Concentrations of warming gases in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2013, the World Meteorological Organisation says.
The globally averaged amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 396 parts per million (ppm) in 2013, an increase of almost 3ppm over the previous year. Daily averaged amount crossed 400 ppm on May 9, 2013.Monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April 2014.
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first
The canary in the global-warming coal mine. Thats what the Arctic continent is described. Research missions and negotiations are the covers under which the greed continues.
Arctic circle , as it thaws , would throw open the new black gold mines. The research projects may become the ways to mine that gold. The circle therefore would add to the divide between haves and have-nots.
As a meeting of the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting gases begins in Paris on July 14, the possible energy saving opportunity for the emerging countries is likely to be shadowed by the short terms greed by its industry …..Read more
Michele Simon was a speaker in the 2012 Food Revolution Summit. Recently she released a report, produced in tandem with Friends Of the Earth, to bring attention to the dire situation of declining bee populations caused by pesticides. You can find the report here, and read a summary below. If you like to eat, then you should care about what’s happening to bees. Did you know that two-thirds of our food crops require pollination – the very foods that we rely on for healthy eating – such as apples, berries, and almonds, just to name a few. That’s why the serious declines in bee populations are getting more attention, with entire campaigns devoted to saving bees. A strong and growing body of evidence points to exposure to a class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids—the fastest-growing and most widely used class of synthetic pesticides—as a key contributing factor to bee declines. The European Union banned the three most widely used
First ever United Nations Environment Assembly, expected 1200 participants , 170 countries, 80 ministers and 40 events. Google search today showed only 62 news items, nothing from BBC, the Guardian, CNN.
It sometimes feels as if environmental news is never good news, but that certainly isn’t true when it comes to the ozone layer. The UN has announced that the ozone layer is showing “signs of recovery…
During 1985 to 1987 the world leaders had difficult negotiations to save the Ozone Layer. But when the going gets tough, tough gets going. UNEP's 2014 Scientific Assessment for the first time provides the first signs that ozone is on the upswing. In particular, if you look at observations in the Northern mid-latitudes at an altitude of 42 km, we see that ozone has increased over the 2000 to 2013 period.
It has been said that the single most powerful thing one can do to combat climate change and promote peace is to plant a tree. Jadev Payeng has been doing just that since the 1970's on the once-barren sandbar on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. Over 40 years later, the forest he's planted is now larger than New York City's Central Park and is home to several thousand varieties of trees as well as an amazing diversity of wildlife, including rhino, elephants, and even tigers.
Salmon, once nearly extinct on part of the Columbia River, are slowly recovering, to the delight of birds. As a result, those charged with nursing the salmon back to robust health have a new plan to protect them: shoot the birds.
To save Salmon from extinction, the plans are ready for next few years to keep shooting the birds that eat growing Salmon.
"The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the closing session late Friday. "We need to act decisively to change humanity's relationship with our planet."
"The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UN's World Forest Week: Forests habitats were home to an estimated 80% of global biodiversity. Report, "State of the World's Forests (SOFO) 2014, said that it was time for the sector to shift its focus from "trees to people". Forests are fundamental to the survival of forest dwellers, including indigenous people.
Forests' contributions ,direct and Indirect , to about 1.1% of the global economy. In employment terms, the formal sector provided 13.2 million jobs, while an estimated 41 million livelihoods were dependent on the informal sector.In 2011, it observed, about 10.9kg of edible non-wood forest products (NWFP) were consumed per capita globally.
As a fuel, it estimated that one-in-three of the world's population depended on woodfuel for cooking, while 764 million people used woodfuel for boiling drinking water.
Forests are also important providers of ecosystem services,For example, they help to deliver clean water by protecting water sheds and water courses.
Community solar garden was pioneered in Colorado. In India we can thrive on solar gardens . It is appealing to people who have no roof space, like renters and apartment owners, or homeowners with shady roofs.