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US Navy prepares for opening of Arctic sea lanes and rising waters

US Navy prepares for opening of Arctic sea lanes and rising waters

Posted Sat, 12 Mar 2011 13:37:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Climate change will have its most dramatic effects on the oceans so it's no surprise that the US Navy are looking at how they will operate in the future. A new report from the National Research Council says that America's navy will have to prepare to operate in the Arctic; expect more humanitarian missions and check whether its coastal facilities are prepared for changing sea-levels.

US Navy prepares for opening of Arctic sea lanes and rising waters

A new commission is created to improve food production and stability as harsh conditions increase

A new commission is created to improve food production and stability as harsh conditions increase

Posted Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:10:00 GMT by Nikki Bruce

A constant feature in news headlines is the 'rising cost of living' which encompasses anything from the cost of running a car to the cost of housing and also importantly, the cost of vital essentials such as food. In particular, recent natural occurrences such as draughts and floods have further heightened the price of food. Filed in environmental issues: agriculture/climate change/politics.

A new commission is created to improve food production and stability as harsh conditions increase

Climate turns nasty on the hill as Republicans prepare to block green agenda

Climate turns nasty on the hill as Republicans prepare to block green agenda

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:03:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Republicans and Democrats battle over the science of climate change. Obama's green agenda could receive a fatal blow today (Thursday) with Republicans wielding the axe on the hill. Republicans look set to remain true to their word when they head to Congress vote on a bill designed to curb the Environment Protection Agency's power to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. Filed under environmental issues: Climate Change/Politics.

Climate turns nasty on the hill as Republicans prepare to block green agenda

How prepared is the UK for flash floods?

How prepared is the UK for flash floods?

Posted Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:12:00 GMT by Laura Brown

A week long series of exercises launch designed to test the UK's readiness to flooding. From flash flooding in London and West Yorkshire, overflowing rivers, reservoir emergency and North Sea Tidal Surge a series of exercise across the UK this week will examine the countries readiness in the face of an increased risk of floods.

How prepared is the UK for flash floods?

Make Your Own Energy Pathways to 2050

Make Your Own Energy Pathways to 2050

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 22:50:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

UK Climate Change Department releases software tool Pathways 2050 to open debate on carbon emissions and energy policy. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released Pathways to 2050 on their website. It is a piece of software that allows you to reduce British climate emissions by, for example, electrifying the railways or building more wind turbines.

Make Your Own Energy Pathways to 2050

US Congress to take control of greenhouse gases

US Congress to take control of greenhouse gases

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

The battle between business and environmental interests rages on. It would appear that big business has won again, as responsibility for regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is transferred to from the US Environmental Protection Agency to Congress. Since the Obama administration took charge, the EPA has made unprecedented changes to the Clean Air Act and industry groups have lobbied senators, concerned that the result will be job losses and increases in electricity prices.

US Congress to take control of greenhouse gases

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Winning Fish Fight

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Winning Fish Fight

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2011 13:23:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

EU takes action after Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 'Fish Fight'. No, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall hasn't been getting in the ring with a heavyweight cod! Unless you've had your head in a bucket of seawater for the past couple of months, you can't have failed to notice Hugh's fight to reduce 'discard' on trawlers.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Winning Fish Fight

Clear Air Act saved 160,000 in 2010

Clear Air Act saved 160,000 in 2010

Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 19:27:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

A report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the benefits from the 1990 Clean Air Act will reach $2 trillion in 2020. The effects of the Clean Air Act on the economy, public health and environment between 1990 and 2020 were analysed. The report found that in 2010 the Clean Air Act prevented 13 million lost workdays, with this figure expected to rise to 17 million in 2020.

Clear Air Act saved 160,000 in 2010

Does Ireland's Green Party's defeat signal a turning tide?

Does Ireland's Green Party's defeat signal a turning tide?

Posted Tue, 01 Mar 2011 19:08:03 GMT by Martin Leggett

Ireland's Green Party have been the big losers of the recent General Election there. And Europe wide, Green Parties remain a shadow of their pre-crisis electoral strength. Has the tide turned for them? Or it it time for a renaissance based on new values?

Does Ireland's Green Party's defeat signal a turning tide?

Why Congress is wrong headed in assault on IPCC

Why Congress is wrong headed in assault on IPCC

Posted Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:21:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

The House of Rep cuts to IPCC funding risk leaving the US out in the cold. At a time when the fundamental science on global warming has been completely validated, the rest of the world may not wait for the Tea Party to catch up. Last Monday's decision by the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, to take a funding swipe at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is both mistimed and mistaken.

Why Congress is wrong headed in assault on IPCC

Dubai waste problem sparks PAYT debate

Dubai waste problem sparks PAYT debate

Posted Tue, 15 Feb 2011 05:57:00 GMT by Rachel England

Environmentalists call for incentivisation in Dubai. Dubai's growing garbage problem has started a debate among the country's officials and environmentalists, some of whom are eager to see a pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) scheme implemented. Each person in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) generates around 2.5kg of waste per day.

Dubai waste problem sparks PAYT debate

Plastics ban develops in India

Plastics ban develops in India

Posted Mon, 14 Feb 2011 04:42:00 GMT by Rachel England

India implements new plastic restriction rules. The new Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011 have not entirely banned recycled plastic bags, but in addition to their restrictions on carrying food items, they must conform to a number of other rules laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Plastics ban develops in India

Environmentally Sound in Salford

Environmentally Sound in Salford

Posted Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:43:25 GMT by Simon Kent

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker visits ground breaking eco-initiatives in Salford. Salford in North West England has drawn the praises of Greg Barker, the UK's Minister for Climate Change. Visiting the area [on January 27th 2011], Barker has been impressed by the initiatives and results in the developing 'Green Growth' industries. Demonstrating Salford's success in this area local eco-company ENER-G who have just expanded their Salford headquarters, creating 100 new jobs.

Environmentally Sound in Salford

Too Many People? Engineers to the rescue!

Too Many People? Engineers to the rescue!

Posted Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:33:04 GMT by Astrid Madsen

A report recently published by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers outlines how the UN's Millennium Development Goals can save the world - if they're implemented. By 2050, our cities will be so overcrowded that food production will have to double, as will our energy infrastructure; demand for water, meanwhile, is expected to rise by 30% by 2030. That's according to a report recently published by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) entitled Population: One Planet, Too Many People?

Too Many People? Engineers to the rescue!

40% of food produced worldwide is wasted

40% of food produced worldwide is wasted

Posted Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:00:01 GMT by Astrid Madsen

Hunger can be tackled by more targeted aid and by investing in innovative projects. Four out of ten kilos of food produced worldwide is wasted before being consumed, a new report by the Worldwatch Institute recently revealed. In its State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, the non-profit says that African farmers, who make up 80% of the continent's population, need to be supported by more targeted and substantial aid.

40% of food produced worldwide is wasted

Calls for 2011 to be watershed year for Europe's fishing industry

Calls for 2011 to be watershed year for Europe's fishing industry

Posted Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:45:09 GMT by David Hewitt

By scrapping the centralised policy of quotas, Europe's lawmakers can to boost the sustainability of the fishing industry, it is being argued. Since the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) came into effect to regulate the fishing industry across European Union states back in 1970, it has been widely criticised for failing to keep stocks healthy and to protect livelihoods.

Calls for 2011 to be watershed year for Europe's fishing industry

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J’aime la belle Paris, mais sacre bleu!

Posted Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:14:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December.

Posted Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:55:00 GMT by JW Dowey

South American problems/climate change in Lima today

Posted Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

Posted Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

A future for the Aral Sea is hopefully assured.

Posted Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:20:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Climate: what does the UN want?

Posted Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

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

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

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

Did debt battle mask Republican assault on EPA?

Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2011 18:59:13 GMT by Laura Brown

Inject and Quake!

Posted Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:23:25 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Orangs threatened again in Sumatra

Posted Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:45:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cool the planet, or suffer!

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

'Big Six' energy firms dominance could end

Posted Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:17:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Atlantic whale sanctuary hopes dashed at IWC

Posted Fri, 06 Jul 2012 10:19:40 GMT by Martin Leggett

Drought persists, as legislators differ on GM maize

Posted Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:23:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Posted Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:22:00 GMT by Michael Evans