Stories by Steve Connor

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Posted on: Nov 2, 2015, Source: The Independent

Even a world war or pandemic would result in at least 5bn people by 2100.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2015, Source: Independent UK

3.3 million people die every year worldwide from air pollution. It will likely double by 2050.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2015, Source: The Independent UK

The three warmest years since records began in 1880 happened in the past five years.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2010, Source: Independent UK

Rising acidity of the oceans is threat to marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, new research shows.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2010, Source: Independent UK

The oceans are likely to become so acidic in coming centuries that they will become uninhabitable for vast swathes of life.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2010, Source: Independent UK

The trees appear to have accelerated growth rates due to longer growing seasons and higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2009, Source: Independent UK

As plastics break down in the sea they release chemicals toxic to humans and animals.

Posted on: May 27, 2009, Source: Independent UK

When it comes to carbon emissions, changing the color of roofs and roads would be like taking all the world's cars off the road for 11 years.

Posted on: May 13, 2009, Source: The Independent

Unusual features suggest that remains discovered on an Indonesian island belong to a newly discovered human species.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2009, Source: Independent UK

New evidence shows that the arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world, a decade before it was predicted.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2009, Source: Independent UK

In a recent survey, the majority of scientists said artificially lowering global temperatures could be a "Plan B" for saving the planet.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2008, Source: The Independent UK

Melting in the Arctic has caused the release of millions of tons of methane -- a gas 20 times more damaging than carbon dioxide.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2008, Source: The Independent UK

Scientists hope to produce enough of the drug within two years to help the approximately 500 million people suffering from malaria worldwide.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2008, Source: The Independent UK

Scientists have identified nine 'tipping points' of climate change.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2008, Source: The Independent UK

Birds, turtles, whales, seals and even the smallest sea creatures are falling victim to effects of our disposable, consumer culture.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2008, Source: Independent UK

The science world is divided on a discovery that could soon have humans living for multiple lifespans -- if we want to.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2007, Source: Independent UK

The chimp who outwits humans; the dolphin who says it with seaweed; the existential dog -- the more we learn about other animals the harder it is to say we're the smartest species.

Posted on: May 4, 2007, Source: The Independent

The gene appears to be critical in extending the lifespan of animals that are subjected to a calorie-restricted diet -- when they are slightly starved of high-calorie food but are given all the other nutrients they need.