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Some incense-burning temples don't meet air quality standards

22 October, 2021

Concentrations of fine particulate matter from incense burning in and around Hong Kong temples could be at least four times more than the recommended levels.


Some coral reefs demonstrate tolerance to ocean warming

15 September, 2021

Some coral communities are becoming more heat tolerant as ocean temperatures rise, offering hope for corals in a changing climate.


Fewer El Niño and La Niña events expected in a warmer world

03 September, 2021

The cycling between warm El Niño and cold La Niña conditions in the eastern Pacific has persisted without major interruptions for at least the last 11,000 years.


Probiotics and selective breeding help coral survive the heat

26 August, 2021

Two new studies have proposed novel methods of helping coral to survive warmer ocean temperatures.


CFC ban gave Earth a chance against global warming

20 August, 2021

Without the global ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) we would already be facing the reality of a "scorched Earth", according to international researchers.


July was officially Earth's hottest month on record

17 August, 2021

July is typically the world's warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded.


Immediate changes required to limit global warming: IPCC

10 August, 2021

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth's climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest IPCC report.


DNA testing reveals the true origins of honey

03 August, 2021

DNA testing of Australian honey can reveal where it was produced and its main floral sources, according to researchers from CSIRO.


Corals go hungry before they bleach

04 May, 2021

Long before signs of bleaching appear, prolonged spells of warm water cause heat stress that disrupts the nutrient cycling of the coral and its symbiotic algae.


Methane-eating microbes found living in paperbark trees

14 April, 2021

Australian scientists have uncovered an unlikely microscopic ally in the battle to reduce the amount of methane gas in the atmosphere.


Beneficial bacteria can boost heat tolerance in wheat

09 April, 2021

Bacteria plucked from a desert plant could help crops survive heatwaves and protect the future of food, according to new research.


eDNA could be used to measure pollen levels

06 April, 2021

Autonomous airborne pollen samplers might help to provide a breath of fresh air for asthma and hay fever sufferers, according to researchers.


Mapping Zealandia: the 'hidden' eighth continent

31 March, 2021

The mostly submerged continent has New Zealand and New Caledonia rising from its depths and was only put on the map by geologists in 2014.


Northern summers may last nearly half the year by 2100

16 March, 2021

Without efforts to mitigate climate change, summers spanning nearly six months may become the new normal by 2100 in the Northern Hemisphere.


Sea level predicted to rise faster than previously thought

08 February, 2021

Researchers have constructed a new method of quantifying just how fast the sea will react to warming, finding that former predictions have been too conservative.


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