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Old May 18th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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More raping and pillaging of the natural world, and nobody gives a shit.

Our sole objective is to grow, expand our economies, destroy everything that lives and convert it to money.

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Deep sea 'gold rush' moves closer

The United Nations has published its first plan for managing the extraction of so-called "nodules" - small mineral-rich rocks - from the seabed.

A technical study was carried out by the UN's International Seabed Authority - the body overseeing deep sea mining.

It says companies could apply for licences from as soon as 2016.

The idea of exploiting the gold, copper, manganese, cobalt and other metals of the ocean floor has been considered for decades but only recently became feasible with high commodity prices and new technology.

Conservation experts have long warned that mining the seabed will be highly destructive and could have disastrous long-term consequences for marine life.

The ISA study itself recognizes that mining will cause "inevitable environmental damage".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22546875


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Great... Sounds like those fishies are even more screwed...
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 08:12 AM   #3
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Shocking Before And After Pictures Of How Climate Change Is Destroying The Earth

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Old May 22nd, 2013, 08:46 AM   #4
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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Bombshell: China May Be Close To Implementing A Cap On Carbon Pollution

By Katie Valentine on May 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

China is taking steps to tackle its huge carbon output. Today, the country announced the details of its first carbon trading program, which will begin in the city of Shenzhen next month. The southern city is one of seven cities and provinces, including Beijing, which will take part in the pilot program, set to be completely implemented by 2014.

And according to one local news source, China could implement an absolute, nation-wide cap on its carbon emissions by 2016. China’s 21st Century Business Herald reported this week that the country’s State Council still needs to approve the carbon cap proposal submitted by the National Development and Reform Commission, a government entity that controls much of the Chinese economy. The proposal, which the State Council is reportedly likely to support, would ensure China’s emissions would not increase past the country’s target cap, regardless of economic growth — though it’s still unclear what that cap would be. The paper reported that the NDRC also predicts China’s greenhouse gas emissions will peak in 2025, rather than 2030, as earlier predictions stated.

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About time. Not even for the environment, but for themselves. Friends in China moved out of Beijing because the smog was so incredibly bad this year. And the growth of cars is not slowing down anytime soon. If they do nothing, they will kill their own economy (and themselves, slowly).

I'm still hoping for a massive government regulated transition to green energy in China. They can do it.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 10:58 PM   #7
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Tar sands supporters suffer setback as British Columbia rejects pipeline

Efforts to expand production from the Alberta tar sands suffered a significant setback on Friday when the provincial government of British Columbia rejected a pipeline project because of environmental shortcomings.

In a strongly worded statement, the government of the province said it was not satisfied with the pipeline company's oil spill response plans.

The rejection of the pipeline – which was to have given Alberta an outlet to Pacific coast ports and markets in China – further raises the stakes on another controversial tar sands pipeline, Keystone XL.

Barack Obama is still weighing a decision on that pipeline, intended to pump tar sands crude to the Texas gulf coast.

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Brazil rainforest deforestation leads to seed shrinkage

By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC World Service

The destruction of tropical rainforests is having an even greater impact on the environment than was previously thought, a study suggests.

Scientists have found that deforestation in Brazil is causing trees to produce smaller, weaker seeds that are less likely to regenerate.

They believe this has been triggered by the loss of large birds from the forests, which have beaks big enough to feed on and disperse the seeds.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22706402


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Old June 3rd, 2013, 02:41 PM   #10
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Climate change threatens extinction for 82 percent of California native fish

May 30, 2013

Salmon and other native freshwater fish in California will likely become extinct within the next century due to climate change if current trends continue, ceding their habitats to non-native fish, predicts a study by scientists from the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

The study, published online in May in the journal PLOS ONE, assessed how vulnerable each freshwater species in California is to climate change and estimated the likelihood that those species would become extinct in 100 years.

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Biotechnology to fight air pollution



Using biotechnology to fight pollution is the challenge for a European Union research project. Under the spotlight – a specific kind of moss.



At the University of Freiburg in Germany, a team of biologists is growing moss, in a controlled environment.

Mosses are especially well suited as bio-indicators for airborne contaminants as they have no roots and a very high surface-to-mass ratio.

Eva Decker, of the university’s Faculty of Biology, explained: “We use moss, because, by mass, it has a huge surface area. You can see all the structures and it can clean the dirt particles out of the air. Moss has shoots or spores, and from one of these spores you can grow a new plant. And using these spores we started to cultivate new plants in the laboratory.”

Monitoring the levels of nitrogen and sulphur oxides, as sell as airborne heavy metals like cadmium, lead and nickel, is hard to achieve with existing technologies as they are either imprecise or very expensive.

One innovation is the cultivation of huge amounts of a peat moss under controlled laboratory conditions.

Ralf Reski, at the Faculty of Biology at the University of Freiburg told euronews: “We not only reduce the plant’s genetic variability to the smallest possible level – one single genetic clone – but also through controlling conditions in the moss bio-reactor we can guarantee that the level of pollution in the moss, as well as its growth, are always identical. And you cannot obtain this consistency with material you have just collected from nature.”

The moss plants are transferred to air-permeable bags, then moved to monitoring stations at a variety of different European locations where they absorb pollutants from the air.

This technique is currently being tested in Santiago di Compostela, Spain.

Carlos Brais Carballeira Braña, from the Faculty of Biology, at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain said: “Three different samples are exposed for three weeks in order to accumulate all the pollutants in the area, in this case from passing cars or industrial plant, but primarily it’ll be general road traffic”

Following that exposure, the moss is dried and powdered, then analysed, to measure the levels of different pollutants in it.

This approach, combining molecular biology and material sciences with ecology and bionics, could be, in the future, extended to other critical environmental contexts.

José Angel Fernández Escribano at the Faculty of Biology, University of Santiago de Compostela, said the plan is to expand the habitats where this principle is used including rivers, fields and industrial areas.

He explained the thinking behind that: “These contaminants can affect rivers, which then flow into the sea, and pollute the marine environment. It will be possible to develop these tools and to discover all the pollutants that are affecting the whole ecosystem.”

SOURCE: http://euronews.com/2013/06/03/biote...air-pollution/
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France looks at America, says non to fracking

By John Upton

France’s energy minister looked at the destruction being wrought on America’s environment by hydraulic fracturing and said “non, merci” to the latest push by her country’s business lobby to make fracking legal.

Fracking was banned in France in 2011, and it looks like it’s going to stay banned. From Bloomberg:
France’s ban on hydraulic fracturing should not be eased because the oil and gas drilling technique is causing “considerable” environmental damage in the U.S., according to a government minister.

“We have to have our eyes wide open about what is going on in the U.S.,” Environmental and Energy Minister Delphine Batho said during a radio debate. “The reality is that the cost of producing gas doesn’t take into account considerable environmental damage.”

Earthquakes, aquifer pollution, heavy metal contamination, increased truck traffic and damage to the countryside are consequences of fracking, the minister said. …

“The U.S. has invented environmental dumping,” Batho said today. “Gas prices in the U.S. don’t take into account the cost of environmental damage that future generations will have to pay.”
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France uses a lot of nuclear power, so it can afford not to use hydraulic fracking.
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Brazil rainforest deforestation leads to seed shrinkage

By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC World Service

The destruction of tropical rainforests is having an even greater impact on the environment than was previously thought, a study suggests.

Scientists have found that deforestation in Brazil is causing trees to produce smaller, weaker seeds that are less likely to regenerate.

They believe this has been triggered by the loss of large birds from the forests, which have beaks big enough to feed on and disperse the seeds.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22706402


British press missed this: Deforestation in Amazon reached a record low: 4,571 km²
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Sharp Develops Concentrator Solar Cell with World's Highest Conversion Efficiency of 44.4%

Sets New Record with Concentrator Triple-Junction Compound Solar Cell

http://www.sharp-world.com/corporate/news/130614.html


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Massive Flooding In Alberta Canada Forces 75,000 To Flee

By Rebecca Leber on Jun 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

Parts of Alberta, Canada were hit by extreme flooding the size of New York State on Friday, forcing 75,000 to evacuate their homes. Hit by heavy rain, people have abandoned their cars and low-lying residences in flooded waters Mayor Naheed Nenshi described as “an ocean at the moment.”

Across the world, cities in Germany have also been wrecked by flooding — one estimate puts the damage as high as $7.7 billion. Climate science explains that global warming leads to a 5 to 10 percent increase in rainfall, and subsequently leads to a higher risk of flooding.

As Climate Central notes in its reporting on the Calgary floods: “A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on June 9 found that flood frequency as well as the number of people at risk of inundation from flood events are both likely to increase as the world continues to warm.”





Alberta is home to controversial tar sands development, where the city of Calgary happens to be a source of climate denier arguments: The Calgary Herald, an influential paper in western Canada, has spouted climate denier points on its editorial page. The University of Calgary, meanwhile, was once paid to distribute resources opposing climate change science.


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Whales flee from military sonar leading to mass strandings, research shows

Whales flee from the loud military sonar used by navies to hunt submarines, new research has proven for the first time. The studies provide a missing link in the puzzle that has connected naval exercises around the world to unusual mass strandings of whales and dolphins.

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