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Huge algae blooms discovered beneath Arctic ice

WASHINGTON — A NASA mission to study the tiny algae vital to the ocean’s food chain has turned up a massive amount of phytoplankton where scientists least expected it — under the Arctic ice. In a project that uses both satellites and on-site measurements to study this important food source…

Wildlife groups sue U.S. over lead bullets

WASHINGTON — Seven US conservation groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the government of failing to regulate the use of toxic lead bullets in hunting. Lead bullets have been shown to fragment upon impact, leaving bits behind in carcasses that other animals scavenge. The…

Europe requires new cars to slash carbon emissions by a third

New cars sold in Europe will have to slash their carbon emissions by a third by 2020, according to leaked European Commission documents seen by the Guardian. The proposed regulation would be legally binding and the document plans for even stricter emissions targets for 2025 and 2030, which could only…

Scientist Peter Gleick reinstated to former job after Heartland Institute exposé

The scientist who exposed the inner workings of the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute, triggering the defection of key donors, has been reinstated after an investigation. Peter Gleick, who impersonated a Heartland board member to obtain and make public confidential budget and strategy documents, was restored to his position as president of…

Data: Amazon deforestation at record low

Deforestation of the Amazon has fallen to its lowest levels since records began, according to data recently released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. The boost for the environment comes a week after president Dilma Rousseff was criticised for weakening the forest protection measures widely credited for the improvement,…

Study: CT scans put children at heightened risk for leukemia

Researchers have warned doctors to ensure that CT scans carried out on children are clinically justified, after a government-funded study found that exposure to ionising radiation during such scans could triple the risk of under-15s developing brain cancer or leukaemia later in life. Two or three scans would be sufficient…

Huge Japan tsunami dock washes up on U.S. beach

A huge floating dock cast adrift by Japan’s killer tsunami has washed up on an Oregon beach, believed to be the biggest piece of flotsam to make landfall on the US West Coast so far. The 66-foot (20-meter) long rectangular structure, made of concrete and metal, was spotted floating off…

Consumerism poses threat to vulnerable species

The developed world’s insatiable appetite for products like coffee and timber is threatening the survival of one in three vulnerable animal species in poor countries, according to an Australian study. Academics at the University of Sydney spent five years tracking the world economy, evaluating over five billion supply chains connecting…

Environmental collapse now a serious threat: scientists

PARIS — Climate change, population growth and environmental destruction could cause a collapse of the ecosystem just a few generations from now, scientists warned on Wednesday in the journal Nature. The paper by 22 top researchers said a “tipping point” by which the biosphere goes into swift and irreversible change,…

Drug-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise, warns WHO

GENEVA — The World Health Organization warned on Wednesday of a spreading resistance to drugs used to treat the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea. Millions of people with the condition may be at risk of running out of treatment options unless urgent action is taken, the United Nations agency said. Several…

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