European hamster now ‘critically endangered’ and one step away from extinction, experts warn

The European hamster is now ‘critically endangered’ and is just one step away from extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has warned. Once abundant across Europe and Russia, populations of the European hamster — Cricetus cricetus — have declined as a result of lowered reproduction rates. While female hamsters in the wild give … Read more European hamster now ‘critically endangered’ and one step away from extinction, experts warn

‘Rising chance’ world will exceed the key 1.5°C global warming limit in the next five years

WHAT CAUSED THE HEATWAVE? The heatwave was triggered by the build-up of high pressures over Europe over the past few days, leading to the northward movement of warm air from Europe over the UK. ‘At this time of year southerly winds will always lead to above average temperatures,’ said University of Reading meteorologist Peter Inness.  ‘Air from … Read more ‘Rising chance’ world will exceed the key 1.5°C global warming limit in the next five years

Texas on track for driest conditions of the last 1,000 YEARS due to climate change

Texas on track for driest conditions of the last 1,000 YEARS due to climate change with certain parts facing megadroughts, new study warns Researchers used advanced climate models to predict the future of Texas The data shows the state could face  driest conditions of the past 1,000 years West Texas could experience decreased rainfall and increased … Read more Texas on track for driest conditions of the last 1,000 YEARS due to climate change

Coronavirus: UK waterways say masks add to plastic pollution

A waterways charity has issued concerns that personal protective equipment (PPE) is rapidly becoming a new litter scourge during the coronavirus pandemic.  The huge increase in the use of single-use plastic gloves and masks being used by non-healthcare professionals will negatively impact the environment, Thames21 says. The public health crisis has already meant dropped and … Read more Coronavirus: UK waterways say masks add to plastic pollution

Climate change and melting ice caps could spark extreme waves in the Arctic, experts warn

Extreme waves in the Arctic typically occur every 20 years, but as climate change continues to plague the region these events could happen every two to five years, a new study reveals. Much of this area is frozen for a majority of the year, but rising temperatures have increased periods of open water that could … Read more Climate change and melting ice caps could spark extreme waves in the Arctic, experts warn