The growing use of nitrogen fertilizers in the production of food worldwide is increasing concentrations of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere. The emissions are putting reaching climate goals in jeopardy.
Coordinated international action on energy-efficient, climate-friendly cooling could avoid as much as 600 billion tonnes CO2 equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions in this century.
Invasive species are often characterised by a high tolerance for fluctuations in environmental factors like temperature and salinity, thus being more adapted to the effects of climate change in the oceans.
The scientists who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme ‘cocktail’ which can digest plastic up to six times faster.
A massive global study of the world’s reefs has found sharks are ‘functionally extinct’ on nearly one in five of the reefs surveyed.
Two new analyses suggest that some life-threatening cases can be traced to weak spots in patients’ immune systems. A subset of patients has mutations in key immunity genes; other patients have auto-antibodies that target the same components of the immune system.
Global water consumption has increased almost fourfold in the past 100 years. In 30 years, almost a quarter of the world’s lowland population will strongly depend on runoff from the mountains.
Director of the Institute of Virology at Charité, Christian Drosten, states that we can only speak of lessons from the first wave in Europe. It can cause great harm if politicians use the dynamics of a pandemic for political messages.
An analysis has revealed a loss of functional and compositional diversity in Alpine bird communities. This trend is likely connected to rising temperatures and changes in land use.
A new analysis of period life expectancy around the world shows that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a short-term decline in life expectancy in many regions of the world.