Archive | January 2015

“Clooney Project Fights Elephant Killing by Christian Militia”


A project co-founded by actor George Clooney is providing data to Congolese rangers who are fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army and other poachers who are shooting elephants from helicopters and cutting off their tusks with chainsaws.

Clooney’s Satellite Sentinel Project, the Enough Project and DigitalGlobe are providing satellite data and field research to help rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Garamba National Park identify and patrol areas where poachers are operating, the groups said in a report released on Wednesday.

“Relocation of animals could drive some species towards extinction – study”


Scientists have found the number of animals moved to make way for building projects far outnumber science-led relocations to recover populations

The relocation of animals to make way for land development rarely succeeds and could be driving some species towards extinction, according to a new study.

An international team of scientists found that “mitigation translocations” – where animals were moved from the path of building projects – were “increasing rapidly” and far outnumbered instances of science-led relocations of animals to help recover populations.

“Kenya Turns to Assisted Breeding to Save Rhino Subspecies”


A Kenyan wildlife conservancy said it’s considering using in-vitro fertilization to try and save the northern white rhino from extinction, after an attempt to get them to breed naturally failed.

There are only five of the animals, a subspecies of the more common white rhino, left in the world, all of them at the 90,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, about 217 kilometers (135 miles) north of the capital, Nairobi. The animals were moved to the park from zoos in the Czech Republic and the U.S. in 2009, Ol Pejeta said in an e-mail on Wednesday.

“Chimps and Gorillas Desperately Need Ebola Vaccine Too – Virus has Wiped Out a Third of Them”


There is a side to the Ebola crisis that, perhaps understandably, has received little media attention: the threat it poses to our nearest cousins, the great apes of Africa. At this moment in time Ebola is the single greatest threat to the survival of gorillas and chimpanzees.

The virus is even more deadly for other great apes as it is for humans, with mortality rates approximately 95% for gorillas and 77% for chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).Current estimates suggest a third of the world’s gorillas and chimpanzees have died from Ebola since the 1990s.

“Climate change inaction pushes ‘doomsday clock’ closest to midnight since 1984”


The symbolic doomsday clock moved to three minutes before midnight on Thursday because of the gathering dangers of climate change and nuclear proliferation, signalling the gravest threat to humanity since the throes of the cold war.

“Mr. President, World’s Worst Air Took 6 Hours Off Your Life”


U.S. President Barack Obama could lose roughly 6 hours from his expected lifespan after spending three days in India’s capital inhaling the world’s most toxic air.

“U.K. Lawmakers Urge Fracking Delay on Water, Climate Risk”


Fracking shale for oil and gas should be put on hold in the U.K. because of risks to public health and the environment, a panel of lawmakers said.

A moratorium on fracking is needed to prevent the U.K. from missing its carbon targets and allow time to stiffen regulations for the industry, Parliament’s cross-party Environmental Audit Committee said in a report Monday. It called for measures including a ban on venting methane, public disclosure of chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing, and a regulatory regime to be written specifically governing fracking.

“Fracking cannot be compatible with our long-term commitments to cut climate-changing emissions unless full-scale carbon-capture-and-storage technology is rolled out rapidly,” Committee Chairwoman Joan Walley, a member of the opposition Labour Party, said in a statement. “There are also huge uncertainties around the impact that fracking could have on water supplies, air quality and public health.”

“Cuadrilla Lancashire fracking application ‘should be refused'”


Fracking should not go ahead at two sites in Lancashire, a key report said.

The Lancashire County Council report follows an application by energy firm Cuadrilla to explore Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood for shale gas.

It comes a week before councillors are due to make a final decision on the company’s planning application to extract the gas near Blackpool.

“Study Reveals Scary New Facts About Sea Level Rise”




A new study from scientists at Harvard and Rutgers Universities has been sweeping theinternet, and for good reason: it shows, quite alarmingly, that the planet’s seas have been rising much faster than we thought.

“Infographic of the Day: The Carbon Footprint of Clothing”




What we wear has an embodied footprint from the energy that went into creating its raw materials, assembly, manufacture, final finishing,and transportation. Learn the relative footprint of common fabrics and the relative volume of atmosphere your outfit occupies!