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Climate change adaptation; environmental conservation; protecting biodiversity—this page covers the trends and news that will shape the future of our shared environment.

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https://aeon.co/essays/on-epigenetics-we-need-both-darwin-s-and-lamarck-s-theories
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Darwin’s theory that natural selection drives evolution is incomplete without input from evolution’s anti-hero: Lamarck
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https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/limited-funds-conservation-researchers-spar-over-which-species-save-and-which-let-go
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Some nations already experimenting with setting spending priorities
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/19/reasons-to-be-cheerful-full-switch-low-carbon-energy-in-sight
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Climate change optimism is justified – a complete transition from carbon to solar and wind power looks practical and affordable within a generation
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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/5g-is-going-to-screw-up-weather-forecasts-meteorologists
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Faster cell service may also mean saying goodbye to your accurate three-day forecast.
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https://www.dezeen.com/2018/10/18/five-geoengineering-solutions-climate-change-un-ipcc-technology/
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Geoengineering is a discipline that proposes large-scale interventions to counteract global warming. So what ideas are geoengineers proposing?
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https://www.researchgate.net/blog/post/new-paint-product-can-harvest-hydrogen-energy-from-the-air
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Access 130+ million publications and connect with 15+ million researchers. Join for free and gain visibility by uploading your research.
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https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-likely-to-attain-one-of-its-climate-targets-a-decade-in-advance-new-research-5476042/
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India is likely to attain the goal of having 40 per cent of its electricity generation coming from renewable sources by the year 2020 itself, instead of the original target of 2030.
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/89718668/government-announced-new-target-to-see-90-per-cent-of-rivers-and-lakes-swimmable-by-2040
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The Government wants 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers to be swimmable by 2040.
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https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-desalination-tech-could-help-quench-global-thirst
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Designed with better, more energy-efficient materials, next-generation desalination plants may offer a way to meet the world’s growing need for freshwater.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/24/ardern-tells-new-zealand-farmers-to-cut-carbon-emissions-or-face-penalties
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Farmers given until 2022 to make changes or pay higher taxes as part of plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050
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https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20180821-are-forgotten-crops-the-future-of-food
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Just four crops - wheat, maize, rice and soybean - provide two-thirds of the world’s food supply. But Malaysian scientists want to change that with the help of 'forgotten' varieties.
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https://english.elpais.com/elpais/2019/03/16/inenglish/1552760325_812520.html
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Following in the footsteps of Madrid, the Catalan capital is planning to restrict the access of vehicles which do not qualify for an environmental sticker from the DGT traffic authority
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https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-internet-of-wild-things-technology-and-the-battle-against-biodiversity-loss-and-climate-change/
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The potential to install a regime of benign surveillance over the natural world is immense, ranging from earth-observation satellites to smartphones listening out for chain saws in the forest.
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https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06091-z
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A neural-network analysis outperforms the method scientists typically use to work out where these tremors will strike. A neural-network analysis outperforms the method scientists typically use to work out where these tremors will strike.
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http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/canadian-firm-opens-pilot-project-to-pull-carbon-from-air/article/446240
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A Canadian startup has started a pilot project to take CO2 out of the atmosphere in the form of pellets. The company plans to scale it to a global scale enabling countries to suck more CO2 from the atmosphere than they dump in.
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https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/jun/30/plastic-road-india-tar-plastic-transport-environment-pollution-waste
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In India, roads made from shredded plastic are proving a popular solution to tackling waste and extreme weather
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https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/uocf-siw042517.php
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A chemistry professor in Florida has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy all at the same time. The process has great potential for creating a technology that could significantly reduce greenhouse gases linked to climate change, while also creating a clean way to produce energy.
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https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2019/11/29/reindustrialising-australia-the-path-to-500-renewables/
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Australia has an undisputed competitive advantage when it comes to renewable energy, and many believe we can become a clean energy exportation superpower, but we have to reindustrialise ourselves first.
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https://arstechnica.com/science/2016/02/ocean-levels-in-the-philippines-rising-at-five-times-the-global-average/
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https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/soil-to-sand-spain-s-growing-threat-of-desertification/1535951
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Climate change and unsustainable land use could spell catastrophe for Mediterranean - Anadolu Agency
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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/11/india-is-now-a-world-leader-in-renewable-energy
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With increased investments and clean energy installations, as well as the world’s largest renewables auction market, India ranks 2nd after Chile in the 2018 Climatescope report.