Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:26:14 GMT2016-10-22T16:26:14ZCopyright: Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. 2016
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:16:36 GMT2016-10-20T20:16:36Z
Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Grayzel face felony charges that first amendment advocates say are part of a growing number of attacks on freedom of the press
Two documentary film-makers are facing decades in prison for recording US oil pipeline protests, with serious felony charges that first amendment advocates say are part of a growing number of attacks on freedom of the press.
The controversial prosecutions of Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Grayzel are moving forward after a judge in North Dakota rejected “riot” charges filed against Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman for her high-profile reporting at the Dakota Access pipeline protests.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:43:26 GMT2016-10-20T19:43:26Z
Inspector general says the agency had the authority and ‘sufficient information’ to address lead contamination seven months before it finally took action
The Environmental Protection Agency should have issued an emergency order to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, seven months before it eventually decided to take action, according to a report from the agency’s inspector general.
The EPA’s office of inspector general on Thursday said the agency had the authority and “sufficient information” to act far sooner than it did to address vast lead contamination in the city.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:00:07 GMT2016-10-19T12:00:07Z
While we rake over Clinton’s emails and Trump’s late-night tweets, climate has been the elephant in the room, leaving scientists and campaigners asking why there hasn’t been a single direct question about the crisis
Climate change has been the elephant in the room during the past two US presidential debates. Ignoring this issue would be more understandable if this metaphorical pachyderm weren’t about to rampage through the lives of Americans, causing upheaval on a scale not seen since the start of human civilization.
“I’ve been shocked at the lack of questions on climate change. It really is fiddling while the world burns,” said Kerry Emanuel, a leading climate scientist. “This is the great issue of our time and we are skirting around it. I’m just baffled by it.”Continue reading...
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:17:21 GMT2016-10-18T21:17:21Z
The rights of activists and journalists are under threat wherever communities challenge Big Oil – in North Dakota and beyond
For far too long, the world had been ignoring the North Dakota anti-pipelines protests. Then the Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman captured private security forces (employed by a fossil fuel company) sicking dogs on Native Americans during a peaceful demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which encroaches on their sacred lands and waters. For that, she nearly went to jail.Continue reading...
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:07:09 GMT2016-10-18T16:07:09Z
Body of bear with Pedals’ markings taken to weigh station by hunter, wildlife officials say, in New Jersey’s first sanctioned bow and arrow hunt in decades
Pedals, a famed black bear who wandered around New Jersey on two legs like a human, appears to have been killed in the state’s first sanctioned bow and arrow hunt in four decades.
Wildlife officials said the body of a 333lb bear with Pedals’ markings and known paw injuries was taken to a weigh station by a hunter near Rockaway in New Jersey’s rural north. Anti-hunt activists said they were certain that Pedals was one of the 562 bears shot by bows and muzzle-loading guns in the six-day hunt, the first of its kind in more than 40 years.Continue reading...
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:39:29 GMT2016-10-17T22:39:29Z
Authorities had issued a warrant for her arrest after Democracy Now! host filmed guards for the Dakota access pipeline using dogs and pepper spray on protesters
A North Dakota judge rejected prosecutors’ “riot” charges against Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman for her reporting on the oil pipeline protests, a decision that advocates hailed as a major victory for freedom of the press.
After the award-winning broadcast journalist filmed security guards working for the Dakota access pipeline using dogs and pepper spray on protesters, authorities issued a warrant for Goodman’s arrest and alleged that she participated in a “riot”, a serious offense that could result in months in jail.Continue reading...
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:30:35 GMT2016-10-16T13:30:35Z
Small nuclear reactors, funded by investors like Bill Gates, are emerging in the US as cheaper, safer alternatives to traditional nuclear power plant designs
The future of the nuclear industry may happen somewhere on scenic but relatively isolated land that’s about 100 miles southwest of Yellowstone National Park. Amid the 890-square-mile Idaho National Laboratory campus, a plan is in motion to build a type of nuclear reactor unlike any that’s currently in use to produce electricity.
The plan belongs to Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, a consortium of 45 municipal agencies looking to replace their aging coal-fired plants. It won approval from the US Department of Energy earlier this year to scope out a site at the lab to analyze the environmental and safety impacts of what’s called the small nuclear reactor. If all goes well, the consortium plans to build a power plant there with 12 reactors totalling 600 megawatts in capacity.Continue reading...
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:55:05 GMT2016-10-14T21:55:05Z
Reports the famed 1,400-mile network of reefs ‘passed away in 2016 after a long illness’ are greatly exaggerated despite mass bleaching, scientists say
Reports of the death of the Great Barrier Reef have been greatly exaggerated, scientists have said, after the publication of an “obituary” for the vast coral ecosystem.
The famed 1,400-mile network of reefs “passed away in 2016 after a long illness”, wrote food and travel writer Rowan Jacobsen in an article for Outside magazine. According to Jacobsen, the reef’s demise followed the “most catastrophic bleaching event in its history, from which it would never recover”.Continue reading...
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:27:48 GMT2016-10-12T19:27:48Z
Google’s sustainability officer Kate Brandt outlines the company’s wide-range interest in sustainable fishing, green buildings and renewable energy
For many people, Google is simply the gateway to a vast archive of facts and memories. For those who pay closer attention to its business dealings, the company also invests billions to find new ways to use the power of computers: it’s developing robots, virtual reality gear and self-driving cars. Remember all the hubbub about Google Glass?
Google has been using the same approach in sustainability – spreading its wealth in a variety of projects to cut its waste and carbon footprint, initiatives which may one day generate profits. During the SXSW Eco conference this week, I caught up with Google’s sustainability officer, Kate Brandt, to find out more. Brandt joined the company in July last year after serving as the nation’s chief sustainability officer in the Obama administration.Continue reading...
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:31:38 GMT2016-10-12T14:31:38Z
For some people, like the Zuni in New Mexico, wild places are considered living beings. In western society, it’s companies that assume that privileged position
In recent years, the US supreme court has solidified the concept of corporate personhood. Following rulings in such cases as Hobby Lobby and Citizens United, US law has established that companies are, like people, entitled to certain rights and protections.
But that’s not the only instance of extending legal rights to nonhuman entities. New Zealand took a radically different approach in 2014 with the Te Urewera Act which granted an 821-square-mile forest the legal status of a person. The forest is sacred to the Tūhoe people, an indigenous group of the Maori. For them Te Urewera is an ancient and ancestral homeland that breathes life into their culture. The forest is also a living ancestor. The Te Urewera Act concludes that “Te Urewera has an identity in and of itself” and thus must be its own entity with “all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person”. Te Urewera holds title to itself.Continue reading...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:44:12 GMT2016-10-11T22:44:12Z
In a joint address in Miami, Clinton and former vice-president Al Gore hammered the Republican nominee for his belief that global warming is a hoax
Hillary Clinton used the global climate crisis as a weapon for another assault on Donald Trump on Tuesday, enlisting the help of her husband’s former vice-president Al Gore to urge America’s voters not to risk sending a “climate change denier” to the White House.
In a joint address in Miami, Clinton and Gore repeatedly hammered the Republican nominee for his stance on climate change and his belief that global warming is a hoax initiated by the Chinese.Continue reading...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:28:13 GMT2016-10-11T19:28:13Z
Tesla founder Elon Musk has hit back against the CEO of a coal power company who accused him of fraud.
Robert Murray, an outspoken Donald Trump supporter and the CEO of the Murray Energy Corporation – America’s largest coalmining company – went after Musk on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Monday and called Tesla “a fraud”.Continue reading...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:55:37 GMT2016-10-11T17:55:37Z
Big polluters make themselves rich by making everyone else poor. They raise standards of living for themselves by lowering quality of life for everyone else
This week, Waterkeeper Alliance passed an important milestone. We licensed our 300th Waterkeeper organization. I just came back from a week in Peru, where we have three Waterkeeper organizations fighting dam projects on three of the most important rivers in Latin America. A week before that, I was in the Himalayas and India, where we have seven Waterkeeper organizations protecting the major waterways that supply water to 40% of the planet.
The first Waterkeeper organization was founded on the Hudson River in 1966 by a blue collar coalition of commercial and recreational fishermen who mobilized to reclaim the river from its polluters. Many of the people I represent come from families that have been fishing the river continuously since Dutch colonial times. These were people who had little expectation that they’d ever see Yosemite or Yellowstone or the Everglades. They didn’t have the resources to take those kinds of vacations. For them, like for most Americans, the environment was their backyard.Continue reading...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:25:42 GMT2016-10-11T16:25:42Z
California, which uses 20% of its electricity in supplying water, just passed a law to collect emissions data from water utilities
When most of us think of slowing global warming, we think of reducing car exhaust and power plant emissions – limiting activities that involve combusting fossil fuels. But we rarely draw the connection between the production of energy and another important resource: water.
Yet in California, 20% of the state’s electricity and 30% of the natural gas that isn’t used by power plants goes to the water system – from pumping it for delivery to disposing of wastewater. Could saving water play a significant role in addressing climate change? And, if so, could we achieve these savings without incurring significant costs?Continue reading...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:35:22 GMT2016-10-11T13:35:22Z
Relentless poaching is decimating Africa’s elephants. But the world’s largest land mammal could have a powerful, new champion if Hillary Clinton becomes president of the U.S.
When asked by Ellen DeGeneres what her spirit animal is, Hillary Clinton had a surprising answer: the elephant.
Although the symbol of the GOP, Clinton spoke on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this May with rare passion about the need to protect real elephants from a poaching crisis that has killed at least 110,000 of them over the past decade, pushing the world’s largest land animals – especially forest elephants – closer to extinction.Continue reading...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:00:43 GMT2016-10-11T09:00:43Z
Findings of research into hurricanes, the spread of wildfires and the early arrival of spring show an America that is already in the grip of climate change
The frequency of floods of the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated parts of New York City in 2012, is rising so sharply that they could become relatively normal, with a raft of new research laying bare the enormous upheavals already under way in the US due to climate change.
These findings and two other fresh pieces of research have highlighted how the US is already in the grip of significant environmental changes driven by warming temperatures, albeit in different ways to the processes that are fueling hurricanes.Continue reading...
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:29:25 GMT2016-10-10T21:29:25Z
The storm left behind a water-logged landscape where flooding was expected to persist for the rest of the week and at least three rivers could reach record levels
With floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew on the rise, at least one North Carolina city appeared near chaos Monday, its police station shuttered and sporadic gunfire in the air, and authorities worried that more communities could end up the same way.Continue reading...
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:47:10 GMT2016-10-10T20:47:10Z
Actor was arrested along with 26 others demonstrating against construction of a pipeline to transport fracked crude oil near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation
Actor Shailene Woodley, star of The Fault In Our Stars and the Divergent series, has been arrested along with 26 other people at the Standing Rock oil pipeline protest in North Dakota.
Protesters and members of more than 90 Native American nations and tribes have been encamped on the banks of the Missouri river since May to demonstrate against the construction of a pipeline to transport fracked crude oil from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to a refinery near Chicago.Continue reading...
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 12:00:11 GMT2016-10-09T12:00:11Z
Sister Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, 80, funded by mineral rights fees on a family property, is backing a campaign against fracking in the sleepy town of Nordheim
“I call it redeeming the money,” said Sister Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, munching a turkey sandwich in a bar with a stuffed steer’s head mounted on a wall next to a life-sized poster of John Wayne.
About six years ago, when fracking got feverish in the Eagle Ford Shale, a company offered to lease the mineral rights to some land bought by her grandfather in the 1920s.Continue reading...
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:00:42 GMT2016-10-08T12:00:42Z
Stopping one fighter plane program would save enough to build wind farms to power 320,000 homes. We need to drastically reassess our priorities
One year ago this week, I was sitting in a cramped hotel room with 15 other staffers in Las Vegas for Bernie Sanders’ first debate for the presidential nomination. The question came from CNN: “What is the greatest national security threat?” Pundits criticized and mocked him for weeks after he answered “climate change”. But he was right.
And it’s not just Sanders pointing out the imminent threat posed by climate change to global and national security. CIA analysts and our nation’s military strategists are rightfully naming it as a contributor to refugee flows, the spread of disease, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water.Continue reading...
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:18:32 GMT2016-10-06T18:18:32Z
Global scheme, agreed to by 191 nations, applies to passenger and cargo flights that generate more than 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually
The world’s first agreement to curb aviation’s greenhouse gas pollution has been struck by 191 nations in a landmark United Nations accord, although environmental groups have warned the deal doesn’t go far enough.
A meeting of 2,000 delegates at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a UN agency, in Montreal has settled upon a global emissions-reduction scheme that will apply to passenger and cargo flights that generate more than 10,000 tonnes of annual greenhouse gases.Continue reading...
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:01:57 GMT2016-10-06T17:01:57Z
Report by Global Commission on the Economy and Climate says world needs ‘urgent’ shift away from carbon-heavy infrastructure over the next 15 years
A gigantic overhaul of the world’s buildings, public transport and energy infrastructure costing trillions of dollars is required if dangerous climate change is to be avoided, according to a major new report.
The study by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which is co-chaired by prominent climate economist Lord Nicholas Stern, found that the world is expected to invest about $90tn in infrastructure over the next 15 years, requiring an “urgent” shift to ensure that this money is spent on low-carbon, energy-efficient projects. Such smart investment over the next two or three years could help ameliorate the climate crisis, but “the window for making the right choices is narrow and closing fast”.Continue reading...
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:00:28 GMT2016-10-06T17:00:28Z
Say you want your small-handed, fake-tanned neighbor, ‘Donald’, to be more eco-conscious. Make the whole thing an exercise in catering to his ego
This past August marked 16 straight months of record-breaking high temperatures globally. The planet is hotter right now than it has been in 115,000 years. Nasa makes very easy-to-understand videos that show the decrease in the polar ice caps in the Arctic Circle, which is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. More than 90% of the world’s climate scientists say that the planet is warming and human activity is the cause.
Amazingly, lots of people still don’t believe them. Less than half of all Republicans polled this year by Yale and George Mason universities think that the climate is changing at all.Continue reading...
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:00:05 GMT2016-10-06T10:00:05Z
The near-bankruptcy of the financially ailing resort town was caused in part by the failures of casinos such as those previously owned by Donald Trump
Atlantic City may be forced by New Jersey into an unprecedented state takeover of its water as the result of a bailout, something experts have warned has worrying echoes of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and could result in price hikes.
The near-bankruptcy of the financially ailing resort town was caused in part by the failures of casinos such as those previously owned by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.Continue reading...
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:00:40 GMT2016-10-05T18:00:40Z
Warming temperatures and uncertain rainfall mean if more isn’t done to slow climate change, droughts lasting 35 years could blight western states, study says
The harsh drought currently gripping California may appear trivial in the future as new research shows that the south-west US faces the looming threat of “megadroughts” that last for decades.
California is in its sixth year of drought, which was barely dented by rains brought by the El Niño climate event and sparked a range of water restrictions in the state. But warming temperatures and uncertain rainfall mean that if more isn’t done to slow climate change, droughts lasting 35 years are likely to blight western states by the end of the century, according to the study, published in Science Advances.Continue reading...
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:59:08 GMT2016-10-22T05:59:08ZWith gas and electricity bills burning an ever larger hole in people’s pockets, it makes sense to consider every possible solution. We talk to the homeowners who have seriously cut their energy costs
The overnight low in West Kirby on the Wirrall was around 5C last night. Yet in Colin Usher’s home the temperature is a comfy 20c-21C – despite the fact he has not turned on the heating once this autumn. Even in the depths of winter, the house uses a fraction of the energy that most British homes consume trying to keep warm. On average, the Ushers’ home energy bills since 2014 have been £530 a year, and that for a house that is nearly twice the size of a standard British semi. It means the family is saving at least £1,000 a year, and possibly much more. Throw in the fact that their rooftop solar panels generate an income of £500 a year and their net energy bills are actually close to zero.
Colin and his wife Jenny insist they are not shivering in their four-bed house, or wrapped in multiple fleeces and blankets to keep the cold away. Rarely does the temperature in the house go above 22c, rarely does it fall below 20c. Yet they have achieved this without spending ludicrous amounts of money buying the fanciest new technology. Usher, an architect, built the 179 sq metre (1,926 sq ft) house for just £240,000 and says the key to saving on heating bills is being airtight.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:15:01 GMT2016-10-21T11:15:01Z
Solar expected to almost triple in less than three years by 2017 as coal continues to fall, solidifying gas as country’s chief electricity source, reports Climate Central
Solar power capacity in the US will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017 amid an energy shakeup that has seen natural gas solidify its position as the country’s chief source of electricity and coal power continue to fade, according to monthly data published by the US Department of Energy.
Cutting carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants is a major part of the US strategy for tackling climate change as the country seeks to meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement and keep global warming from exceeding more than 2C (3.6°F).Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:41:31 GMT2016-10-21T10:41:31Z
Actor arrested after protesting against construction of $3.7bn oil pipeline says the work risks contaminating Native American sacred sites
Shailene Woodley has given her side of the story following her recent arrest for protesting against an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota, and urged fans to join her in fighting its construction.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:00:11 GMT2016-10-20T21:00:11Z
Correctly identifying the most important issue of our time, the actor uses his clout and his carbon footprint to travel the world and ponder the incongruities
Here is a heartfelt, decent, educational documentary about the most important issue of our time – climate change – presented by A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio, who proves his own commitment to the cause. His own interest began with an encounter with Al Gore in 2000 and has been a genuine passion with him since. DiCaprio concedes that his own celebrity status is a double-edged sword. It draws attention to the topic, but allows the naysayers to say that he is a shallow, chuckle-headed movie star and this whole issue must therefore be a fad. There are brutal Fox TV news clips to this effect.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:38:45 GMT2016-10-20T18:38:45Z
It is easy sometimes to wonder whether our governments care about anything except money; yet they refuse to put a monetary value on those aspects of life that lend enchantment (Mary Dejevsky, Quality of life has a price. The frackers should pay it, 17 October). A beautiful view is one of these; so is peace and quiet. So is the ability to keep one’s windows open at night.
These blessings are disappearing at great speed, as the skies fill up, and as lorries, cars and machines are added to our beloved landscapes. We are told that “those affected by fracking” might be compensated, but I do not believe that many people would rather have £10,000 than the peace and quiet, and the grassy view that will vanish, with their clean drinking water, as the frackers appear. It is generally noise that provides the majority of council complaints. For example, between January and September 2014, councils in the UK received 200,220 noise complaints, almost half the total number (Report, 18 March 2014).Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:29:28 GMT2016-10-20T15:29:28Z
The European Union’s push away from fossil fuels toward renewables, along with falling costs, has seen offshore wind thrive with turbines being installed from the Irish to the Baltic Seas, reports Environment 360
On a sunny October morning, our boat passes the run-down relicts of Liverpool’s maritime past and heads down the river Mersey and into the Irish Sea. As we steam offshore, I see in the distance a cluster of tall structures that soon reveal themselves to be towers of a wind turbine array. Arriving at the windfarm, six miles offshore, the turbines rise as high as 650ft, taller than the tallest church in the world. Each of the turbines’ three shiny metallic rotor blades is nearly 300ft long.
“A single rotation of an eight-megawatt turbine will cover the daily electricity consumption of an average British household,” says Benj Sykes, vice president of Dong Energy Wind Power, the company that is constructing and co-owns this wind project, as the boat rocks in five-foot swells.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:21:25 GMT2016-10-20T15:21:25Z
The Ogoni leader and son of renowned Niger delta environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa has died from a stroke in London, aged 47
The president of Nigeria has joined politicians, environmental activists and others to pay tribute to Ken Wiwa, the Ogoni leader and critic of Shell and other western oil companies in the Niger delta, who has died from a stroke in London.
Wiwa, the eldest son of Nigerian author Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed in 1995 after leading a peaceful uprising by the Ogoni people to stop Shell from polluting their oil-rich area of the delta, was a journalist with the Guardian who later became an adviser to three Nigerian presidents.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:05:32 GMT2016-10-20T10:05:32Z
A new poll suggests British people grossly underestimate public support for new energy technologies - is negative news reporting to blame?
Back in 2014, David Cameron told the House of Commons Liaison Committee that people are “basically fed up” with wind farms. In 2015, his government then went on to not only cut subsidies for onshore wind, but also make it harder and harder to get planning permission.
But politicians are wrong to think wind power is unpopular. Again and again, polls show the UK public are pretty supportive of onshore wind. Our ComRes poll out today, for example, shows 73% of the British public back onshore wind power. Politicians can only dream of such approval ratings.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:29 GMT2016-10-20T06:00:29Z
Some 73% of the British public polled by ComRes support onshore windfarms in contrast with government decisions to block them
Public support for onshore windfarms is far higher than widely believed, according to a new opinion poll, even in rural areas.
Wind turbines are also far more popular than fracking or nuclear power, contrasting with the UK government’s decision to block onshore windfarms but back shale gas exploration and new nuclear power plants.Continue reading...
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:20:49 GMT2016-10-22T09:20:49Z
Ministers reveal 169 local authorities breached annual legal limits on nitrogen oxide, linked to lung disease, last year
Four in 10 of Britain’s local authorities breached legal air quality limits last year, largely due to heavy road traffic, government records reveal.
Ministers have admitted that 169 local authorities were found to have gone over annual limits on nitrogen dioxide. It is an invisible gas produced predominantly by road traffic, and is linked to lung disease and cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes.Continue reading...
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:29:20 GMT2016-10-22T03:29:20Z
Exercise of power by former minister Greg Hunt was ‘uncertain’, says ruling, as activists celebrate ‘massive win’ for environment
The decision to approve a $130m marine supply base at Port Melville north of Darwin has been overturned by the federal court.
The ruling quashes a decision by a delegate of the former federal environment minister Greg Hunt to allow the development 120km north of Darwin to go ahead despite it not having an environmental assessment.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:37:19 GMT2016-10-21T15:37:19Z
Experts say fin whales are normally found on south or west coasts of UK, not on east coast
Mystery surrounds how a rare 12-metre (40ft) fin whale came to be washed up on a beach in Norfolk.
The enormous creature was already dead when it was washed up on Holkham beach on the north Norfolk coast on Thursday afternoon.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:56:11 GMT2016-10-21T10:56:11Z
Number of nesting Manx shearwaters almost triples in three years after a project, backed by Prince Charles, sucessfully kills off the rats that eat the birds’ chicks and eggs
A scheme to kill rats on two of the Isles of Scilly, backed by Prince Charles, has led to a resurgence in rare sea birds.
The number of Manx shearwaters has risen to 73 nesting pairs this year, the highest in living memory and almost triple the number of nesting birds just three years ago. The birds appear to be breeding successfully, with 30 chicks spotted on the popular holiday islands. Another species of rare ground-nesting birds, storm petrels, have also returned to the Scillies.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:01:20 GMT2016-10-21T04:01:20Z
Figure of 220-450 annual deaths could be even higher, as killings by poachers or farmers often go undetected in the remote mountains of central Asia
Hundreds of snow leopards are being killed every year across the mountains of central Asia, threatening the already endangered big cat, according to a new report.
There are as few as 4,000 of the solitary and elusive cat remaining and numbers have fallen by a fifth in the last 16 years.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:36:57 GMT2016-10-21T01:36:57Z
Mining company denies prosecutor claims that executives knew the Samarco dam could fail but allegedly prioritised profits over safety
Eight employees of BHP Billiton face criminal charges over the Samarco dam collapse a year ago that left 19 people dead and hundreds homeless, amid accusations that the company put profit before safety.
Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday charged 26 people, 21 for qualified homicide, for their alleged roles in the disaster, which sent a tidal wave of mining waste hundreds of miles through the Minas Gerais region in November 2015.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:44:43 GMT2016-10-21T00:44:43Z
Drought in the south leaves households experiencing emergency levels of hunger, with nothing but wild fruits to eat
Nearly 850,000 people in drought-hit southern Madagascar are experiencing “alarming” levels of hunger, and more aid is needed to prevent a dire situation from becoming a “catastrophe”, UN agencies said on Thursday.
This is the latest warning by the agencies who have been scaling up their response to a crisis affecting more than half the population in the south of the island nation.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:24:30 GMT2016-10-21T00:24:30Z
Spiders can control their web’s tension and stiffness to help them identify potential partners as well as prey, study shows
Spiders can control the tension and stiffness of their webs to optimise their sensory powers, helping them locate and identify prey as well as partners, according to researchers at Oxford University.
Much in same way that notes travel along a plucked guitar string, spider silk transmits vibrations in different frequencies, sending information back to the spider.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:03 GMT2016-10-21T10:00:03Z
We will soon see a three-peat of record hot annual global temperatures
We know the world is warming – no factor can explain it aside from human emissions of greenhouse gases. Despite this, people who deny the basic facts of climate change have tried to argue that the Earth is either not warming or is only slowly heating. Well that just isn’t true anymore. The last three years are the nail in the coffin of the deniers of climate change. We have enough data this year to call 2016 as the hottest year ever record – and we have three more months left to go.
So, just how hot is 2016? Well my early predictions are shown in the graph below. I have taken temperature data from NASA and superimposed my predictions for 2016 – it isn’t even close. And by the way, it doesn’t matter whose data you use (NASA, NOAA, JMA, Hadley Centre) the results are the same. 2016 is going to blow 2015 out of the water.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:22 GMT2016-10-21T06:00:22Z
Imagine Project sets out to cut waste in the industry by renting rather than selling bikes, which can then be returned and refurbished when the child outgrows them
The idea had been nagging at her for years, but Isla Rowntree went to the ends of the earth before she was finally ready to go ahead with something she hopes will revolutionise the way the bicycle industry is run.
This is the Imagine Project, currently being developed by Rowntree’s eponymous firm making children’s bicycles, Islabikes. It offers a simple but hugely innovative solution to reducing waste – bikes will be rented to customers rather than sold, and returned to the factory for refurbishment when their young rider outgrows them.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:11:38 GMT2016-10-21T04:11:38Z
Websites pushing climate science denial are growing their audience in an era where populist rhetoric and the rejection of expertise is gaining traction
For years now geologists have been politely but forcefully arguing over the existence or otherwise of a new epoch – one that might have started decades ago.
Some of the world’s most respected geologists and scientists reckon humans have had such a profound impact on the Earth that we’ve now moved out of the Holocene and into the Anthropocene.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:00:07 GMT2016-10-19T12:00:07Z
Choosing the best possible future means considering radical scenarios that align energy use and industry with climate action
The good news - according to the World Energy Council (WEC) - is that, per person, our energy demand is set to peak before 2030. Of course, there will be more of us around by then too, so that total demand will only slow, rather than level out. A heady whiff of technological optimism accompanies the explanation that this will happen because of “unprecedented efficiencies created by new technologies and more stringent energy policies”.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:00:05 GMT2016-10-19T10:00:05Z
Anti-climate groups like GWPF try to leech credibility from serious scientific organizations like the Royal Society
The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) is an anti-climate policy advocacy group in the UK that often releases misleading scientific “reports.” The group also hosts annual lectures, and this year, they booked a room at the Royal Society. Many members of the Royal Society expressed concern that the GWPF would exploit the organization’s credibility, and asked that the event be cancelled.
The Royal Society’s governing council met and decided to allow the event to proceed, for fear that cancellation would give it “an unwarranted higher profile.” As a spokesperson for the Royal Society told DeSmog UK:Continue reading...
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:00:31 GMT2016-10-18T06:00:31Z
Elephants will certainly survive. But it may only be in ‘fortress’ conservation parks. Is there any way to allow elephants to stay wild?
I have just returned from Kenya’s North Eastern Province where one night, camped out in a dry riverbed with just a mosquito net for cover, a herd of elephants emerged out of the dark – a great and almost silent mass of shapes.
They passed through our makeshift camp, looming over us, their tusks white against the night. I was close enough to hear them breathe, to hear the sound of their feet in the sand. Another minute and they were gone, leaving me awestruck, in the truest sense of the word.Continue reading...
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:59:35 GMT2016-10-17T11:59:35Z
A lack of urgency and failure to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide is why ClientEarth is taking the UK government back to court this week
No less than 17 years have passed since new rules were approved in the UK to save thousands of lives by limiting deadly air pollution in our towns and cities.
Pollution is the “invisible killer” because, for the most part, it goes unseen. Its impact on human health and the planet is why those laws were necessary.Continue reading...
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:00:00 GMT2016-10-17T10:00:00Z
We’re entering a new age for the Earth’s climate and for the way we conceive of finance
“Macrocritical resilience” may be the most mystifying two-word phrase you need to know. Though you may never have heard these two words before, what they describe affects everything you live and strive for. Wonky as it sounds, it is a common sense idea: what generates value is more valuable than what we count in dollars. And yet, it is only in the last few years that we are truly beginning to understand that macrocritical indicators—elements of human experience that shape the health and viability of the overall economy—really do describe how and where value and capability come into being.
On Christmas Eve, 2013, the small island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines experienced the most intense rainfall in its history. 15 percent of gross domestic product was wiped out in just a few hours. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan caused $900 million worth of damage in Grenada—more than twice the nation’s GDP. One of the executive directors of the International Monetary Fund noted that when so much value can be lost so suddenly, “you no longer know what the value of a dollar is.”Continue reading...
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:00:33 GMT2016-10-14T10:00:33Z
Earth’s atmosphere is warming faster and more in line with models than Ted Cruz and his witnesses argued
A new study has just appeared in the Journal of Climate which deals with an issue commonly raised by those who deny that human-caused climate change is a serious risk. As I have written many times, we know humans are causing the Earth’s climate to change. We know this for many reasons.
First, we know that certain gases trap heat; this fact is indisputable. Second, we know that humans have significantly increased the amount of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. Again, this is indisputable. Third, we know the Earth is warming (again indisputable). We know the Earth warms because we are actually measuring the warming rate in multiple different ways. Those measurements are in good agreement with each other.Continue reading...
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:17:34 GMT2016-10-14T03:17:34Z
The Paris climate deal should be a signal to cut fossil fuel use, rather than an excuse to mine more coal
The Queensland government is now slamming its foot down on the accelerator to help a private company build the biggest coalmine Australia has ever seen.
“We can see the end of the tunnel and now we are accelerating towards it,” the state’s mining minister, Anthony Lynham, said.Continue reading...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:34:24 GMT2016-10-11T22:34:24Z
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:13:36 GMT2016-10-01T09:13:36Z
Horns will lock over the future of the African elephant at Cites CoP17. We ask experts whether they believe the ban on the international ivory trade is working
Enrico Di Minin, research fellow in conservation science at the University of Helsinki, and Douglas MacMillan, professor of biodiversity economics at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent.Continue reading...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:11:18 GMT2016-09-29T10:11:18Z
Conservationists say dozens of young elephants being captured by Zimbabwe’s government may be bound for China, rather than nearby national park
Concerns have been raised that Zimbabwe is again preparing to send dozens of young elephants to wildlife parks in China.
The government’s national park authority, ZimParks, began capturing elephants from Hwange national park in August and keeping them in pens at Umtshibi wildlife capture and relocation unit.Continue reading...
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:39:39 GMT2016-09-26T15:39:39Z
As the 17th world wildlife conference opens, South Africa’s environment minister Dr Edna Molewa explains the country’s commitment to protecting wildlife
Over the next two weeks, South Africa will welcome an estimated 3,500 delegates to Cop17, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).Continue reading...
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:27:20 GMT2016-09-20T23:27:20Z
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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:28:38 GMT2016-09-12T10:28:38Z
As talks about a complete ban on both the international and domestic markets heat up, the Swaziland government accuses western NGOs of being ‘armchair preservationists’
The government of Swaziland has called the destruction of rhino horn “extravagantly wasteful destruction” and accused western NGOs of compromising Africa’s wildlife by blocking the legalisation of the ivory and rhino horn trades.
In an official document sent to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) the government of the tiny African state claimed unnamed NGOs have become dominated by “activists who do not live with the day to day realities on the ground, who do not face the grave dangers of protecting rhinos [from poaching] in the bush, who do not cover the enormous costs necessary to protect them”.Continue reading...
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 03:50:20 GMT2016-09-12T03:50:20Z
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:18:34 GMT2016-09-08T14:18:34Z
Related: 事实上，大象已经濒临灭绝Continue reading...
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:59:07 GMT2016-09-22T16:59:07Z
A group of Wisconsin nuns in the 1930s proved that positive personality traits can add years to your life. Being disagreeable, on the other hand, can be deadly
On this day in 1930, the Mother Superior of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sent a letter asking every member of the sisterhood to write an autobiography. She offered few further instructions, and so left it up to each member of the order to decide how to describe the most important episodes of their lives. Some nuns chose to insert emotional details about how their experiences had affected them. Others recounted only bald facts.
Seven decades later, researchers at the University of Kentucky found that these differences were strong predictors of how long the 180 nuns in their study lived. The more the sisters couched their accounts of personal responses to major life events in positivity, the greater their longevity.Continue reading...
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:00:16 GMT2016-10-22T12:00:16Z
Pharma and alcohol companies have been quietly bankrolling the opposition to legal marijuana, raising questions about threats to market share
Marijuana legalization will unleash misery on Arizona, according to a wave of television ads that started rolling out across the state last month. Replete with ominous music, the advertisements feature lawmakers and teachers who paint a bleak future for Arizona’s children if voters approve Proposition 205, a measure that would allow people aged 21 and over to possess an ounce of pot and grow up to six plants for recreational use.
“Colorado schools were promised millions in new revenues” when the state approved recreational pot use, says the voiceover in one ad. Instead, schoolchildren were plagued by “marijuana edibles that look like candy”.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:00:39 GMT2016-09-15T10:00:39Z
The numerous atolls that make up the island nation are now regularly swamped due to sea level rise. But as more people flee for the US, many fear their culture will be lost to a country that has already taken so much from them
There may be music in the roar of the sea, as Byron eulogized, but the waves can also bring creeping unease. On low-lying fragments of land like the Marshall Islands, the tides are threatening to take away what they previously helped support: life.Continue reading...
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:00:15 GMT2015-11-30T14:00:15Z
Environmental Working Group has launched EWG Verified, a label that will help consumers spot products that meet stringent ingredient and transparency requirements
It may soon be easier for shoppers to find beauty products without toxic chemicals. The Environmental Working Group nonprofit launched a new label this month called EWG Verified, which certifies personal care products as free from chemicals of concern.
The program is an extension of the group’s work with the Skin Deep database, which for more than a decade now has given tens of millions of visitors information on the chemical contents and relative safety of their favorite cosmetics and shampoos.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:01:37 GMT2016-10-19T13:01:37Z
Join us on this page on Wednesday 19 October, 1-2pm (BST), to debate the potential of cities to foster the circular economy
Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our circular cities live chat today. Scroll down to read some of the highlights (in the blog) or the full chat (in the comments space).
And if you’re looking for further reading, check out our recent piece on eco-villages. Is this the future of circular cities?
de Winter says:
it is often easier to implement circular economy strategies [in developing countries] because there is no vested infrastructure yet [...] Many towns in Africa are going directly towards solar panels, without having the need to connect to the grid [...] On the other hand the challenges are bigger. Plastic waste is huge problem in India. To overcome that problem they now made mandatory to use plastics in roads.Continue reading...
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT2015-09-05T12:00:00Z
California’s giant trees are showing unprecedented die-back, and land managers who are already battling drought, warming and fire are racing to save them
Last September, US Geological Survey ecologist Nate Stephenson hiked into Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest to look for dying seedlings. California was suffering through its third year of severe drought, and trees were dying in the park in greater numbers than usual. The roadside leading up to Giant Forest was pincushioned with trees faded brown – dead oaks, sugar pine, fir, incense cedar. But the forest’s namesake trees, which are among the world’s oldest and largest, were faring better. They’re tough – they have to be to live for thousands of years – and tend to grow in the wettest parts of the landscape.Continue reading...
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:17:32 GMT2016-09-22T12:17:32Z
Our expert panel highlights six ways to ensure companies put water at the heart of their operations
Food, clothing, electrical goods, energy – everything we consume has a hidden water footprint. So how can businesses cut water consumption and reduce the footprints of their products?
We brought together six experts to debate the question. Here’s what we learned.Continue reading...
Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:00:17 GMT2016-06-12T07:00:17Z
The death of Wei Zei, a student seeking cancer cures online, raises questions about the responsibility of tech companies for the health data they provide
China’s equivalent of Google is under fire. Search engine Baidu has been criticised following the death of 21-year-old student Wei Zai, who used the search engine to research esoteric treatments for his cancer.
After Wei Zai’s death, the state-run People’s Daily attacked Baidu, claiming it was ranking search results in exchange for money. “There have been hospitals making profits at the cost of killing patients who were directed by false advertisements paid at a higher rank in search results,” the article claimed, adding, “profit considerations shall not be placed over social responsibility”.Continue reading...
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:45:27 GMT2016-03-24T12:45:27Z
As contracted cleaners demand fairer pay, fashion chain removes document supporting living wage from website after Guardian inquiry
For the past six and a half years, Susana has cleaned Topshop’s flagship store for a living. For the past hour, the Ecuadorian single mother of three has been pouring out stories of low pay, bullying and excessive workloads in breathless Spanish. The words flow effortlessly until she starts to talk about the seven months she had to take off work for stress and anxiety. At that point her pace slows and her voice breaks as she tries to hold back tears.
It happened in 2011, after she says her manager at Britannia Services Group – the company contracted to clean Topshop’s Oxford Street branch – kicked a bucket at her in the store. Speaking to the Guardian through a translator, she says: “That was the final straw. I was depressed and humiliated.” She was admitted to hospital for stress.Continue reading...
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:00:09 GMT2016-03-10T06:00:09Z
It began with Fairtrade. Almost 30 years later, with hundreds of different certifications is it time to question what they all do and who benefits?
In 1988, the first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, was applied to packs of Mexican coffee sold in Dutch supermarkets. At the time, using a product label to say something about standards in a supply chain was revolutionary, but today it is routine. The Ecolabel Index currently lists 463 certifications in 199 countries.
On the face of it, certifications on everything from fish to timber can be seen as progress, promising higher standards and transparency in the pursuit of sustainability. But what purpose are the certification labels actually serving? Can we assume that they are beneficial to producers? Do consumers understand what’s behind a certification label, and does it even matter if they do? These were some of the questions asked at a recent roundtable discussion hosted by the Guardian and supported by Mondelēz International.Continue reading...
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:41:20 GMT2016-09-22T23:41:20Z
Biological farming, conservation planning and water recycling are part of a concerted push to make the milk industry more ‘carbon confident’
It was a soil bacteria course in New Zealand that convinced Reggie Davis to change his farming methods.
The fourth-generation Victorian dairy farmer had become increasingly concerned by the costs, chemicals and time involved in the use of nitrate fertilisers to maintain – what was considered to be – high-quality pasture for his dairy herd.Continue reading...
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:00:07 GMT2016-02-13T15:00:07Z
As oil prices bottom out and fossil fuels no longer offer strong returns, investment dollars are starting to move to renewable energy
Divestment – the decision to voluntarily reduce one’s fossil fuel investments – has been a hot button topic of discussion since 2011, when university students began calling on their institutions to remove fossil fuels from their portfolios. Divestment arguments have often focused on the morality of investments, but the economic value of divestment has recently become hard to ignore.
In January, portfolio planner Advisor Partners reported that, between 2014 and 2015, New York City’s biggest pension fund lost $135m because of its fossil fuel holdings. And, earlier this month, Market Forces, an activist group that works in environmental finance, reported that fossil fuel investments cost 15 of Australia’s top funds an estimated $5.6bn. On average, this cost each member of these funds $1,109.Continue reading...
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:58:08 GMT2015-10-30T17:58:08Z
An Ohio startup is disrupting the clean cookstove industry with the introduction of a solar powered cookstove - but not everyone is convinced
Since Hillary Clinton announced the creation of a Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in 2010, the public-private partnership has helped raise more than $400m for cleaner stoves and cooking fuels, enlisted more than 1,300 partners and, by its own accounting, helped drive about 28m cookstoves into the world’s poorest countries.
The vast majority of those cleaner cooking devices are powered by biomass – wood, charcoal, dung and agricultural waste. Millions more are powered by cleaner fuels like liquid propane gas (LPG), ethanol and electricity. At most, the alliance reported, 2% of the stoves distributed in 2013 relied on solar power, the cleanest fuel of all.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:07 GMT2016-10-21T13:00:07Z
An inquisitive polar bear, blue-footed boobies and autumn colours are among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:00:14 GMT2016-10-18T22:00:14Z
American photographer Tim Laman was named winner of the prestigious annual competition for his image Entwined Lives, showing a critically endangered Bornean orangutan in the Indonesian rainforest. The award is given for a story told in just six images, which are judged on their story-telling power as a whole as well as their individual quality.
The images will go on display at the Natural History Museum in London from 21 October, before touring internationally
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:38:03 GMT2016-10-17T15:38:03Z
Scientists create the highest plasma pressure ever recorded with the Alcator C-Mod reactor in a breakthrough for clean energy technology
A nuclear fusion world record has been set in the US, marking another step on the long road towards the unlocking of limitless clean energy.
A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created the highest plasma pressure ever recorded, using its Alcator C-Mod tokamak reactor. High pressures and extreme temperatures are vital in forcing atoms together to release huge amounts of energy.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:01:22 GMT2016-10-19T05:01:22Z
First global assessment finds 301 species are primarily at risk from human hunting for the bushmeat trade
Hundreds of mammal species - from chimpanzees to hippos to bats - are being eaten into extinction by people, according to the first global assessment of the impact of human hunting.
Bushmeat has long been a traditional source of food for many rural people, but as roads have been driven into remote areas, large-scale commercial hunting is leaving forests and other habitats devoid of wildlife.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:12:13 GMT2016-10-21T21:12:13Z
The suggestion that the previous government failed to address questions surrounding air quality (Report, 20 October) does not reflect the progress that has been made on the issue since December 2015. Since then, the government’s air quality plan, updated modelling undertaken by Heathrow and an independent study by Cambridge University have all shown that baseline air-quality levels around the airport will have significantly improved by the time a new runway is built, as the nation’s vehicle fleet gradually becomes cleaner.
The Airports Commission’s analysis concluded that a third runway at Heathrow can be delivered in accordance with EU air-quality limit law, and would have less impact on health receptors (where people live and work) than a runway at Gatwick would have on the community in that area. A new runway at the UK’s hub airport represents an opportunity to deliver significant improvements to air quality around Heathrow: the redesign of local roads, support for sustainable transport and the opportunity to introduce an airport emissions charge all have the potential to bring improvements in air quality.Continue reading...
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:03:13 GMT2016-10-18T13:03:13Z
High court hears evidence in air pollution case against the government that environment and transport department plans were overruled
The Treasury blocked other government departments from charging diesel cars to enter towns and cities blighted by air pollution, documents revealed during a high court hearing on Tuesday.
Legal NGO ClientEarth is challenging the government’s pollution plan, which by law should cut illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the “shortest possible time”. Air pollution causes 50,000 early deaths and £27.5bn in costs every year, according to the government’s own estimates, and was called a “public health emergency” by MPs in April.Continue reading...
Fri, 06 May 2016 03:41:39 GMT2016-05-06T03:41:39Z
Rare footage from 11km underwater streams on Youtube from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel
A live video feed of the Mariana trench – the deepest place on Earth – is proving engrossing viewing for those above sea level.
The Mariana trench plunges about 11km (seven miles) deep under the Pacific – further down than the summit of Mount Everest is above sea level. Because of the difficulties in reaching such depths, little is known about the area.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:43:46 GMT2016-10-20T14:43:46Z
Munganga Nzonga Jacques died in a region of Kahuzi Biega national park previously believed to be safe for the gorillas, Mongabay reports
On October 4, a park ranger was killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kahuzi Biega national park while trying to protect the park’s rare Grauer’s gorillas.
The ranger, Munganga Nzonga Jacques, died at the age of 26. He was killed in the Tshivanga region of the park — an area that was previously believed to be safe for the gorillas, according to a statement by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).Continue reading...
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 23:54:43 GMT2016-06-06T23:54:43Z
Australia’s natural wonder is in mortal danger. Bleaching caused by climate change has killed almost a quarter of its coral this year and many scientists believe it could be too late for the rest. Using exclusive photographs and new data, a Guardian special report investigates how the reef has been devastated – and what can be done to save it
It was the smell that really got to diver Richard Vevers. The smell of death on the reef.
“I can’t even tell you how bad I smelt after the dive – the smell of millions of rotting animals.”Continue reading...
Wed, 02 Jun 2010 17:09:35 GMT2010-06-02T17:09:35ZLesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says
A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.
As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.Continue reading...An cattle ranch in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The UN says agriculture is on a par with fossil fuel consumption because both rise rapidly with increased economic growth. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/GreenpeaceAn cattle ranch in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The UN says agriculture is on a par with fossil fuel consumption because both rise rapidly with increased economic growth. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:30:07 GMT2016-10-22T04:30:07Z
Borrowdale, Lake District Borrowdale is thriving following an era of being successfully farmed by generations of Westmorland hill farmers
Several faces, mottled black and white, glance up as I alight from the car. On seeing no dog, these Rough Fells – burly ewes with horns – return to grazing the open fell, unalarmed.
Following the A685 Kendal road south from Tebay in the Lune Gorge, I had turned off through woodland of rowan, alder, birch and holly, and parked along a byway running for nine miles west towards Shap summit through the “other” Borrowdale. This is Howgills country, lonely and mysterious and devoid of the crags and lakes that bring the tourists to the Borrowdale near Keswick. Yet in a reshuffle of the boundaries, it too has recently become part of the Lake District national park.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:00:32 GMT2016-10-21T16:00:32Z
The week’s top environment news stories and green events. If you are not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inboxContinue reading...
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:00:36 GMT2016-10-14T13:00:36Z
Toxic lion fish, a rare brown panda and a green sea turtle are among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:00:14 GMT2016-10-07T13:00:14Z
A snacking water vole, two-towed sloths and humpback whales and among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:34 GMT2016-09-30T13:00:34Z
A pair of parakeets, a baby tamarin and a lost species of frog are among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:00:03 GMT2016-09-23T13:00:03Z
A dozing brown bear, hungry badger and a very hairy caterpillar are among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:05:34 GMT2016-09-16T13:05:34Z
A whale shark, Masai Mara migration and wild boar on a seaside visit are among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:00:03 GMT2016-09-09T13:00:03Z
An angry-faced caterpillar, lion’s mane jellyfish and a new species of giraffe are among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:18:24 GMT2016-09-02T13:18:24Z
An unidentified sea creature and a shoal of disappearing fish are among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:00:20 GMT2016-08-26T13:00:20Z
Soldier crabs, a family of brown bears and spotted hyenas are among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:00:03 GMT2016-08-19T13:00:03Z
Burrowing owls at the Olympics, a pygmy elephant with very special tusks, and a rare white mynah bird are among this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...