains match climate change forecasts

Climate scientists warn that worse is to come if global warming continues unabated


French tomato grower takes on Monsanto over weedkiller French tomato grower takes on Monsanto over weedkiller

They detected glyphosate used in US biotech giant Monsanto’s flagship weedkiller Round Up which some studies and the WHO labelled carcinogenic


Huge wildfire spreads southwest of Berlin Huge wildfire spreads southwest of Berlin

Germany has seen a long, hot summer with almost no rain and large parts of the country are on high alert regarding possible wildfires


Climate change to impact desert ecosystems: Chinese researchers Climate change to impact desert ecosystems: Chinese researchers

The team simulated warming and reduced precipitation during a ten-year study, focusing on how soil crusts respond to these alterations in climate


Japan fleet catches 177 whales in latest hunt Japan fleet catches 177 whales in latest hunt

During the latest 98-day mission, Japanese ships caught 43 minke whales and 134 sei whales, the Fisheries Agency said in a statement


Dutch mull 'eau de lion dung' to scare off pesky deer Dutch mull 'eau de lion dung' to scare off pesky deer

A Dutch seaside town overrun by fallow deer is mulling plans to diffuse the smell of lion manure to…


Water ice 'detected on Moon's surface' Water ice 'detected on Moon's surface'

The result comes from an instrument on India's Chandrayaan-1 mission, which explored the Moon between 2008 and 2009


BUILD for adopting policy measures to promote environmental sustainability BUILD for adopting policy measures to promote environmental sustainability

BUILD urges the government to adopt policy measures for promoting environmental sustainability in the plastic sector


Australia ramps up aid to farmers as drought bites Australia ramps up aid to farmers as drought bites

Farmers in eastern states are struggling with extreme aridity that has turned green pastures into dust, with economies of local towns also suffering


Marine heat waves can wreak havoc on wildlife Marine heat waves can wreak havoc on wildlife

Prolonged periods of extreme heat in the oceans can damage kelp forests and coral reefs and fish


122 sea turtles found dead on Mexico beach 122 sea turtles found dead on Mexico beach

The cause of death was not immediately clear, though around 10 percent of the turtles had wounds to the head or shell

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