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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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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Endangered Mountain gorilla population grows slightly since 2010

November 15 – According to the survey from Ugandan Wildlife Authority, carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the total number of the critically endangered Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) has risen to 880. This number represents an increase of more than 10% in relation to the previous estimates of 786 individuals from only two years ago. Mountain gorilla lives in only two locations in the world – Uganada’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga Massif area, which spans parts of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda.…

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Students from Yale University found a solution for plastic breakdown in the Amazon rainforest!

Amazon is known to be home for more species than nearly anywhere else on Earth. On the other hand, amounts of plastic mankind produces, disposes of and lays to waste on landfills or in the nature is growing day by day and it has become a worldwide problem. Amazing discovery – a group of scientists from Yale University, led by their molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel, discovered a fungus in the jungles of Equador which can eat plastic! Bottles, shoes, food packaging, children toys, or any other polyurethane substance, simply…

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Rhino horn smuggler sentenced to 40 years in prison in South Africa

November 11 – Just two days ago, WWF reported that a man charged with illegal trading of rhino horns in South Africa was pleaded guilty for this felony and sentenced to 40 years behind the bars by the Johannesburg’s Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court. This is the harshest sentence given for a wildlife crime in the country to-date. Chumlong Lemtongthai, a Thai national, was accused for running syndicate which used white rhino trophy hunts as a cover to illegally export rhino horns to Asian black market for commercial use. The syndicate used…

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Heavy Oil Spill at Port Angeles. Clean up Operations in Progress.

Port Angeles, Olympia, November 7, 2012 – major fuel oil spil occurred in Port Angeles, WA early this morning. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Spill Response Corp (MSRC), Global Diving & Salvage (Global) and private response companies are engaged in oil spil clean up operations. 840-gallon heavy fuel oil spil was reported at 3:20 a.m. It occurred after a fuel barge owned by Harley Marine Services was overfilled during fueling operations at the Tesoro Port Angeles Terminal in Port Angeles Harbor. Ecology and Coast Guard…

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Velocity Inc. and its President Fined $37,200 for Violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

MONTRÉAL, Que. – November 7, 2012 – On October 29, 2012, Velocity Inc., in Valleyfield, Quebec, and Stéphane Poirier, the President of the company, were fined $37,200 after pleading guilty to illegally importing 600 cylinders of chlorodifluoromethane (HCFC-22, or R‑22). In February 2011, during a cargo inspection, enforcement officers of Environment Canada discovered 600 cylinders containing R-22 in a cargo arriving from China. R-22, a refrigerant, is a controlled substance under the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 (ODSR, 1998), which regulates the importation, manufacture, use, sale and exportation of ozone-depleting substances. Illegal…

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles and Rare Albatross From Deadly Hawaii Swordfish Longline Fishery

November 2, 2012 / Honolulu — Earthjustice filed a lawsuit today in federal district court, on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network, challenging a new rule by the National Marine Fisheries Service that doubles the number of endangered sea turtles allowed to be entangled and killed by Hawaii’s longline swordfish fishery. The suit brought under the Endangered Species Act and other federal environmental laws, aims to stop the Fisheries Service from allowing the fishery to cause the deaths of far too many endangered loggerhead…

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