Ecology and Environment

31.03.2014

U.N. Panel: Poorest Will Suffer Brunt of Global Warming’s Impact

U.N. Panel: Poorest Will Suffer Brunt of Global Warming’s Impact

Democracy Now! The U.N.’s top climate body is warning human-driven climate change has impacted every corner of the globe, with the poorest suffering the worst effects. In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says greenhouse gases have driven up global temperatures and extreme weather, while… »

26.03.2014

U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Democracy Now! Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The tsunami’s immediate death toll was more than 15,000, with close to 3,000 still missing. Casualties are still mounting, though, both in Japan and… »

12.03.2014

Brazilian Innovation for Under-financed Mozambican Agriculture

Brazilian Innovation for Under-financed Mozambican Agriculture

By Amos Zacarias for IPS MAPUTO, Mar 12 2014 (IPS) – Some of the technological excellence that revolutionised Brazil’s tropical agriculture is reaching small producers in Mozambique. But it is not enough to compensate for the underfinancing of the sector. Last year, Erasmo Laldás,… »

12.03.2014

Report: U.S. Regulators hid nuclear risks, doubts after Fukushima meltdown

Report: U.S. Regulators hid nuclear risks, doubts after Fukushima meltdown

[divide] Japan is marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi crisis, when a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami on its northeast coast. The twin disasters resulted in an unprecedented triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Internal emails revealed by NBC News show in the… »

10.03.2014

Wave of Fukushima-based protests warn of ‘new age of risk’ for UK’s nuclear power stations

Wave of Fukushima-based protests warn of ‘new age of risk’ for UK’s nuclear power stations

Opponents of nuclear power will be converging all over the UK next week to mark the third anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima disaster  – and to highlight the precarious state of Britain’s own nuclear reactors. The recent spate of flooding has once again highlighted the vulnerability of the UK’s nuclear power… »

05.03.2014

Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case

Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case

By Jim Lobe  for IPS WASHINGTON, Mar 5 2014 (IPS) – In the latest twist in a 21-year-old environmental pollution case, a U.S. federal judge Tuesday ruled that the victims of massive oil spillage and their U.S. attorney could not collect on a nine-billion-dollar… »

27.02.2014

Big Oil and Bad Air: Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions in Texas

Big Oil and Bad Air: Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions in Texas

By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales. See Democracy Now! for video interview Residents who live near areas of oil and natural gas fracking have long complained that the industry has poisoned their water with toxic chemicals. Now a new investigation is shedding light on another concern: air quality. The… »

23.02.2014

100 Tons of Highly Radioactive Leaks at Fukushima

100 Tons of Highly Radioactive Leaks at Fukushima

In news from Japan, about 100 tons of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks at the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Tokyo Electric Power Company described it as the worst spill at the plant in six months. Next month marks the… »

21.02.2014

Barton Moss Camp makes the news across the pond

Fracking News UK, by Occupy London (See the full article here) “..nowhere does public opposition seem as tenacious and as vocal as in Britain, where the fracking industry, heartily backed by the Conservative-led government, is still in an embryonic stage. Companies are lining up for permits to drill… »

20.02.2014

The Caribbean: The cost of climate change

The Caribbean: The cost of climate change

[clear] Caribbean nations are extremely vulnerable to sea level rise and extreme weather. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has calculated that the economic losses of climate change for Caribbean nations are US$7.5 billion yearly. “The Caribbean is a very vulnerable subregion that could suffer considerable… »

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