India's diesel fumes fuel glacier melt
Published Mar 7, 2014 - 9:25:36 AM
Being a traffic policeman in Kolkata is a life-threatening business. Not only are you at risk of being run over on the traffic-clogged roads and streets of this chaotic city of 14 million – you're also more than likely to suffer from serious health problems due to some of the worst air pollution not just in India, but in the world.
Jaguars Gain 1,194 Square Miles of Protected Habitat in U.S. Southwest
Published Mar 6, 2014 - 8:13:37 AM
In response to a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized protection for 764,207 acres, or 1,194 square miles, of habitat for endangered jaguars in southern Arizona and New Mexico. The historic "critical habitat" designation to help the great cats recover comes five years after a federal court rejected the Service's argument that jaguars are too rare in the United States to merit habitat protection, and almost 17 years after the Service first protected jaguars under the Endangered Species Act in response to another court case brought by the Center.
Cultural world heritage threatened by climate change
Published Mar 5, 2014 - 7:33:12 AM
From the Statue of Liberty in New York to the Tower of London or the Sydney Opera House – sea-level rise not only affects settlement areas for large parts of the world population but also numerous sites of the UNESCO World Heritage. This is shown in a new study by Ben Marzeion from the University of Innsbruck and Anders Levermann from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
First World Wildlife Day an opportunity for hope and action
Published Mar 3, 2014 - 9:06:33 AM
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity for the international community to celebrate the globe's wild plant and animal life while redoubling efforts to protect them. WWF welcomes recent achievements to safeguard wildlife, laments the losses, and looks toward a future in which people can truly live in harmony with nature.
Global warming felt to deepest reaches of ocean
Published Mar 3, 2014 - 6:53:46 AM
In the mid-1970s, the first available satellite images of Antarctica during the polar winter revealed a huge ice-free region within the ice pack of the Weddell Sea. This ice-free region, or polynya, stayed open for three full winters before it closed.
Food production in the northeastern US may need to change if climate does
Published Feb 28, 2014 - 8:03:16 AM
If significant climate change occurs in the United States it may be necessary to change where certain foods are produced in order to meet consumer demand. In a paper published online this week in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University provide an overview of current farmland use and food production in the Northeastern U.S., identifying potential vulnerabilities of the 12-state region*.
Rejection of New Prosperity Mine Project Provides Clarity to Industry: Lake Destroying Projects and Projects Without Indigenous Consent Need Not Apply
Published Feb 27, 2014 - 3:50:31 PM
MiningWatch Canada welcomes yesterday's announcement by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the federal government will not approve Taseko Mines' New Prosperity gold-copper project. The project, located in south-central British Columbia, was a modification of a previously rejected application.
No warming hiatus for extreme hot temperatures
Published Feb 27, 2014 - 7:09:43 AM
Extremely hot temperatures over land have dramatically and unequivocally increased in number and area despite claims that the rise in global average temperatures has slowed over the past 10 to 20 years during what some public commentators have called a global warming hiatus period.
Procter & Gamble brings rainforest destruction into bathrooms, says Greenpeace
Published Feb 26, 2014 - 9:05:13 AM
Procter & Gamble, which makes Head & Shoulders, is sourcing palm oil from companies connected to orangutan habitat clearance in Indonesia, making consumers part of a widespread forest destruction scandal. That's according to findings from a year-long investigation by Greenpeace International, which also reveals that current sourcing policies of the personal care company also expose its supply chain to forest fires and habitat destruction that is pushing the Sumatran tiger to the edge of extinction.
Oregon wolf population grows modestly in 2013, but breeding pairs down
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First International Dark Sky Park in the Southeast US Designated
Published Feb 25, 2014 - 7:17:55 AM
The Appalachian Mountains of have stood as silent witnesses to the uninterrupted rain of starlight for nearly a half-billion years, but artificial light now threatens this nightly show. In honor of notable local efforts to preserve the natural nighttime landscape of North Carolina, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced today it has designated the first International Dark Sky Park in the southeastern United States.
Sarawak Geoportal creates transparency on land use in Malaysian Borneo
Published Feb 24, 2014 - 8:41:43 AM
A large database containing hitherto confidential 1:50,000 topographic maps of the Malaysian state of Sarawak has gone online today with the launching of the Sarawak Geoportal by the Swiss NGO, the Bruno Manser Fund. The online tool includes an overview of concessions granted for logging and palm-oil plantations as well as raw data on the rapid deforestation of Sarawak. Important geographic data on Sarawak, such as the exact location of villages, roads, rivers, the use of land and vegetation types are freely available to public scrutiny.
Dam threatens survival of Mekong dolphins
Published Feb 24, 2014 - 8:07:24 AM
The Lao government's decision to forge ahead with the Don Sahong hydropower project in southern Laos, located just one kilometre upstream of the core habitat for Mekong dolphins, could precipitate the extinction of the species from the Mekong River, warns a new WWF brief.
Forest peoples urge land rights action
Published Feb 24, 2014 - 8:06:31 AM
Forest people's groups say many governments are failing to protect their right to their ancestral lands, and argue that this neglect is damaging efforts to slow climate change.
Western University primatologist teams with international group to save Madagascar's lemurs
Published Feb 21, 2014 - 9:05:36 AM
Lemurs, the most endangered mammal group on Earth, represent more than 20 per cent of the world's primates. Native only to Madagascar, more than 90 percent of the species are threatened with extinction.
Arctic 'is set to reach 13°C by 2100′
Published Feb 20, 2014 - 9:55:12 AM
US scientists say that by the end of this century temperatures in the Arctic may for part of each year reach 13°C above pre-industrial levels. Global average temperatures have already risen by about 0.8°C over the level they were at in around 1750.
What is El Nino Taimasa?
Published Feb 20, 2014 - 8:44:51 AM
During very strong El Niño events, sea level drops abruptly in the tropical western Pacific and tides remain below normal for up to a year in the South Pacific, especially around Samoa. The Samoans call the wet stench of coral die-offs arising from the low sea levels "taimasa" (pronounced [kai' ma'sa]). Studying the climate effects of this particular variation of El Niño and how it may change in the future is a team of scientists at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Scientists, Conservationists Urge President Obama to Protect Monarch Butterfly Migration
Published Feb 20, 2014 - 8:15:37 AM
Scientists and conservationists from across the United States sent a letter today calling upon President Obama to work with the governments of Mexico and Canada to protect the increasingly threatened monarch butterfly. President Obama is scheduled to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada in the Mexican city of Toluca today – only about hour's drive from the forested mountains where the butterflies winter after flying thousands of miles from Canada and the United States.
Lawsuit Launched Against National Marine Fisheries Service to Protect Sea Turtles From Drowning in Shrimp Fishing Nets
Published Feb 19, 2014 - 8:56:39 AM
Conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today of their intent to sue over the agency's failure to complete a long-overdue analysis of the impacts of shrimp trawling on threatened and endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Southeast Atlantic Ocean. Shrimp trawlers operating in the southeast United States capture and kill over 53,000 threatened and endangered sea turtles each year.
Where's the Conservation in "Conservation Development"? Local Land-Use Ordinances Lack Key Components
Published Feb 19, 2014 - 8:34:04 AM
A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Colorado State University (CSU) looks at conservation development (CD) regulations in the western United States and evaluates the degree to which CD is permitted and encouraged by county planning agencies. The study finds that despite strong economic incentives and widespread implementation, several issues currently limit CD's effectiveness for conserving biological diversity.
Climate change linked to increase in Australia's suicide rates
Published Feb 19, 2014 - 8:05:37 AM
A QUT researcher is predicting suicide rates will rise as a result of climate change after finding a link between high and varied temperatures and people taking their own life.
Study released on impacts of conifer removal to restore aspen stands
Published Feb 19, 2014 - 7:34:00 AM
A recent collaborative research project by the University of California, Davis and the U.S. Forest Service found that conifer removal to restore aspen stands can be conducted without degrading aquatic ecosystems.
A Fashionable Lie: Report reveals a luxury we can't afford
Published Feb 17, 2014 - 8:37:37 AM
As Milan fashion week gets under way, Greenpeace International today revealed  that the same hazardous chemicals used in the manufacturing of fast fashion are used by 'exclusive' luxury brands - including Versace, Louis Vuitton and Dolce&Gabbana - to produce children's items.
Arctic biodiversity under serious threat from climate change according to new report
Published Feb 14, 2014 - 4:03:19 PM
Unique and irreplaceable Arctic wildlife and landscapes are crucially at risk due to global warming caused by human activities according to the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA), a new report prepared by 253 scientists from 15 countries under the auspices of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council.
Nuclear waste gets expensive
Published Feb 13, 2014 - 8:42:22 AM
Nothing divides environmental campaigners as much as nuclear power.
Some have always believed renewables offer cleaner power while avoiding the dangers of radioactivity and nuclear waste disposal. Others, including new converts who now support the industry, believe the threat of climate change is so terrifying that the drawbacks to nuclear power are far outweighed by its potential for producing large quantities of low-carbon electricity.
Cities Support More Native Biodiversity Than Previously Thought
Published Feb 12, 2014 - 9:58:11 AM
The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. Yet, according to a new study involving 147 cities worldwide, surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments — to the tune of hundreds of bird species and thousands of plant species in a single city.
Fish living near the equator will not thrive in the warmer oceans of the future
Published Feb 11, 2014 - 7:01:48 AM
According to an international team of researchers, the rapid pace of climate change is threatening the future presence of fish near the equator.
"Our studies found that one species of fish could not even survive in water just three degrees Celsius warmer than what it lives in now," says the lead author of the study, Dr Jodie Rummer from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University.
Scientists in Brazil Mark and Release 15,000 Baby Turtles in Mass Hatching
Published Feb 10, 2014 - 1:45:10 PM
Turtle biologists seeking to learn more about threatened and endangered turtles in Brazil's Abufari Biological Reserve recently hit the mother lode—a mass hatching event producing an estimated 210,000 baby turtles, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.
Uganda Fights Wildlife Crime in Real-Time
Published Feb 10, 2014 - 7:13:07 AM
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) announced today a collaboration to produce an online tool that will allow law enforcement officials to access a database that tracks offenders of wildlife crime in real-time and across the country. The announcement was made as conservationists gather from around the world for the United for Wildlife symposium – "International Wildlife Trafficking: Solutions to a Global Crisis" tackle wildlife trafficking issues.
North Dakota promises to reduce flaring
Published Feb 10, 2014 - 6:26:27 AM
The light from thousands of gas flares in North Dakota is so intense that it can be seen from space. The flares come from oil production units in the Bakken oil fields in the northwest of the state – the site of one of the biggest concentrations of the hydraulic fracturing or fracking industry in the US.