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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.
Elusive molecule, first in Universe, detected in space
by Marlowe Hood - April 19, 2019 - 12:41pm
In the beginning, more than 13 billion years ago, the Universe was an undifferentiated soup of three simple, single-atom elements. 
For its health and yours, keep the cat indoors
by Marlowe Hood - April 17, 2019 - 11:38am
At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday.
Privacy curtains could be reservoir of deadly bacteria, study says
by Marlowe Hood - April 14, 2019 - 2:16pm
Hard-to-clean privacy curtains in hospitals and nursing homes worldwide may be contaminated with deadly drug-resistant bugs, according to findings to be presented Saturday at an infectious diseases conference.
Scientists set to reveal first true image of black hole
by Marlowe Hood - April 10, 2019 - 2:02pm
The world is finally about to see a black hole—not an artist's impression or a computer-generated likeness, but the real thing.
Scientists set to unveil first picture of a black hole
by Marlowe Hood - April 6, 2019 - 12:43pm
The world, it seems, is soon to see the first picture of a black hole.
Many sharks closer to extinction than feared — Red List
by Marlowe Hood - March 25, 2019 - 10:23am
Human appetites are pushing makos and other iconic sharks to the brink of extinction, scientists warned in a new assessment of the apex predator's conservation status.  
Human diet causing 'catastrophic' damage to planet — study
by Marlowe Hood - January 17, 2019 - 8:19am
"We can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources," said The Lancet editor-in-chief Richard Horton. 
UN warns paradigm shift needed to avert global climate chaos
by Marlowe Hood - October 8, 2018 - 9:24am
Avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is "unprecedented in scale," the UN said Monday in a landmark report that warns time is running out to avert...
Indonesia tsunami worsened by shape of Palu bay: scientists
by Marlowe Hood - October 2, 2018 - 11:07am
The tsunami that ravaged the Indonesian city of Palu was outsized compared to the earthquake that spawned it, but other factors —including a long, narrow bay—conspired to create monster waves, scientists...
Early humans in the Philippines 700,000 years ago: study
by Marlowe Hood - May 3, 2018 - 8:08am
Were the early humans roaming east Asia more than half-a-million years ago clever enough to build sea-faring watercraft and curious enough to cross a vast expanse of open sea?
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