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“Pretty Soon Electric Cars Will Cost Less Than Gasoline”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-26/electric-cars-seen-cheaper-than-gasoline-models-within-a-decade

Battery powered cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, offering immediate savings to drivers, new research shows.

 

“Chinese appetite for totoaba fish bladder kills off rare porpoise”

The WWF has called for Mexico to enforce a permanent ban on gillnets which trap the rare marine mammal, the vaquita.

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The totoaba, which is itself highly endangered, is caught for its swim bladders which are smuggled to China for sale on the black market. Undercover investigators found the swim bladders, called maws, for sale in Shantou in Guandong province, at an average price of $20,000 per kilogram. The cost has led to the maws being dubbed “aquatic cocaine”.

“US Glacier national park losing its glaciers with just 26 of 150 left”

Meltwater forms a pool at Montana’s glacier national park, where scientists have revealed dramatic levels of shrinkage.

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It’s now “inevitable” that the contiguous United States will lose all of its glaciers within a matter of decades, according to scientists who have revealed the precipitous shrinkage of dozens of glaciers in Montana.

“Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts”

The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault was built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters

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It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

“NATO Lawmakers Warn Global Warming Will Trigger Food Shortages”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-22/nato-lawmakers-warn-global-warming-will-trigger-food-shortages

Lawmakers from nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are warning that global warming will lead to mass migration and conflict in the Middle East and Africa, another reason President Donald Trump should stay in the Paris climate deal.

“Komodo Dragon Blood May Hold the Secret to Killing Superbugs”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-18/komodo-dragon-blood-may-hold-the-secret-to-killing-superbugs

The blood of the endangered Komodo dragon is known for its toxicity, but the world’s largest lizard also appears impervious to disease and infection. A team of researchers who spent the past four years analyzing Komodo blood discovered it’s loaded with compounds that could be used as antibiotics. They say they’re hoping to turn those compounds into drugs that may be worth billions of dollars and save millions of lives. “I’ve got a 6-year-old daughter who sleeps on a stuffed Komodo,” says lead researcher Barney Bishop. “I’d like her to grow up in a world with effective antibiotics.”

“Slaughter of Africa’s Donkeys for China Hurts Poorest Farmers”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-15/slaughter-of-africa-s-donkeys-for-china-hurts-poorest-farmers

Donkeys are being slaughtered at an alarming pace to feed a global trade in donkey hides that’s fueled by soaring demand in China, where the skins are used to manufacture a gelatin believed to have anti-ageing and libido-enhancing properties. The gelatin, known in China as e’jiao, is so popular with middle-class consumers that a Chinese producer has created a donkey exchange to help companies find enough hides to keep their factories busy.

Like the poaching of Africa’s rhinos and elephants, and deforestation caused by the largely illicit trade in rosewood timber, the slaughter of donkeys is an unforeseen consequence of rising Chinese incomes and an expanding middle class. While the global donkey population is estimated at 44 million, demand is currently thought to be at least 4 million per year, The Donkey Sanctuary said in a report this year.

“Nine dead in Amazon’s worst land-related killings in decades”

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

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The worst land-related slaughter Brazil has seen in 21 years reflects a chronic ambiguity around land rights. On this lawless frontier, far from the gaze of the authorities, forest clearance and conflict go hand in hand.

Tillerson gives nod at Arctic meet to climate change action

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to the employees at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arctic-summit-idUSKBN1870FT

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement recognizing the landmark Paris climate accord at a meeting of Arctic nations in Alaska on Thursday, but said President Donald Trump was not rushing to decide whether to leave or weaken U.S. commitments to the pact.

 

“Paul Allen’s High-Tech Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Animals”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-09/paul-allen-is-using-technology-to-save-the-african-elephant

If he has his way, Paul Allen will cover 90,000 square miles of African territory with smart sensors and drones by the end of this year to bring hyper-connectivity to Africa’s most remote, wildlife-packed corners. It’s the biggest, tech-focused conservation project to date, a command-and-control system for rangers to record and respond to poaching threats from Kenya to Tanzania.