Africa has a chance to divert from the fossil fuels dependency path and pursue clean energy development.
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The iconic Mount Everest could see a major loss of its glaciers over the course of this century, according to a new scientific study that its chief author calls the “the first detailed modelling study of all glaciers in the Dudh Koshi basin in the Everest region of Nepal.”
The paper, published Wednesday in the journal The Cryosphere, was authored by glacier researcher Joseph Shea of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, and several colleagues from France and the Netherlands.
Climate change could help the invasive weed from north America, that triggers severe allergic reactions, become common across the UK by 2050, experts have warned Climate change could help a notorious invasive weed known to trigger severe allergy...
Over recent centuries, people have introduced many invasive species to North and South America. New World invasive species are fewer, but there have been a few troublesome species introduced to the Old World. One should note that most of the damage caused by invasive species is by replacing native species. Whole ecosystems can collapse if too many natives are lost.
SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country," suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012. Now Californians are facing their own "Big Dry," and looking Down Under to see how they coped.
Now that corporations control the U.S. government, tough water-conservation regulations may be ineffective in California and other drought-stricken states. Corporations seek short-term growth, not long-term stability.
On August 7-9 2015, Americans of all-walks-of-life will meet in West Yellowstone, Montana to tell our elected leaders that we need to reform wildlife ...
GR: We could choose to maintain intact ecosystems. There are so many species threatened now that it's hard to decide where to spend efforts. Wolves are a pretty good choice. For them to flourish much will have to change in the ways that people live with the land. To prevail on behalf of wolves will benefit many other species. Let's go to West Yellowstone.
The death toll in India has risen past 430 people, according to the BBC, as a devastating heat wave has swept through the country with temperatures reaching 118 degrees in some areas.
Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where more than 140 people have died since Saturday, the news service reported. Temperatures also pushed past 118 degrees in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh while temperatures rose to above 111 degrees in the capital, Delhi.
Madagascar is home to extraordinary biodiversity, but in the past few decades, the island's forests and associated biodiversity have been under greater attack than ever.
The Wildlife Conservation Society and others such as those listed by the Lemur Conservation Network are working within Madagascar to preserve wildlife. However, as elsewhere, those who wish to harvest the land have power and influence. Perhaps we should all visit, spend a little money, and express our concern.
When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will be ready. These environmental advocates — who work with bishops, religious orders, Catholic universities and lay movements — have been preparing for months to help maximize the effect of the statement, hoping for a transformative impact in the fight against global warming.
“This is such a powerful moment,” said Patrick Carolan, executive director of Franciscan Action Network, a Washington-based advocacy group formed by Franciscan religious orders. “We’re asking ourselves, ‘What would be the best way for us to support the faith community in getting this out and using it as a call to action?’”
There are no oil rigs visible from Aberdeen itself, but evidence of the foundations of Europe’s oil capital is easy to see: plaques for the head offices of major fossil fuel companies, helicopters ferrying workers to and from offshore platforms, designer shops for a city that has more millionaires than any other in the UK.
It is not far from the centre of the granite city to the poorer wards, though, where like so many places, people struggling to pay ever-increasing energy bills are still forced to live in cold, damp, poorly insulated homes.
It seems incongruous then that in the last parliament the government gave the oil and gas industry billions of pounds in tax breaks and subsidies, while it spent barely £400m making buildings more energy efficient. Some argue it is particularly odd in light of the UK’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 80% by the middle of this century.
This pursuit of what some would see as growth at all costs is rooted in centuries of Treasury control of Whitehall, not just as a necessarily cautious finance ministry but the hub of economic strategy, too. Critics denounce its often secretive and some say arrogant culture, as well as its unabashed free-market, conservative, short-term growth agenda.
"The Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument would provide the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management the resource protection tools required to preserve the ecosystem integrity of this spectacular 1.7 million-acre expanse. With biodiversity declining worldwide and habitat destruction the number one cause, the over 20 sensitive species in the proposed monument need these safeguards.
As the title indicates, water is a key feature in this area of the Colorado Plateau, with springs and perennial streams vulnerable to increasing aridity from climate change and ground water pumping. These aquatic habitats are vital to the native wildlife in the region. Along with safeguarding wildlife, old growth forests, Native American cultural sites, and spectacular geologic formations, USFS and BLM natural resource staff will be able to monitor and improve public access for recreation. This area is well-known to birders, hunters, cyclists, hikers, horsemen, and many other types of outdoor use." --JOE SHANNON
If we don't drown or suffocate first, it's a very real possibility that life on earth will starve to death as climate change ravages planet Earth. Though it serves as the background story for Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar, the agricultural implications of climate change haven't been the face of the planetary event—polar bears are much cuter, of course—but a new documentary film from Academy Award-winning director Sandy McLeod aims to change that, bringing the human toll of drought and crop extinction to the forefront of the discussion.
The film, Seeds Of Time, tracks agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler as he races to preserve as many plant species as possible to retain genetic diversity as plant species extinction marches forward. As the former Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Fowler traveled to places like Peru to help farmers catalogue and archive their crops, specifically potatoes in this case. Together with samples from other parts of the world, Fowler helped to found the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed storage facility in Norway that's like the Noah's Ark for agriculture.
Along with the vault, the film also explores the human angle of what will happen when biodiversity and agriculture fail. Namely, that the drought conditions we're already experiencing will lead first to rising food costs, then to increased conflict in starving regions and finally to the extinction of life-sustaining crops as we know it.