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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 »

Great Barrier Reef at ‘terminal stage’: scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

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‘Last year was bad enough, this is a disaster,’ says one expert as Australia Research Council finds fresh damage across… Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed The Guardian Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have… The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the… Great Barrier Reef at… Read More »

Baby ants have a host of unexpected superpowers

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The youngsters in ant nests take on so many important roles that some biologists think they might form a unique social… Sandrine Ceurstemont BBC No one would call a baby ant cute. They are not much to look at – the insects start life as unsightly worm-like larvae – and their behaviour is, frankly, terrifying: if they… Baby ants have… Read More »

Humankind can’t see the wood for the trees when it comes to clean air

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We depend on forests to regulate climate and keep our air clean, yet we destroy them at an increasing rate. Justin Adams assesses plans to restore the world’s woodlands Justin Adams Irish Examiner HUMANKIND has always had a tricky relationship with forests. We depend on… Humankind can’t see… Read More »

The Last 21 km Of Fenceline Between David Pocock And His Wildest Dreams

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The Wallabies star is making a real difference on his sabbatical, as we knew he… Anthony Sharwood HuffPost Last time we spoke to David Pocock, he was just about to take his six month sabbatical from top level rugby and hook up with conservation group WildArk. Well that’s all happening right… His mission? It’s pretty simple. WildArk has acquired its… The Last 21… Read More »

Bioenergy policy being driven by ‘alternative facts’

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Today is the International Day of Forests: 1.6 billion people rely on them for their livelihoods; they are home to more than 80% of the terrestrial life; and they’re a crucial bulwark against climate change, writes Linde Zuidema. Linde Zuidema Euractiv Setting a day aside to celebrate forests is laudable. Yet this year… Bioenergy policy being… Read More »

‘Carbon neutral’ forest resource grab: A corporate detour in climate change race

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The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors. Frances Pike Independent Australia SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy” just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly the combustion… ‘Carbon neutral’ forest… Read More »

Chickens Can Help Save Wildlife

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The idea that the humble chicken could become a savior of wildlife will seem improbable to many… RICHARD CONNIFF  The New York Times We tend to equate poultry production with factory farms, downstream pollution and 50-piece McNugget… In much of the developing world, though, “a chicken in every pot” is the more pertinent… Chickens Can Help… Read More »

Harvard Scientists Say Aliens May Be Using Giant Radio Beams To Travel The Cosmos

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Thousands of civilizations could be flying on interstellar sails. Lee Speigel The Huffington Post Two Harvard University scientists are suggesting that mysterious fast radio bursts, detected in faraway galaxies, may be evidence of aliens traveling through the… FRBs are extremely bright flashes of radio waves that last for only a thousandth of a… Harvard Scientists Say… Read More »

Better resource efficiency could be worth trillions, UN says

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Almost €2 trillion would be poured into the global economy every year if resource efficiency was boosted, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme released yesterday (16 March). Janie Matthews Euractiv The report, backed by research from the International Resource Panel, showed that efficient use of the world’s natural resources will mean big money for the next generation, who could see the €2 trillion by 2050. A programme in… Better resource efficiency… Read More »

How nature reclaimed Chernobyl

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Take away the humans, and wildlife returns in abundance Shane Cubis SBS From a global perspective, you’d have to admit that humanity hasn’t been the best thing to happen to planet… We’re responsible for a laundry list of negative things that have befallen our fellow species, both flora and fauna, even if we haven’t managed to crack the actual globe in… * How nature reclaimed… Read More »

Humans may have transformed the Sahara from lush paradise to barren desert

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Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. David K Wright The Conversation There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe… Humans may have transformed… Read More »

The needs of the land and the needs of the people can’t be separated

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I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. For the trees have no tongues – Dr Zeuss Robert Scholes The Conversation The national conversation about land, always simmering in South Africa, has come to the boil again. What’s often missing… The needs of… Read More »

What our backyards can tell us about the world

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Our backyards are home to many scuttling, slithering and scampering creatures, which are often the subject of fascination. Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert The Conversation But they can also play a key role in tracking the changes in the world around us – for science. Science is a… What our backyards… Read More »

Environmentalists who exposed logging have charges thrown out

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Two environmentalists who entered an East Gippsland logging coupe to document the destruction of rainforest have had charges against them… Bianca Hall The Age The court decision is the final chapter on what has been a two-year saga for Ed Hill and Joe Henderson, whose actions led to the state government conceding it… Environmentalists who exposed… Read More »

Can we have too many trees?

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Hunting and mountaineering organisations say that plans to increase forest cover in Scotland will ruin the countryside. I disagree Patrick Barkham The Guardian A couple of summers ago, I strolled through Glen Feshie, wondering why this beautiful corner of the Cairngorms didn’t feel British. Ah, that’s it… Can we have… Read More »