Tag Archive | Environment

“Value of eco crimes soars by 26% with devastating impacts on natural world”

ndians take pictures of contaminated water at the Vijyaipura landfill near Bangalore

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The value of the black market industry behind crimes such as ivory smuggling, illegal logging and toxic waste dumping has jumped by 26% since 2014 to between $91bn (£62bn) and $258bn, according to an assessment by the UN and Interpol.

Modern Slavery Is Destroying The Environment To Meet Demand For Shrimps And Pet Food

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A concerted effort to end slavery around the world is a big investment, but one that can have a huge global impact. Enforcement of the anti-slavery laws that are on the books in every country would immediately diminish CO2 emissions and species loss. In developing countries ending slavery can stimulate the economy, ward off the threat of rising sea levels or destructive deforestation, and preserve endangered species. Freed slaves can also be paid to replant the forests they were forced to cut. This would not only help to rehabilitate the land, but it would also help to give work and a wage to some of the people who need this most in the world.

“More than 1,000 species have been moved due to human impact”

Swift fox near Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado.

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Animals and plants are increasingly being ‘translocated’ from their native areas to survive effects of climate change, poaching and habitat loss, says top conservationist.

More than 1,000 species have had to be relocated because of climate change, poaching and humans taking their habitat, according to a top conservationist.

‘We are on the verge of a litter crisis’ – British ‘grotspots’ cleaned for the Queen

The canal bank in Northbrook Street, Birmingham, has been identified as one of the worst ‘grotspots’ in British cities and will be cleaned by volunteers as part of the Clean for the Queen campaign.

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Volunteers will tackle the country’s worst litter sites in March in what is being billed as the largest ever clean-up of the British environment ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday in June.

“WWF questions what European election will mean for environment”

With the UK’s European Parliament election to be held on Thursday 22 May, the environmental charity WWF has asked the five leading political parties what a vote for them would mean for the environment.

http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2014/04/26/27349/

Seems like every one has a plan but would they actually see it through?

“New radio show to tackle environmental issues”

new radio show will be take on uncharted territory for call-in talk shows this week when ZNS launches ‘Voice of the Bays: The Environment Speaks’ Thursday, February 6 at 3 pm with three hosts who plan to touch on everything from the undersea world to responsible development.

The show features the familiar voices of environmentalists Joseph Darville, Save The Bays Director of Education, Gail Woon, founder of EARTHCARE Bahamas, and Nikie Severe, Youth Environmental Ambassadors. Its airing, said Darville, is made possible through a grant from Save The Bays, the people’s environmental movement sweeping the nation, while other sponsors will come on board as the show gains popularity, he believes.

http://www.savethebays.bs/2014/02/04/new-radio-show-tackle-environmental-issues/

“Live fast, die young strategy spawned Amazon tree boom”

A “live fast, die young” life history strategy could have been a key factor behind today’s high tree diversity in the Amazon, scientists have suggested.

The researchers hope the findings will shed light on why some groups of trees in the biodiversity hotspot contain hundreds of species.

An estimated 16,000 tree species – about 30% of the recorded total worldwide – are found in the Amazon.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26434264

I wonder if this is something I’ll be looking at on my trip.

“National Geographic: Investing in Critical Canopies”

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National Geographic has long been in the business of creating what environmental economists call ‘existence value’ – getting people to care about the survival of places they know they will never visit in their lifetimes. Now, they’re using carbon offsets as part of their strategy to reduce operational emissions while investing in some of the gorgeous landscapes that appear in their pages.

http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10182&section=news_articles&eod=1

“Why volcanoes are the energy source of the future”

In Iceland, scientists have just completed a successful experiment in harnessing energy directly from a volcano.

http://qz.com/172642/why-volcanoes-are-the-energy-source-of-the-future/

It would be interesting to see how cost-effective this form of renewable energy is compared to others. Would energy companies get a higher or lower profit?

“Dirtiest Coal’s Rebirth in Europe Flattens Medieval Towns”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-06/dirtiest-coal-s-rebirth-in-europe-flattens-medieval-towns.html

Europe’s appetite for cheaper electricity is reviving mines that produce the dirtiest type of coal, threatening to boost pollution and raze villages that have survived since medieval times.

Across the continent’s mining belt, from Germany to Poland and the Czech Republic, utilities such as Vattenfall AB, CEZ AS and PGE SA are expanding open-pit mines that produce lignite. The moist, brown form of the fossil fuel packs less energy and more carbon than more frequently burned hard coal.

The projects go against the grain of European Union rules limiting emissions and pushing cleaner energy. Alarmed at power prices about double U.S. levels, policy makers are allowing the expansion of coal mines that were scaled back in the past two decades, stirring a backlash in the targeted communities.

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The dark side of the “Energiewende” is to be found in the former Communist regions which also have the worst economic growth problems.