Ecology and Environment

14.01.2014

IRENA to Highlight Transformative Role of Renewable Energy

IRENA to Highlight Transformative Role of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is transforming the global energy system, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will highlight at the Agency’s Fourth Assembly, setting the stage for this year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). Showcasing the Agency’s original research and policy advice, IRENA will present “REmap 2030”, a roadmap for doubling the… »

13.01.2014

Organic Mega Flow Battery Promises Breakthrough for Renewable Energy

Science Daily reports on Jan. 8, 2014 — A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical and reliable. The novel… »

10.01.2014

Justice for Amazon

Justice for Amazon

Photos: Shim Hyun-chul Bernardin Reyes, an Ecuadorian victim who claims his vocal cords were damaged by the contaminated water, stands on solidified oil waste. Korea Times photo by Yoon Sung-won A Red Cross mark and dozens of handprints cover a wooden… »

09.01.2014

Bangladesh: climate change and impacts on coastal communities

Bangladesh: climate change and impacts on coastal communities

Industrialisation bi-products enhance climate change and this impacts most severely people living in coastal regions and especially hits hard those in the less developed economies and the burden in particular falls on our women. This is becoming apparent following studies on the phenomena and effects of the ever… »

31.12.2013

Chomsky warns about growing threat of nuclear war in 2014

Chomsky warns about growing threat of nuclear war in 2014

Renowned American linguist, philosopher and political commentator Noam Chomsky warns that the world is racing towards “environmental catastrophe” and “nuclear war” in 2014. Answering a question in an interview with Salon.com about the contemporary issues which particularly concerns him, the scholar answered that there are two major problems from among… »

28.12.2013

Solar Activity Not a Key Cause of Climate Change, Study Shows

Solar Activity Not a Key Cause of Climate Change, Study Shows

Daily Science reports on research carried out at the University of Edinburgh regarding the relationship between climate change and solar cycles. Dec. 22, 2013 — Climate change has not been strongly influenced by variations in heat from the sun, a new scientific study shows. The findings overturn a… »

22.12.2013

Is time up for Australia’s uranium industry?

Is time up for Australia’s uranium industry?

IN THE EARLY HOURS of December 7, a crack appeared in a large leach tank in the processing area of the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu National Park. The area was evacuated, the tank completely failed, the containment system was inadequate and one million litres of highly acidic… »

21.12.2013

Indigenous Groups Win Right to Seize Chevron’s Canadian Assets over $18 Billion in Amazon Pollution

Indigenous Groups Win Right to Seize Chevron’s Canadian Assets over $18 Billion in Amazon Pollution

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez for Democracy Now! A court in Canada has ruled Ecuadorean farmers and fishermen can try to seize the assets of oil giant Chevron based on a 2011 decision in an Ecuadorean court found it liable for nearly three decades of soil and water pollution… »

19.12.2013

Network against transnational companies’ dirty hand

Network against transnational companies’ dirty hand

Basis to support Ecuador in its fight against the transnational Chevron The U.S. multinational company Chevron has launched a campaign against Ecuador and those affected by the pollution caused by its operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Millions of dollars are paying for lawyers and advertising media, with legal proceedings of… »

18.12.2013

Food Security Can Come in Tiny, Wiggly Packages

Food Security Can Come in Tiny, Wiggly Packages

By Amy Fallon  for IPS News LUSAKA, Dec 17 2013 (IPS) – It is known as the land of copper to the outside world, but there’s another c-word that does a roaring trade in Zambia, albeit locally – caterpillars. On a street corner in… »

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