Environment

Environment

Discussion and media sharing related the Environment, Green Technology, Sustainability, and allied topics.
Halil
There are only two truly intact forests left on Earth, study claims - World - News - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
There are only two truly intact forests left on Earth, study claims - World - News - The Independent
There are only two truly intact forests left on Earth, study claims - World - News - The Independent
Can a forest be considered a forest if it is carved up by roads and highways? No, say a team of researchers who studied forest fragmentation and its lasting impact on Earth's ecosystems. - Halil from Bookmarklet
"There are really only two big patches of intact forest left on Earth, the Amazon and the Congo, and they shine out like eyes from the centre of the map," lead author Nick Haddad, a professor at North Carolina State University, told the New Yorker. - Halil
The fact that it's only 2 is grim on so many levels! - Halil
Halil
Czechs deploy wild horses from Britain to save biodiversity - http://phys.org/news...
Czechs deploy wild horses from Britain to save biodiversity
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Twenty-five years ago it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it's a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local plants as well as save endangered species. A herd of 14 wild mares from Britain's Exmoor National Park were moved in January to the former Milovice military base, 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Prague, the Czech capital. - Halil from Bookmarklet
I've never seen a real wild British horse! :( Must fix that one day! - Halil
Halil
Florida employee 'punished for using phrase climate change' - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
Florida employee 'punished for using phrase climate change'
An employee of Florida’s environmental protection department was forced to take a leave of absence and seek a mental health evaluation for violating governor Rick Scott’s unwritten ban on using the phrases “climate change” or “global warming” under any circumstance, according to a complaint filed against the state. - Halil from Bookmarklet
That's messed up! - Halil
Halil
But a Cork-based company now has the technology and expertise to help tackle Ash Dieback disease, MEP Seán Kelly says. Kelly says that a company called Treemetrics can use their satellite and online technologies in the fight against the dreaded fungus. The Fine Gael MEP says that satellite imagery can identify exactly where dieback is occurring or likely to occur and that knowledge will help eliminate the disease in time, it is hoped. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Hope this works! - Halil
Halil
US Ecology (ECOL): Profiting From Potential Disaster Isn't Cynical, It's Sensible - NASDAQ.com - http://www.nasdaq.com/article...
US Ecology (ECOL): Profiting From Potential Disaster Isn't Cynical, It's Sensible - NASDAQ.com
The company, you see, is in the pollution control and cleanup business. In order for them to make money, there has to be hazardous waste to dispose of or an environmental disaster must have already occurred. To some, an investment that could conceivably have you profiting from disaster is, to say the least, somewhat distasteful. To an old forex guy like me, though, it is not only sensible, but also in some ways commendable. If ECOL succeeds in making disposal and treatment of hazardous waste freely available and relatively inexpensive, then the benefit to corporations of cutting corners with environmental protection is reduced. - Halil from Bookmarklet
ahem, people go long ways to get re-phrased profit from crime. to me it sounds "oh we do not steal, it is just someone has to re-sell stolen" story... - A. T.
Halil
New threats to wild bees identified - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
New threats to wild bees identified
Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey. With wild bees already under threat from habitat loss and pesticides, diseases could have a profound impact on populations, say scientists. In Britain, bumblebee species are declining, and two have become extinct. Conservation groups are calling for tougher regulations on importing bees for commercial use. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Nicķ
Pollution changes clouds, climate downstream - NASA - http://climate.nasa.gov/news...
Pollution changes clouds, climate downstream - NASA
The video is amazing. - Nicķ
Nicķ
It's Climate Change: Those under 30 have never experienced a Month cooler than 20th Century Average | Informed Comment - http://www.juancole.com/2015...
It's Climate Change: Those under 30 have never experienced a Month cooler than 20th Century Average | Informed Comment
Halil
Nearly 700 species of marine animal have encountered man-made debris such as plastic and glass new research shows. - http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go...
Nearly 700 species of marine animal have  encountered man-made debris such as plastic and glass new research shows.
Researchers at Plymouth University found evidence of 44,000 animals and organisms becoming entangled in, or swallowing debris, from reports recorded from across the globe. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Fellow author Professor Richard Thompson, who is acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts on microplastics in the marine environment, said: "Encounters with marine debris are of particular concern for species that are recognised to be threatened, and with 17 per cent of all species reported in the paper as near threatened, vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, it is evident that marine debris may be contributing to the potential for species extinction." - Halil
Nicķ
West Vancouver unanimously votes to support warnings on gas pumps - BC | Globalnews.ca - http://globalnews.ca/news...
West Vancouver unanimously votes to support warnings on gas pumps - BC | Globalnews.ca
Halil
How Framestore's Imagery Boosted Ocean-Ecology Doc Mission Blue - Studio Daily - http://www.studiodaily.com/2015...
How Framestore's Imagery Boosted Ocean-Ecology Doc Mission Blue - Studio Daily
For decades, renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle has been sounding the alarm—the Earth’s oceans are dying and we need to protect them, not just for ecological reasons but for our own survival. Her lifelong work is the subject of Mission Blue, a documentary co-directed by Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon that explores how things like overfishing, oil spills, garbage dumping and polluted runoff have ravaged the ocean over time. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Halil
Senate Panel OKs Ban on Triclosan - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories - http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news...
Senate Panel OKs Ban on Triclosan - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories
A Senate panel has advanced a bill that would prohibit in Iowa the sale of cleaning products that contain a certain sanitizing agent. The bill would prohibit a person from selling cleaning products that contain triclosan for the purpose of sanitizing. The ingredient is found in products like soaps and deodorants. Members of a human resources subcommittee advanced the bill Monday. It now moves to a full committee for review. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The Food and Drug Administration said in 2013 that there is no evidence that anti-bacterial soap cleansers with ingredients like triclosan were more effective than regular soap. The agency is reviewing the safety of triclosan in response to studies about its alleged health risks. Minnesota last year banned triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. - Halil
Oi, UK politicians are you watching this?!?!?!? Been writing to my MP to get this banned in UK with no success! :( - Halil
Halil
'Racing Extinction' documentary a call to save the planet - Washington Times - http://www.washingtontimes.com/news...
“Documentaries, to me, are the most powerful way to change the world,” he said. “My hope is that if you can show people the beauty of these animals, there’s a chance to save these things.” - Halil from Bookmarklet
That statement annoys me, so if you're not cute and cuddly you're not worth saving? :-/ - Halil
I remember one of the articles I saw (I think Attenborough?) in the last couple of years on 'creatures ugly enough to save' to highlight some in need of rescue, but overlooked because they were too weird, or not fuzzy enough. - Jennifer Dittrich
As my hero, E.O. Wilson, puts it, "It's the little things that run the world." Unfortunately, most of them are microscopic and don't lend well to lush documentaries. I'm a self-proclaimed documentary junkie, but sometimes you need to read a book. - Jenny H. from Android
That's the problem, people have been spoilt by amazing cinematography and the idea of watching an OU style documentary now is out of the question, it's like we've regressed to kids and need big pictures with few words! - Halil
I don't think it's a new problem. Big, sexy species like pandas, polar bears, cheetahs, and wolves have been stealing the scene for a very long time. Yes, it's bad to lose large species and apex predators, but you can have catastrophic food web collapses from the bottom, as well. I think there isn't a lot of ecosystem literacy in the world. - Jenny H. from Android
Halil
UK scientists develop AUV imaging technology to assess seabed ecology - http://www.oilandgastechnology.net/health-...
UK scientists develop AUV imaging technology to assess seabed ecology
By using a camera on the Autosub6000 AUV to take a continuous stream of high resolution photographs of life on the sea floor, this new method revealed a tenfold increase in the precision of deepsea ecosystem diversity estimates relative to the use of scientific trawling. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Dr Kirsty Morris, the lead author of this research, published in Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, said: “This is an important step towards the automated imaging of the deep sea, which is essential for understanding the complexity of seafloor biodiversity and its future management” - Halil
This research showed that anemones were the most abundant animal on the sea floor, information that has been previously missed from trawling because they became damaged in the nets and rendered unrecognisable. - Halil
Big Joe Silenced
This Greenpeace Stunt May Have Irreparably Damaged Peru's Nazca Site - http://io9.com/this-gr...
This Greenpeace Stunt May Have Irreparably Damaged Peru's Nazca Site
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"The Peruvian government is planning to file criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who may have permanently scarred the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site during a publicity stunt. As The Guardian reports, the Nazca lines "are huge figures depicting living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary figures scratched on the surface of the ground between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago." The figures, which can only be seen from the air, are believed to have had ritual functions related to astronomy. The ground around the site is so sensitive and so sacred that Peru has even forbidden presidents and top officials to walk where the Greenpeace activists went. Peru's Deputy Culture Minister told the BBC: "You walk there, and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years." Tourists generally get to see the site from the air, or, on rare occasions, are equipped with special foot gear." - Big Joe Silenced from Bookmarklet
"Several Greenpeace activists entered into the prohibited area beside the figure of a hummingbird where they laid big yellow cloth letters reading: "Time for Change! The Future is Renewable." They were also sure to leave a signature. The message was intended for delegates from 190 countries at the UN climate talks being held in Lima. Peru is planning to file criminal charges against the activists before they leave the country." - Big Joe Silenced
WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?? - Big Joe Silenced
They weren't. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Halil
A highly destructive, invasive, mussel threatens Britain for first time - http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go...
A highly destructive, invasive, mussel threatens Britain for first time
This is extremely worrying wildlife experts are warning. Quagga mussels have been described as 'ecosystem engineers' because their vast capacity to filter water upsets the natural balance throughout the food web. They eat some pollutants, but they turn it into concentrated toxic faeces which can poison drinking water for people and wildlife. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The Wildfowl & Wetland Trust’s head of conservation policy, Jeff Knott said: “This is a worrying, but entirely predictable, development that could be devastating to British wetlands. Quagga mussels are likely to indirectly cause suffering and death for hundreds of thousands of native animals, fish and plants and cost millions of pounds in tax and water bills to protect drinking water supplies. - Halil
:( - Halil
... - A. T.
Nicķ
Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers - http://www.usatoday.com/story...
Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers
And those two combined are nothing compared to how many birds die by flying into windows. - Jenny H. from Android
Two problems with that statistic: one is that wind turbines are still a relatively small portion of energy generation. As its share of energy production grows, the number of birds killed by turbines is likely to grow unless the energy industry can reduce bird kills per turbine. The second is that there is a difference between killing common songbirds (as cats do) and killing Golden Eagles (as some wind farms do). - John (bird whisperer)
Halil
Let it Grow - Japanese Knotweed Timelapse - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Can't post anything from firefox anymore, keeps saying my cookie settings are off but they aren't and the new bookmarklet from micah doesn't post for me either. :( - Halil from Bookmarklet
Wow, that can give kudzu a run for its money! - Jenny H. from Android
Halil
High hopes for remedy for oak processionary moth and other tree pests - "We will also investigate its usefulness as a control for Asian longhorn beetle and emerald ash borer." - http://www.hortweek.com/high-ho...
High hopes for remedy for oak processionary moth and other tree pests - "We will also investigate its usefulness as a control for Asian longhorn beetle and emerald ash borer."
Derived from a naturally occurring insecticide, emamectin benzoate (EMB), and its means of deployment, known as tree micro-injection, it is currently being assessed by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate. - Halil from Bookmarklet
He said: "We tested for wound closure as well as leaf chlorophyll content and fluorescence - these weren't affected. We can inject it at quite high levels without burning the tree." O'Callaghan added: "One application lasts two years, with signs of effect in three-to-four weeks." - Halil
Halil
Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause a Measurable Shift in Gravity - http://www.wired.com/2014...
Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause a Measurable Shift in Gravity
“The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region,” writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change. Apparently, melting billions of tons of ice year after year has implications that would make even Isaac Newton blanch. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Halil
25% of all mammals and every third bird species in Denmark are threatened with extinction. - http://cphpost.dk/news...
25% of all mammals and every third bird species in Denmark are threatened with extinction.
But the farmers aren’t to blame, said Håkansson. ”The way the rules work today, when a farmer transforms land into a more nature-friendly area, he is punished. He receives no compensation for earnings lost by not farming the nature-friendly land,” Håkansson said. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Halil
Adjusting wind power production during migration season saves bats - http://phys.org/news...
Adjusting wind power production during migration season saves bats
"With minimal loss in power production—and hence revenue—and with the aid of the bat shield, First State Marine Wind was able to realize a significant reduction in bat fatalities," Firestone said. A great advantage of the bat shield is that "we can program in changes to the cut-in speed that are tied to atmospheric conditions and time of year and time of day so that turbines can be easily adjusted to protect bats," he said - Halil
And likely (small) birds too! - Halil
Halil
Reserves and parks not enough to protect nature – David Attenborough - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
Reserves and parks not enough to protect nature – David Attenborough
But rather than lament the changes, he urged everyone to act. “We know climate change is happening. It is regretted by some but it is also to be embraced. It is causing great changes in the distribution of animnals and birds in the countryside. We must take advantage of that. It is very important that we accept there are things coming in ... We must recognise that new animals and plants are coming in. Others are moving north. We ought to be giving thought to wildlife corridors ... and not think that every new arrival is to be repelled. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Halil
Most of the fish and birds that she's studied have come from Lake Erie. Mason and her students began collecting fish in January by going to local ice fisherman; Mason wound up with a lot of perch, since that's what they were catching. Through the spring, Mason and her student assistants examined 75 perch and 17 cormorants, a type of water bird. In both cases, a high percentage of the subjects had plastics in their gastrointestinal tracts, Mason says. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Zehra Karagöz
Halil
90 percent of Earth's species are overlooked in conservation - http://phys.org/news...
90 percent of Earth's species are overlooked in conservation
UK Professor Tom Curtis : I make no apologies for putting micro-organisms on a pedestal above all other living things, for if the last blue whale choked to death on the last panda, it would be disastrous but not the end of the world. But if we accidentally poisoned the last two species of ammonia-oxidisers, that would be another matter. It could be happening now and we wouldn't even know - Halil from Bookmarklet
Jenny and Hookuh Tinypants have said this to me many times in our chats, I've stop pestering them and others with my endless science questions now, lol, I bet they miss it, haha! ;-) - Halil
Ha! You're never pestering. :) You're passionate and that's cool. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
Halil
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year. Added to the discharges coming from Antarctica, it means Earth's two big ice sheets are now dumping roughly 500 cu km of ice in the oceans annually. "The contribution of both ice sheets together to sea level rise has doubled since 2009," said Angelika Humbert from Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute. "To us, that's an incredible number," she told BBC News. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Halil
As many as 28,000 birds may have been killed by flying through concentrated sun rays at a solar power plant located in the Mojave Desert - http://www.redorbit.com/news...
As many as 28,000 birds may have been killed by flying through concentrated sun rays at a solar power plant located in the Mojave Desert
According to AP reporters Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher, the birds have been nicknamed “streamers” due to plume of smoke that comes from the birds as they ignite in midair after flying through rays at the BrightSource Energy plant. - Halil from Bookmarklet
There is always a trade off for renewable energy sources. We can't keep relying on non-renewable energy forever, so that means trying to minimize the consequences of renewables, but there will always be some. - Jenny H. from Android
:-( - renzo
Jenny, is there no way of minimizing the impact with some kind of deterrent, be it visual and/or auditory? - Halil
Halil
The Secret Bataclysm: White Nose Syndrome and Extinction | Science Blogs | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2014...
The Secret Bataclysm: White Nose Syndrome and Extinction | Science Blogs | WIRED
I asked one of the bat scientists participating in the Southwestern Research Station bat census what would happen if White Nose Syndrome showed up in Arizona, a key migratory corridor for bats traveling to Central America. “Oh God,” he said. 
There was a long silence.
“It would be the end of the world.” - Halil from Bookmarklet
Bluesun 2600
Stacked solar cells could make solar power cheaper than natural gas : TreeHugger - http://www.treehugger.com/solar-t...
Stacked solar cells could make solar power cheaper than natural gas : TreeHugger
" Researchers everywhere are working on developing better solar cells: ones with higher power output, ones that can adhere to any surface, ones that cool or clean themselves, etc. Upping the efficiency of solar cells is probably the biggest focus. Right now, commercial solar cells can convert about 15 to 25 percent of the energy from sunlight into electricity. The holy grail for years has been reaching a 50 percent conversion efficiency. In labs, researchers have been able to hit efficiencies as high as 44.7 percent, but the start-up Semprius says they have a technique for stacking solar cells that would lead to that magic 50 percent number, and not just in a lab. Not only that, but because the solar cells are small and cheap to manufacture, the company believes that this technology could also lead to solar power cheaper than natural gas. MIT Technology Review says, "Semprius has come up with three key innovations: a cheap, fast way to stack cells, a proprietary way to electrically... more... - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
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