Environment and Climate Change

Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of debate over a method of extracting natural gas. The New York Times – THOMAS KAPLAN  Fracking, as it is known, was heavily promoted as a source of economic revival for depressed communities along New ... Read More »

Microbes discovered by deepest marine drill analysed

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Life uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition has been analysed by scientists. Rebecca Morelle – Science Correspondent, BBC News, San Francisco The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) found microbes living 2,400m beneath the seabed off Japan. The tiny, single-celled organisms survive in this harsh environment on a low-calorie diet of hydrocarbon compounds and have a very slow metabolism. The findings ... Read More »

Australia throws spanners in the works at Lima talks

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Lima: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has backed down on her demand that a new global climate change deal should be legally binding, but is now caught up in a new row at United Nations talks in Peru over the way in which Australia’s national emission target is calculated. The Age – Marcus Priest * Speaking to Fairfax Media, Ms Bishop said ... Read More »

Good job, humans: The oceans now contain 5 trillion pieces of floating plastic

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A major new study of the world’s oceans has reached a shocking conclusion: Thanks to humans, there are now over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, floating in water around the world. The Washington Post – Chris Mooney * With a global population of about 7.2 billion, that’s nearly 700 pieces per person. The study, published in the journal PLOS One ... Read More »

Peru to take legal action over Greenpeace stunt at ancient Nazca lines

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Government plans to file charges of attacking archaeological monuments after activists set up banner near famed drawings Associated Press in Lima – The Guardian Peru will seek criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who it says damaged the world-renowned Nazca lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert during a publicity stunt. “It’s a true slap in the face at everything ... Read More »

Women Must Be Partners and Drivers of Climate Change Decision-Making

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Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women – As leaders from around the world gather in Lima, Peru this week to discuss global cooperation in addressing climate change, a woman in Guatemala will struggle to feed her family from a farm plot that produces less each season. A mother in Ethiopia will make the difficult choice to take her daughter ... Read More »

Ready to Confront the Greatest Mass Migrations in History?

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Pulled by money, pushed by climate, a quarter-billion people now leave home every year While we fret over temporary foreign workers and those who go off to fight for the Islamic State, something far bigger is going on around the world — migrations that we have scarcely glimpsed, but that will affect our own lives more than we realize. At ... Read More »

Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change

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Performance index released at Lima climate talks puts Denmark in the best-performing slot, followed by Sweden and Britain Australia has been named the worst-performing industrial country in the world on climate change in a report released at international negotiations in Peru. The climate change performance index ranked Denmark as the best-performing country in the world, followed by Sweden and Britain. ... Read More »

Investors Recruited to Restore Farmland in Latin America

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MEXICO CITY — Conservation groups announced plans on Sunday to restore degraded land across Latin America with financing from private investment funds. The New York Times – Elizabeth Maklin The project, announced at a conference on climate change in Lima, Peru, is an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions by improving the productivity of current farmland, reducing the need to turn ... Read More »

Environmentalist to seek Integrity Commission scrutiny of national park tourism deal

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High-profile environmentalist Bob Brown wants a deal to expand tourism in national parks scrutinised by the Integrity Commission. The Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT) and the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) signed the Parks 21 strategic action plan as part of a strategy to grow tourism numbers, investment and jobs, and to capitalise on the state’s eco-tourism reputation. ... Read More »