Archive | November 2015

“Paris climate talks: vulnerable countries demand 1.5C warming limit”

Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They're likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change,

Countries most vulnerable to climate change have seized the political initiative at the start of the UN climate talks in Paris by challenging the US, China and Europe to raise their ambitions and set a long-term temperature goal of 1.5C rather than the 2C target.

“Will reintroduced lynx hunt Britain’s sheep?”


Depending on who you ask, the Eurasian lynx is either a benign woodland wonder or a sheep-stalking terror. In reality, any lynx can be either or none of these things. But research from other European countries to which they have returned tells us that a mooted reintroduction to Britain is unlikely to trouble farmers.

‘“Bad News For The Planet,” Says The World Meteorological Organization’

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that 2015 will set (or already has set) a variety of worrisome climate records due to manmade carbon pollution:

  • 2011-2015 “have been the warmest five-year period on record, with many extreme weather events – especially heatwaves – influenced by climate change.”

  • 2015 is set to be the hottest year on record by far, with the highest ocean surface temperatures ever monitored.

  • It’s “probable” that total global warming since the industrial revolution will cross the 1°C (1.8°F).

  • The 3-month average of Northern Hemisphere CO2 levels “crossed the 400 parts per million barrier for the first time.”

“Biologists race to save fish from Brazil river contaminated by dam collapse”

A rescue worker searches for victims next to a river of mud

Teams of biologists are rushing to rescue fish from a river that was contaminated after two dams at an iron ore mine in Brazil collapsed earlier this month,unleashing a deadly wave of mud.

Mining company Samarco said in a statement that it was providing logistical support to the so-called Operation Noah’s Ark effort aimed at saving aquatic life from the now-turbid waters of the Doce river. Experts have warned that the ecological harm caused by the 5 November breaches could last a generation.

“Endangered Rhinos Find Refuge From Poachers in Botswana’s Swamps”

Okavango Delta

The largest-ever relocation of black rhinos across national borders has established a breeding population in the Botswana’s Okavango Delta, according to Wilderness Holdings Ltd., a eco-tourism safari operator that helped organize the program.

The operation brought the animals from South Africa and Zimbabwe into Botswana’s inland delta area, where they died out two decades ago.

“Climate change is ‘single biggest threat’ to polar bear survival”


Global warming is now the single most important threat to the survival of the polar bear with retreating sea ice set to decimate populations, according to a new study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

“Spectacular Helmeted Hornbill Could Be Wiped Out By Chinese Demand For ‘Avian Ivory'”


One of the most expensive and sought after animals on the wildlife black market is still under the radar – the helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) of South-East Asia. The devastating and growing illegal trade in the beak or “casque” of this bird is driving it to the brink. The trade was responsible for the recent reclassification of this spectacular species, skipping two whole categories from “near threatened” to “critically endangered“.

“Global Temperatures Continue To Surge In Record-Breaking October”

How hot was October globally? It was not merely the hottest October — by far — in the 135-year temperature record of NASA (see chart above). Or the hottest October — by far — in the 125-year temperature record of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). It was the highest anomaly — the highest divergence from the mean temperature — ever recorded in the 1,600-month temperature record of NASA.


Hundreds of fish species in more than 50 countries across the globe migrate to specific locations to breed in large numbers for only a few days or weeks each year. And with them come lots of fishers.

These events are known as fish spawning aggregations, and only a fraction of known seasonal breeding areas and events are protected or monitored. As a result, countries around the world may soon see a massive loss of fish species, which could challenge areas that depend on fishing for their economy.


“Ocean Acidification: The Forgotten Piece Of The Carbon Puzzle”


Ocean acidification – the rise in ocean acidity due to the increased absorption of carbon dioxide (CO₂) – is often thought of as consequence of climate change. However, it is actually a separate, albeit very closely-related problem.

Ocean acidification is often referred to as “the other CO₂ problem” because, like climate change, it is primarily a result of the increased emissions of this gas. Despite their common driver, though, the processes and impacts of ocean acidification and climate change are distinct. It should not be assumed that policies intended to deal with the climate will simultaneously benefit the oceans.