Record heatwave ‘made much more likely’ by human impact on climate

Scientists say July at least equalled and may have beaten hottest month on record The record-breaking heatwave that roasted Europe last month was a one-in-a-thousand-year event made up to 100 times more likely by human-driven climate change, scientists have calculated. Around the globe, July at least equalled and may have surpassed the hottest month on […]

Lean meat: US pork prices rise as sweltering summer leads to skinny pigs

Farmers say they have more slender summer herd to sell after overweight and numerous pigs in spring led to lowest prices in a decade Lean times for US pig farmers have led to an unforeseen spike in pork prices. Sweltering under record-setting summer temperatures, pigs that have sweated off the pounds and are now considered […]

‘So much land under so much water’: extreme flooding is drowning parts of the midwest

As relentless rain wreaks havoc in the farm belt, many struggle to cope Even with half of the houses on her street underwater, Dina Barker looked at the numbers and calculated that it was worth holding out. The rate at which water was pouring out of the rain-swollen Keystone dam less than 10 miles up […]

Rotten eggs: e-waste from Europe poisons Ghana’s food chain

Toxins from old computers, fridges and other electronic goods are polluting chicken eggs in an area where 80,000 people live Some of the most hazardous chemicals on Earth are entering the food chain in Ghana from illegally disposed electronic waste coming from Europe. According to a new report by two environmental groups tracking the disposal […]

‘Privatizing the coast’: are wealthy Californians seizing public beaches?

As some try to seal off stretches of coastline for private use, the state wants to tackle a growing divide between rich and poor Privates Beach is named not for its exclusivity but for a permissive attitude toward nude sunbathing. This small patch of paradise on the California coastline is adored by locals, and anyone […]

Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels

Bill passed by parliament means more than 300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas will be sold as soon as practicable The Republic of Ireland will become the worlds first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament. […]

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals study

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanitys surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet. The worlds 7.6 billion people represent just […]

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more […]

‘We don’t have anything’: landlords demand rent on flooded Houston homes

Displaced families say they are struggling to pay rent on damaged dwellings, as an acute housing crisis grips south-east Texas after Hurricane Harvey Rocio Fuentes weighed up the cost of getting some new sofas for her new apartment in Pasadena, Texas, and decided the family budget could just about stretch to it. Just one month […]