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Brazil declares new protected area larger than Delaware

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

Menlo Park, CALIFORNIA - Earlier this week, the Brazilian government announced the declaration of a new federal reserve deep in the Amazon rainforest. The protections conferred by the move will ban deforestation, reduce carbon emissions, and help safeguard the area’s renowne ...

Beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products from 8 countries responsible for 1/3 of forest destruction

43 hours ago From mongabay.com  View Original Article

Menlo Park, CALIFORNIA - Four commodities produced in just eight countries are responsible for a third of the world's forest loss, according to a new report. Those familiar with the long-standing effort to stop deforestation won't be surprised by the commodities named: beef, ...

EU leaders set to strike climate deal to cut greenhouse gases 40% by 2030

44 hours ago From theguardian.com  View Original Article

London, U K - European leaders were expected to strike a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030.

But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks ...

China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests

Archived, 2 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - The amount of coal being burned by China has fallen for the first time this century, according to an analysis of official statistics.

China’s booming coal in the last decade has been the major contributor to the fast-rising carbon emis ...

India’s largest dam given clearance but still faces flood of opposition

Archived, 2 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - Six years ago, former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the 3000MW Dibang multipurpose dam project. The dam, to be built across the Dibang river, in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, will be the country’s ...

Poles apart? Antarctic sea ice hits record high while the Arctic's keeps melting

Archived, 2 days ago From cbc.ca 

Toronto, CANADA - It's a real polar puzzle — why sea ice is on a general decline in the Arctic when it hit a record high in the Antarctic this year.

In the face of all the attention on climate change and global warming, the 2014 sea ice experience in An ...

Gold mining expanding rapidly along Guiana Shield, threatening forests, water, wildlife

Archived, 2 days ago From news.mongabay.com 

Menlo Park, CALIFORNIA - Gold mining is on the rise in the Guiana Shield, a geographic region of South America that holds one of the world’s largest undisturbed tract of rainforest. Mining is a key driver of forest cover change, and while deforestation rates from mining rema ...

Turning 500 Tonnes of Cow Poop a Day into Renewable Energy

Archived, 2 days ago From huffingtonpost.ca 

Vancouver, CANADA - Alberta is known for its beef -- or more specifically its beef marketing. If you haven't seen the original "I heart Alberta beef" bumper sticker you've definitely seen an homage.

But Alberta beef started for a reason, Alberta's grain f ...

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

Archived, 2 days ago From thinkprogress.org 

Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit ...

Delhi to be more polluted than Beijing this Diwali

Archived, 2 days ago From hindustantimes.com 

New Delhi, INDIA - This Diwali too you are not going to breathe easy, if predictions about Air Quality Index (AQI) are anything to go by.

Delhi’s air is going to be highly polluted after Thursday as revellers continue to burst firecrackers to celebrate D ...

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2014 on track to be hottest year on record, says US science agency

Action: Climate Change

The world is on course for this to be the hottest year ever, with global land and sea temperatures for September the highest ...

Northern White Rhino on brink of extinction

Action: Wildlife Conservation

The death of a Northern White Rhino has left the species on the brink of extinction as now only six remain in the world, and ...

Top scientists raise concerns over commercial logging on Woodlark Island

Action: Stop Deforestation

A number of the world's top conservation scientists have raised concerns about plans for commercial logging on Woodlark Islan ...

Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo

Action: Stop Pollution

Baharuddin should be happy. The rambutan and durian trees flanking his home are heavy with fruit. Two hectares of chilies str ...

WA abandons shark culling program, but reserves right to kill again

Action: Save Our Oceans

The Western Australian government has conceded defeat over its plan to systematically trap and kill large sharks near popular ...

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