Environment and Climate Change

Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unravelling

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The polar region is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the… Jeff Tollefson, Nature magazine Scientific American The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, suggests a huge assessment of the… The warming is hastening the melting of Arctic ice and boosting sea-level rise. The report, compiled by more than 90 scientists, documents the myriad changes already under way across the Arctic because of… Major Report Prompts… Read More »

As Pollution Levels Rise, China Looks to Clear the Air With ‘Vertical Forests’

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To address serious smog issues, the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing will be building two skyscrapers covered in plants to help naturally filter out toxins from the… Sputnik On the Air Quality Index’s scale from 0 to 500, Nanjing rates a 132, which is considered unhealthy, especially for people dealing with respiratory… The towers will be designed by Italian firm Stefano… As Pollution Levels… Read More »

Thousands to march in Copenhagen against climate injustice

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Demonstration to protest Trump’s climate policies and the hypocrisy found closer to… CPH Post OnLine On Saturday, Donald Trump will have been in office as US president for 100 days and critics maintain that during his brief stint he has downplayed the… In response, scores of people will hit the streets as part of the ‘People’s Climate March’ in over 300 cities across the… Thousands to march… Read More »

Satellite Eye on Earth: March 2017 – in pictures

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Mount Etna, India’s ship graveyard and trees in Africa are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last… Compiled by Eric Hilaire The Guardian The Mackenzie river system is Canada’s largest watershed, and the 10th largest water basin in the… The river runs 4,200km (2,600 miles) from the Columbia icefield in the Canadian Rockies to the Arctic…. Satellite Eye on… Read More »

Danish researchers help reveal heightened Arctic melting

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Latest SWIPA report is dour reading for nations facing rising sea level… CPH Post OnLine Some 120 researchers, including some from Denmark, are part of a comprehensive new report that reveals that the Arctic is melting much faster than… The report, ‘Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic’ (SWIPA), was published by the Arctic Council today and concluded that the… Danish researchers help… Read More »

High court orders UK government to explain clean air plan delay

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Critics say air pollution issue is public health and not political issue and ministers must defend delay in high… Matthew Taylor The Guardian The government has been ordered back to the high court to explain its last-minute bid to delay publication of the UK’s clean air… Politicians and environmental groups had complained that ministers were “hiding behind the election” after they said they could not publish the proposals because of… High court orders… Read More »

UK sees first full day without coal-fired electricity

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Britain was on course yesterday to see its first full day without generating any electricity from coal since the Industrial Revolution, the… EMILY BEAMENT The Scotsman If the grid runs the whole day without coal power, it would be the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the… National Grid’s electricity control room tweeted: “It looks likely that today will be the… UK sees first… Read More »

Eelco Rohling: We need to get rid of carbon in the atmosphere too

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Getting climate change under control is a formidable, multifaceted challenge. ANALYSIS: By Professor Eelco Rohling in Canberra By PMC Editor Asia Pacific Report Analysis by my colleagues and me suggests that staying within safe warming levels now requires removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The technology to do this is in its infancy and will take years, even decades, to develop, but our analysis suggests that this must be a… Eelco Rohling: We… Read More »

‘Need to protect interest in Exclusive Economic Zone’

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CM also appeals for steps to safeguard fishermen from attack by Sri Lankan… TAMIL NADU The Hindu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday urged that the Indian fishermen must be protected from attacks (by Sri Lankan Navy) and called for safeguarding the maritime interests of the… Speaking at an event on board INS Chennai , which was dedicated to the… ‘Need to protect… Read More »

Minister: Watch over EEZ

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IT is imperative to stay alert and keep a close watch over our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), says Minister for Fisheries Semi… Alisi Vucago Fiji Times He said monitoring our territorial waters was imperative to not only monitor illegal fishing, but also other activities including the trafficking of drugs and… “We need to plan for the future and secure our expansion in… Minister: Watch over… Read More »

EEZ treaty ratification will support eradication of illegal fishing: Ministry

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The government is hoping to combat illegal fishing and protect Indonesian fishermen with the ratification of a maritime agreement between Indonesia and the Philippines, a… Marguerite Afra Sapiie The Jakarta Post The ratification of the maritime agreement on an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) signed in 2014 would delineate clear boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines in the Mindanao Sea and… “Such a clear boundary will make it easier for us to take strict action when we… EEZ treaty ratification… Read More »

US West enters ‘new era’ of unstoppable wildfires because of climate change, experts warn

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‘This is bigger than us and we’re going to have to adapt to wildfire, rather than the other way… Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent Independent The western United States has entered a “new era of wildfires” with average temperatures now two degrees Celsius higher and the… Some blazes should be allowed to burn themselves out and fires should even be set deliberately as part of a… US West enters… Read More »

CGA to buy devices to protect EEZ

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The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) is to buy thermal imaging devices and drones to boost its efforts in deterring Chinese fishing boats from… Cheng Hung-ta and Jonathan Chin Taipei Times Lee made the announcement at a meeting of the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee, during which lawmakers demanded that the… Lee was reporting to the committee in connection with the… CGA to buy… Read More »

Millions of discarded flip flops posing huge hazard to ocean life

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Watamu, Kenya (CNN) – The shores of Watamu on the Kenyan coast should be pristine. They’re not. Olivia Yasukawa and Thomas Page CNN Downstream from an ecological disaster brewing a continent away, these placid waters are bearing the brunt of a foot-born problem: your flip flops. The Japanese call… Millions of discarded… Read More »

Toward an enlightened environmentalism

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The relationship between business, politics and the environment is about to become more complicated. Mark Malloch Brown Arab News As US President Donald Trump’s administration threatens to dismantle vital environmental protections, some of which have existed for decades, business leaders are increasingly recognizing — and acting upon — the need for… Toward an enlightened… Read More »

Sticky tar of climate politics oozes over oil reserve valuations

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Environmentalist ideology and political ambition in combination make for a dangerous blend, and nowhere is that truth clearer than in the context of climate politics, the valuation of fossil-fuel reserves and accusations of “fraud.” Benjamin Zycher AEI With the deregulatory decisions of the Trump administration, in particular in the context of a severe prospective reduction in federal efforts to control emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), various pressure groups and state… Sticky tar of… Read More »