Archive | April 2018

“Gorillas are far more numerous than previously thought, survey reveals”

Researchers now estimate that there are more than 360,000 western lowland gorillas in the wild, approximately one third higher than earlier figures.

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There are far more gorillas left in the world than previously thought, according to a landmark new survey, with numbers as much as double earlier estimates.

However, their populations are continuing to fall fast, down 20% in just eight years, leaving them critically endangered. Furthermore, 80% of the remaining gorilla troops do not live in protected areas, leaving them vulnerable to the threats the researchers summarise as “guns, germs and [felled] trees”.

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“Great Barrier Reef Gets $379 Million Boost After Coral Dies Off”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-29/great-barrier-reef-gets-379-million-boost-after-coral-dies-off

The Great Barrier Reef is being given a A$500 million ($379 million) boost by Australia in the battle to save the world’s largest living structure as it faces mounting challenges such as climate change, agricultural runoff and a coral-eating starfish.

“EU States Agree to Widen Ban on Pesticides Linked to Bee Health”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-27/eu-states-agree-to-widen-ban-on-pesticides-linked-to-bee-health

The European Union will widen a ban on pesticides linked to harming bees, a move that could threaten output of some crops and put pressure on insecticide makers such as Bayer AG and Syngenta AG.

“UK to review climate target raising hopes of a zero emissions pledge”

Power Station output at West Burton, near Gainsborough

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The UK is to review its long-term target to cut climate emissions as part of global efforts to curb rising temperatures, the government has announced.

“UK could create 5,000 jobs by moving to sustainable fishing, says report”

Kevin West, skipper of the Ryanwood fishing boat unloads his catch of mostly haddock at the Peterhead fishmarket, Scotland

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Moving to sustainable catches of the most important species of fish would generate 5,000 new jobs and add more than £300m a year to the economy, after the UK leaves the EU’s common fisheries policy, a new report has found.

“Migrating birds avoid tropical diseases”

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/04/11/Migrating-birds-avoid-tropical-diseases/2111523450550/?nll=1

By migrating out of the tropics and back to Europe to mate and raise their young, many birds species avoid having to deploy a hefty immune system.

“One in eight birds is threatened with extinction, global study finds”

Puffins (Fratercula arctica), South Pembrokeshire, Wales

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One in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction, and once widespread creatures such as the puffin, snowy owl and turtle dove are plummeting towards oblivion, according to the definitive study of global bird populations.

“Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions: study”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-environment-extinctions/cow-may-be-biggest-mammal-if-humans-keep-up-extinctions-study-idUSKBN1HQ2TM

 The spread of humans around the world from Africa thousands of years ago wiped out big mammals in a shrinking trend that could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth in a few centuries’ time.

“The U.K. Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time in History”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-19/u-k-goes-a-record-55-hours-without-coal-as-clean-power-expands

The latest example of how one of the dirtiest fossil fuels is being squeezed out of the market came this week in Britain, which went for a record 55 hours without its any of its power plants producing electricity by burning coal.

“U.K. to Seek Ban on Domestic Sale of Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-18/u-k-to-seek-ban-on-domestic-sale-of-plastic-straws-cotton-buds

The U.K. promises to ban the sale of single use plastic drinking straws and cotton buds later this year in a bid to clean up the world’s oceans.