Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change?
February 24, 2014 08:02 AM - Fred Pearce, Yale Environment360
This winter’s weather has been weird across much of the Northern Hemisphere. Record storms in Europe; record drought in California; record heat in parts of the Arctic, including Alaska and parts of Scandinavia; but record freezes too, as polar air blew south over Canada and the U.S., causing near-record ice cover on the Great Lakes, sending the mercury as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius in Minnesota, and bringing sharp chills to Texas.
U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Argument Over EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations for Stationary Sources
February 23, 2014 11:25 AM - Dan Mach, Sive Paget & Riesel, P.C.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in six consolidated challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA’s") decision to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases ("GHGs") from stationary sources under certain provisions of the Clean Air Act (the "CAA"). The cases come from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which dismissed the challenges in 2012 on the ground that the petitioners lacked standing.
February 23, 2014 08:41 AM - Piper Hoffman, Care2
When an elephant sees another in distress, he consoles him. He touches him to calm him down, using his "trunk to gently touch [his] face." He may also put his trunk in the distressed elephant's mouth, much like a chimpanzee will put a hand into a distressed compatriot's mouth. One author of the study that made this finding (which was published in Peer J on February 16, 2014), Dr. Frans de Waal, says elephants "get distressed when they see others in distress, reaching out to calm them down, not unlike the way chimpanzees or humans embrace someone who is upset." They also make a high-pitched chirping sound to comfort each other. Sometimes a whole group of elephants will surround and chirp to a distressed individual.
Manta Rays get needed protection in Indonesia
February 22, 2014 08:43 AM - Wildlife Conservation Society
The Government of Indonesia has taken a major step to protect the world's largest ray species, the giant and reef manta rays. Both are now considered protected species under Indonesian law, with fishing and trade prohibited. In 2013, the two species were included in the list of species regulated under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). In order to preserve these animals, all 178 CITES countries will have to implement laws and regulations to protect the rays, as well as certain species of sharks.
Kelloggs goes 'deforestation free'
February 21, 2014 01:09 PM - The Ecologist, Ecologist
The global cereal giant Kellogg has committed to sourcing palm oil that is deforestation-free. It will also ensure that carbon rich tropical peatlands are preserved.
Report Finds 42,000 Turtles Harvested Each Year by Legal Fisheries
February 21, 2014 10:05 AM - Allison Winter, ENN
Conservation awareness for sea turtles has made great progress recently, however the species are still under threat. Not only are hundreds of thousands of sea turtles killed each year from bycatch and illegal fishing but, in many coastal communities, sea turtles are considered a food source. Despite having spiritual or mythological importance, human populations consume both turtle eggs and meat. A new study conducted by Blue Ventures Conservation and staff at the University of Exeter's Centre for Ecology and Conservation has found that 42 countries or territories around the world still permit the harvest of marine turtles — and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries.
Experts develop low-cost solar panels by recycling rare metals
February 21, 2014 09:45 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
Swedish firm Midsummer, a leading supplier of production lines for cost effective manufacturing of flexible thin film CIGS solar cells, has developed a unique process to recover leftover rare metals such as indium and gallium when manufacturing thin film CIGS solar cells.
New Tool Will Help Revolutionize Forest Monitoring
February 21, 2014 08:04 AM - Rhett A. Butler, MONGABAY.COM
World Resources Institute (WRI) yesterday announced the release of a tool that promises to revolutionize forest monitoring. The platform, called Global Forest Watch and developed over several years with more than 40 partners, draws from a rich array of "big data" related to the word's forests and translates it into interactive maps and charts that reveal trends in deforestation, forest recovery, and industrial forestry expansion. Global Forest Watch is the first tool to monitors global forests on a monthly basis, allowing authorities and conservationists to potentially take action against deforestation as it is occurring.
Just How Clean is Natural Gas?
February 20, 2014 10:23 AM - S.E. Smith, Care2
Just the other day I hopped on a natural gas bus to head to downtown Oakland, enjoying one of the East Bay’s many environmentally-friendly public transit options. But how friendly was that bus to the birds, the bees and the trees?
Wind farms have longer operational life than previously thought
February 20, 2014 08:03 AM - ClickGreen Staff, ClickGreen
New wind farms have a longer economic lifespan than gas-turbine power stations, according to fresh research that also dismisses claims that ageing wind installations are a bad investment. The UK has a target of generating 15 per cent of the nation's energy from renewable resources such as wind farms by 2020. There are currently 4,246 individual wind turbines in the UK across 531 wind farms, generating 7.5 per cent of the nation's electricity.