Monthly Archives: July 2013

Malaysian NGOs form alliance to address palm oil concerns

Mongabay: Seven Malaysia-based NGO’s have banded together to form an alliance to provide a Malaysian civil society perspective on social and environmental issues related to palm oil production. The initiative aims in part to counter Malaysian industry claims that concerns over palm oil are purely driven by Western NGO’s. […] Read the original post by […]

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How solar panels could help to save the bees and butterflies

BusinessGreen: Solarcentury’s plans to transform its solar farms into wildlife sanctuaries have taken a step forward, after the developer said it was ready to start planting seeds around its solar panels. The company has partnered with seed supplier Habitat Aid to plant British native trees and plants that aim to create […] Read the original […]

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Crews battle wildfires threatening homes in Pacific Northwest

Reuters: Firefighters in Washington state and Oregon were grappling on Wednesday with blazes that have blackened more than 200 square miles of terrain across the Pacific Northwest, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes. In Washington, some 1,700 firefighters worked to contain a pair of fires that have charred a […] Read the original […]

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Frost damages nearly fifth of Brazil sugar cane crop: analyst

Reuters: Last week’s frosts in southern Brazil damaged nearly a fifth of the unharvested cane crop in the principal growing region, an event likely to cut sugar exports from the world’s largest producer, agriculture research company Datagro said Wednesday. Severe early morning frosts on July 24 and 25 in three of […] Read the original […]

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New EPA Chief Targets Climate Change

Environment News Service: Newly confirmed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday pledged action on climate change during the Obama administration’s remaining years, saying the concern is as much economic as it is environmental. “Climate change will not be resolved overnight, but it will be engaged over the […] Read the original post by […]

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Even Small Dams a Potential Hotbed for the Greenhouse Gas Methane

Nature World News: Dams, it turns out, may take an even greater toll on the environment than previously thought. Already scientists have shown that the world’s 50,000 large dams are a source of methane, but a new study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, provides new evidence that smaller […] Read the original […]

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Canadian Regulators Investigate Mysterious Tar Sands Spills

National Public Radio: Government regulators in Canada are investigating a series of mysterious oil spills around tar sands operations in Alberta. Thick oil is gurgling up unexpectedly from the ground instead of flowing through the wells that were built to collect it. The spills are raising questions about a technology that’s […] Read the original […]

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The Silent Partner Behind the Shale Energy Boom

New York Times: Since 2011, Alex Trembath, a tireless and talented energy analyst at nonprofit The Breakthrough Institute, has been digging into the complicated history of public and private initiatives and investments that unlocked the vast gas and oil resource contained in layers of shale rock. He charted evidence […] Read the original post by […]

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$100 million worth of natural gas goes up in flames every month in North Dakota

Grist: Amidst an oil and gas drilling boom in North Dakota, a new report suggests that nearly a third of the natural gas that’s being sucked out of the ground is being wasted — burned on site and flared away. The practice of flaring — burning off natural gas […] Read the original post by […]

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Runaway Greenhouse Stage More Easily Triggered on Planets Than Once Thought

Nature World News: The process by which a planet overheats and enters the uninhabitable phase known as the “runaway greenhouse” stage might occur much more easily than previously thought, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington and the University of Victoria. In the runaway greenhouse stage, […] Read the original post […]

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