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The drought-like conditions have hit nearly 90% of the country this year. In Magdeburg, the Elbe River has been so low that no ships carrying goods south to Leipzig or on to the Czech Republic have been able to pass through since the end of June, said Hartmut Rhein of the city’s waterways and shipping department.
According to a United Nations report this month, taking out a big chunk of carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere may be necessary to avoid significant further warming as even a breakneck shift toward clean energy now would most likely not be enough. The researchers haven’t yet figured out how to suck CO2 out of air economically or at sufficient scale.
2 of 6 critically endangered black rhinos have died of unknown causes 5 months after being flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals. Rhinos in Chad were wiped out by poaching nearly 50 years ago, and the 6 rhinos were intended to establish a new population in the country.
Researchers from University of Utah in the US conducted a study to determine if homeowners change the way they live if they could visualise the microscopic air pollutants in their homes. The study found that tracking the indoor air quality in real time can encourage people to change their behaviour and switch to activities that cause less pollution within their homes.
There could be more trash in the world than people. The rise in rubbish will outstrip population growth, reaching 3.4 billion tons by 2050 from around 2 billion tons in 2016. By 2050, South Asia's waste will double, sub-Saharan Africa's will triple.Better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, could reap economic and environmental benefits.