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Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon increases 5.4 pct.

33 hours ago From latino.foxnews.com  View Original Article

New York, NEW YORK - Brazil's Amazon region lost 291.5 sq. kilometers (112.5 sq. miles) of forest from November to January, a 5.4 percent increase in deforestation from a year ago, official figures show.

The loss includes 219 sq. kilometers (82 sq. miles) ...

Traffic pollution tied to slower cognition in schoolchildren

34 hours ago From cbc.ca  View Original Article

Toronto, CANADA - Children who attend school in heavy traffic areas may show slower cognitive development and lower memory test scores, Spanish researchers have found.

About 21,000 premature deaths are attributed to air pollution in Canada each year, ac ...

EU moves to reduce use of flimsy plastic bags by 80%

34 hours ago From timesofindia.indiatimes.com  View Original Article

Mumbai, INDIA - The European Union has approved new rules that clamps down on the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment.

The 28 member nations on Monday gave final approval to the rules that mean consumers may be obliged t ...

Emissions from power sector still climbing as coal use rises

35 hours ago From smh.com.au  View Original Article

Sydney, AUSTRALIA - Carbon emissions from the country's main electricity network continue to rise, undermining the Abbott government's efforts to curb the global warming pollutants, according to sustainable infrastructure consultancy firm Pitt & Sherry's latest Cedex re ...

Colombia proposes protected corridor across South America

35 hours ago From news.mongabay.com  View Original Article

Menlo Park, CALIFORNIA - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced plans to create the world’s largest protected area, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes Mountains.

"We would call it the ‘Triple A’ corridor, because it would go from th ...

Air pollution will kill thousands in Europe, EEA warns

Archived, 2 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - Hundreds of thousands of Europeans will suffer a premature death in the next two decades as the result of governments’ failure to act on air pollution, Europe’s environmental watchdog has warned.

In 2011, the latest year for which figu ...

Scotland calls on UK Govt to show greater ambition on renewable energy

Archived, 2 days ago From clickgreen.org.uk 

London, U K - Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the UK Government to increase its ambition to develop offshore wind.

Ms Sturgeon pointed to the fact that Scottish wind power is now substantially cheaper than nuclear, and said t ...

Vatican launches project to save the Amazon

Archived, 2 days ago From cruxnow.com 

Boston, MASSACHUSETTS - While Pope Francis finalizes his highly anticipated document on creation and the environment, the Vatican announced an initiative Monday to protect the Amazon basin and its inhabitants.

The Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network aims to promo ...

China's war on air pollution may cause more global warming

Archived, 2 days ago From scientificamerican.com 

New York, NEW YORK - China's efforts to improve urban air quality are often viewed as a helper for fighting climate change, but a new joint China-U.S. study says otherwise.

The study—carried out by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a ...

Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry, study finds

Archived, 2 days ago From smh.com.au 

Sydney, AUSTRALIA - Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say.

Deforestation has long been known to cause temperature increases in local areas, but new research publishe ...

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