UN launches push for net-zero emissions by 2050

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is global warming? Business leaders, cities and investors are being urged to back a UN campaign aiming for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Race to Zero is part of the diplomatic push to increase ambition in the lead up to the COP26 international climate change

Minneapolis Launched a Groundbreaking Climate Plan, But Left Minorities Out

MINNEAPOLIS—Seven years ago, this city leapt to the front of the urban climate movement when it adopted an action plan for global warming. Hailed by environmentalists, the plan—one of the first passed by a major U.S. city—included reforms on issues ranging from energy efficiency to waste management. But activists say the effort launched without a

Covid-19: Social ‘bubbles’ unlikely to be allowed soon in the UK

By Adam Vaughan Social “bubbles” that include people from different households may not be allowed in the UK for some time Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images Socialising indoors with more than one household in social ‘bubbles’ during the covid-19 crisis looks unlikely to be allowed any time soon in the UK, judging

US to Stockpile Millions of COVID-19 Vaccines Ahead of FDA Approval, Fauci Says

Pharmaceutical companies are preparing to test their coronavirus vaccines on tens of thousands of people this summer. The fast-moving process has garnered an optimistic outlook from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who said on Tuesday that the US could have hundreds of millions of approved vaccines by

Bioluminescence Helps Prey Avoid Hungry Seals

Deep in the inky depths of what’s called the ocean’s mesopelagic zone, more than five hundred meters below the surface, the main source of light is not the sun. Even during the day. Most of the light comes instead from bioluminescent organisms, creatures that produce their own light. It’s in these dark depths that southern

Coronavirus: Public told to cut water use amid surge in lockdown demand

Image copyright Getty Images Water companies are urging people to use water more carefully during the coronavirus lockdown. They are asking people to avoid hoses and sprinklers, and not to fill paddling pools. However, so far a full hosepipe ban has not been imposed. Companies are responding to a double water whammy from the record

How the Covid-19 pandemic is threatening Africa’s wildlife

A wildlife catastrophe is unfolding in Africa, according to park rangers and conservation experts. They say the closure of safari tourism, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is decimating the industry, and leading to an increase in poaching. The African tourism industry is worth almost $30 billion a year and employs almost four million people. Experts

‘Nearest black hole to Earth discovered’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHR 6819 artwork: Star movements are marked in blue, the black hole movement is marked in red Astronomers have a new candidate in their search for the nearest black hole to Earth. It’s about 1,000 light-years away, or roughly 9.5 thousand, million, million km, in the Constellation

Iceye’s small radar satellites achieve big capability

Image caption Cape Town, South Africa: Coloured “fringes” will describe movement away or towards a satellite European “new space” company Iceye has demonstrated a radar technique in its small satellites that has in the past been performed only by the biggest of spacecraft. Called Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSar), it involves making repeat images of

England bad at penalties? Think again – say the Germans

Euro 96: Southgate penalty miss sees England knocked out by Germany Chris Waddle blazing one over the bar in Turin, Gareth Southgate’s side-foot effort parried by Andreas Kopke, Ashley Cole bested by Gianluigi Buffon – England have a long and painful history of exiting major tournaments because of missed penalties. With football currently suspended, fans

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