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Not just polar bears — climate change could push African rhinos to extinction
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Not just polar bears — climate change could push African rhinos to extinction

New research is ringing alarm bells about how climate change may impact one of Africa’s most iconic and vulnerable animals: the rhinoceros. “Climate change has the potential of wiping out all of them in the blink of an eye,” says Hlelowenkhosi Mamba, an Eswatini native and Fulbright scholar. Read more: news.mongabay.com Photo: news.mongabay.com

SpaceX rocket launches pioneering methane-tracking satellite to orbit
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SpaceX rocket launches pioneering methane-tracking satellite to orbit

A new satellite that will track climate-heating methane emissions from oil and gas companies around the world launched this week from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base.  The washing-machine-sized satellite, named MethaneSAT, lifted off Monday (March 4) atop a Falcon 9 rocket, one of 53 payloads on SpaceX’s Transporter-10 rideshare mission. MethaneSAT is designed to ultimately help policymakers...

Caterpillars struggle to survive climate change, says study
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Caterpillars struggle to survive climate change, says study

Research on nature reserves and at an allotment has revealed how susceptible caterpillars are to climate change. The University of Cambridge study found the larvae are “really bad at temperature regulation” making them less likely to survive extreme weather. Dr Esme Ashe-Jepson said this could result in fewer “beautiful, charismatic butterflies”, impacting on pollination and...

Time Is Running Out: Coastal Wetlands Can’t Keep Up With Climate Change, Warns New Study
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Time Is Running Out: Coastal Wetlands Can’t Keep Up With Climate Change, Warns New Study

According to a recent study published in Nature, coastal marshlands and coral reef islands may not expand quickly enough to counteract the accelerating sea level rise due to climate change. Conducted by a global team of researchers, including one from Tulane University, the study emphasizes the critical importance of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit),...

Polishing off Plastic Pollution?
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Polishing off Plastic Pollution?

Polishing off Plastic Pollution? “There’s a great future in plastics.” The iconic line, advice to a fresh-from-college ingenue played by Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 film The Graduate, was intended for laughs. But in 2023, it highlights a grim reality. The world’s economies generate roughly 400 million tons of plastic waste each year. And only nine percent...

Why older people are some of those worst affected by climate change
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Why older people are some of those worst affected by climate change

Why older people are some of those worst affected by climate change. While we are all affected to some extent by extreme weather, it is older adults. Especially older women and those with disabilities, who tend to be the most vulnerable. Their struggle is partly determined by age but also by pre-existing health conditions, mental wellbeing, and social and...

Amid Climate Change, Mosquitoes Migrate; Will Malaria Follow? 
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Amid Climate Change, Mosquitoes Migrate; Will Malaria Follow? 

As the planet warms, mosquitoes are slowly migrating upward.As the planet warms, mosquitoes are slowly migrating upward. The temperature range where malaria-carrying mosquitoes thrive is rising in elevation. Researchers have found evidence of the phenomenon from the tropical highlands of South America to the mountainous, populous regions of eastern Africa. Scientists now worry people living...