“Lobster found with Pepsi logo ‘tattoo’ fuels fears over ocean litter”

The ‘tattooed’ lobster was found off New Brunswick, Canada.

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Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw.

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

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-30/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”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/oceans-get-zero-emission-ship-in-step-toward-cleaner-cargo

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’”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-27/enlisting-viruses-as-allies-to-fight-superbugs-quicktake-q-a

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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/20/technology/coffee-fuel-bus-london-bio-bean/index.html?mc_cid=38a2949b82&mc_eid=eaaa9fef29

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

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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.