Archive | February 2017

“Hindenburg Memories Cloud Shell’s Vision of Hydrogen Future”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-28/hindenburg-memories-cloud-shell-s-vision-of-hydrogen-future

Taxi driver Theo Ellis, the first person in Europe to drive Toyota Motor Corp.’s hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan for business, loves telling passengers about the technology that emits nothing but water.

They ask him about its costs, greenness, and the majority inquire about safety. To his passengers, the word “hydrogen” evokes memories of the Hindenburg, the airship that was destroyed in half a minute when it caught fire in 1937, or the H-bomb, a successor to what the U.S. dropped on Japan to end World War II.

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“Tesco’s plan bee: spilt supermarket sugar to help feed hungry honey bees”

Honey bee on snowdrop

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Waste sugar routinely thrown away by supermarkets is being collected to help feed stricken bees in Britain struggling to get enough nectar to feed themselves.

U.K. Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as `Flawed’

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-23/u-k-claim-that-burning-biomass-is-clean-seen-as-flawed

The U.K. government’s view of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source is a “flawed assumption,” according to report from Chatham House.

The U.K. counts emissions from the supply chain that produces and delivers wood pellets or chips used in biomass power plants, but not when they’re burned to make electricity, the London-based research group said Thursday.

“Nature and Markets Fight Back Against the Big Game Industry”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-21/cecil-the-lion-drought-end-south-african-wildlife-price-boom

Wildlife prices are tumbling in South Africa, as game breeders are squeezed by restrictions imposed on trophy hunting following the killing of Cecil the lion in 2015, and the worst drought on record forced farmers to sell animals.

The average price of a buffalo bull fell 71 percent, to 95,704 rand ($7,336), in 2016 and is now a fraction of the record 2.1 million rand set in 2013, according to Vleissentraal, an auction house. Prices of golden wildebeest, black impala and kudu bulls dropped 60 percent to 80 percent.

Big Batteries Coming of Age Prompt Bankers to Place Their Bets

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-21/big-batteries-coming-of-age-prompt-bankers-to-place-their-bets

The idea that giant batteries may someday revolutionize electrical grids has long enthralled clean-power advocates and environmentalists. Now it’s attracting bankers with the money to make it happen.

“War Is the Climate Risk That Europe’s Leaders Are Talking About”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-19/war-is-the-climate-risk-that-europe-s-leaders-are-talking-about

Focusing too narrowly on the environmental consequences of global warming underestimates the military threats, top European and United Nations officials said at a global security conference in Munich this weekend. Their warnings follow the conclusions of defense and intelligence agencies that climate change could trigger resource and border conflicts.

Nurdles?

Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches

A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets.

The lentil-size pellets known as “nurdles” are used as a raw material by industry to make new plastic products.

But searches of 279 shorelines from Shetland to Scilly revealed that 205 (73%) contained pellets.

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Could this be the future of Zoos?

Unzoos are a way for visitors to view wild animals and become immersed in their natural habitat. They encourage wild animals to interact with visitors.  One of the first zoos to enter this territory is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna Australia (here) . This is an interesting concept to see as more and more zoos move away from cages, adopting naturalistic enclosures. This Unzoo takes it one step further moving towards an environment designed around the animals, rather than the visitors.

Is this the future of zoos? Read more about “The Unzoo Alternative” here

“Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal”

Woolly mammoth

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The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic eng

“Human effects on Earth are 170 times greater than natural forces: Study”

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/02/13/Human-effects-on-Earth-are-170-times-greater-than-natural-forces-Study/6211486996449/?nll=1

Scientists at the Australian National University have come up with a simple equation to calculate the impact of human forces on planet Earth. The numbers suggests humans are accelerating climate change by a factor 170 times greater than natural forces.