Environment and Climate Change

North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan

Seismologists in Japan have tracked, for the first time, a particular type of tiny vibration that wobbled through the Earth from the Atlantic seafloor. It was started by a “weather bomb”: the same low-pressure storm, off Greenland, which made UK headlines in late 2014. Tiny tremors, of two types, constantly criss-cross the deep Earth from… Source: North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan – BBC News Read More »

Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve

President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy. WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy… Source: Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve – AMERICAS Read More »

Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate ‘Powerbroker’

Ken Salazar has previously claimed “there’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone” by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Hillary Clinton has named her transition team should she be elected in November, and the roster—as many feared—is a who’s-who of establishment figures, including former Interior… Source: Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate ‘Powerbroker’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community Read More »

Our planet is heating – the empirical evidence

In an entertaining and somewhat chaotic episode of ABC’s Q&A (Monday 15th August) pitting science superstar Brian Cox against climate contrarian and global conspiracy theorist and now senator Malcolm Roberts, the question of cause and effect and empirical data was raised repeatedly in regard to climate change. Watching I pondered the question – what would I need to change my… Source: Our planet is heating – the empirical evidence Read More »

Kenya buys Sh3.6bn ship to battle illegal fishing in Indian Ocean

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Kenya has acquired a new ship to patrol its Indian Ocean territory as the country steps up the campaign against illegal fishing which has seen it lose up to Sh10 billion annually. The Sh3.6 billion ship, which has ability to detect illegal movement of fishing vessels in Kenya’s territorial waters, is expected in the… Source: Kenya buys Sh3.6bn ship to battle illegal fishing in Indian Ocean – Politics and policy Read More »

Concerns over whether USA can manage huge fishing protected zone

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has agreed to ask the US government to address a range of concerns about a proposal to expand Hawaii’s protected waters. The government plans to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii five-fold, which would prohibit fishing in two-thirds of the US Exclusive Economic Zone… Source: Concerns over whether USA can manage huge fishing protected zone | Radio New Zealand News Read More »

Q&A smackdown: Brian Cox brings graphs to grapple with Malcolm Roberts

One Nation senator-elect asks repeatedly for ‘empirical data’ – and the celebrity physicist has plenty at hand The celebrity physicist Brian Cox came prepared to the ABC’s Q&A on Monday night with graphs, ready to counter claims by his co-panellist, the climate denier and Australian senator-elect Malcolm Roberts. Roberts, one of four… Source: Q&A smackdown: Brian Cox brings graphs to grapple with Malcolm Roberts | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Green Gold: Global Avocado Boom Destroying Mexico’s Forests

Extreme demand for avocados is causing deforestation, along with other negative environmental effects, in Mexico, due to high profits for the fruit.. According to Mexico’s National Institute for Forestry, Farming and Fisheries Research, farmers are illegally destroying large areas of forest in the mountains of Michoacan, a… Source: Green Gold: Global Avocado Boom Destroying Mexico’s Forests Read More »

Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores

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Four-tuskers, hoe-tuskers, shovel-tuskers are all wiped out – now only a fragment of this keystone species remains Large ivory seizures in Singapore make it a smuggling hub of ‘primary concern’ If, just 800 generations ago, we took a summer holiday to Crete, Cyprus or Malta, we would have found familiar-looking islands, filled with the flowers and… Source: Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, are 750 million refugees predicted to move away from flooding?

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PETER SINGER: That is going to basically inundate every coastal city around the world, including, of course, all Australian major cities are coastal. It is going – estimated to cause something like 750 million refugees just moving away from that flooding. Never mind those who also because refugees because (indistinct)… VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Some of those claims are contested, of course? PETER SINGER: Well, they are contested but do you want to take the… Source: FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, ... Read More »

Why is the World Bank backing coal power in Europe’s youngest country?

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The World Bank is poised to support a new coal plant that would modernise Kosovo’s creaking energy infrastructure, but also lock the young nation into a future powered by a regressive fossil fuel.. In the early days of December 2015, as the Paris climate talks veered off course and off schedule, the US secretary of state John Kerry left his team of negotiators and flew to Kosovo to voice his support for a proposed US-built, World Bank-sponsored coal power station… ... Read More »

Brexit will force EU countries ‘to make deeper, costlier carbon cuts’

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Bloc will have to draw up new plan with higher cuts for remaining 27 states in order to meet its carbon reduction target, which could cost billions of euros.. Brexit will force the European Union’s remaining 27 countries to spend billions of euros on cutting carbon emissions more deeply to compensate for the UK leaving, according to experts… Source: Brexit will force EU countries ‘to make deeper, costlier carbon cuts’ | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Global warming is shifting Earth’s clouds, study shows

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Climate Central: The warming of the planet over the past few decades has shifted a key band of clouds poleward and increased the heights of clouds tops.. The reaction of clouds to a warming atmosphere has been one of the major sources of uncertainty in estimating exactly how much the world will heat up from the accumulation of greenhouse gases, as some changes would enhance warming, while others would counteract it… Source: Global warming is shifting Earth’s clouds, study shows ... Read More »

Estimated cost of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant rises to £37bn

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Critics point to volatility of scheme but energy department says price ‘will not affect bill payers’.. The total lifetime cost of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant could be as high as £37bn, according to an assessment published by the UK government. The figure was described as shocking by critics of the scheme, who said it showed just how volatile and uncertain the project had become, given that the same energy department’s estimate 12 months earlier had been ... Read More »

Politics for the planet: why nature and wildlife need their own seats at the UN

Whether we consider wild weather, unprecedented Arctic melting and global temperatures, or the Great Barrier Reef, the global environment is generating alarming news. Predictions of multi-metre sea level rises, the collapse of marine biodiversity and food chains, and global warming far beyond 2℃ are equally concerning. Is our system of global environmental law and governance adequate to this crisis? Our short answer is “no”, but what should be done? We believe new… Source: Politics for the planet: why nature and ... Read More »

Hole in ozone layer over Antarctica is shrinking

Scientists predict the hole could close permanently by the middle of the century.. The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica appears to be healing, say scientists. Recovery of the hole has varied from year to year, partly because of the effects of volcanic eruptions… Source: Hole in ozone layer over Antarctica is shrinking Read More »