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Humans have always caused plant and animal extinctions

Our warming planet is pushing some plant and animals species towards extinction. But there’s actually no such thing as untouched nature — humans have always altered their environment. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our best to protect what’s here now.

Schizophrenia more prevalent away from green spaces

“We still don’t understand all of the reasons for schizophrenia, so it’s really exciting and important to have this information,” says one of Denmark’s leading experts in the condition.

Greenland’s recent temperature drop does not disprove global warming

Unfortunately, the planet is still getting warmer.

Hope is green and Chinese

Heavy air pollution has led to increased environmental consciousness in China. A growing number of apps now allow people to check local air quality. Apps also serve as tools for political activism.

Forests play important part in cooling down local climate

A new study shows how important forests are in keeping much of the planet’s surface cool.

Traffic noise and pollution increase risk of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy

Pregnant women living near noisy streets with heavy traffic have a higher risk of experiencing pre-eclampsia.

Greenlandic fjords get their organic matter from Russia

GREENLAND: A simple chemical technique sheds new light on ocean circulation in the Arctic and could help improve computer models of ocean circulation.

Take a tour of an Arctic monitoring site

GREENLAND: Explore how scientists in Greenland are monitoring environmental change in the Arctic with our interactive map of the GEM-monitoring site.

Pumping CO2 into volcanic rock transforms it into limestone in record time

The greenhouse gas was pumped into basalt rock and turned into limestone in just two years.

Pollution can increase the risk of stillbirths

Living in a heavily polluted area can increase the risk of stillbirths, shows new study.