Waste crime is the “new narcotics” according to the head of the Environment Agency (EA), offering huge profits as the authorities race to catch up with the damage caused to society.
The offences, sometimes involving organised crime gangs, ranged from illegal dumping of household and industrial waste to massive frauds involving recycling fees and landfill tax.
That is the view of the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, who used a speech in Berlin on Thursday (22 September) to highlight the delicate but critical role that the green economy has in boosting monetary stability while also tackling climate change.
Carbon prices are about 80 percent lower than where they need to be to protect the climate, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development.
A high metabolism and an impressive swimming pace are two reasons why tuna and great white sharks are such effective predators. New research suggests the two super-predator traits shared by the fish are derived from a similar set of genes.
Island nations that will call for the protection of sharks at a global conservation conference starting in South Africa this week need the support of bigger countries to reverse the decline of the fish, whose fins are coveted in Asia, according to activists.
Conservationists have long known that it’s hard – and in some cases – nearly impossible to survive as a tiger in Southeast Asia. Burning forests, high human populations and unflagging demand for tiger blood, tiger skin and crushed tiger bone means the big cats have to tread a daily gauntlet of snares, guns and desperate poachers. Now, conservationists are discovering, belatedly, that the same is largely true for leopards.
Only a month ago, scientists were suggesting the rate of sea ice melting in the Arctic had slowed and the 2016 minimum was unlikely to break any records.
Fast-forward to early September, as Arctic sea ice levels reached their summertime minimum, and 2016 has joined 2007 for the second lowest minimum on record.