Katowice: COP24 Climate change deal to bring pact to life

By Matt McGrath Negotiators in Poland have finally secured agreement on a range of measures that will make the Paris climate pact operational in 2020. Last-minute rows over carbon markets threatened to derail the two-week summit – and delayed it by a day. Delegates believe the new rules will ensure that countries keep their promises to cut carbon. The Katowice …

Climate change: EU aims to be ‘climate neutral’ by 2050

By Matt McGrath The European Union says it is aiming to become the first major economy to go “climate neutral” by 2050. Under the plan, emissions of greenhouse gases after that date would have to be offset by planting trees or by burying the gases underground. Scientists say that net-zero emissions by 2050 are needed to have a fighting chance …

Climate change: Report warns of growing impact on US life

By James Cook Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns. “Future risks from climate change depend… on decisions made today,” the 4th National Climate Assessment says. The report says climate change is “presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of …

India facing its worst water shortage in history, report says

By Swati Gupta, CNN India is facing its worst water shortage in history. Six hundred million people are dealing with high to extreme water shortage, according to a report by Niti Aayog, a policy think tank for the Indian government. The report states that an average of 200,000 Indian lives are lost every year due to inadequate supply or contamination …

Two different forms of water isolated for first time

From BBC.com Scientists have isolated the two different forms of water molecule for the first time. Water molecules were known to exist as two distinct “isomers”, or types, based on their slightly different properties at the atomic level. By separating out the two isomers, researchers were able to show that they behave differently in the way that they undergo chemical …

QUT breakthrough holds promise of longer, healthier life

From the QUT QUT researchers have developed a new drug that has the potential to dramatically slow the ageing process and delay, or even prevent, major diseases in humans, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 Diabetes and arthritis. The Scientific Director of the Cancer and Ageing Research Program (CARP), Associate Professor Derek Richard from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, said …

The innovation turning desert sand into farmland

By Aamir Rafiq Peerzada Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari farms in some of the most extreme conditions in the world, at Al Ain, an oasis in the United Arab Emirates desert, where temperatures can reach 50C. “It’s expensive as we have to buy water regularly to irrigate these plants,” he says. Farmers have to use tankers to bring in water, and …

How the mud in this small Japanese island could change the global economy

By AJ Willingham, CNN A small island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that could change Japan’s economic future. How huge? One economist called it a “game changer.” The researchers who helped find it said it had “tremendous potential.” It’s mud. A whole bunch of mud — an estimated 16 million tons, to be exact. …

Renewables to form core of Japan’s new long-term energy strategy

By Nikkei staff writers TOKYO — Japan would seek to make renewable sources central to its energy supply, and ensure a stable flow from weather-dependent solar and wind with advances in battery and hydrogen power technology, under a forthcoming strategy through 2050. The new strategy, based on the 2015 Paris climate agreement, aims to reduce carbon emissions. A draft version …