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Eclipse tests the power grid’s mettle as solar energy goes dark

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The total eclipse of the sun Monday is expected to prompt fossil fuel generators to ramp up quickly to fill in the gaps as solar power goes dark from Oregon to the… John Siciliano Washington Examiner  Grid operators and watchdogs say the biggest effects from the loss of solar-generated electricity will occur in California, which represents 40 percent of the nation’s solar… Other states expected to be especially hit by the loss of solar include North Carolina, Utah, and… For ... Read More »

Researchers at UNH help National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map sea floor

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DURHAM – Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are working with employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to map the sea floor. So far, between 10 and 11 percent of the sea floor is mapped. Plans are to have the entire floor mapped by 2030. NH1.com Larry Mayer, who is a co-director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and Joint Hydrographic Center at UNH, said the primary reason for sea floor mapping is for safety ... Read More »

Elephant and tiger attacks highlight India’s wildlife conflict

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Members of the Paharia tribe living in the upper hill regions of India’s Jharkhand state have been spending sleepless nights. A marauding elephant has trampled at least 15 local people to death in the past few months. Anbarasan Ethirajan BBC Further north, villagers living around the Pilibhit Tiger reserve in Uttar Pradesh are up in arms after three people were killed by a tiger within a week. At least 16 people have been killed in tiger attacks near the reserve ... Read More »

Treaty to enable high seas marine protected areas takes step forward

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The NZ deep sea trawler West Bay does a fast turn after hauling its catch from international waters in the Tasman Sea. Greenpeace  along with more than a thousand scientists are supporting the call for a moratorium  on high seas bottom trawling, because of the vast amount of marine life that is destroyed by this fishing method.
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The United Nations has advanced a step closer to an international treaty to protect marine life on the high seas, with an aim of setting up a mechanism for creating marine protected areas in areas beyond national jurisdictions. Aaron Orlowski SeafoodSource International waters outside countries’ exclusive economic zones make up 60 percent of the ocean and cover almost half of the surface of the earth. The waters are rife with marine life, including many threatened species, but are subject to ... Read More »

Microbeads ban: Government to outlaw microplastics in cosmetic products

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Any kind of ‘rinse-off’ personal care and cosmetic products are affected, but not ‘leave-on’ make-up or sunscreen after industry complaints about the cost Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent Independent The Government is to go ahead with a ban on “rinse-off” plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products following a public consultation, it has announced. The proposal comes amid increasing evidence that tiny plastic particles are damaging marine life and could even pose a serious risk to human… Microbeads ban: Government… Read More »

Politics podcast: Anna Krien on the climate wars

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Melbourne-born author Anna Krien’s latest Quarterly Essay explores the debates on climate change policy in Australia and the ecological effects of not acting. Michelle Grattan The Conversation She interviewed farmers, scientists, Indigenous groups, and activists from Bowen to Port Augusta. She says climate change denialism has transformed into “climate change nihilism”. Krien says the Finkel review provides another opportunity in a… Politics podcast: Anna… Read More »

The rising stakes for ocean governance

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World oceans play the crucial role of a life support in poverty alleviation, food security, human health, and curbing climate change. Mizan R Khan The Daily Star But our oceans are increasingly being threatened and degraded by human-induced climate change, natural disasters, depletion of fisheries, loss of… Ocean governance in recent years has become an important area of global diplomacy. The process began with the UNEP-initiated Regional Seas Program (RSP) back in… The rising stakes… Read More »

Scientists Say Octopus DNA Does NOT Belong To Our World!

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Scientists have concluded that octopuses have alien DNA after the latest research carried… NewWorldWow These animals’ genome is way more complicated than any other genomes that have been seen until now, with 33,000 protein-coding… The oceans of the world still have lots of unsolved mysteries and we are now looking up at the sky to answer the questions on our minds, maybe in… Scientists Say Octopus… Read More »

Farmers join fight against Adani coalmine over environmental concerns

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More than 2,000 farmers and agriculture leaders express concern proposed Carmichael coalmine could affect groundwater, biodiversity and… Michael Slezak The Guardian A group of Australian farmers have joined the large coalition of groups fighting against Adani’s giant Carmichael coalmine, after they became concerned about the affects the mine would have on groundwater, biodiversity, rural communities and… Farmers for Climate Action – a group of more than 2,000 farmers and… Farmers join fight… Read More »

The Poisoned Chalice: Breakthrough WA Study Shines A Light On Global Water Contamination

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When deep-well bore water arrived in Australian bush communities people thought the big thirst was over. Jeff McMullen New Matilda Jeff McMullen reports that a decade long study shows unsafe water is now cutting lives short. If a baby is fed unsafe water contaminated with chemical nitrates, the child turns blue. The striking colouring occurs particularly around the eyes and… The Poisoned Chalice… Read More »

UN Issues Stark Warning On Pacific Drought Threat

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The United Nations says the looming El Nino threat could impact on more than four million people in the Pacific. FijiSun The UN’s Resident Co-ordinator, Osnat Lubrani, says communities and governments need to prepare now for the extreme weather changes El Niño usually… He says some countries are already implementing or drafting drought plans and the UN is ready to help co-ordinate this and to provide technical… Issues Stark Warning… Read More »

Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters

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Daniel Pauly is calling for a new plan to manage fishing levels as the industry’s expansion combines with global warming Helen Davidson in Darwin The Guardian As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned. The federal government is expected to release its new management plan for… Marine expert warns… Read More »

Could expanding forests be the key to our climate strategy?

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Forests have been removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon for more than 300 million years. William Moomaw  World Economic Forum When we cut down or burn trees and disturb forest soils, we release that stored carbon to the atmosphere. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere from human activities have come from deforestation… Could expanding forests… Read More »

Valuation of climate change impacts for better responses

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Việt Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and mitigation work, deputy minister of Agriculture and… — Photo donre.hochiminhcity.gov.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and… Speaking at a workshop on climate change impacts in Việt… Valuation of climate… Read More »

Environment and Forestry Ministry launches book on maritime national parks

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The Environment and Forestry Ministry together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a book called The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia… The Jakarta Post “With the launch of this book, the maritime national parks in Indonesia have to be the center of economic growth for the people who live around the… We want to show the world the beauty of our marine biodiversity,” said Minister Siti…… Environment and Forestry… Read More »

What Happens When You Die?

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We watch our loved ones’ age and die and assume that’s the end of the story. We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Biocentrism Also, of course, because we associate ourselves with our body and we know bodies die. But biocentrism — a new theory of everything — tells us death may not be the terminal event we think. Amazingly, if you add life and consciousness to the equation, you can explain some of the biggest puzzles ... Read More »