Entries by aza

Canada’s high Arctic glaciers at risk of disappearing completely, study finds

Hundreds of glaciers in Canada’s high Arctic are shrinking and many are at risk of disappearing completely, an unprecedented inventory of glaciers in the country’s northernmost island has revealed. Using satellite imagery, researchers catalogued more than 1,700 glaciers in northern Ellesmere Island and traced how they had changed between 1999 and 2015. The results offered […]

Most of Europe’s rivers and lakes fail water quality tests – report

The vast majority of Europe’s rivers, lakes and estuaries have failed to meet minimum ecological standards for habitat degradation and pollution, according to a damning new report. Only 40% of surface water bodies surveyed by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) were found to be in a good ecological state, despite EU laws and biodiversity protocols. […]

2017 Was a Really Bad Year for Tropical Forests

Tropical forests suffered some of their worst losses in history last year, according to a new report from the monitoring group Global Forest Watch. About 39 million acres, or 61,000 square miles, of forest cover disappeared in 2017—an area approximately the size of Bangladesh. That makes it the second-worst year on record, topped only by […]

The Climate Change Solution Under Our Noses

Our planet’s outermost surface is so important, it bears its name: earth. It’s the foundation of forests, grasslands and other natural habitats and the medium that gives us food, medicine, clothes, fuel, and livelihoods. Unfortunately, our use and misuse of land accounts for a significant proportion of our total annual greenhouse gas emissions, yet it […]

The deadliest volcanic eruptions of the past 25 years

After Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted, killing at least 25 people, here is a list of the most deadly volcanic eruptions over the last quarter century. 2014: Japan The sudden eruption of Mount Ontake kills more than 60 people in Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years. The 3,067 metre (10,121 feet) Ontake is packed […]