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Protests in Chile against dam project

Protests in Chile against dam project

Posted Fri, 13 May 2011 13:25:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Protests erupt as controversial scheme is approved. It involves the construction of five hydroelectric power stations and the damming of two rivers, the River Pascua (Pasqua) and Rio Baker. The scheme, it is argued, is vital for the economic development of Chile and helping to lift the 2.5million poor out of poverty.

Protests in Chile against dam project

Mankind needs to do more with less, says new UN report

Mankind needs to do more with less, says new UN report

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 17:30:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new report from UNEP outlines the need to make a break with a dogma that couples runaway economic growth to environmental and resource run-down. The UN's International Resource Panel says that 'decoupling' is the only way to avoid the looming crises of global warming, rising commodity prices, resource depletion and mass species extinction.

Mankind needs to do more with less, says new UN report

China and U.S. announce fisheries and climate change deals

China and U.S. announce fisheries and climate change deals

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 16:58:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The world's two largest economies have announced cooperation on fisheries and greenhouse gases. They hope to stop unregulated fish stocks from going on sale, monitor the management of threatened species and to reduce the toll of protected marine animals like sea turtles.

China and U.S. announce fisheries and climate change deals

Wi-fi technology faces disruption from climate change

Wi-fi technology faces disruption from climate change

Posted Tue, 10 May 2011 15:50:01 GMT by Laura Brown

UK government report identifies how infrastructure needs to plan ahead for extreme weather. The research looked at the potential impact on the UK economy from changes in temperature and the environment if projected changes in the global climate come to fruition.

Wi-fi technology faces disruption from climate change

Landmark UN Study Voices Belief in Renewable Future

Landmark UN Study Voices Belief in Renewable Future

Posted Mon, 09 May 2011 19:33:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Major UN report shows global energy usage could become 77 percent renewable by 2050. By 2050, almost 80% of the world's energy could come from renewable sources, says a landmark report commissioned by the UN. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation on May 9th.

Landmark UN Study Voices Belief in Renewable Future

Obama seeks to extend water rules

Obama seeks to extend water rules

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 19:37:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Obama administration hopes to clarify 'vague'' Clean Water Act closing the door on majority of water pollution. In a move delighting environment groups, but drawing concern from agricultural lobbies, the new definition of the 1970s act could the increase the government's abilioty to protect streams, wetlands and other sensitge waterways from pollution.

Obama seeks to extend water rules

Halting biodiversity loss to protect European economies

Halting biodiversity loss to protect European economies

Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 10:03:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

The European Commission lays out 2020 biodiversity strategy to protect Europe's biodiversity. This follows the disappointing results obtained for the 2010 biodiversity plan and the new commitments made by the EU in Nagoya, Japan. The good news is that new strategy takes into account the services provided by nature, which often defy valuation and are increasingly threatened by competing claims on nature and its use.

Halting biodiversity loss to protect European economies

EPA boosts research into E-waste solution

EPA boosts research into E-waste solution

Posted Sun, 01 May 2011 14:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The EPA is putting its weight behind a UN University led effort to get a grip on the issue of e-waste. The $2.5 million grant announced today should help the UNU's StEP program to achieve ambitious goals to research, monitor and improve the electronic waste processing chain.

EPA boosts research into E-waste solution

Australia puts on hold a revamp of environment laws

Australia puts on hold a revamp of environment laws

Posted Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:37:01 GMT by Laura Brown

Environment Minister says reforms must wait two years before being considered. The current legislation in Australia protecting the environment is the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Amongst other things it gives the government's environment minister powers to approve or reject industrial projects that might damage an endangered species or the environment.

Australia puts on hold a revamp of environment laws

Democratic / Republican voter schism over global warming deepens

Democratic / Republican voter schism over global warming deepens

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The way that US citizens vote is now a major factor in their belief in global warming - with a wide majority of Republicans not seeing climate change as 'here and now', compared to a tiny minority of Democrats who deny that global warming as already upon us. That's the conclusion of a study published in Sociological Quarterly. It shows that the split is widening, and is being driven by a more polarized political debate amongst political leaders, which has pulled the public along in its divisive wake.

Democratic / Republican voter schism over global warming deepens

'Radical' EU carbon tax is really taking baby-steps

'Radical' EU carbon tax is really taking baby-steps

Posted Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:42:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The EU put forward its long-planned carbon tax this week, a move that will change energy taxes so that they are based on carbon emissions. Loud complaints are already being heard from car-makers and driver-lobby groups. But the new rules won't initially raise fuel prices at all. And that is the real worry, as fuel use ultimately needs to reflect the real cost to the planet - which means, in the end, prices for the worst polluting fuels will have to rise.

'Radical' EU carbon tax is really taking baby-steps

EPA emissions powers avoid becoming US budget casualty

EPA emissions powers avoid becoming US budget casualty

Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:14:03 GMT by Martin Leggett

After a game of legislative ping-pong, that saw Congress and Senate on different sides of the role of the EPA in controlling greenhouse gases, the budget agreement on Friday laid to rest - for the moment - the danger that the EPA could lose its powers to help reduce emissions. The agreement on the federal budget avoided both a US governmental and a climate-change action shutdown - but the divisions remain.

EPA emissions powers avoid becoming US budget casualty

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:03:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The legislative see-saw swung against the EPA yesterday, as the House voted in a bill to curtail the EPA's powers to regulate greenhouse gases. But the bill will most likely serve as nothing more than an empty gesture, whilst Senate opinion, and the Presidential veto, stand firmly behind the EPA holding onto those powers.

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

Senate vote stymies attempt to kill EPA's climate action powers

Senate vote stymies attempt to kill EPA's climate action powers

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The Senate voted down yesterday the McConnell measure to coral the EPA, and prevent it from tackling US-sourced greenhouse gas pollution. The vote, split evenly at 50-50, was ten short of the 60 majority needed. That left the EPA free to continue its attempts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from major emitters such as power plants and refineries.

Senate vote stymies attempt to kill EPA's climate action powers

EPA Releases New Energy Star Lighting Standards

EPA Releases New Energy Star Lighting Standards

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:55:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

New Energy Star Lighting Standards released by the EPA will improve efficiency by 40 percent and offer a wider range of high-quality lighting options for consumers. As of October of 2011, light fixtures will need to increase efficiency by 30 percent more than the fluorescent-based fixtures that currently qualify under the plan.

EPA Releases New Energy Star Lighting Standards

Promoting Government Transparency in Africa

Promoting Government Transparency in Africa

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:37:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

A new project, aimed at promoting government transparency and people access to information through an environmental perspective, has been recently launched in Ghana, Uganda and South Africa. The project, entitled 'The Access to Information in Africa: Transparency Models and Lessons Learned' (ATI in Africa), is coordinated by the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Promoting Government Transparency in Africa

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United Nations Day, October 24th 2014

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:35:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

International World Food Day, 2014

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:52:56 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Biodiversity Summit

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:54:03 GMT by JW Dowey

The Law of the Jungle (review)

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:34:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

World Tourism Day (WTD) 2014

Posted Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:38:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

World Rhino Day 2014

Posted Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:32:29 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Global Warming’s final warning.

Posted Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:59:00 GMT by JW Dowey

WMO report on more pollution

Posted Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:42:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Vaccines for badgers (against bTB)

Posted Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:39:42 GMT by JW Dowey

Primary forests-the action and the policy

Posted Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:55:09 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Desertification on the march UN meeting hears

Posted Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:35:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Food for thought: World demand for food will increase

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 08:56:57 GMT by Dave Collier

International Day of Forests and the Tree

Posted Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:19:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

After the Big Melt: The Big Rush to Exploit the Arctic

Posted Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:19:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Human Rights Day ~ 10th December

Posted Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:56:52 GMT by Michael Evans

Does the Bird's Point floodway case reveal a problem with the Clean Water Act?

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 22:23:00 GMT by Michael Clark

Water infrastructure spending takes big hit

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:53:00 GMT by Michael Clark

China and U.S. announce fisheries and climate change deals

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 16:58:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Showcasing continent's growing forests - Forest Europe 2011, Oslo

Posted Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:34:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Cool the planet, or suffer!

Posted Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:42:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong