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Former Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force

33 hours ago From theguardian.com  View Original Article

London, U K - The risks and benefits of fracking for the UK are to be examined by a “independent” task force, led by the former head of the Environment Agency, Lord Chris Smith, and funded by shale gas companies.

“We will assess the existing evidenc ...

Labor rejects Abbott government's first attempt at renewable energy deal

33 hours ago From theguardian.com  View Original Article

Sydney, AUSTRALIA - The clean energy industry and Labor have immediately rejected the Abbott government’s opening gambit in negotiations to find a bipartisan agreement on the future of the renewable energy target.

The plan would protect household solar in ...

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Archived, 2 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - The deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has accelerated rapidly in the past two months, underscoring the shortcomings of the government’s environmental policies.

Satellite data indicates a 190% surge in land clearance in August and S ...

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

Archived, 2 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - The world is on course for this to be the hottest year ever, with global land and sea temperatures for September the highest ever recorded for the month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Monday.

The findings, ...

NCR eco zones shrinking

Archived, 2 days ago From timesofindia.indiatimes.com 

Gurgaon, INDIA - An assessment of the extent of damage or diversions from satellite images and maps prepared by the National Remote Sensing Centre has revealed an "alarming" shrinkage of the natural conservation zones, the National Capital Region Planning Board, in i ...

Dredging can make flooding worse, say activists

Archived, 2 days ago From independent.co.uk 

London, U K - Dredging is “pointless” and largely ineffective, according to a coalition of environmental groups who are calling on the Government to scale down its preferred method of flood prevention.

The Blueprint for Water coalition, which repres ...

Denmark's plan to offset transport emissions sparks EU row

Archived, 2 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - A Danish bid to expand carbon offsetting to the transport sector has triggered uproar among NGOs and academics, with one new analysis saying it would devastate efforts to reign in fuel emissions.

Transport is responsible for a quarter ...

New Initiative to Monitor Heavy Metal Pollution in Armenia

Archived, 2 days ago From motherearthnews.com 

Topeka, KANSAS - This is the year that global warming and its causes, including emissions associated with unchecked mining, have raced to the top of headlines and become the focus of seminars and increased interest worldwide, including at the United Nations. The tiny ...

India’s air quality figures can't be trusted

Archived, 2 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - India is changing the way it maps pollution, with an update to its air quality index.. In its initial phase, eight pollutants will be tracked in 46 cities with populations exceeding a million people. After five years, the rest of the country will slo ...

Bushfire season 'will be more severe as a result of climate change'

Archived, 2 days ago From theguardian.com 

London, U K - Climate change is already increasing the intensity and severity of bushfires in New South Wales and extending bushfire season by months, a report by the Climate Council has warned.

The economic cost of fires such as those that devastat ...

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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 ...

Demand for rhino horn drops 38 percent in Vietnam after advertising campaigns

Action: Wildlife Conservation

A new poll finds that consumer demand for rhino horn in Vietnam has dropped precipitously following several advertising campa ...

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 ...

Decades of overfishing causes swordfish decline

Action: Save Our Oceans

Overfishing has caused swordfish numbers to decline considerably since the 1980s and the population is now 70 percent lower t ...

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