Planet Earth SOS
For years, scientists have warned about the dangerous effects of the climate crisis. Ice is melting, leading to rising sea levels. Rising temperatures are making wildfires worse. Coral reefs are dying. Hundreds of species face extinction. But experts tell us not to lose hope. New technology is finding new ways to power our planet. Governments are pledging to emit less carbon. Schoolchildren are on the march to raise awareness. Read the stories below to find out more about how we can save our planet.
Halloween horror! Millions of pumpkins wasted
Should we give up carving pumpkins? Supermarkets are preparing to sell more than 24 million pumpkins this year for the popular Halloween tradition. But more than half will be thrown away.
Coral crisis for Great Barrier Reef
Can we save the reef before it is too late? The Great Barrier Reef is dying: experts have found that over half of its corals have been lost. To save the rest, they say, we have to act fast.
Attenborough: ‘Yes we CAN save the planet’
Can a film save the world? Sir David Attenborough hopes it can. In his new documentary, A Life on Our Planet, he predicts a terrifying future for Earth unless we all act now.
Rescue workers battle wildfires in the US
Is climate change to blame? Search and rescue operations are underway to help people affected by huge wildfires in the western states of America. Many say global warming is mainly to blame.
All aboard! The hydrogen revolution is here
Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future? A growing number of trains, cars and buses are running on the element. Experts think it has the power to change our transport systems forever.
‘Don’t forget the climate crisis,’ says Greta
Have we forgotten the climate crisis? During the lockdown, many say we have a chance to alter the way we live for the good of the planet. But others fear we are wasting the opportunity.
Anger and sadness over seal with coffee bottle
Is our sea life in danger? Baby porpoises are poisoned by chemicals. A whale washes up with 100kg of litter in its stomach. Now, a seal clutches a coffee cup in a viral photograph.
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Climate protests cause chaos in 60 cities
Are Extinction Rebellion protestors heroes? All week long, they have disrupted city centres around the world. They say it is the only way to save our future. But many disagree.
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