Ecology and Environment

22.09.2018

Hurricane Florence Blows Open Harsh Realities of American Inequality

Hurricane Florence Blows Open Harsh Realities of American Inequality

Wendy Newton and Nicolette Green didn’t have to die. Trapped in the back of a sheriff’s van in rural South Carolina, the two mental health patients in their mid-40s were being transported when their van was flooded following Hurricane Florence. The deputies driving the women managed to escape, but the… »

20.09.2018

Fracking mechanism to produce radioactive waste

Fracking mechanism to produce radioactive waste

A new piece of research published by Science Daily demonstrates the way “slick water and black shale in fracking combine to produce radioactive waste: Research papers explain the transfer of radium during hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas”. “Radioactivity in fracking wastewater comes from the interaction between… »

20.09.2018

Tropical Storm Florence inundates toxic manure ponds, coal ash dumps in the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Florence inundates toxic manure ponds, coal ash dumps in the Carolinas

By Ed Hightower In the several days since hurricane Florence made landfall near the border between North and South Carolina, the storm’s floodwaters have set one record after another. The storm’s official death toll now stands at 32 and is expected to rise with entire cities inundated by flood waters. »

11.09.2018

Former UN Chief and Bill Gates on Board as the Netherlands Accelerates Climate Adaptation

Former UN Chief and Bill Gates on Board as the Netherlands Accelerates Climate Adaptation

By Reinhard Jacobsen AMSTERDAM (IDN) – Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will oversee the Global Commission on Adaptation to climate change, which the Government of the Netherlands and the Global Center on Adaptation have decided to set up. It will be formally launched on October 16 in The Hague. Bill Gate, Co-chair… »

10.09.2018

Rise for Climate: Tens of Thousands March in San Francisco Calling for Fossil-Free World

Rise for Climate: Tens of Thousands March in San Francisco Calling for Fossil-Free World

Hundreds of thousands of protesters in more than 90 countries joined a worldwide day of protest demanding urgent action to address climate change Saturday. In San Francisco, up to 30,000 people took part in the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice march. It is believed to be the largest climate… »

06.09.2018

We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup

We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup

By George Monbiot for The Guardian We must challenge the corporations that urge us to live in a throwaway society rather than seeking ‘greener’ ways of maintaining the status quo. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an orderly queue. Plenty of people imagine we can carry… »

05.09.2018

The African Great Green Wall project: a breath of fresh air

The African Great Green Wall project: a breath of fresh air

From The Great Green Wall The Great Green Wall is an African-led movement with an epic ambition to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. A decade in and roughly 15% underway, the initiative is already bringing life back to Africa’s degraded… »

05.09.2018

Nuclear power reveals the absurdity of Britain’s political economy

Nuclear power reveals the absurdity of Britain’s political economy

By TOM KELSEY 4 September 2018 for openDemocracy Hinkley Point C is the latest in a long string of misguided nuclear policies. Hinkley Point C makes no sense, least of all for electricity consumers. The foreign companies building the nuclear power station, EFF and… »

03.09.2018

Amid extreme weather and record heat, global mobilization demands ‘fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all’

Amid extreme weather and record heat, global mobilization demands ‘fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all’

“We are at a crossroads. By acting together, we can end the era of fossil fuels and save the climate we all depend on.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer  for Common Dreams “Change only happens when people rise up to demand it.” That is one of the… »

27.08.2018

Time to end cheap flights

Time to end cheap flights

African cities generally use less electricity than their European equivalents, as people own fewer appliances and have greater need for thrift. Jet engines are essentially the same as turbines used for electricity generation, and the engines on a single jumbo would power a small African city had they generators attached. »

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