One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014.
Brown bears in Alaska, lions in the Serengeti and pond turtles in the Philippines in this week’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading...
My ears pricked up in the Church of England’s global warming debate when a clergyman in a brightly coloured shirt announced that the Earth would “vomit us out” because we had defiled it. People should say more of this kind of thing at synod. They should say more of this in almost all dull meetings. Certainly, it is an arresting figure of ecological doom.
The speaker, Richard Burridge, the dean of Kings College London, went on to describe the form this vomiting out would take: “God says: ‘I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: and your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.”Continue reading...
Pledge to UN criticised by analysts as being less ambitious than it looks due to using 2013 levels as baseline, RTCC reports
Japan will cut greenhouse gas emissions 26% from 2013 levels by 2030, under a plan to be submitted to the UN on Friday.Continue reading...
Legal core of a new UN accord on climate change should be short and concise, compared to current 90-page draft, says French government
A United Nations accord to slow global warming should be short, flexible and long-lasting to avoid complex re-negotiations every few years, according to a document prepared by France before a Paris summit in December.
The deal will also have to ensure that governments do not backtrack on promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions despite a likely lack of sanctions, according to a briefing for climate ministers attending preparatory talks in Paris on 20-21 July.Continue reading...
Footage shows the first kit to be spotted this year at location in Scottish Highlands where the animals were returned to the wild
Footage has been released of the first baby beaver to be spotted this year at a Scottish site where the animals have been reintroduced.
It is the first young beaver – known as a kit – to be captured on camera this year at the site at Lochan Buic in the Knapdale Forest of Argyll, in the Scottish Highlands, though wildlife experts suspect there may be more.Continue reading...
The week’s top environment news stories and green events. If you are not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inboxContinue reading...
Ecologist Jon Foley says agriculture is the "most powerful force unleashed on this planet since the end of the ice age." He says we're using too much to irrigate and we have to rethink how we farm.
Community organizer Rob Hopkins argues that individuals, towns and communities have a large role to play in lowering our dependence on fossil fuels.
The isolated tribes of the Amazon are getting dispersed or dying out. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin describes what we'll lose if their culture and collective wisdom vanish with them.
Paul Hickson says when he signed access agreement he had no idea of physical or psychological impact that gas drilling could have on him and his family
A farmer who gave an energy company permission to dig a test borehole for coal bed methane gas out of a sense of national duty has warned other landowners not to allow fracking and other unconventional gas exploration companies on their land.
The potential of gas drilling to pollute water courses and the effect it could have on the value of farmland left Paul Hickson and his family stressed for years and no wealthier, he said.Continue reading...
Expert Committee on Pesticides told to postpone publication of minutes after refusing to back farmers’ request to use banned neonicotinoids on oil seed rape
The government has gagged its own pesticide advisers, after they refused to back an application by the National Farmers Union to lift a ban on bee-harming chemicals. The gag is intended to prevent campaigners lobbying ministers on the issue, according to documents seen by the Guardian.
Neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticide, were banned in the European Union in 2013. Substantial scientific evidence indicates that the nerve agents cause serious harm to bees, whose pollination is vital for many crops.Continue reading...
Is the UK running out of money for clean power, as reports suggested this week? No, not yet, and no, wind turbines aren’t the reason for rising bills
Energy bills are back in the news, with the Office of Budget Responsibility calculating new figures for the cost of low carbon power, the Competition and Markets Authority investigating energy companies, and both IPPR and Policy Exchange releasing reports in the past few weeks. With so much to debate, and a lot of seemingly conflicting numbers to grasp, here are five things you should know:
1. The levy control framework (LCF) makes up 3% of the average energy bill.
The claim that government controls a large proportion your energy bill rests mainly on the costs of electricity and gas networks, which make up around 22% of bills. In contrast, energy efficiency policies, which reduce consumption, and therefore lower bills, make up around 3%. Low carbon power, covered by the levy control framework, also makes up just under 3% of the bill. So-called ‘policy costs’ are, therefore, mostly due to networks, not low carbon power.
Authorities in Queensland say small patches of oily water seen close to where fisherman earlier reported seeing slick nearly 1km long
Australian authorities remain on alert for a potential oil spill in waters around the Great Barrier Reef despite finding little sign of a reported kilometre-long slick off the north Queensland coast.
Maritime safety authorities in Queensland confirmed that small patches of oily water were seen in waters south of Townsville where a fisherman had earlier reported seeing a slick close to 1km long.Continue reading...
Deaths in the U.S. from lightning strikes are up in 2015, compared with recent years. A convertible won't save you. Get inside at the first rumble of thunder, and stay away from plugged-in appliances.
Bears have no special ability to minimise energy loss during increasing periods of fasting brought on by climate change, as some previous research had suggested
A study of an Alaska polar bear population in summer concludes the bear’s biology will not help stave off starvation in the face of global warming.
The study of southern Beaufort Sea polar bears by university, federal and private researchers over three years concludes they have no special ability to minimise energy loss during increasing periods of fasting brought on by climate warming, less sea ice and fewer hunting days.Continue reading...
Are plastic bags recyclable? Why are Christmas lights a no-go? A recycling plant operations manager takes readers' questions about the process.
The international report card is out and confirms the hottest average on record — for a third time in 15 years. More than 400 scientists contributed data, finding a spike in sea and air temperatures.