Tag Archives: habitat disaster

US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

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Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump’s time in office has coincided with huge increase to all five eco risks surveyed

January 17, 2018 — The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community. Continue reading US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point

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Summers Place Auctions sells first Dodo skeleton in a century for £346,300 Summers Place Auctions announces the sale of a 95% complete composite skeleton of a Dodo the first to come up for sale since the early 20th century. It was part of the fourth Evolution sale at Summers Place Auctions on Tuesday, 22nd November 2016 and the hammer went down at £280,000.
Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

We are destroying the world’s biodiversity. Yet debate has erupted over just what this means for the planet – and us

January 16, 2018 — Just over 250 million years ago, the planet suffered what may be described as its greatest holocaust: ninety-six percent of marine genera (plural of genus) and seventy percent of Continue reading Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point

East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

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Smoke and flames from the burning Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea. Photograph: AP

Ship was carrying 136,000 tons of oil that now threatens to pollute some of China’s most important fishing waters

January 16, 2018 — The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on Sunday, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the Continue reading East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

A Better Way to Probe Peat

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A depressional wetland in the Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, in September 2016. Credit: William Wright

Florida scientists use ground-penetrating radar to image underground carbon stores in the Disney Wilderness Preserve

January 10, 2018 — Millions of years before it can turn into coal, dead and decaying organic matter exists as a dark, spongy, carbon-rich material called peat. When layers of peat become saturated Continue reading A Better Way to Probe Peat

Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

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Steart Marshes in Somerset, a £20.7m wetland reserve recently created under EU law to compensate for loss of habitat on the Severn estuary, a Natura 2000 site. Photograph: Jim Wileman for the Guardian

Compliance committee considers complaint alleging government breached Aarhus convention by not consulting public over withdrawal bill

January 9, 2018 — The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation. Continue reading Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

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The forests of Wayqecha, Peru rely on moisture from clouds to sustain themselves but climate change is moving that cloud layer higher every year. Photograph: Dan Metcalfe

Global warming is predicted to push clouds higher in the sky. One scientist hopes to understand the future of our forests by suspending a vast fog-catching mesh in the Peruvian jungle

January 5, 2018 — What will happen if climate change pushes clouds higher into the sky, as models predict? One ecosystem that will be seriously affected will be cloud forests – tropical jungles persistently bathed in fog. Continue reading Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago

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Scientific diver taking notes during coral bleaching event at Alcatrazes island, Sao Paulo state shore, Brazil. Credit: Leo Francini / Alamy Stock Photo.

Mass coral reef bleaching events have become five times more common worldwide over the past 40 years, new research finds, with climate change playing a significant role in the rise

January 4, 2018 — The scale of bleaching has been rising steadily in the last four decades, a study author tells Carbon Brief, with the global proportion of coral being hit by bleaching per year rising from 8% in the 1980s to 31% in 2016. Continue reading Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago

Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

humpback whales are among the species found in the revillagigedo archipelago
Humpback whales are among the species found in the Revillagigedo archipelago. Photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the ‘biologically spectacular’ Revillagigedo archipelago

November 26, 2017 — Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel. Continue reading Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’

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Land clearing in Wombinoo. Photograph: Courtesy of the Wilderness Society

Native vegetation was home to several threatened species and was in a Great Barrier Reef catchment

November 24, 2017 — Queensland farmers are suspected of having defied rare federal government intervention and cleared a large swath of land without commonwealth approval, according to conservationists. Continue reading Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’

Why LED lights are becoming a big problem

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EARTH AT NIGHT. This composite image shows a global view of Earth at night, compiled from over 400 satellite images. NASA/NOAA

The popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health

MIAMI, USA (Nov. 23, 2017) — They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution – but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday, November 22. Continue reading Why LED lights are becoming a big problem