• An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon at the Bom Futuro National Forest in Porto Velho
    Last update: 20:00 12.08.2019
    20:00 12.08.2019

    Bolsonaro Says Brazil Doesn’t Need German Money as Berlin Reportedly Plans to Cut Amazon Aid

    The head of the South American powerhouse has come under fire for his environmental policy, with accusations that deforestation of the Amazon has spiked since he took office this past winter. Amid criticism, Germany announced that it plans to cut funding to Brazil in order to curtail the clearing of the rainforest.

  • A falling star crosses the night sky behind the lighthouse in Pilsum, northwestern Germany
    Last update: 19:14 12.08.2019
    19:14 12.08.2019

    Fireballs Dubbed ‘Tears of Biblical Saint’ to Reach Their Peak, Lighting up Sky

    A cosmic guest, known as the comet Swift-Tuttle, is giving earthlings a special treat, as the Perseids are reaching their climax tonight. The meteor shower generates flashes in the planet’s atmosphere, creating an illusion of falling stars and resulting in a mesmerising show. However, people have not always had such a view of this phenomenon.

  • Tornado
    Last update: 14:04 10.08.2019
    14:04 10.08.2019

    Watch Towering Tornado Sweep Accross Mexican Town

    Tornadoes are most common in the north of Mexico but do happen all over the Latin American country.

  • Last update: 03:16 10.08.2019
    03:16 10.08.2019

    ‘Catastrophe is Here’: Water Scarcity Threatens One-Quarter of Humanity

    An increasing number of the world’s people are facing “extremely high” water stress, but a great deal can still be done to reverse the damage, Jodi Dean, a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Fred Magdoff, professor emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont, told Sputnik Friday.

  • A diver swims near the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.
    Last update: 00:08 10.08.2019
    00:08 10.08.2019

    Marine Heat Waves Decimate Coral Reefs Much Faster Than Previously Thought - Study

    Marine heat waves, defined as periods of extremely warm sea surface temperatures, can lead to the rapid death of coral reefs, according to a study published Thursday by researchers from Australia, the UK and the US in the journal Current Biology.

  • This March 16, 2017, file photo released by the Bannock County Sheriff's Office shows a cyanide device in Pocatello, Idaho, The cyanide device, called M-44, is spring-activated and shoots poison that is meant to kill predators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken an initial step to reauthorize a predator-killing poison that injured a boy in eastern Idaho and killed his dog. The federal agency on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, announced an interim decision involving sodium cyanide that's used in M-44s.
    Last update: 22:15 09.08.2019
    22:15 09.08.2019

    Trump Administration Green-Lights Use of Cyanide Bombs to Combat Wild Animals

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it would, on an interim basis, allow the continued use of chemical M-44 devices in an effort to protect farmers’ livestock from wild animals.

  • Asteroid
    Last update: 21:57 09.08.2019
    21:57 09.08.2019

    Colossal, Potentially Hazardous Asteroid to Pass by Earth This Weekend

    A giant asteroid - dubbed 2006 QQ23 - is expected to closely approach Earth on Saturday around 3:23 a.m. EDT.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019, file photo, a car drives along the road at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California's Mojave Desert. National parks across the United States are scrambling to clean up and repair damage that visitors and storms caused during the recent government shutdown while bracing for the possibility of another closure ahead of the busy Presidents Day weekend later this month. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
    Last update: 01:20 09.08.2019
    01:20 09.08.2019

    Climate Change May Kill Off California’s Famous Joshua Trees By 2100

    The Joshua tree, a plant native to the southwestern US, namely California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, may be completely extinct by the end of the century due to climate change, a recent study carried out by the University of California Riverside’s Center for Conservation Biology reveals.

  • The Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica sails through ice floating on the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska, Sunday, July 16, 2017, while traversing the Arctic's Northwest Passage, the treacherous, ice-bound route where Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen made the first successful transit in 1906
    Last update: 21:58 07.08.2019
    21:58 07.08.2019

    Alaska Waters ‘Ice Free’ Following Historic July Heat Wave

    Following an unprecedented July heat wave in Alaska, sea ice in Alaskan waters has completely melted away, according to new satellite data from the National Weather Service (NWS).

  • In this Sunday, June 10, 2018 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey, fissure 8 below Kilauea Volcano continues to erupt vigorously with lava streaming through a channel that reaches the ocean at Kapoho Bay on the island of Hawaii . The width of the active part of the lava channel varies along its length, but ranges from about 100 to 300 meters (yards) wide. A clear view of the cinder-and-spatter cone that's building around the vent from ongoing lava fountains can be seen here.
    Last update: 17:03 07.08.2019
    17:03 07.08.2019

    Hidden Water Found in Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Crater Could Trigger Explosive Eruptions


    Several weeks ago, a helicopter pilot flying over Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which has entered a relatively calm state after a 30-year active stretch, spied an odd green patch at the bottom of the crater, prompting scientists to embark on further investigation.

  • In this May 10, 2016, file photo, a Shepard drinks water on the dry bed of Manjara Dam, which supplies water to Latur and nearby villages in Marathwada region, in the Indian state of Maharashtra
    Last update: 22:59 06.08.2019
    22:59 06.08.2019

    Quarter of World’s Population Lives Under Extreme Water Stress - Report

    A quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries faces “extremely high” water stress, meaning they are using more than 80% of the water they have every year, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Resources Institute (WRI).

  • A woman drinks water during sunset, as a heatwave hits France, in Cagnicourt near Cambrai, France, June 25, 2019
    Last update: 22:00 02.08.2019
    22:00 02.08.2019

    Preliminary Data Suggests Boiling July Temps Were Hottest Ever Recorded

    Preliminary data released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Friday reveals that this past July was likely the hottest month ever in recorded history after officials detected an average increase of 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

  • Fireman
    Last update: 03:48 02.08.2019
    03:48 02.08.2019

    ‘Caliente’ Wildfire Spreads Through San Diego Community, Prompts Evacuations (Videos)

    A wildfire burning in a field in the San Diego, California, community of Otay Mesa is spreading rapidly and could soon span 400 acres, according to firefighters.

  • Spotted Lake near Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
    Last update: 17:12 01.08.2019
    17:12 01.08.2019

    500-Million-Year-Old ‘Killing Machine’ Discovered in Canada

    The fossils of a creature that preyed on insects, crabs and spiders during the Cambrian Period have rake-like claws, a circular mouth and a giant head. It resembles Han Solo’s spaceship Millennium from the "Star Wars" franchise, after which the newly discovered animal was named.

  • Whale Shark
    Last update: 01:13 01.08.2019
    01:13 01.08.2019

    ‘Vulnerable’ Whale Sharks Spotted in Red Sea Spark Concern From Scientists

    During the last six weeks, four whale shark specimens have been spotted off the coast of Eilat, a southern Israeli port and resort town along the Red Sea.

  • Black Supermoon Expected in North American Skies
    Last update: 22:57 31.07.2019
    22:57 31.07.2019

    Black Supermoon Expected in North American Skies, But You Won’t See It

    We’ve heard of full moons, new moons and even supermoons at this point. But Wednesday will mark an interesting phenomenon many may have not yet heard of: a black supermoon.

  • Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends Fridays for Future protest, claiming for measures to combat climate change, in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2019
    Last update: 10:18 30.07.2019
    10:18 30.07.2019

    Swedish Teenage Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Sets Sail to US in Racing Yacht

    Flying across the Atlantic only takes about eight hours. Sailing, by contrast, takes about three weeks and has prompted the underage “climate prophet” to take a sabbatical from school.

  • Brown bear
    Last update: 20:16 29.07.2019
    20:16 29.07.2019

    In Canada, Black Bears Poached… for Their Genitals

    Canada has discovered that local black bears are hunted for their genitals. Chinese traditional medicine, which sees potions made from bears’ genitals as a source of virility, appears to be behind the practice.

  • A helicopter flies overhead as lava flows out of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano
    Last update: 14:13 29.07.2019
    14:13 29.07.2019

    Imminent Volcano Eruption Warning Issued on France's Reunion Island After Seismic Activity (Photos)

    Piton de la Fournaise volcano is situated on the south-eastern side of Reunion, which is a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean. The 2.6-kilometre volcano is considered to be one of the most active on the planet and has erupted more than 150 times over the past 300 years.

  • Tiger
    Last update: 11:31 29.07.2019
    11:31 29.07.2019

    India Doubles Its Tiger Population in 12 Years Despite Threat to Habitats and Corridors

    New Delhi (Sputnik): India has achieved the global target of doubling its tiger population four years ahead of schedule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday. The report also warned that tiger habitat corridors are often threatened by the development of linear infrastructure.