Southeast’s Endangered Wood Stork Recovered to “Threatened”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. / December 19 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed yesterday upgrading the legal status of wood storks from “endangered” to “threatened,” finding that the birds, which breed only in Florida, Georgia and coastal South Carolina, no longer face imminent extinction. The change in designation marks an important step toward full recovery but will not reduce the species’ legal protection. “The wood stork population’s steady improvement is proof positive that the Endangered Species Act works,” said Jaclyn Lopez, a Florida attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity,…

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UMass Amherst Climate Model is first to study Climate Effects of Arctic Hurricanes

AMHERST, Mass. / December 17, 2012 – Though it seems like an oxymoron, Arctic hurricanes happen, complete with a central “eye,” extreme low barometric pressure and towering 30-foot waves that can sink small ships and coat metal platforms with thick ice, threatening oil and gas exploration. Now climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and in England report the first conclusive evidence that Arctic hurricanes, also known as polar lows, play a significant role in driving ocean water circulation and climate. Results point to potentially cooler conditions in Europe…

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Climate warming unlikely to cause near-term extinction of Amazon tree species

December 14, 2012 – New genetic analyses of common Amazon trees show that many are more than 8 million years old. Results of a study by evolutionary biologist Christopher Dick of the University of Michigan and colleagues, published online yesterday in the journal Ecology and Evolution, show that some trees in the Amazon rainforest have endured past periods of significant climate warming. It therefore appears unlikely that human-caused temperature increases alone will cause mass extinctions of the trees in the coming century. The analysis also reveals that these surprisingly old…

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Most car manufacturers on track to meet 2012 CO2 targets

Copenhagen, December 13, 2012 – In 2011, average CO2 vehicle emissions for most carmakers were below target levels estimated for 2012. This was the situation for 47 carmakers, responsible for 95% of the new cars registered in the EU in 2011, according to the latest European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis. The findings come from the EEA report, CO2 emissions performance of car manufacturers in 2011. The EU has a target for the average new passenger car to emit less than 130 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (g CO2/km) by 2015. Within…

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Doha climate conference opens gateway to greater ambition and action on climate change

Doha, December 9, 2012 – At the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar (COP18/CMP8), governments have taken the next essential step in the global response to climate change. Countries have successfully launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, agreed a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015 and agreed a path to raise necessary ambition to respond to climate change. They also endorsed the completion of new institutions and agreed ways and means to deliver scaled-up climate finance and technology to developing countries. “Doha…

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Canada’s emissions historically low; Country will invest in Climate Change solutions in Developing Countries

DOHA, Qatar – December 7, 2012 / As the 18th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) is near the end and countries in Doha are discussing their next steps in halting climate change, not missing the opportunity to criticize US President Barack Obama for not considering global warming as a priority issue, good news are coming from Canada – per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in this country have been at the lowest level ever, since measurements of this climate change indicator started…

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Week two of cop 18: Moving forward with 7 key issues

December 3, 2012 – As we move into the second week of the UN climate talks, the desert sand is swirling around the conference center in Doha, Qatar. Countries spent the first week tying up some loose ends on several issues, but there are still many details to be worked out before the sand settles and Parties head home. It’s hard to tell whether this meeting will turn into a full sandstorm or clear up. The uncertainty here in Doha contrasts greatly with the increasingly clear (and grim) climate picture…

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Green Roofs – Bringing Nature to Your Doorstep

60° slope intensive green roof on School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

What do you tell yourself when you are under a lot of stress? Do you ever feel like “I wish I could run away from the city and spend just a couple of days far away from everything“? Do you find yourself trapped in daily obligations and lack the time to go out in the nature? Well, now you don’t have to wish for an Armageddon or some other excuse for the workload to stop. You can bring nature directly to your home! Green roofs are a modern replacement for…

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