Environment and Climate Change

United States: ‘Sailing rocks’ mystery finally solved

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Scientists have finally solved the mystery of how rocks can move across the flat ground of a dry lake bed in Death Valley, California. Visitors have long been puzzled by the sight of boulder tracks criss-crossing a dusty bowl known as the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. But two researchers now say the rocks – which can sometimes ... Read More »

How Australia Perfected Solar Power And Then Went Back To Coal

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There was a time in the 1980s when Australia lead the world in solar technology. To begin with, Australia receives more solar radiation per square foot than anywhere on the planet, and that presents an obvious advantage. But the true catalyst was geography: two thirds of the country consists of uninhabited desert. This posed problems for engineers tasked with constructing a national ... Read More »

Global Warming: Discovery of 500 Methane Vents On Atlantic Ocean Floor Has Major Implications

Carti Sugdub island in Panama is among those places where inhabitants brace themselves for rising sea levels and waves gushing into their tiny mud-floor huts. With more of methane emissions from the ocean floor being discovered, scientists are beginning to be concerned about their implications in exacerbating global warming. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

Methane is bubbling up from unexpected places on the ocean floor, raising concerns on its implications for global warming. Researchers have detected more than 500 methane vents on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the US east coast, reports NBS News. The gas could contribute to global warming, say scientists, pointing out that some of the detected emissions originate from depths where ... Read More »

Ineos buys fracking rights around Grangemouth and Firth of Forth

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News of Ineos’s move into shale gas extraction comes amid nationwide protests against companies involved in fracking  Jump to comments Ineos, the company at the centre of last year’s bitter dispute with unions at its Grangemouth petrochemical plant, has bought the rights to explore fracking for shale gas in a 127 square mile area around Grangemouth and the Firth of Forth. The company, ... Read More »

Can Mexico save the endangered vaquitas?

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Editor’s note: Omar Vidal is director general of the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico. Robert L. Brownell Jr. has studied marine mammals all over the world since the 1960s. Zhou Kaiya is a professor at Nanjing Normal University and studied the baiji since the mid-1950s until it went extinct. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors. ... Read More »

‘Water war’ in Brazil as Rio’s supply threatened

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São Paulo and Rio authorities battle over scarce water resources as reservoirs run dry A severe drought affecting Brazil’s biggest city has led to a “water war” that could cause the water supply to collapse in parts of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Authorities in São Paulo have been battling a water crisis for months as reservoirs run dry ... Read More »

US administration and Tony Abbott have ‘meeting of minds’ on climate change

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The Abbott government has discussed with the Obama administration the subject that was supposed to be unmentionable between them – climate change. A senior US official said ”there was a meeting of the minds on the significance of the challenge” when the two countries held their annual Ausmin consultations in Sydney this week. The subject was not mentioned at the ... Read More »