Monthly Archives: March 2012

‘If you don’t believe in climate change you must be sick’: Oregon professor likens skepticism to racism

Daily Mail: An Oregon University professor has controversially compared skepticism of global warming to racism. Sociology and environmental studies professor Kari Norgaard wrote a paper criticising non-believers, suggesting that doubters need to be have a ‘sickness`. The professor, who holds a B.S. in biology and a master’s and PhD in sociology, argued […] Read the […]

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Mississippi allows Southern Co to continue building coal plant

Reuters: Mississippi utility regulators on Friday issued a temporary certificate to allow a unit of Southern Co to continue building an $2.8 billion coal-gasification power plant in the state despite a court ruling that overturned the existing certificate issued in 2010. With only two days meeting notice and no […] Read the original post by […]

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Antarctica Ice Shelves

Environmental News Network: A glacier is a large persistent body of ice that forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation (melting and sublimation) over many years, often centuries. An ice shelf is a thick floating platform of ice that forms where a glacier or ice sheet flows down […] Read the original post […]

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Gulf’s dolphins pay heavy price for Deepwater oil spill

Guardian: A new study of dolphins living close to the site of North America’s worst ever oil spill – the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe two years ago – has established serious health problems afflicting the marine mammals. The report, commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], found that many […] Read the original […]

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Carbon ‘Like Titanic’ Sinking on EU Permit Glut

Bloomberg: Smoke rises from a chimney behind stacks of coal at a coal fired power station in Belchatow, Poland. Smoke rises from a chimney behind stacks of coal at a coal fired power station in Belchatow, Poland. Photographer: John Guillemin/Bloomberg The plunge in European Union carbon permits is putting prices on course […] Read the […]

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Tanzania: Public knowledge on environmental conservation ‘still too low’

IPP Media: This week Gerald Kitabu interviewed HAKIARDHI Senior Programme Officer Cuthbert Tomitho on public awareness and benefits accrued from the National Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Excerpts: QUESTION: I understand that last year Tanzania was implementing the National Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) readiness […] Read the original […]

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Rio+20 suffers leadership void weeks ahead of summit

Inter Press Service: When a landmark UN conference on sustainable development kicks off in Brazil in mid-June, more than 120 world leaders are expected to participate in the much-ballyhooed talkfest on the future of the global environment. “But yet we haven’t had a single leader who has stood up and provided […] Read the original […]

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United Kingdom: Hosepipe bans stop paddling pools over Easter weekend

Telegraph: Seven water companies in the south and east of England will ban customers from filling paddling pools or watering the lawn from 5th April just as the Easter holidays kick off. Households also face £1,000 fines for cleaning the patio or washing a car with a hosepipe. Even […] Read the original post by […]

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Canada: Conservatives to turn to Internet after pulling plug on environmental panel

Vancouver Sun: The proposed elimination of a key federal business and environmental panel that delivered stern warnings about Canada’s climate change policies will leave a “policy vacuum” in the country’s economic development, according to a former CEO of the group. But the government suggests it can now get this advice from […] Read the original […]

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United Kingdom: Rivers at lowest for 36 years

Press Association: River levels are as low as in 1976 after another very dry week across England and Wales, the Environment Agency said. In its latest drought briefing, the government agency said all areas had seen less than 1mm of rain, except for the South-west which received 1mm in the past […] Read the original […]

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