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News from 2022 not involving COVID-19. See also: POST-COVID for assessments and reports on what comes next.

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Greenland ice sheet at its warmest level in past 1,000 22 sources18 January 2023 (LINK)

Supercomputer Says 27% of Life on Earth Will Be Dead by the End of This Centurypopularmechanics18 January 2023 (LINK)

More than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis showsguardian18 January 2023 (LINK)

U.S. slaughterhouse gas chambers are not humane, say activists who installed spy cameras for first timewired ●18 January 2023 (LINK)

Scientists have tried to reverse ageing for decades. Have they finally cracked it? January 2023 (LINK)

Physicists Say This Is the Best Place to Hide Indoors From a Nuclear Shockwavegizmodo17 January 2023 (LINK)

Why was Roman concrete so durable? Scientists finally have an answer after 2,000 years!studyfinds6 January 2023 (LINK)

— The key to the ancient concrete’s durability was one ingredient: pozzolanic material, such as volcanic ash from the area of Pozzuoli, on the Bay of Naples. Ancient samples contain small, distinctive, millimeter-scale bright white mineral features. They were common component of Roman concretes. The white chunks — often called “lime clasts” — come from lime, another key ingredient in ancient concrete mix. Although previous studies have disregarded these features as a sign of sloppy mixing practices, or poor-quality raw materials, the new study theorizes that the tiny lime clasts gave the concrete its self-healing capability. Studying samples of the ancient concrete, MIT researchers determined that the white substances were made out of various forms of calcium carbonate. Further analysis provided clues that they had been formed by extreme temperatures. This would be the expected result of an exothermic reaction produced by using quicklime instead of the slaked lime in the concrete mixture. The research team now believes that "hot mixing" was the real key to the concrete’s super-durable nature.

Scientists develop a vaccine that destroys AND prevents untreatable brain cancer which killed Beau Biden and John McCain: so far tested only on *6 January 2023 (LINK)

True Movie Stories that Lied To You, including about Edgar Allan Poe in Pale Blue Eyelooper6 January 2023 (LINK)

Human gene linked to bigger brains was born from seemingly useless DNA: Researchers discover how DNA sequences must mutate to free their RNA to make proteinsscience.org5 January 2023 (LINK)

— a study identifies mutations that transform seemingly useless DNA sequences into potential genes by endowing their encoded RNA with the skill to escape the cell nucleus — a critical step toward becoming translated into a protein. The study’s authors highlight 74 human protein genes that appear to have arisen in this de novo way — more than half of which emerged after the human lineage branched off from chimpanzees. Some of these newcomer genes may have played a role in the evolution of our relatively large and complex brains. When added to mice, one made the rodent brains grow bigger and more humanlike, the authors report this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

'Digital twins' for cities and the UN systemundp27 December 2022 (LINK)

— Singapore’s use of its digital twin is already highlighted as best practice in the 2021 UNDP Handbook on Smart Urban Innovations. Its 3D virtual model allows new developments to be simulated with great precision. This digital twin is used in planning bicycle lanes and parking lots, taking into account many factors such as road obstacles, tree shading, surrounding facilities, traffic connections and other safety parameters. The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, aims to use digital twins to increase public participation in urban planning and to track energy consumption. Seoul in South Korea uses it to predict wind paths and inform urban design in a way that reduces spread of forest fires, heat island effect (spots in urban areas with higher temperatures) and spread of fine dust.

Transparent solar cell innovation generates power 1000x more efficientlythebrighterside20 December 2022 (LINK)

Five things to know about the global biodiversity agreementthehill19 December 2022 (LINK)

UN biodiversity conference: what does living in harmony with nature look like?phys.org19 December 2022 (LINK)

Greenland's glaciers are melting 100 times faster than estimatedlivescience19 December 2022 (LINK)

5 countries have triple-digit inflation: Zimbabwe (269%, the highest inflation rate in the world), Lebanon (162%), Venezuela (156%), Syria (139%), and Sudan (103%)bigthink9 December 2022 (LINK)

700 new species are facing extinctionpbs9 December 2022 (LINK)

The Climate Book by Greta Thunbergkottke7 December 2022 (LINK)

— "Greta Thunberg has gathered the wisdom of over one hundred experts — geophysicists, oceanographers and meteorologists; engineers, economists and mathematicians; historians, philosophers and indigenous leaders — to equip us all with the knowledge we need to combat climate disaster. Alongside them, she shares her own stories of demonstrating and uncovering greenwashing around the world."

Amazon Deforestation in Brazil in 2021 Near 15-Year 2020 33 sources1 December 2022 (LINK)

Slovenia beekeeping tradition gets UN world heritage 5 sources1 December 2022 (LINK)

Great Barrier Reef should be placed on world heritage 'in danger' list, UNESCO-backed report saystheguardian28 November 2022 (LINK)

Most Of The World's Honey Comes From China (25%) and Turkeytastingtable28 November 2022 (LINK)

Wildlife conference boosts protection for sharks, 37 sources25 November 2022 (LINK)

UN's highest environmental honour celebrates ecosystem restorationunep22 November 2022 (LINK)

All signs point to world blowing past the 1.5 degrees global warming limit — here's what we can still do about itphys.org22 November 2022 (LINK)

Greta Thunberg, Antonio Guterres and Mary Robinson: What experts are saying about the COP27 dealeuronews21 November 2022 (LINK)

Heavy rains behind floods that killed more than 600 people in Nigeria this year were about 80 times likelier because of human-induced climate change, scientists 21 sources16 November 2022 (LINK)

Sustainable architecture efforts hindered by "sloppiness" says UN climate ambassadordezeen18 November (LINK)

How Scientists From the "Global South" Are Sidelined at the IPCCtheintercept17 November (LINK)

A novel look at the global footprint of food uncovers some eye-opening insights: For example, almost half of all environmental pressures from food production come from just five countries: India, China, the United States, Brazil, and Pakistananthropocenemagazine11 Novemb.-< (LINK)

Glaciers and climate change: a FlipBoard collectionflipboard11 November 2022 (LINK)

SOS Mediterranean - European maritime and humanitarian organization for the rescue of life in the Mediterraneancharitablehub11 November 2022 (LINK)

— "Since 2014, more than 23,000 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea. Since launching our operation in 2015 we have welcomed 34,517 survivors aboard our rescue ships"

Protein discovery could help with lung cancer treatment and early 5 sources9 November 2022 from 8 November (LINK)

Levels of a key protein — called TLR2 — in tumours was found to predict a patient's survival after being diagnosed with lung cancer, a study shows. A drug compound that activates TLR2 was tested in mice and was found to reduce tumour growth in the early stages of the disease. With the five-year survival rate from late stage lung cancer only six per cent — compared with 50 per cent when diagnosed earlier — experts say the breakthrough could help spot the disease sooner and improve patient outcomes."

First known sentence written in ancient alphabet discovered in Israel — on a 3,700-year-old Canaanite head lice 11 sources9 November 2022 (LINK)

The inscription reads: "May this tusk root out the lice of the hair and the beard."

Groundbreaking vaccine proven effective against skin and pancreatic cancerthebrighterside6 November 2022 (LINK)

Breakthrough senolytics drugs increase human life span by 30%: Mayothebrighterside4 November 2022 (LINK)

Major glaciers, including in Yosemite and Kilimanjaro, will be gone within 23 years due to climate change, UNESCO report warnscbsnews3 November 2022 (LINK)

Our Understanding Of Human Prehistory And Societies Is Wrong — Scientists Sayancientpages3 November 2022 (LINK)

First cancer vaccine in the world may be available sooninhabitat2 November 2022 (LINK)

The most and least environmentally friendly countries of 2022theweek29 October 2022 (LINK)

Under the same sky: how Rolex Laureate Emma Camp is saving coral reefstatlerasia4 July 2022 (LINK)

'They're everywhere': Microplastics in oceans, air and human bodyground.news3 July 2022 (LINK)

UN Ocean Conference ends with call for greater ambition and global commitment to address dire state of the Oceanun1 July 2022 (LINK)

Catchup: U.N. Ocean Conference ends with promises. Is a sea change coming?mongabay1 July 2022 (LINK)

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would reduce risks to humans by up to 85%thebrighterside30 June 2022 (LINK)

Davos was a case study in how not to talk about climate changeundark30 June 2022 (LINK)

These 3 smartphone apps are helping to reduce food waste around the globetheplanetarypress29 June 2022 (LINK)

Who's to blame for inflation? NPR fact checks some common claimsnpr29 June 2022 (LINK)

Mapped: Energy consumption per capita around the world: Iceland tops, but 98% from renewablesvisualcapitalist28 June 2022 (LINK)

U.S. Supreme Court abortion ruling 'misleadingly quotes me' in overturning Roe vs Wade: law professornewsweek25 June 2022 (LINK)

We have been lied to': Greta Thunberg Glastonbury address takes aim at 'greedy' world leaderssomersetlive25 June 2022 (LINK)

Thailand signs world's first country-to-country carbon offsetting pact, with Switzerlandnationthailand25 June 2022 (LINK)

World's first solar-powered car is ready to hit the road with 79km range and €250K price tagmymodernmet25 June 2022 (LINK)

Lagos ranks second worst liveable city in the world, worst in Africa: Damascus at bottomripplesnigeria24 June 2022 (LINK)

Pacific island nation Niue protects 100% of its ocean territory — the size of Norway — in pioneering movebusinessinsider23 June 2022 (LINK)

Britain ranks bottom in Europe for nature connectiveness: Italy besttheguardian23 June 2022 (LINK)

Five steps to environmental justiceundp23 June 2022 (LINK)

The retail industry is facing a potential wave of bankruptciescnbc23 June 2022 (LINK)

"Magic set of pills to keep you healthy? Don't waste your money on vitamins and supplements" (but some do help) — scitechdaily21 June 2022 (LINK)

An enormous international study just confirmed the ugly truth about sitting too muchsciencealert17 June 2022 (LINK)

Bank of England hikes rates for the fifth time in a row to 1.25% as inflation soars to 40-year high at 9%cnbc16 June 2022 (LINK)

U.S. Federal Reserve's largest rate rise since 1994 to 1.5%morningstar16 June 2022 (LINK)

McDonald's to pay France $1.3 billion in tax fraud caseapnews16 June 2022 (LINK)

Origin of Black Death finally found in bacteria from Kyrgyzstan graves: plague bacteria affecting marmosets in the region are genetically most similar to the samplesnewscientist15 June 2022 (LINK)

'Nobody's immune to inflation': These are the most expensive cities for the world's wealthy: Inflation across the collection of items recorded rose 7.5% over the year, compared with just 1% the year earlier. Three-quarters (75%) of luxury goods and almost two-thirds (63%) of luxury services increased in price over the yearcnbc15 June 2022 (LINK)

Climate change: Rising sea levels threaten 200,000 England propertiesground.news15 June 2022 (LINK)

UN Secretary-General says the climate crisis is placing half of humanity in 'the danger zone'euronews14 June 2022 (LINK)

North Carolina could lose up to 40% of its wetlands to sea level rise by 2070, new study showsphys.org14 June 2022 (LINK)

UNESCO designates 11 new biosphere reserves, including 3 new countriesunesco14 June 2022 (LINK)

Universal health care could have saved more than 330,000 U.S. lives during COVIDscientificamerican13 June 2022 (LINK)

Scientists sound alarm on badly run medical studies: "over 60% showed a high risk of bias"groundup13 June 2022 (LINK)

What extreme heat does to the human bodytime13 June 2022 (LINK)

Global nuclear arsenal set to grow for first time in decadestheguardian13 June 2022 (LINK)

Expected Ocean Changes Require Planning For Many Generations Aheadeurasiareview13 June 2022 (LINK)

"While surface warming may stabilize at about 1.5-2℃ when global emissions reach net-zero emissions, sub-surface ocean warming will continue for at least hundreds of years."

UNDP's Ocean Promise ahead of UN Ocean Conference 27 June-1 July — undp11 June 2022 (LINK)

"As of 2022, none of [the] SDG 14 [ocean] targets have been achieved, and progress on most has been limited. SDG 14 is estimated to receive the lowest level of investment of all the 17 SDGs." See also: The ocean and the blue economy are fundamental to addressing the triple planetary crisis — says UNDP (LINK)

Sepsis still kills 1 in 5 people worldwide — two Pittsburgh physicians offer a new approach to stopping itlakeconews12 June 2022 (LINK)

World's protected natural areas too small and isolated to benefit wildlife — new studytheconversation10 June 2022 (LINK)


"We estimated that at least 1,536 species (40% of those we looked at), and maybe as many as 2,156 (56%) had ten or fewer protected populations that were likely to survive in the long run."

The UK just launched the world's largest four-day work week experimentmentalfloss8 June 2022 (LINK)

On World Oceans Day, 7 tips to planning a guilt-free beach vacationmarketwatch8 June 2022 (LINK)

Expert's dire warning after strains of 'superpower' bacteria June 2022 (LINK)

More than 40% of Earth's land surface must be conserved to stop the biodiversity crisis, report warnscnn3 June 2022 (LINK)

Climate change is fueling a 5,000-square-mile 'Dead Zone' in the Gulf of Mexicothedailybeast3 June 2022 (LINK)

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