Environment and Climate Change

New motto of Ukraine: ‘No coal, no power – no problem’

The power outages Kiev feared due its blockade of Donbass coal failed to materialize — because the blockade also unexpectedly set back Ukraine’s industrial production, writes Marko Marjanovic in… DONi News Agency No coal, no power – no problem. This could be the new motto of new… Months ago Ukraine declared an end to coal imports from Donbass utterly gutting its… New motto of… Read More »

Sky-high carbon tax needed to avoid climate catastrophe, say experts

Economists, including Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, say taxes of $100 per metric tonne could be needed by… Phillip Inman Economics editor The Guardian A group of leading economists warned on Monday that the world risks catastrophic global warming in just 13 years unless countries ramp up taxes on carbon emissions to as much as $… Experts including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern said governments needed to… Sky-high carbon… Read More »

Bacteria Are Evolving To Eat The Plastic We Dump Into The Oceans

The ocean is full of plastic, a grim marker of the Anthropocene. There are floating, continent-size patches of it in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and there are newly formed ones in the Arctic. IFLscience New Scientist There are some uninhabited islands that are drowning in the stuff. Weirdly, though, scientists have come to the conclusion that, based on the amount of plastic we make every year, there is only about one… Bacteria Are Evolving… Read More »

India will sell only electric cars within the next 13 years

Every car sold in India from 2030 will be electric, under new government plans that have delighted environmentalists and dismayed the… Callum Brodie World Economic Forum It’s hoped that by ridding India’s roads of petrol and diesel cars in the years ahead, the country will be able to reduce the harmful levels of air pollution that contribute to a… India’s booming economy has seen it become the world’s third-largest oil importer, shelling out $150 billion annually for the resource – ... Read More »

Explainer: why we should be turning waste into fuel

The federal government recently announced that it is giving recycling company ResourceCo a loan of A$30 million to build two waste-to-fuel plants producing “solid waste fuel”. Nick Florin Ben Madden The Conversation Waste-to-energy is an important part of the waste industry in Europe. Significant demand for heat means efficient and tightly controlled waste incinerators are common. However, Australia lacks an established… Explainer: why we… Read More »

Theresa May could waive rights to 95 per cent of British waters after Brexit, fishermen fear

Fishermen fear Theresa May could waive the rights to almost 95 per cent of British waters after failing to make any solid promises over sovereignty of the seas in the Tory manifesto. Christopher Hope  The Telegraph A desire to take back control of Britain’s waters was a constant theme for Leave campaigners ahead of last year’s EU referendum. They believe Britain has legal rights to all fish within 200 miles of the… * Theresa May could… Read More »

Kerala villagers bring dead river back to life in 70 days

Rajeevan spent most of his life watching his favourite river die. Gulf Insider For two decades, the Kuttemperoor river in south Kerala’s Alappuzha district slowly choked under the weight of rampant illegal sand mining and construction sites that dumped tons of sewage on its once-pristine banks. Fish and aquatic life were wiped out, and the once-gurgling river of Rajeevan’s childhood was reduced to a… Kerala villagers bring… Read More »

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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 »