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Fish farmers in Scotland killing estimated 2,000 seals a year
September 28, 2010 02:18 PM - Emily Shelton, Ecologist
Campaigners warn legislation to protect seals is "no where near tight enough" as industry initiative attempts to find alternatives to shooting Major retailers and animal welfare groups, including Sainsburys and the RSPCA, are to attempt to end the killing of seals by the salmon industry. Seals are a problem for fish farms as they can damage nets and release salmon, potentially damaging the wild populations.
US delays approval for fast-growing GM salmon
September 23, 2010 02:03 PM - Editor, Ecologist
The US has delayed its decision to approve a new breed of fast-growing genetically modified (GM) salmon for human consumption. The salmon, owned by biotech company AquaBounty Technologies, has been genetically altered to grow faster than conventionally farmed salmon and would be the first GM animal allowed to be sold to and eaten by consumers. Campaigners say approval for the genetically modified salmon would carry 'great risk' and pave the way for more GM animals to enter the market
Landfill could be greener than recycling when it comes to plastic bottles
September 8, 2010 03:25 PM - Eric Johnson, Ecologist
For regions with adequate space and little recycling infrastructure, disposing of bottles in landfill generates a lower carbon footprint than recycling or incineration...
Non-stick pans can affect our hormones, new research suggests
August 25, 2010 09:14 AM - , Ecologist
A group of chemicals found in common household items may be having dangerous effects on our hormones, new research suggests. A study on sheep and cells grown in the laboratory by Norwegian vets found that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) found in water resistant clothes and non-stick frying pans can affect the body’s steroid hormones including oestrogen, testosterone and cortisol.
Tanzania’s Serengeti Highway plan could destroy major carbon sink
August 15, 2010 07:39 AM - Editor, Ecologist
Environmentalists are dismayed at plans by the Tanzanian government to build a major commercial highway through Serengeti National Park The Tanzanian President has vowed to go ahead with controversial plans to construct a major road through the Serengeti, despite fierce opposition from environmentalists and the tourism industry. The 480-kilometre road will link the Lake Victoria area with eastern Tanzania and, according to the Tanzanian government, bring essential economic development to the region - linking remote communities to the major road network, allowing transport of people and goods and connecting farmers with markets.
'Cheap' solar geoengineering plans may have unintended consequences
August 13, 2010 08:46 AM - , Ecologist
Researchers warn that individual countries looking to go it alone with 'cheap' solutions to regional climate change could inflict negative impacts on the rest of world. Large-scale 'geoengineering' interventions to alter the climate, such as increasing cloud cover to deflect solar radiation, may not work on a global scale, a new study has warned.
Policymakers recognise peak oil threat, now they need to deal with it
August 4, 2010 08:57 AM - Lionel Badal, Ecologist
Two years ago, the British government was still confident that oil reserves were abundant enough to meet rising demand until at least 2030. However, ever since numerous academic studies and industry reports have demonstrated that sometime within this decade global oil production will start to decline. In short, we are about to reach Peak Oil, and we are completely unprepared. Brace for impact.
Trees a 'low-cost' solution to air pollution and biodiversity loss in cities
July 4, 2010 09:50 AM - Editor, Ecologist
Native woods and trees in urban areas, including gardens, provide haven for wildlife, reduce air pollution, surface run-off and flooding Reversing the declining numbers of native trees and woods in cities would provide numerous benefits at 'relatively little cost', says a report from the Woodland Trust. As well as access to green space, the report, 'Greening the Concrete Jungle', says trees provide a wide range of free ecosystem services including reducing the risk of surface water flooding and improving air quality that could save millions in flood defence and healthcare costs.
Indian court convicts seven in Bhopal chemical plant disaster
June 8, 2010 06:50 AM - Editor, Ecologist
A twenty-five year wait for first convictions relating to the gas leak at Bhopal chemical plant in India ends, but the contamination of the local environment and population continues An Indian court has convicted seven people for their part in one of the world's worst industrial disasters - the gas leak at the US-owned Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, Central India in 1984.
Emissions-based climate deal 'not possible'
May 21, 2010 06:38 AM - Editor, Ecologist
Current climate policy of emissions targets and trading will not suceed and should be replaced by a 'politically attractive' one based on providing cheap, non-carbon energy, says new paper An international agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions is doomed to failure and must be replaced by a drive towards low-cost green energy, says a group of academics and lobbyists.