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Rich nations fall short on climate finance pledge
by Marlowe Hood - November 6, 2020 - 4:47pm
Wealthy countries are falling short on a decade-old promise come due to ramp up climate finance for the developing world, according to a semi-official report released Friday. 
Scientists throw lifeline to world's rarest primate
by Marlowe Hood - October 16, 2020 - 7:59am
Hainan gibbons — the rarest primates on Earth — were already teetering on the edge of extinction in 2014 when the most powerful storm to lash China's coast in half a century ravaged their island oas...
For COVID-19, what is 'safe distancing'? It depends...
by Marlowe Hood - September 2, 2020 - 11:18am
One meters or two? Or is it six? When it comes to coronavirus social distancing, there is no single rule of thumb, researchers cautioned this week in a study. 
Earth's ice sheets tracking worst-case climate scenarios
by Marlowe Hood - September 1, 2020 - 8:01am
The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, which hold enough frozen water to lift oceans 65 metres, are tracking the UN's worst-case scenarios for sea level rise, researchers said, highlighting flaws in current climate...
Hong Kong: First 'proven' case of COVID-19 reinfection
by Marlowe Hood - August 25, 2020 - 7:27am
Up to now, there have been many cases of suspected re-infection, but none were able to rule out the possibility that the virus has remained latent and reemerged after weeks or months.
'Test-&-trace' crucial but won't beat coronavirus alone: study
by Marlowe Hood - August 19, 2020 - 7:51am
Testing for COVID-19 and tracing the prior contacts of those found to be infected are crucial measures for slowing the disease's spread, but inadequate unless combined with other measures, researchers said Wedn...
World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below UN projections
by Marlowe Hood - July 15, 2020 - 7:50am
Earth will be home to 8.8 billion souls in 2100, two billion fewer than current UN projections, according to a major study published Wednesday that foresees new global power alignments shaped by declining fertility...
COP26 climate talks pushed back to November 2021
by Marlowe Hood - May 29, 2020 - 1:52pm
Britain proposed the new dates for the Glasgow conference—which had already been suspended—in a letter to the UN climate forum, citing health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the...
Less air pollution means thousands fewer die
by Marlowe Hood - April 30, 2020 - 11:19am
Air pollution shortens lives worldwide by nearly three years on average, and causes 8.8 million premature deaths annually, according to a study last month.
Micro-pollution ravaging China and South Asia: study
by Marlowe Hood - February 25, 2020 - 5:04pm
Taking population into account, Bangladesh emerged as the country with the worst so-called PM2.5 pollution, followed by Pakistan, Mongolia, Afghanistan and India, according to the 2019 World Air Quality Report, jointly...
Half-a-million insect species face extinction: scientists
by Marlowe Hood - February 11, 2020 - 1:57pm
Half of the one million animal and plant species on Earth facing extinction are insects, and their disappearance could be catastrophic for humankind, scientists have said in a "warning to humanity".
UN chief calls climate summit a 'lost opportunity'
by Marlowe Hood - December 16, 2019 - 11:00am
Almost a fortnight of COP25 talks just squeezed out hard-earned compromises from countries over a global warming battle plan that fell well short of what science says is needed to tackle the climate c...
Zero-hour on climate, but UN talks in another time zone
by Marlowe Hood - December 2, 2019 - 1:08pm
Global talks tasked with neutralizing the threat of global warming get underway in Madrid Monday, but their narrow focus on rules and procedures remains out of sync with the world's climate-addled future.
Humanity must rescue oceans to rescue itself, UN warns
by Marlowe Hood - September 25, 2019 - 6:46pm
The report, a digest of 7,000 peer-reviewed studies, is a sobering reminder that record greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from burning fossil fuels, are driving the planet towards a hothouse climate our species could...
Water discovered for first time in atmosphere of habitable exoplanet
by Marlowe Hood - September 12, 2019 - 10:17am
Eight times the mass of Earth and twice as big, K2-18b orbits in its star's "habitable zone" at a distance—neither too far nor too close—where water can exist in liquid form, they reported in the journal...
World must adapt to 'inevitable' climate change, warns report
by Marlowe Hood - September 10, 2019 - 3:21pm
Nations rich and poor must invest now to protect against destructive climate change impacts already in the pipeline or pay an even heavier price later, a global commission led by former UN head Ban Ki-moon warned...
World's rivers loaded with antibiotics waste: study
by Marlowe Hood - May 31, 2019 - 2:32pm
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the world is running out of antibiotics that still work, and has called on industry and governments to urgently develop a new generation of drugs. 
Stressed pregnant moms may mean lower sperm counts: study
by Marlowe Hood - May 31, 2019 - 2:20pm
Men whose mothers suffered stressful events such as divorce or job loss in early pregnancy are more likely to have fewer and less active sperm, researchers said Thursday.
One in seven babies born with low birthweight: study
by Marlowe Hood - May 16, 2019 - 6:52am
More than 20 million newborns in 2015—one in seven—came into the world weighing too little, according to a global assessment of birthweight, published Thursday.
Earth on the road to first mass extinction since dinosaurs vanished 66 million years ago
by Marlowe Hood - May 7, 2019 - 3:34pm
One million animal and plant species face extinction, many within decades.
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