Items tagged with: Environment

Indonesia fishes for a solution to the plastic pollution threatening its coastlines.
Indonesian plastic waste pollution threatens fish stocks
#AsiaPacific #Indonesia #Environment
Charity accuses government agencies of ignoring ‘rampant’ rule-breaking in industry, and encourages whistleblowers

A website for whistleblowers to expose illegal or unethical practices in the fishing industry has been launched by a charity campaigning to end overfishing in European Union waters.

“Fishyleaks” has been set up by Our Fish to provide an anonymous and secure way for people working in the industry, enforcement bodies and others to shine a light on bad practice.
‘Fishyleaks’ website hopes to land those guilty of overfishing
#Environment #EuropeanUnion #Fishing #Conservation #Marinelife #Worldnews #Europe
Every year, about two billion tonnes of plastic waste is produced, according to the World Bank. #Environment #Pollution
Demonstrators disrupt five UK cities calling for legal recognition of 'ecocide' as an international crime. #ClimateSOS #GlobalWarming #Environment #UnitedKingdom #Europe #FossilFuels
One vocal movement in the UK has started a people's uprising as a route towards environmental protection. #Environment #UnitedKingdom #ClimateSOS #Protests #GlobalWarming #Europe
They’re cheaper than cabs, less effort than a bike and more convenient than buses. But as the number of e-scooter accidents rises, a backlash is growing

Most of the people riding electric scooters around Copenhagen glide like swans, bodies motionless and serene with heads tilted into the sunshine.

I am the ugly duckling, wobbling and jerking while I struggle to figure out exactly how this two-wheeled contraption works. Where do I put my feet? How hard do I thumb the accelerator? And how on earth am I meant to indicate left and press the brake with my left hand at the same time?

In Copenhagen, police officers mounted an operation against drink riders
Invasion of the electric scooter: can our cities cope?
#Cities #Roadtransport #Transport #London #Denmark #Europe #UKnews #Worldnews #Environment
About 2,000 tonnes of East Delhi's rubbish is dumped at the site every day. People living around it say it is affecting their lives. #Asia #India #Environment
Rains hit 30 of the country's 77 districts over the past week as delayed monsoon rains began pounding the region. #Nepal #Weather #Asia #Environment #India

My solar installation generated half of my daily consumption yesterday (10.91kWh) and peaked at 2116W

It's only been in two or three days now but is averaging 10kWh generation per day (we are still in Winter but days are short and sunny). Batteries were fully recharged by 2pm. I need to play a bit with the battery state of charge limits and am running them down to 60% for now. The geyser is not running off solar but everything else is until the battery state of charge falls to 60% during the night.

#solarpv #environment #offgrid


Two-thirds of Tunisia's population lives along its coast. But climate change is threatening their habitat and livelihoods. #LatinAmerica #Tunisia #Environment
Prospectors dig up remains of extinct animals for trade worth an estimated £40m a year

Activists and officials in northern Russia have warned of a “gold rush” for mammoth ivory as prospectors dig up tusks and other woolly mammoth remains that can net a small fortune on the rapacious Chinese market.

Melting permafrost from global heating has made it easier for locals to retrieve the remains of woolly mammoths, which have been extinct for thousands of years, and sell them on to China, where the ivory is fashioned into jewellery, trinkets, knives, and other decorations.
Permafrost thaw sparks fear of mammoth ivory 'gold rush' in Russia
#Russia #Europe #Worldnews #Endangeredspecies #Animals #Conservation #Environment #Wildlife
Putting pigs in the shade: the radical farming system banking on trees | John Vidal
#Portugal #Farming #Agriculture #Environment #Europe #Worldnews
In the US, the Mississippi River is running at record levels, forcing engineers to implement flood protection measures to protect cities. #US&Canada #UnitedStates #Environment
Vänerskärgården, Sweden: If the cranes seem the most exotic birds here, that will change as they are returned to Britain

Built on a promontory at Lake Vänern, Läckö Castle is a baroque confection of whitewashed walls and red-roofed domes and turrets, a vivid contrast to the grey stone fortresses of Northumberland. Within its high walls, its English gardener, Simon Irvine, grows salad crops in sensuous waving curves to show the beauty of vegetables. From the track to the castle I breathe in the strong sweet orange scent of Philadelphus from rounded white clouds of bushes. A yellowhammer calls from deep in a rose thicket, a summer sound among scented arcs of pink flowers.
Country diary: this castle could never be English – unlike the wildlife
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- #WhatIf We #Planted a #Trillion #Trees

It's #dawn, it's #dark, and you don't what kind of #weather is waiting for you #outside your #tent. It doesn't matter anyway. In #rain, #hail, #sleet, #snow, or #blistering #heat, you're on the front #lines, #shovel in #hand, wearing over 20 #kilos (50 pounds) of #gear, #battling against #nature to #save the #environment. On a good day, you might plant 2,000 trees in a 10 #hour shift. So why would anyone do it? Because if they didn't, #life would be much #worse ... for #everyone.
101 East follows Australia's animal rights activists as they go head-to-head with the country's farmers. #Food #Australia #Farming #Environment
Dozens more were injured when tornadoes and hailstorms hit Halkidiki region, popular with tourists. #Europe #Greece #Weather #Environment

Brazil did it! Greenhouse gases reduction accomplished!


#brazil #greenhouse #environment
Brazil meets a major emissions goal two years ahead of schedule
Brazil meets a major emissions goal two years ahead of schedule

This Is Exactly Why Clean Coal Is A Joke - It's the tons of toxic coal ash that must be disposed of somewhere

The US utility Ameren Missouri should be walking on sunshine right now. The company has just announced its second rate cut this year, thanks in part to its new “Smart Energy” plan which is loaded with clean tech goodies. Instead, Ameren Missouri is facing the wrath of environmental groups and local residents over its plan for dealing with tons of ash left over from its coal power plants. Clean coal my foot!

coal ash is the toxic material left over when coal burns. It can be re-used in various ways but it is loaded with mercury, arsenic and other materials. The worst thing to do is store it indefinitely in unlined, open air ponds or lagoons, often by a river or stream.

Basically, it’s cheaper to cap old ash pits than excavating all the ash and putting it into more secure containment, though that leaves the pesky issue of groundwater contamination to sort itself out.

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More than 4,000 sign petition to overturn decision, which aimed to appease neighbours

A national debate has been sparked in the Netherlands after a council ordered a primary school playground to be shut for being too noisy.

Questions have been raised in the Dutch parliament and a campaign has been launched to save the playground in the wake of the decision by Nijmegen council.
Dutch council forces playground to close over noise complaints
#Cities #Netherlands #Europe #Urbanisation #Worldnews #Children #Society #Environment
Environmental groups argue law sanctioned by Para state governor will benefit land grabbers. #Environment #Brazil #JairBolsonaro #LatinAmerica
Mayor of German capital considering €365 annual ticket to reduce traffic and pollution

Berliners could pay as little as €1 a day to use public transport for a year under plans to wean the German capital off its cars and reduce air pollution, its mayor has announced.

“Step by step I want to follow the goal of introducing an annual public transport ticket for €365,” Michael Müller told Neue Zürcher Zeitung. An annual ticket normally costs €761.
Vienna's euro-a-day public transport model could waltz into Berlin
#Germany #Cities #Airpollution #Europe #Worldnews #Environment
Loggers in Borneo struggle to transport giant wood logs on treacherous narrow forest trails and dangerous rivers. #Environment #Asia #Indonesia #Malaysia #Indigenousrights
Hazardous material and household rubbish found in containers that should have had only waste paper, authorities say. #Indonesia #Australia #Environment #AsiaPacific

I just installed solar panels because now’s the time in the US as price reductions lose momentum and subsidies reduce from 2020

OK I don't live in the US but I am busy with my second solar installation here in South Africa. The downside in South Africa is zero government subsidy towards solar installations but the cost benefits still work out for me over 5 years or so in savings on electricity and no impact from grid outages due to periodic load shedding.

The lesson for me was starting too small and realising that upgrading is not easy as you should not mix battery ages, a 12V system may have to become a 48V system, etc. So mine has been a full rip out and replace.

But if you are in the US you may seriously want to consider installing before the end of 2019 - see https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/5/20679189/solar-panel-price-incentive-federal-tax-credit-2019

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New rightwing council fails to reverse policy of former mayor Manuela Carmena

Barely a week after Madrid’s rightwing council began rolling back the city’s low emission zone a judge has ruled that the traffic restrictions must be maintained.

As of today, drivers of non-exempt vehicles will once again be fined €90 if they enter the 1,166-acre zone in the centre of the Spanish capital.
Judge reinstates Madrid's ultra low emissions zone
#Spain #Europe #Worldnews #Cities #Environment #Pollution #Climatechange

Tesla Supercharger Network Evolution — From 6 To 13,344 Superchargers In 6 Years in US but have other countries got ready yet?

The Tesla Supercharger network is still one of the top reasons electric car buyers are convinced to buy a Tesla rather than another company’s electric car. The network was a critical competitive advantage identified years ago when surveying EV drivers and potential EV drivers, and it seems to be referenced every day in comments on CleanTechnica as a core competitive advantage for the Silicon Valley EV & clean energy giant. But rolling out vast superfast/ultrafast charging stations takes time, and a lot of money.

We are seeing manufacturers "gearing" up to manufacture EVs but many countries have made little headway with rolling out charging networks in their countries. We can expect the cost of ICE vehicles as well as fuel prices to rise as demand falls off (high volumes is what keeps margins low) and considering charging networks take time to establish it means transitioning could be slow (it took a long time for fuel statio... Show more...
Israel's destruction of the environment on Palestinian land is now threatening Israeli lives.
Israel's 'environmental crisis' is of its own making
#Israeli–Palestinianconflict #Environment #HumanRights #Gaza #MiddleEast
Climate change in Nepal is forcing people to come up with new ways to cope. #Asia #Nepal #Environment #ClimateSOS
Wood has long been a main energy source, which has diminished the country's forests, but things are changing. #Environment #Afghanistan #Asia
Experts say dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Turkey and Iran, and frequent droughts have increased the salinity of wetlands. #MiddleEast #Iraq #Environment
Friday's quake was 11 times stronger than the previous day's 'foreshock', seen as part of an 'earthquake sequence'. #UnitedStates #Earthquake #Environment #US&Canada

The electric vehicle — great opportunities and serious threats for South Africa

Many of the obvious benefits are stated as well as the well known "negative" ones like the loss of the fuel levy but the article also expands on the jobs under threat in not only the transport value chain but also for South Africa the declining demand for catalytic converters and our platinum mining business. I don't agree about the manufacturing side as there is no reason why SA can't transition its existing manufacturing to cater for EVs (unless EVs won't be needing bodies and wheels anymore).

The biggest take away though is there is a global trend that is accelerating and unless SA faces it head on and transitions in time we will be caught unprepared. The world won't pause and wait for South Africa (or any other country).

See https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2019-06-26-the-electric-vehicle--great-opportunities-and-s... Show more...

Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle the climate crisis

Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.

As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human activities, a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing”.

“This new quantitative evaluation shows [forest]restoration isn’t just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one,” said Prof Tom Crowther at the Swiss university ETH Zürich, who led the research. “What blows my mind is the scale. I thought restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change... Show more...
Residents suffer rashes and breathing difficulties as warm weather brings infestation

Marauding caterpillars with toxic hairs have brought parts of Germany to a standstill, leading to closures of swimming pools, restaurants, public parks and sections of the motorway.

Oak processionary moth caterpillars, named after the nose-to-tail processions they form to travel between the oak trees they devour, have fine, long hairs with an irritating toxin that can cause blistering rashes, feverish dizzy spells and asthma attacks.
Toxic caterpillars spark health scare across Germany
#Germany #Wildlife #Environment #Europe #Worldnews #Insects #Animals
Ada Colau will also oppose airport expansion to curb tourism and pollution

Barcelona’s mayor, Ada Colau, has pledged to restrict the number of cruise ships allowed to dock in the city and to oppose the expansion of the city’s airport, saying: “We don’t have infinite capacity.”

Colau said the limits would reduce pollution in the city, where air quality regularly exceeds World Health Organization limits for nitrogen oxide and PM10 particulates.
Barcelona mayor promises crackdown on cruise ships
#Cities #Barcelona #Travelandtransport #Watertransport #Spain #Worldnews #Environment #Europe
Some countries take lead in adopting new approaches in aiding those displaced by natural disasters and climate change. #Humanitariancrises #GlobalWarming #AsiaPacific #Migrants #Environment #Bangladesh #Japan #ClimateSOS
Study says over decades, new trees could suck up nearly 750 billion metric tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide. #ClimateSOS #GlobalWarming #FossilFuels #Environment

Here Are All the Ways You Can (Legally) Dispose of a Dead Body inc being turned into a Diamond - Many are more environmentally friendly too

Sure, there are the traditional routes of burial or cremation, but there’s a lot more you can do with your remains, including some alternatives that are more environmentally friendly than others. In fact, green burials are becoming increasingly more common, according to Elizabeth Fournier, who identified herself as “the one-woman funeral service in the rural town of Boring, Oregon.”

Also known as the “Green Reaper” and author of The Green Burial Guidebook, Fournier tells Lifehacker that a lot of people want to have an environmentally conscious burial, but don’t know where to start. “I wish people knew that it was very family-centric, eco-friendly, wallet-friendly and the most sustainable choice one can make,” she says. Traditional cremation and burials are more environmentally problematic than people think.

Since 2015, cremation has been more common than burial, with approx... Show more...
German manufacturers say electric power is the future of the car industry, but can the surge of electric vehicles be sustained? #Europe #Environment
Could climate change help the UK in becoming a top shelf wine producer? #Europe #UnitedKingdom #Environment
The World Heritage Centre of UNESCO has declared largest mangrove forest on earth, the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, as a 'World Heritage in Danger' site. #Asia #Bangladesh #Environment
Wood has long been a main energy source, which has diminished the country's forests, but things are changing. #Environment #Afghanistan #Asia

Unlocking The Secrets Of Greenland’s Ice Sheet — And Why It’s Key To Our Planet’s Future

Not that people need another thing to #Worry about, but this podcast discusses another thing to worry about. If you like to have more information to bolster your discussions about #ClimateChange and how #Urgent it is, this show has plenty of new facts in a different vector of the subject. Its focus is solely on #Greenland's #Environment and it's all timely information.

Unlocking The Secrets Of Greenland's Ice Sheet -- And Why It's Key To Our Planet's Future | WAMU
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