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01 Aug 2022

New study finds global forest area per capita has decreased by over 60%

Over the past 60 years, the global forest area has declined by 81.7 million hectares, a loss that contributed to the more than 60% decline in global forest area per capita. This loss threatens the future of biodiversity and impacts the lives of 1.6 billion people worldwide, according to a new study published today by...

14 Mar 2022

Study: “Sky is not the limit” for solar geoengineering

There are practical limits to the height at which aerosols may be deployed in the atmosphere to deflect incoming sunlight and countervail global warming. Very high-altitude injections might be more effective, but such climate intervention comes with substantially increased costs and safety risks, according to new research published today in Environmental Research Communications.  Following a...

07 Oct 2021

Three new academic journals to meet growing demand for environmental research

IOP Publishing (IOPP) is launching three new, fully open access (OA) journals, extending the publisher’s Environmental Research series. IOPP’s Environmental Research Series now comprises of six titles that collectively address all major areas of environmental science.  Environmental Research: Health (ERH) and Environmental Research: Climate (ERCL) will both open submissions from today. The third new journal, Environmental Research: Ecology (ERE) will open for submissions later in...

16 Sep 2021

Registration opens: IOP Publishing’s free-to-attend Environmental Research 2021 conference

Following COP26, participants will connect with leading environmental experts to discuss the direction and effectiveness of the latest research and inspire global action Scientists, academics and policymakers dedicated to tackling environmental threats can now register to attend IOP Publishing’s (IOPP) Environmental Research 2021 conference. Taking place virtually between 15 and 19 November, participants will connect...

29 Jul 2021

US subsidies boost the expected profits and development of new oil and gas fields

Researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute (Somerville and Seattle, USA) and Earth Track, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, USA) examined 16 subsidies and environmental regulatory exemptions, providing one of the first estimates of how government subsidies will affect investment decisions for new gas fields in the coming decade. Their results are published on 29 July 2021 in...

08 Jun 2021

Projected acidification of the Great Barrier Reef could be offset by ten years

New research has shown that by injecting an alkalinizing agent into the ocean along the length of the Great Barrier Reef, it would be possible, at the present rate of anthropogenic carbon emissions, to offset ten years’ worth of ocean acidification. The research, by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, used a high-resolution model developed for...

10 May 2021

IOP Publishing hosts inaugural Environmental Research conference to unite efforts to tackle environmental threats

IOP Publishing (IOPP) is launching Environmental Research 2021 as a free-to-attend virtual conference for global stakeholders that will bring leading environmental experts together to share knowledge and address important challenges relating to the environment and sustainability. Taking place between 15 and 19 November, Environmental Research 2021 comes at a critical time as the world tries...

27 Apr 2021

Flood risk to new homes in England and Wales will increase in disadvantaged areas

The building of new homes continues in flood-prone parts of England and Wales, and losses from flooding remain high. A new study, which looked at a recent decade of house building, concluded that a disproportionate number of homes built in struggling or declining neighbourhoods will end up in high flood-risk areas due to climate change....

22 Dec 2020

A groggy climate giant: subsea permafrost is still waking up after 12,000 years

New research suggests slow but substantial greenhouse gas release from submarine permafrost In the far north, the swelling Arctic Ocean inundated vast swaths of coastal tundra and steppe ecosystems. Though the ocean water was only a few degrees above freezing, it started to thaw the permafrost beneath it, exposing billions of tons of organic matter...