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David Malan/Getty Images In technology, inherent bias can be hard to root out. Our tech tends to reflect the people who create it — their perspectives and experiences shape how products are designed. Whether you’re talking about a smart city or a smart speaker, the systems that underpin our lives are the sum of designers’ decisions; …

By Matt McGrathEnvironment correspondent Related Topics UK climate change protests image copyrightGetty Images Who occupies the White House for the next four years could play a critical role in the fight against dangerous climate change, experts say. Matt McGrath weighs the likely environmental consequences of the US election. Scientists studying climate change say that the …

By Sarah Connor* Driving home one day, my head suddenly felt like it was on fire – as if melting from the inside out. I felt faint and my vision started to blur. Luckily I could pull over safely and wasn’t far from home. File photo. Photo: 123RF At 46, I was otherwise fit, happy …

In 1998, ocean temperatures soared, and the world experienced its first significant coral bleaching event. From the Great Barrier Reef to Indonesia to Central America, corals turned white and ghostly. Many of them died. And this was just a hint as to what was to come. Over the following two decades, the bleaching became …

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A child seeks shelter from a cyclone in Mozambique A new UN report says the world needs to rapidly raise investment in early warning systems for extreme weather events. Over the past 50 years, recorded disasters have increased five-fold, thanks in part to climate change. The study warns that …

Traditionally, the skis you want to carry you into and out of the isolated and unforgiving backcountry is not the pair with algae on it. Or in it. But a Salt Lake City ski maker would like to change your perspective on that. WNDR Alpine is entering its second year of building backcountry skis with …

Image copyright EPA Image caption China’s President Xi Jinping addressing the UN via video link China will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060, President Xi Jinping has announced. Mr Xi outlined the steps when speaking via videolink to the UN General Assembly in New York. The announcement is …

Scientists are warning that, across Siberia, vast swathes of ground – normally frozen all year round – are thawing – with potentially devastating consequences for the climate. As it thaws, the earth is believed to be releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gases, accentuating the problem of global warming. BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg has been …

Image copyright JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK Image caption Many primates, including the endangered gold snub-nosed monkey, are in decline due to loss of habitat Humanity is at a crossroads and we have to take action now to make space for nature to recover and slow its “accelerating decline”. This is according to a …

A big chunk of ice has broken away from the Arctic’s largest remaining ice shelf – 79N, or Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden – in north-east Greenland. The ejected section covers about 110 square km; satellite imagery shows it to have shattered into many small pieces. The loss is further evidence say scientists of the rapid climate changes taking …