Archive | November 2017

“Can Markets Save the West’s Most Controversial Bird?”

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.

“There’s Now a Vessel That Produces Zero Pollution”

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.

“Enlisting Viruses as Allies to Fight ‘Superbugs’”

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.

“‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe”

Up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the UNEP report.


Environmental crimes such as illegal logging, fishing, poaching and the caviar black market are putting “high pressure” on ecosystems in the Danube-Carpathian region, according to a report by the UN Environmental Programme (Unep) and WWF.

“Farmland bird decline prompts renewed calls for agriculture overhaul”

Farmland bird populations have declined by 56% since 1970.


Birds living and breeding on the UK’s farmland have seen numbers decline by almost a tenth in five years, official figures show.

“Nurseries ban glitter in pre-Christmas drive for cleaner seas”

A child at Tops Day in Christchurch, Bournemouth, uses lentils and rice to make pictures after the use of glitter was banned.


Glitter, as anyone who has ever worn it knows, has a habit of turning up in unexpected places days later, even after a good scrub. However, a new peril has emerged from the sparkly substance: it is adding to the plastic pollution in our seas.

“London buses are being powered by a new fuel: Coffee”

london bus coffee fuel arthur kay bio-bean shell

British startup bio-bean has partnered with Shell (RDSB) and Argent Energy to create a coffee-based biofuel that will be used in London’s diesel buses.

“World’s biggest sovereign wealth fund proposes ditching oil and gas holdings”

a north sea gas rig


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.

“UK considers tax on single-use plastics to tackle ocean pollution”

Plastic bottles and other rubbish washed up on a British beach


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.