Australia's national science organisation planned to stop "doing science for science sake" and would no longer do "public good" work unless it was linked to jobs and economic growth, according to internal emails between CSIRO senior managers.
The emails contradict claims that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has remained committed to research that does not bring in revenue, and illustrate the scale of the restructure planned under new chief executive Larry Marshall.
The Amazon has it bad, but the Cerrado may have it even worse. After all, at least you’ve actually heard of the Amazon.
The Cerrado isn’t as big, but it is still one of the largest and most important ecosystems in one of the largest and most environmentally rich countries on Earth — Brazil. It’s an enormous region of dry forests and shrubs that hosts jaguars, rare birds and thousands of unique plants and makes up about one-fifth of Brazil’s total area.
*More Summit Voice wolverine stories: Wolverines face dire global warming threat Wildlife: Feds punt on wolverine protection Biodiversity: Draft wolverine plan gets mixed reviews Colorado: Wolverine recovery plan on hold for now By Bob Berwyn Acknowledging the immense political pressures at play in making endangered species findings, a federal judge ruled this week that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unlawfully ignored the best available science when it decided not put wolverines on the Endangered Species List.
If you are a worker at a Chinese coal-fired power plant, you may not have much to do these days. Last year, the many coal plants located across China were sitting idle nearly half of the time, according to a new report released on Wednesday. The 50 percent utilisation rate is down from 60 percent in 2011. It is the lowest level since 1969, and it is predicted to keep falling. Coal use in China has fallen for the past two years in a row. And yet, new coal plants are still being planned and constructed at a frenetic pace. In 2015 authorities approved three times as many new coal plant projects as the previous year. "China is effectively adding more than one redundant coal power plant each week," the report by the NGOs Sierra Club, Greenpeace and CoalSwarm concludes. The total amount invested in unused plants could total one trillion US dollars. The Chinese situation is part of an Asia-wide trend. Since 2010, 473 gigawatts (GW) of new coal capacity went online in 33 countries. 85 percent of these plants were built in China and India, with the remainder mostly in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Three oil workers killed in an explosion in Nigeria's Niger Delta have become the latest victims of an oil industry plagued by corruption and environmental and human rights abuses, according to a local environmental group. Alagoa Morris of Environmental Rights Action (ERA)/Friends of the Earth Nigeria said he was alerted to the disaster on Monday, when bodies were removed a day after the explosion happened in the southern Nigerian state of Bayelsa. Morris reported that the dead were working to repair a pipeline owned by Italian energy company ENI. The company has not responded to requests to confirm this. Morris said oil companies operating in Nigeria were failing to ensure worker safety and described the deaths as "avoidable".
Local governments hit hardest by climate change costs Staff Report The dying U.S. fossil fuel industry may not quite get it yet, but thousands of towns — and millions of Americans living in those communities — do. The threat of climate change is real, and growing, according to a coalition of cities that filed a legal brief in federal court last week
New ruling foreshadows major legal battle over grizzly bear conservation Staff Report A federal judge says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated environmental laws when it authorized the killing of four threatened grizzly bears in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
VANCOUVER — The high number of male babies in a group of killer whales living off the coast of British Columbia is cause for concern, researchers say.
Eight babies have been born into the Southern Resident Killer Whale population since Dec. 30, 2014, but only one of the calves has been confirmed as a female, which could spell trouble for the whales' future.
The Washington-based Center for Whale Research recently received confirmation that yet another of the baby whales is male.
"We had pretty good hints of it before, but now with some very good pictures, we know it's a male," said scientist Ken Balcomb.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made global warming is making America sicker, and it's only going to get worse, according to a new federal government report.
The 332-page report issued Monday by the Obama administration said global warming will make the air dirtier, water more contaminated and food more tainted. It warned of diseases, such as those spread by ticks and mosquitoes, longer allergy seasons, and thousands of heat wave deaths.
Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy said if that's not enough, climate change affects people's mental health, too.
“First, we just want to raise awareness,” she said. “We want people to be aware of what’s going on around them, to notice what’s happening. People know what happens in their neighborhoods far better than anyone else. Are there places where flooding occurs now where it didn’t occur in the past? Are there changes in the marshes? Do the floods happen more often?
Climate change and nitrogen pollution may be behind the "dramatic drop" in the number of butterfly species in Germany over the past 200 years, according to new research. Of the 117 butterfly species recorded in 1840 in the survey site, a protected habitat in the south-German state of Bavaria, just 71 are still found today, said the authors of the study recently published in journal "Conservation Biology." Species requiring a specific type of habitat or food source, such as the "elegant white and ochre-spotted" hermit butterfly, are threatened with extinction in Germany. The hermit, for instance, lives in dry grasslands and will be hit even harder by changes in land use and global warming in the future, say the authors.
Reduced snowcover driving species northward Staff Report Reduced snow cover driven by global warming is squeezing snowshoe hares out of some parts of the species' historic range, according to researchers with the University of Madison-Wisconsin. According to the study, the range of the hare in Wisconsin is creeping north by about five and a half…
The premise behind the Amsterdam-based venture Plastic Whale is beautifully simple. First, the company fishes out plastic bottles and other debris from the city’s numerous canals. Second, when enough bottles are collected, the plastic is transformed into material to make a boat. Third, the new boat is used to fish for more plastic bottles—to make more boats. Genius.
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