Nevada, along with Colorado and Wyoming, has been working to create statewide markets for the conservation of the bird. In the simplest terms, these markets let developers—mining and energy companies, mainly—offset their impact on sage grouse by purchasing “credits” from ranchers who conserve an equal amount of habitat. It’s like cap-and-trade for conservation. Nevada is so far the only state to open its exchange, with the first transaction occurring on Nov. 9.
Cie. Maritime Belge SA has built the first commercial ship that runs on hydrogen and produces zero pollution, taking the world a step closer to cargo without emissions.
As infections become harder to treat because of drug resistance, creating so-called superbugs, scientists are once again enlisting help from the oldest enemy of bacteria: viruses. Though researchers have used bacteriophages (Latin for “bacteria eaters”) to treat people for a century, these biological agents have been largely ignored in much of the world since antibiotics became available. That’s changing.
Unusual weather conditions could cause an entire national crop to fail.
British startup bio-bean has partnered with Shell () and Argent Energy to create a coffee-based biofuel that will be used in London’s diesel buses.
The Norwegian central bank, which runs the country’s sovereign wealth fund – the world’s biggest – has told its government it should dump its shares in oil and gas companies, in a move that could have significant consequences for the sector.
The chancellor, Philip Hammond, will announce in next week’s budget a “call for evidence” on how taxes or other charges on single-use plastics such as takeaway cartons and packaging could reduce the impact of discarded waste on marine and bird life, the Treasury has said.