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How do we cope with a warming world? Could we recycle all our rubbish? Environment NOW covers the latest news on how science and technology can help us deal with the strains of living on our crowded planet.


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  • Climate clues from oil-leak methane

    January 10, 2011

    Methane released by the Gulf of Mexico oil leak was gobbled up by marine bacteria.

    Image of Gulf of Mexico oil leak
  • Climate change deal in Cancun

    December 13, 2010

    A deal has been agreed at the UN climate change summit in Mexico.

    Image: rosipaw/Flickr
  • Microbe breaks ‘rules for life’

    December 3, 2010

    Bacteria that live on arsenic open new questions about life on this planet.

    Image: KidsLoveAnimals/Flickr
  • Green ice vehicle in Antarctic crossing

    November 29, 2010

    A new Antarctic mission is trialling new vehicles designed to make overland travel safer and more environmentally friendly.

  • 2010 – it’s a hottie!

    November 26, 2010

    According to official measurements, 2010 is likely to be the hottest year on record.

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  • Carbon emissions drop

    November 22, 2010

    Carbon emissions dropped during 2009 – but less than expected.

    Photo of power station emissions over cityscape
  • Trapping trouble

    October 27, 2010

    Could new ‘designer’ materials help cut our carbon emissions?

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  • Climate threat to trains

    October 22, 2010

    Rail passengers could find their journeys disrupted by wetter winters in the future.

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  • Ageing population could affect emissions

    October 12, 2010

    An ageing population could reduce carbon emissions in developed countries.

  • Sun’s climate surprise

    October 7, 2010

    Satellite data reveal the Sun’s climate surprise.

    Image: NASA
  • Cleaning up the sea

    October 6, 2010

    Scientists think microbes could help get rid of the plastic in our oceans.

  • Human waste heats homes

    October 5, 2010

    Homes heated by what gets flushed down the toilet.

    Image: James Riden
  • World’s biggest offshore wind farm

    September 23, 2010

    The UK has opened a massive new wind farm off the Kent coast.

  • The CFC detectives

    September 3, 2010

    Scientists are closer to tracking down sources of harmful CFCs that damage the ozone layer.

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  • Quick fix for climate change?

    August 25, 2010

    Latest research suggests geo-engineering won’t curb rising sea levels caused by climate change – reducing greenhouse gas emissions would be the best solution.

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  • Harnessing the power of pee

    August 19, 2010

    In the future, when you pop to the loo for a wee you might be doing more than just relieving yourself – you could be providing a source of renewable energy.

    Picture of yellow liquid with bubbles.