At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

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STRONG WINDS. A woman walks her dogs in Stromovka park in Prague which closed due to strong winds on October 29, 2017. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

The windstorm also disrupts railway operations and leaves hundreds of thousands of homes without power

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Oct. 30, 2017) — At least 5 people died in a windstorm that hit central Europe on Sunday, October 29, causing widespread power outages and traffic disruptions. Continue reading At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

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ADDED PROTECTION. Whale sharks are among the animals that received added protection at the Conservation of Migratory Species conference held in Manila. File photo by Gonzalo Araujo

Host country the Philippines lobbies for the inclusion of the whale shark, which has become a major tourist attraction

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 29, 2017) — Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organizers said on Saturday, October 28. Continue reading Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

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EAST ANTARCTICA. This undated handout picture released by the Pew Charitable Trust on October 28, 2017 shows an ice wall in East Antarctica. Photo by John B. Weller/Pew Charitable Trust/AFP

Officials say Russia and China were key stumbling blocks, worried about compliance issues and fishing rights

SYDNEY, Australia (Oct. 29, 2017) — Hopes for a vast new marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica were dashed Saturday, October 28, after a key conservation summit failed to reach agreement, with advocates urging “greater vision and ambition”. Continue reading Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat

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SEIZED. Indonesian officials discover more than 100 pangolins on Tuesday, October 24, in a raid on a fishing boat off the east coast of Sumatra island. Screenshot from AFP

Pangolins – docile animals with a thick armor – are indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and are the world’s most trafficked mammal

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (Oct. 29, 2017) — Indonesian authorities have seized more than 100 pangolins, all of them alive, an official said Wednesday, October 25, a haul of the critically endangered species that conservationists estimate to be worth about $1.5 million. Continue reading Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat

‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

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Businessman Jason Sharam’s Linked Group has spent $460,000 on a solar and battery installation. Photograph: Jason Sharam

From solar to running generators, some have quit the energy grid and several others are showing interest in ‘defecting’

October 29, 2017 — In the heart of Queensland’s mining belt, a businessman who has grown his enterprise mostly off the back of the coal industry sees the energy sector going only one way. Continue reading ‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

US winter has shrunk by more than one month in 100 years

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Experts say the consequences of the contracting winter season are ‘really negative’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Scientists find that climate change has helped push first frosts later across the country

October 29, 2017 — The length of the US winter is shortening, with the first frost of the year arriving more than one later than it did 100 years ago, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. Continue reading US winter has shrunk by more than one month in 100 years

Hurricane Sandy, five years later: ‘No one was ready for what happened after’

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Tricia Campbell McAvoy looks for mold in the garage of her home in Brick, New Jersey. Photograph: Bryan Derballa for the Guardian

Survivors of the 2012 storm remain haunted. As hurricanes continue to batter the US, many say plans to mitigate climate change have not gone far enough: ‘People need to open their eyes’

October 29, 2017 — Hurricane Sandy still assails the thoughts of Annie Willis, haunting her with its onrushing black water and the harrowing sound of shattering windows. The storm mauled a Continue reading Hurricane Sandy, five years later: ‘No one was ready for what happened after’

UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change

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‘The train has left the station, the train is speeding up, but we need to speed up more,’ says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 27, 2017) — United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) head Erik Solheim on Wednesday, October 25, said nations “need to speed up” when it comes to climate change. Continue reading UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change

Pollution over Southeast Asia May Threaten Ozone Health

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Water vapor and smoke billow from the cooling tower and smokestacks of this steel factory in Hebei, China, a province dominated by industrial factories. These factories, along with other emission sources, produce chlorocarbon pollutants that may end up further damaging the ozone layer. Credit: Kevin Frayer/Stringer/Getty Images News/Getty Images Plus

Emissions of short-lived chlorine-based chemicals that deplete ozone are increasing worldwide. But over some regions of Asia, these chemicals may be on a fast track to the ozone layer

October 27, 2017 — A rise in the emission of short-lived chlorine-based chemicals over the past decade has created a possible new threat to the health of Earth’s protective, yet fragile, ozone layer. Continue reading Pollution over Southeast Asia May Threaten Ozone Health

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’

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Forest land cleared for palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

This year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains

October 27, 2017 — Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using “conflict palm oil” from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy. Continue reading Nestlé, Mars and Hershey ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’