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Smoke rises from the chimneys of a power plant in Shanghai, China.

Lockdowns cut daily carbon emissions in April to 17% below last year’s average — but that only gets us back to 2006 levels

Due to stay-at-home orders, air and vehicle travel have decreased — and so have the associated carbon emissions.

3 billion people — up to half the current global population — could be living in unbearable heat in 50 years

"Large areas of the planet would heat to barely survivable levels and they wouldn't cool down again," Marten Scheffer told USA Today.
A CSX coal train moves past an idling CSX engine at the switchyard in Brunswick, Maryland

Energy demand is set to plummet this year as coronavirus presents the biggest shock since World War ll, IEA says

"The plunge in demand for nearly all major fuels is staggering, especially for coal, oil and gas," IEA executive director Fatih Birol said.
These 29 little lifestyle changes will help you get through the day with less carbon emissions.

29 things you can do for a lower carbon footprint that will hardly change your day

Climate change is real, and there are ways to mitigate it. Here's what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint without changing your whole life.
A novel building material made of bacteria, sand, and gelatin can be molded into different shapes.

Scientists created carbon-sucking ‘Frankenstein’ bricks using microbes. The material can spawn its own babies.

The brick contains bacteria colonies that grow when the atmosphere is humid. That could make it an ideal building material for a Mars settlement.
Left, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison issues a press statement in Adelaide, Australia, January 6, 2020. Right, a firefighter hoses down trees in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires in the town of Nowra in New South Wales, Australia, December 31, 2019.

Thousands of Australians are calling for their prime minster’s resignation. He’s vowed to keep exporting coal, despite the link between fi...

Since September, 25 million acres of Australia have caught fire. The resulting smoke plume stretches 1.3 billion acres.
Firefighters struggle against the strong wind in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales, December 31, 2019.

Australia’s fires are 46% bigger than last year’s Brazilian Amazon blazes. There are at least 2 months of fire season to go.

Since September, 25 million acres have burned in Australia's unprecedented season of bushfires. Here's why the fires are so severe and unstoppable.
A young school boy takes notes during class at Saint Mary's High School in Lahore, Pakistan on February 28, 2014.

Carbon dioxide in homes, offices, and classrooms could cut our capacity for complex, strategic thinking by 50% within 80 years, scientists warn

Even basic cognitive performance could drop by 25% with higher levels of carbon dioxide. A growing body of research shows how CO2 affects the brain.
Melting ice shows through at a cliff face at Landsend, on the coast of Cape Denison in Antarctica, January 2, 2010.

More than 11,000 scientists have declared a ‘climate emergency.’ One of the best things we can do, they say, is have fewer children.

After analyzing 40 years' worth of data, thousands of scientists from around the world say our planet is in the midst of a "climate emergency."
A customer shops during the grand opening of the Forever 21 flagship store in New York's Times Square, June 25, 2010.

The fashion industry emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Here are the biggest ways it impacts the planet.

The fashion industry is the second-largest consumer of water and the second-largest polluter of water. Here's why.