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Ecuador: oil company has built 'secret' road deep into Yasuni National Park

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 16:25
Ecuador's state oil company PetroAmazonas has, in secret, built a road deep into the heart of the world-famous Yasuni National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, writes David Hill - violating promises and threatening uncontacted indigenous tribes.
Categories: Ecological News

Beware environmental wolves in sheep's clothing!

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 14:48
What do the Australian Environment Foundation, the Renewable Energy Foundation and the Global Warming Policy Foundation have in common? They are all fiercely anti-environment, writes William Laurance, and we must beware their 'eco-doublespeak'.
Categories: Ecological News

Beware environmental wolves in sheep's clothing!

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 14:48
What do the Australian Environment Foundation, the Renewable Energy Foundation and the Global Warming Policy Foundation have in common? They are all fiercely anti-environment, writes William Laurance - and we must beware their 'eco-doublespeak'.
Categories: Ecological News

Onlookers steal groceries from SUV after driver dies in fatal crash - a shocking glimpse into the coming food riots

Natural News - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Most Americans are living in a fairytale where they think grocery stores will always have fully-stocked shelves and local police will always respond when they dial 911. In truth, despite the best efforts of our men and women in blue, society sits atop a thin veneer of...

Diabetic diet secrets revealed: 7 foods that help halt diabetes and initiate self-healing

Natural News - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Diabetes mellitus, according to the Mayo Clinic's disease definition page (1) is a group of diseases that all affect how your body processes the sugars that come from you diet. Commonly referred to as glucose, the sugar in your blood literally feeds all of your cells...

12-year-olds caught dealing Big Pharma's 'controlled substance' pills at school

Natural News - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Making some extra cash by mowing a neighbor's lawn or setting up a lemonade stand is apparently not as profitable for today's urban youth as reselling FDA-approved drug pills at school. Two 12-year-old boys at a Philadelphia-area middle school were recently caught doing...

CO2 emissions in EU down significantly

ENN Pollution - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:17
The European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 19.2% compared to 1990s levels, according to the European Environment Agency. EU emissions dropped 1.3% in 2012, reaching their lowest level ever recorded, according to data reported to the United Nations by the EEA. The bloc's greenhouse gas output decreased by 1082 megatonnes since 1990, more than the combined emissions of Italy and United Kingdom in 2012.
Categories: Ecological News

CO2 emissions in EU down significantly

ENN Climate - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:17
The European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 19.2% compared to 1990s levels, according to the European Environment Agency. EU emissions dropped 1.3% in 2012, reaching their lowest level ever recorded, according to data reported to the United Nations by the EEA. The bloc's greenhouse gas output decreased by 1082 megatonnes since 1990, more than the combined emissions of Italy and United Kingdom in 2012.
Categories: Ecological News

Monsanto’s Modus Operandi – Farm Wars Graphic

Farm Wars - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 01:54
Monsanto's Modus Operandi - Farm Wars Graphic
Categories: Ecological News

China protects its massive Army from GMOs

Farm Wars - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 01:32
This move by the Chinese army is being seen as yet another step towards the Chinese government’s expected ban on the import of all GMO grains and oilseeds within the next 2 years, due to growing public concern over GMOs. The expected ban would be a huge blow to the Biotech industry worldwide.
Categories: Ecological News

World Environment Day 2014

Ecology Today - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:50
Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level

Barbados, a small Caribbean island at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change, will be hosting World Environment Day 2014, leading United Nations-wide efforts to draw attention to the plight of the world’s small islands potentially in peril of being lost to sea-level rise.

“On World Environment Day, millions of individuals, community groups and businesses from around the world take part in local projects – from clean up campaigns to art exhibits to tree-planting drives,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, marked every year on 05 June.

Mr. Ban was referring to activities and events taking place worldwide – ranging from a 45,000-strong clean-up campaign involving UN staff throughout Kosovo and the Baltimore Orioles baseball team raising awareness of the environment in Sarasota, Florida, to a bike ride around the lakeside in Geneva, Switzerland – all aiming to raise awareness of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the convening of a youth conference on “Eco-civilization and Green Development” in Shanghai.

In support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States, World Environment Day will focus on those countries in the broader context of climate change as its theme. Many of the events under way will also spotlight the upcoming Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States , set to be held in Apia, Samoa from 1 to 4 September.


“Small island nations share a common understanding that we need to set our planet on a sustainable path,” said the Secretary-General, explaining that reaching that goal demands the engagement of all sectors of society in all countries.

“This year, I urge everyone to think about the plight of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and to take inspiration from their efforts to address climate change, strengthen resilience and work for a sustainable future,” said the UN chief. “Raise your voice, not the sea level.”

Home to 62.3 million people, these island nations play a crucial role in protecting oceans while contributing little to climate change – emitting less than 1 percent of global greenhouse gases.

But they suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change owing to their small size, remote locations, and limited economic resilience. Research shows that by 2100, global warming could lead to a sea-level rise of up to 2 meters, making many of these island States, especially in the Pacific region, uninhabitable.

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), warned that the very existence of low-lying nations, such as Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu is threatened by climate change-induced sea level rise.

While climate change adaptation was a top priority for island nations, the lack of financial resources is an obstacle, with, for example, the capital cost of sea-level rise in the Caribbean Community countries alone estimated to reach $187 billion by 2080.

“Investing now to head off such a massive economic impact makes sound business sense,” Steiner said in his message.

UN General Assembly President John Ashe, in his message on the Day, also appealed for a global call to action for people across the world to support SIDS and low-lying coastal States endangered by rising sea levels, and disproportionately impacted by climate change, the loss of biodiversity and forests and overfishing.

“Only by transitioning together to a green economy can we ensure a sustainable prosperous future for all countries threatened by rising sea levels,” Mr. Ashe said.

In her message on the Day, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that while small islands faced many challenges, they are also leaders under that treaty “both morally and practically” in terms of reminding nations of the risks and collective responsibilities to act while driving ambitious national and international action.

She went on to site a host of SIDS-driven initiatives, from improved adaptation of water resources in the Comoros to wind power projects in Cape Verde, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica and methane capture in Papua New Guinea and Cuba, that have leveraged the UN Clean Development Mechanism to build their own clean energy futures. Many of these nations have undertaken National Adaptation Programmes of Action under the Convention.

“Our pathway is clear. Clean energy economies produce profits without pollution, better livelihoods in stable industries, restore health and wider wealth and preserve water and essential resources,” Ms. Said, calling on all raise their voices and their ambition now.

On June 5th, 1972, the General Assembly formed UNEP to, “provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.”

That same day was also designated World Environment Day and has since been celebrated as a worldwide day of environmental awareness.

Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

Source: UNEP

 

Categories: Ecological News

Boreal forests and Climate Change: Better management practices needed

ENN Climate - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:58
Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity have caused global air and sea surface temperatures to rise approximately 0.8 Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit) since the beginning of the 20th century, contributing to a plethora of problems worldwide from rising sea levels to desertification. A new study published in Conversation Letters finds that global temperatures may start to increase even faster if more is not done to protect Earth’s boreal forests.
Categories: Ecological News

Boycott Starbucks! Here's five strong reasons why

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:16
Starbucks has positioned itself as a 'progressive' brand - but it's no such thing. It refuses to commit to fair trade coffee, organic milk, GMO-free / organic foods and snacks, and supports the mighty Grocery Manufacturers Association, lobbyist for GMOs and industrial agriculture.
Categories: Ecological News

China's coal burn 'down 40% by 2020'

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:01
Coal consumption in China is likely to dwindle rapidly, writes Alex Kirby, leaving its own mining sector and foreign coal exporters in serious trouble. Australia and Indonesia are at greatest risk as China may soon stop importing any coal at all.
Categories: Ecological News

Milkweed loss to blame for declining Monarch populations

ENN Agriculture - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:31
Populations of the popular Monarch butterfly have been declining in recent years and a new study is citing habitat loss on US breeding grounds as the main culprit. The eastern North American monarch population is known not only for its iconic orange and black colors, but also for its late summer migration from the United States to Mexico, a migration covering thousands of miles. And despite the long-held belief that monarch butterflies are most vulnerable to disturbances on wintering grounds in Mexico, new research from the University of Guelph shows lack of milkweed in the US which provides breeding grounds for the species is playing more of a role for species decline.
Categories: Ecological News

Milkweed loss to blame for declining Monarch populations

ENN Climate - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:31
Populations of the popular Monarch butterfly have been declining in recent years and a new study is citing habitat loss on US breeding grounds as the main culprit. The eastern North American monarch population is known not only for its iconic orange and black colors, but also for its late summer migration from the United States to Mexico, a migration covering thousands of miles. And despite the long-held belief that monarch butterflies are most vulnerable to disturbances on wintering grounds in Mexico, new research from the University of Guelph shows lack of milkweed in the US which provides breeding grounds for the species is playing more of a role for species decline.
Categories: Ecological News

Where has global warming baked the most in US since 1984?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:30
The contiguous United States' annual average temperature has warmed by 1.2 degrees since 1984, with summers getting 1.6 degrees hotter. But that doesn't really tell you how hot it's gotten for most Americans. While man-made greenhouse gases warm the world as a whole, weather is supremely local.
Categories: Ecological News

Cannabis doubles younger men's risk of infertility, study finds.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:30
Taking cannabis doubles the risk of men under 30 producing abnormal sperm which could significantly lower their fertility and prevent them from having children, according to the world’s largest study into lifestyle and sperm quality.
Categories: Ecological News

Mount Tom coal-fired power plant signs off.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:30
Competition within the energy industry this week brought a headline environmentalists wanted for years: The coal-fired Mount Tom plant is no longer producing electricity and emitting carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide. At least in one respect, this market is self-cleaning.
Categories: Ecological News

Bob Beauprez's reckless take on Colorado energy regulations.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:30
Bob Beauprez may not like Gov. John Hickenlooper's attempt to broker a deal to ward off ballot measures that would clamp down on oil and gas drilling, but does he really dislike all of the state's energy regulations of recent vintage?
Categories: Ecological News
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