Environment and Climate Change

Total’s plans for Brazil’s new oil frontier snagged on Amazon reef

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As French oil giant Total seeks to conduct oil exploration in Brazil’s Foz do Amazonas Basin area, which some geologists say may contain around 14 billion barrels of petroleum, environmentalists fear it could damage the eco system in the… Reuters OIAPOQUE Daily Sabah Deep beneath the waters of the Atlantic off Brazil’s most northern coast, French major Total SA is hunting for what it hopes will be… Metal drill bits, pipes and Total’s plans for… Read More »

It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

Dutch open world’s largest offshore wind farm

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Dutch officials on Monday opened what is being billed as one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea. FRENCH PRESS AGENCY – AFP THE HAGUE Daily Sabah Over the next 15 years, the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85 kilometers (53 miles) off the northern coast of The Netherlands, will meet the energy needs of about 1.5… At full winds the windpark has a… Dutch open world’s… Read More »

Noise pollution is drowning out nature even in protected areas – study

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Human noises are often 10 times that of background levels, impairing our enjoyment of natural parks and impacting animal behaviour, scientists have… Damian Carrington Environment editor The Guardian The sounds of the natural world are being overwhelmed by the blare of human activity, even in protected wildlife areas, new research has… The racket is not only harming people’s enjoyment of natural havens, which are… Noise pollution is… Read More »

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 »