Scientists say Australia’s plan to save the Great Barrier Reef is “inadequate”

Scientists say Australia’s plan to save the Great Barrier Reef is “inadequate”

In an effort to prevent the United Nations from reclassifying the Great Barrier reef as “in danger,” the Australian government unveiled a 35-year plan on Monday which it hope will manage the risks to the reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and widely considered to be one of the most important ecological areas on Earth. However, according to The New York Times, not everyone is pleased with the plan. “The plan does not deliver bold, concrete actions that scientists have told us we need to turn around the future of the reef,” said … [Read More...]

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Galapagos Island tortoises have been rescued from near-extinction

Galapagos Island tortoises have been rescued from near-extinction

Conservationists announced on Tuesday that the giant tortoises which are found exclusively on the Galapagos island of Espanola have made a miraculous recovery, and have been brought back from the brink of extinction, having gained a strong enough foothold that the reptiles will be able to survive … [Read More...]

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Joint venture to invest £500 million into British onshore wind power

Joint venture to invest £500 million into British onshore wind power

The onshore wind power industry in the United Kingdom has received a significant boost after Ecotricity, the leading green energy company in the nations, announced Skylark, a joint venture with Skanska, a global construction and development firm, in order to build multiple wind farm projects in the … [Read More...]

Leaked study finds wind to be the cheapest energy source in Europe

Leaked study finds wind to be the cheapest energy source in Europe

A leaked report that was prepared for the European Commission shows that wind is far and away the cheapest energy source in Europe, completely demolishing presumably dirt-cheap coal and natural gas. Politicians who oppose incentives for solar and wind energy routinely highlight the added expenses … [Read More...]

Pollution in Hawai’i is causing deadly tumors in endangered sea turtles

Pollution in Hawai’i is causing deadly tumors in endangered sea turtles

Sea turtles in Hawai’i have been found to be afflicted with chronic, and often times lethal tumors that are caused by consuming non-native algae along the island state’s coastlines where nutrient pollution is unchecked. The disease that causes these tumors is now considered the leading cause of … [Read More...]

Canada opens the world’s first “clean” coal-fired power plant

Canada opens the world’s first “clean” coal-fired power plant

Last week, the Boundary Dam power plant in Saskatchewan become the world’s first full-sized coal-fired power plant to be equipped with a  carbon capture and storage (CCS) system, which marks an important step forward for a technology that many claim is essential to meeting global climate change … [Read More...]

Most “natural” foods in the US contain substantial amounts of GMOs

Most “natural” foods in the US contain substantial amounts of GMOs

According to a recent study by Consumer Reports, the majority of the packaged food in the United States that’s labeled as “natural” actually contains substantial amounts of genetically modified ingredients, prompting many concerned consumers to call upon food manufacturers to be honest about the … [Read More...]

Tide detergent will begin using eco-friendly bio-ethanol in its formula

Tide detergent will begin using eco-friendly bio-ethanol in its formula

DuPont and Procter & Gamble, world leaders in the production of chemicals and consumer goods respectively, have announced a new collaboration to use cellulosic ethanol in Tide laundry detergent sold in North America. Tide Cold Water will become the first brand in the world to blend cellulosic … [Read More...]

Online CO2 meter shows how close we are to the point of no return

Online CO2 meter shows how close we are to the point of no return

As nations, organizations, and individuals from across the globe are accelerating their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Climate-KIC has launched a new online CO2 meter in order to highlight current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, how quickly lose levels are rising, and … [Read More...]

Oceans are warming much faster than previously calculated

Oceans are warming much faster than previously calculated

Scientists have long been aware that Earth’s oceans absorb an estimated 90% of the warming that’s caused by greenhouse gas emissions, with the stored heat showing up was warmer seawater. According to a new analysis, however, scientists may have greatly underestimated exactly how hot the upper ocean … [Read More...]

Global warming may have fueled 2013’s heatwave epidemic

Global warming may have fueled 2013’s heatwave epidemic

In a collection of 22 peer-reviewed analyses on 16 extreme weather and climate events that occurred last year, which were published as a nearly 100-page report yesterday, international teams of researchers found clear ties between global warming and the extreme heat events that plagued areas from … [Read More...]

Gap bans the sale of animal fur following public outcry

Gap bans the sale of animal fur following public outcry

If you’re looking for a nice, comfy fur sweater for the fall season, then Gap isn’t the place you want to look. Two weeks ago, Sarah Maddox launched a Change.org petition against Gap, denouncing the retailer for selling products which contained real animal fur for its upscale Piperlime … [Read More...]