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03/05/2015 - 04:49
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang renews pledges to tackle the country’s chronic pollution but does not announce any significant new environmental measures Chinese premier Li Keqiang on Thursday renewed pledges to tackle the country’s chronic pollution, without announcing any significant new environmental measures. The Chinese public are increasingly enraged by hazardous smog that regularly blankets cities, as well as water and soil that are laced with heavy metals and various other toxic pollutants. Related: Viral China pollution film is brave, personal and powerful | Jennifer Duggan Continue reading...
03/05/2015 - 04:27
Study combining disparate data for first time finds sea ice thickness down 65% since 1975 because of global warming, reports Climate Central While the steady disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the hallmark effects of global warming, research shows it is not only covering less of the planet, but it’s also getting significantly thinner. That makes it more susceptible to melting, potentially altering local ecosystems, shipping routes and ocean and atmospheric patterns. New data compiled from a range of sources – from Navy submarines to satellites – suggests that thinning is happening much faster than models have estimated, according to a study aiming to link those disparate data sources for the first time. University of Washington researchers Ron Lindsay and Axel Schweiger calculated that in the central part of the Arctic Ocean basin, sea ice has thinned by 65% since 1975. During September, when the ice reaches its annual minimum, ice thickness is down by a stunning 85%. Continue reading...
03/05/2015 - 01:00
Governments, including the UK, are allowing energy industry representatives to help draw up Europe’s air quality limits resulting in proposed standards on coal plant emissions that are weaker than China’s, claim the campaign group New limits on air pollution in Europe have been watered down because governments are allowing some of the worst polluters to help draw up the rules, according to a Greenpeace investigation. The Guardian has also learned that despite UK claims to the contrary, energy industry representatives repeatedly and forcefully pushed for weaker pollution limits at meetings in Brussels. This is a classic case of the fox guarding the henhouse Related: Air pollution will kill thousands in Europe, EEA warns Continue reading...
03/05/2015 - 00:30
With its roots in the tobacco industry, climate science denial talking points can be seen as manufactured doubt Continue reading...
03/05/2015 - 00:29
Mickleton, Teesdale: Scores of elf cups, vivid as a guardsman’s regimental tunic, have begun to open in the lee of a stone bridge Continue reading...
03/05/2015 - 00:01
Urinal at University of the West of England can generate electricity to power indoor lighting, which Oxfam says show potential for use in refugee camps A prototype toilet has been launched on a UK university campus to prove that urine can generate electricity, and show its potential for helping to light cubicles in international refugee camps. Students and staff at the Bristol-based University of the West of England are being asked to use the working urinal to feed microbial fuel cell (MFC) stacks that generate electricity to power indoor lighting. Related: Pee power could fuel hydrogen cars Continue reading...
03/04/2015 - 16:01
Republicans needed two-thirds of the Senate to defeat the president’s veto, but were unable to win over five additional Democrats Continue reading...
03/04/2015 - 15:07
Trustees say cherished elfin estate of up to 200 front doors, in Wayford woods, Crewkerne, is gobbling up too many tree trunks - and the spritely speculation must be hobbled The first fairy door appeared more than a decade ago, a beautifully handcrafted work of art with a working handle, hinges and a little bed tucked behind it. But since then so many tiny doors have been fixed to trees in one Somerset wood that the custodians of this slice of sylvan paradise are having to bring in planning controls. “The problem is there are just too many of them – and some are a little bit garish, they don’t fit in,” said Stuart Le Fevre, a trustee for Wayford woods, near Crewkerne. He said doors were being screwed into living trees, which could be damaging. “And some have been added to trees far away from the paths so children have been trampling over the bluebells. We don’t want to discourage children and we certainly are not anti-fairy – but we have to take some sort of action.” "Fairy control" begins in woods to stop tiny doors being attached to trees http://t.co/6jdqzpl4dh pic.twitter.com/nkdHb4nfJB A fairy door I found in the woods. pic.twitter.com/kvlI4UzBhO Continue reading...
03/04/2015 - 12:06
UK and seven other EU countries call on commission for increased nuclear aid funding and support to help meet climate targets and energy security objectives The UK and seven other countries last month called for a new package of nuclear aid funding and support, in a letter sent to the commission ahead of the EU’s energy union policy launch. The letter, seen by the Guardian, calls for new EU financing mechanisms for nuclear as a low carbon technology, and research and innovation initiatives to deal with the costly and unresolved issues of nuclear waste and decommissioning. Continue reading...
03/04/2015 - 11:40
Duke of Cambridge’s final day in China saw him focus on the threat to Africa’s wildlife from the ivory trade with a visit to the country’s last elephant population at a Yunnan reserve As The Duke of Cambridge’s convoy made its way through the stunning hills and valleys that typify Yunnan Province in China, the tropical heat was climbing and the contrasts with Shanghai were striking. China’s relentless economic growth is self evident in Beijing and its big cities but it is reassuring that there are still parts of this vast country which remain relatively unspoilt. Related: Prince William in China: illegal wildlife trade a 'vicious form of criminality' Continue reading...