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Climate

UN warns of irreversible climate change

ImageGovernments and scientists have been meeting in the Danish capital Copenhagen this week to adopt a key IPCC report on the state of the climate. It says policymakers must act now to avert the worst.

Animals

Myth busted: Sharks have personality quirks

Sharks are loners, ruled by raw instinct, embodying the maxim of "survival of the fittest." Right? Wrong - and three times over. Scientists, however, are only barely scraping the surface of the mysterious hunters.

Climate

Climate experts meet in Copenhagen amid fresh warnings

The UN climate chief has urged world leaders not to lose hope in tackling the issue of global warming. Hundreds of researchers and government delegates are taking part in a five-day climate conference in Copenhagen.

Climate

Opinion: EU abandons stance as climate leader

The EU has lowered its climate targets. It's a very worrying signal, says DW climate correspondent Irene Quaile, and reason for arguing that the EU has lost its position as climate leader.

Climate

'We will succeed in these negotiations'

Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal tells DW what he hopes to achieve at the COP20 this December. Representatives from most of the world's countries will gather in Lima to discuss climate change challenges.

Climate

'It's important to look at the broader picture' of climate change

Countries and cities most at risk for being affected by climate change should not just improve their extreme weather detection systems, but also invest in insurance and infrastructure, says UN-researcher Jörn Birkmann.

India

Modi's 'Clean India' campaign 'must be followed up by actions'

In a bid to improve the India's image PM Narendra Modi recently kick-started a campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets. A promising start, says sociologist Bindeshwar Pathak, but more needs to be done.

Society

Natural flood control in Thailand

Thailand is trying to combat floods by building dams made of bamboo and sand and planting new trees. That helps stabilize the soil during the rains and eventually pays off for farmers too by producing better harvests.

Biodiversity

Big data brings new possibilities to biodiversity science

From remote sensing to observations crowd-sourced from amateur naturalists, technological advances are providing biologists with a lot of new information. But how to manage the vast amounts of data now available to them?

Animals

Hundreds of seals die of avian flu in Germany

Hundreds of dead seals have been washing up on Germany's North Sea coast since the beginning of October. Researchers have now found the cause of death: the avian flu virus.

Animals

Australia's dangerous tourist attraction

Every year, tourists flock to Darwin in the Northern Territory to see crocodiles in the wild. But, a number of fatal attacks have stirred debate about the best way to minimize risk and protect both humans and reptiles.