Environment

'Chainsaw Queen' rejects environmentalists' criticism

In this September 15, 2009 file photo, a deforested area is seen near Novo Progresso, in Brazil’s
northern state of Para. Brazil’s new Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, nicknamed the “chainsaw
queen” by environmentalists for what they’ve called her promotion of deforestation, strongly
batted down the criticisms on Thursday January 22, 2014, labelling them as sexist, given she’s
the first woman to hold her post. (PHOTO: AP)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — New Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, nicknamed the "chainsaw queen" by Brazilian environmentalists for what they call her promotion of deforestation, strongly rejected the criticism Thursday, calling it sexist since she's the first woman to hold that post. Abreu told ... Read More

The Monarch Butterfly produce toxins that discourage
predators from eating them. The Monarchs are back!
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in ... Read More

MONROVIA, Liberia – In this January 22, 2007 file photo, an unidentified worker inspects
collected latex at the Firestone rubber plantation. A failed US Government-backed plan to produce
environmentally friendly energy in one of Africa’s poorest countries was marred by insider
connections and questionable planning, an Associated Press investigation found. (PHOTO: AP) A green energy blueprint's vision, unmet in Liberia
On paper, the pitch was simple. Buchanan Renewables, a green energy company backed by the US Govern ... Read More

Brrrrrr! Brrrrrr!
NORTHEAST US - A howling blizzard with wind gusts over 70 mph heaped snow on the Boston area along w ... Read More

Climate change brings world closer to 'doomsday', say scientists

Monday, January 26, 2015    

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Richard Somerville (right), research professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, unveils an
updated version of the ‘Doomsday Clock’ during a press conference held by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists last Thursday in
Washington, DC. The group moved the clock, considered a metaphor for the dangers facing the world, from five minutes to
midnight to three minutes to midnight due in large part to growing concern over global climate change. Also pictured is Sivan
Kartha, senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute. (PHOTO: AFP)

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilisation and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, a group of prominent scientists and Nobel laureates said Thursday. "It is now three minutes to midnight," said Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as the group moved its symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' two minutes forward. The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947. It has changed 18 times sin ... Read More

UN-Habitat slum upgrading project moves into phase two

Friday, January 23, 2015    

PRENDERGAST… we are facing some serious challenges with
rural-urban migration (PHOTO: JIS)

THE Government is set to launch Phase Two of the UN-Habitat's Participatory slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP 2) The programme, which is being implemented in three phases, is intended to help in improving the living conditions of the urban poor and contribute to the Millennium Development Goals as it relates to poverty reduction targets. In particular, the PSUP responds to the targets to significantly improve the lives of slum dwellers. The UN-Habitat is the United Nations agency that has respons ... Read More

Paulwell reports strong support for renewable energy policy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015    

PAULWELL… we are witnessing a dramatic uptake in the use
of photovoltaic equipment

ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell says Government's policy shift on alternative energy, including the provision of incentives, is resulting in greater use of and investments in renewable options. Under the policy, Government is facilitating access to low interest rate loans for businesses and homeowners to enable them to procure renewable energy systems, particularly for solar devices. "We have (also) removed taxation from solar (systems). In fact, the Government has provided incentives for sol ... Read More

Solar plane set for landmark flight around the world

Wednesday, January 21, 2015    

A technician
checks the Solar
Impulse 2, the first
solar-powered
plane to be able to
fly for several days
and nights. (PHOTO:
AFP)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) - A plane with the top speed of a homing pigeon is set to embark on a landmark round-the-world flight powered only by the sun's energy, organisers said yesterday. Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered plane to be able to fly for several days and nights, will land 12 times along its roughly 35,000 kilometre (22,000 mile) trip including a five-day stretch above the Pacific Ocean without a drop of fuel. "We want to demonstrate that clean technology and ren ... Read More

CES exhibits get recycled

Wednesday, January 14, 2015    

People erect booths in preparation for International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on
Sunday, January 4, 2015, in Las Vegas. (PHOTO: AP)

LAS VEGAS, USA (AP) — As exhibitors at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics packed up their booths last week, workers were just getting started recycling what was left behind. Convention-goer badges become room keys, vinyl banners get a new life as ice-skating rink covers or shade tarps and massive magnetic signs affixed to the convention centre are ground up and made into new magnets, for example. CES boasted more than 2.2 million square feet of exhibits and 160,000 a ... Read More

Biodegradable urns

Wednesday, January 14, 2015    

(L) CONTENTS ON THE PACKAGE...(Top right)WHAT GOES WHERE...(Bottom Right)THE GROWTH PROCESS

Would you go green with this environmentally friendly burial option? Spanish-based design company Estudimoline created the Bios Urn to transform your loved one from this life to the other through nature. Bios Urn is a an eco-friendly, fully biodegradable urn which contains a tree seed. Inside the Bios Urn: the top capsule is built to facilitate the growth of the seed - separated from the ashes. Before burying the urn you have to mix the components with some soil from where you want to plant the ... Read More

Biden to host Caribbean leaders for energy summit

Wednesday, January 14, 2015    

US vice president Joe Biden

WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden plans to convene heads of state from Caribbean nations in Washington to discuss energy issues. The first Caribbean Energy Security Summit will be held on January 26. Biden's office says prime ministers or cabinet ministers from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago are expected to attend. The White House says the summit will focus on promoting sustainable energy in the region, including access to financing. Repre ... Read More

Scientists: Great Lakes teeming with tiny plastic fibres

Wednesday, January 14, 2015    

In this file photo
provided by Rachel
Ricotta are microfibres,
exceedingly fine plastic
fibres, that were taken
from inside the body of
a Great Lakes fish.
(PHOTO: AP)

TRAVERSE CITY, USA (AP) — Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibres from garments, cleaning cloths and other consumer products. They are known as microfibres -- exceedingly fine filaments made of petroleum-based materials such as polyester and nylon that are woven together into fabrics. "When we launder our clothes, some of the little m ... Read More

Florida divers capture non-native surgeonfish to protect reef

Wednesday, January 14, 2015    

United States Flag

WEST PALM BEACH, USA (AP) - After spotting a surgeonfish off the coast of South Florida, two scuba divers caught the invasive species and sent it to conservationists in an effort to help protect coral reefs. The scuba divers sent the fish to the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). The Miami Herald reports the fish was a mimic lemon peel surgeonfish native to the Indo-Pacific region and the first of its kind documented in Florida waters. A juvenile mimic surgeonfish can virtually g ... Read More

St Mary police trained in environmental laws

Monday, January 05, 2015    

ENVIRONMENTAL enforcement in St Mary has been bolstered with the recent training of 40 police officers from 11 police stations in the parish through efforts by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). The officers were trained in environmental laws such as the Beach Control Act, Wildlife Protection Act, Endangered Species Act and the Natural Resources Conservation Authority, (Wastewater and Sludge) Regulations, 2013. Manager of the Public Education and Corporate Communication branc ... Read More



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