“Advancing Sahara Desert Inflames Violent Struggle Over Land”

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-06/advancing-sahara-desert-inflames-violent-struggle-over-land

Battles over land and water are intensifying in Nigeria and other West African countries such as Niger, Mali and Ivory Coast, a region that’s battling Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State. As the Sahara desert advances at a rate of what environmentalist group Fight Against Desert Encroachment estimates at 0.6 kilometers (0.37 miles) a year, herders who traditionally grazed their cattle on arid plains are increasingly being forced onto cropland. By trying to escape the desert nomads are unwittingly accelerating the desertification of less arid areas, according to the group.

“Google and Facebook Join Cities in Challenging Trump on Climate”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-05/google-and-facebook-join-cities-in-challenging-trump-on-climate

Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. are among dozens of companies that pledged their support for policies combating climate change following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

“Scientists warn US coral reefs are on course to disappear within decades”

Dr Ku‘ulei Rodgers conducting coral bleaching survey.

Link

Some of America’s most protected corals have been blighted by bleaching, with scientists warning that US reefs are on course to largely disappear within just a few decades because of global warming.

“Trump to Withdraw U.S. From Climate Accord to Seek Better Deal”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-01/trump-said-to-plan-withdrawal-from-landmark-paris-climate-accord

President Donald Trump said he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate pact, saying it favors other nations at the expense of American workers, a move that angered European allies, corporate executives and religious leaders.

“The Country Adopting Electric Vehicles Faster Than Anywhere Else”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-01/the-country-adopting-electric-vehicles-faster-than-anywhere-else

Norway’s electric vehicle boom has been built on generous government incentives. EVs are exempt from car-purchase taxes and the 25 percent sales tax levied on just about everything else, and they get a break on annual fees. Drivers plug in for free at municipal power points, generally don’t pay tolls, and can use bus lanes to avoid traffic. On ferries across Norway’s deep fjords, electrics travel at no cost. It’s no surprise, then, that Norwegians call gasoline-powered vehicles fossilbiler—fossil cars.

“New species of frog from the Neotropics carries its heart on its skin”

IMAGE

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/pp-nso052517.php

In the Neotropics, there is a whole group of so-called glassfrogs that amaze with their transparent skin covering their bellies and showing their organs underneath. A recently discovered new species from Amazonian Ecuador, however, goes a step further to fully expose its heart thanks to the transparent skin stretching all over its chest as well as tummy.

“World Carbon Price Seen Needing to Increase Sevenfold by 2020”

Carbon Credits

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-29/world-carbon-price-seen-needing-to-increase-sevenfold-by-2020

Carbon prices need to jump sevenfold by 2020 from current rates in the world’s biggest market to meet climate goals cost-effectively, according to a commission of economists and scientists.

EU carbon settled Friday at 5.19 euros ($5.80) a ton on ICE Futures Europe in London.

Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Sleep

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-26/climate-change-is-making-it-harder-to-sleep

Climate change is coming for you in the night.

That’s the conclusion of scientists who study how heat disturbs sleep—and how projected warming is expected to make bad sleep even worse.

“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.

Link

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”.