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03/29/2020 - 00:42
A new campaign hopes to revive ‘critically endangered’ ancient techniques Clay pipe making, wainwrighting, tanning and making spinning wheels – all are skills of the past that can offer us a sustainable future. This is the message behind a drive, launched this spring, to preserve endangered traditional crafts in Britain. With a new award of £3,000 available, together with fresh support from outdoor pursuits company Farlows, the Heritage Crafts Association is calling for a renewed effort to save old skills and pass them down to the next generation. Continue reading...
03/28/2020 - 03:00
Shortages in funds, medicines and masks threaten charity work around the world Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Last Thursday morning Louisa Baillie drove down the five-kilometre dirt track that connects her jungle home in the Amazon rainforest to the main road. At the junction, she parked, hiking the rest of the way into Mera, a town of about 8,000 people. After filling her backpack with fruit and vegetables from local sellers, she grabbed some leaves and set about plucking termites off trees along the roadside, stuffing them into a bucket containing small fragments of the insects’ nests. Baillie works as a veterinarian at Merazonia, a wildlife rescue centre in Ecuador. The termites were dinner for Andy the anteater, a baby recently confiscated at a police checkpoint. Continue reading...
03/28/2020 - 03:00
Actions taken to suppress coronavirus reveal what measures are possible in an emergency, say experts Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Government responses to climate breakdown and to the challenges of poverty and inequality must be changed permanently after the coronavirus has been dealt with, leading scientists have urged, as the actions taken to suppress the spread of the virus have revealed what measures are possible in an emergency. The Covid-19 crisis has revealed what governments are capable of doing and shone a new light on the motivation for past policies and their outcomes, said Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London, and chair of the commission of the social determinants of health at the World Health Organisation. Continue reading...
03/27/2020 - 14:00
Group calls for independent review of project it says would permanently damage Kosciuszko national park Engineers, economists, energy specialists and environmentalists are calling for a final decision on the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project to be delayed to allow an independent review, claiming it will cost far more and deliver far less than has been promised. The group of 30 said the 2,000-megawatt pumped hydro storage project in the Snowy Mountains would permanently damage the Kosciuszko national park. Continue reading...
03/27/2020 - 13:19
The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a puma on the streets of Santiago, Chile Continue reading...
03/27/2020 - 13:15
Working in the Arctic Fram Strait, scientists have found microplastic throughout the water column with particularly high concentrations at the ocean floor.
03/27/2020 - 12:49
Rail contractors accused of using pandemic as cover to hasten ancient woodland destruction Chris Packham is seeking an urgent injunction to immediately halt HS2’s destruction of ancient woodlands as campaigners criticise construction teams for allegedly ignoring the government’s physical distancing rules for coronavirus and endangering local people. The naturalist and broadcaster’s £100,000 crowd-funded legal challenge includes requesting a judicial review of the government’s decision-making behind the £106bn high-speed railway and an interim injunction to stop “enabling” works scheduled to destroy swaths of five ancient woodland areas in April. Continue reading...
03/27/2020 - 12:37
Experts fear efforts to protect field agents from virus could lead to surge in deforestation Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Brazil will reduce efforts to fight environmental crimes during the coronavirus outbreak, despite concerns that reduced protection could lead to a surge in deforestation. The director of environmental protection at Ibama environmental agency said the outbreak had left little choice but to send fewer enforcement personnel into the field. Continue reading...
03/27/2020 - 09:53
Extraordinary move signals to US companies that they will not face any sanctions for polluting the air or water Coronavirus – latest US updates Coronavirus – latest global updates See all our coronavirus coverage The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended its enforcement of environmental laws during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, signaling to companies they will not face any sanction for polluting the air or water of Americans. In an extraordinary move that has stunned former EPA officials, the Trump administration said it will not expect compliance with the routine monitoring and reporting of pollution and won’t pursue penalties for breaking these rules. Continue reading...
03/27/2020 - 09:30
A new research highlighted the importance of reducing fossil fuel combustion not only to curb the trend of global warming, but also to improve the quality of China's coastal waters.