Environment

Navy is Building Strength Through Stewardship for Earth Day

    WASHINGTON, DC, April 21, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Performing missions at sea, on land, and in the skies daily around the globe, the Navy is a constant presence in the environment. To emphasize stewardship on all fronts, the Navy workforce is taking part in Earth Day-related activities throughout the month of April. The official Earth Day date is April 22. The ...

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10 emperor penguin facts for World Penguin Day – in pictures

A row of emperor penguins on the move at Cape Washington, Ross Sea, Antarctica 10 Emperor penguins can climb steep ice cliffs and have been known to breed on ice shelves, if the sea ice below fails. In 2013, British and Australian scientists discovered two emperor penguin colonies on ice shelves at Barrier Bay and Larsen C, with a further ...

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Tory windfarm policy endangers cheap energy in UK, commission finds

Conservative opposition to windfarms risks the UK missing out on one of the cheapest sources of electricity, according to the head of a Shell-funded industry group. Adair Turner, chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, said wind and solar power costs had fallen dramatically globally and urged the government to rethink its ban on subsidised onshore windfarms. “We have to at ...

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Government accused of ‘running scared’ of diesel drivers in delay of clean air plan

The government has been accused of “running scared” of diesel drivers and attempting to bully judges over its last-minute bid to delay the publication of its clean air plan. Politicians and environmental groups said ministers were “hiding behind the election” to justify delaying publication of the government’s long awaited proposals instead of tackling the UK’s air pollution crisis. Health experts ...

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2017 Goldman environmental prize recipients – in pictures

Uroš Macerl, Europe Macerl, an organic farmer from Slovenia, successfully stopped a cement kiln from co-incinerating petcoke with hazardous industrial waste by rallying legal support from fellow activists and leveraging his status as the only citizen allowed to challenge the plant’s permits. Many farmers suffered huge losses as industrial pollution wiped out the three most vital elements of their livelihood: ...

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Plastic-eating worms could help wage war on waste

For caterpillars that are bred as premium fish bait, it must rank as a better life. Rather than dangling on the end of a hook and wondering what comes next, the grubs are set to join the war on plastic waste. The larvae of wax moths are sold as delicious snacks for chub, carp and catfish, but in the wild ...

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Driverless pods plot new course to overtake humans

In a little over two years, a fleet of driverless cars will make its way from Oxford to London, completing the entire journey from start to finish without human intervention, including on urban streets and motorways. Organisers of the government-backed project, announced on Monday, still expect to have a human in the driving seat. But as the cars communicate, update ...

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Author Kuki Gallmann shot by raiders on her ranch in Kenya

Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann, whose memoir I Dreamed of Africa was turned into a Hollywood film starring Kim Basinger, has been shot by raiders at her ranch in Kenya. The 73-year-old is reported to have suffered extensive internal injuries and is in “a stable, but critical” condition. In recent weeks, Gallman had sent a string of increasingly distressed messages ...

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This spring, fight for our precious planet and join the climate march | Eve Ensler

It doesn’t matter how many winters I endure, I am never less astounded by the arrival of spring. Suddenly, green shoots and the hint of daffodil yellow start breaking through the muddy earth. Birds sing. The air is sweet. It’s a time of renewal – one that is so desperately needed for our planet and our politics. The Earth, our ...

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Trash talk: how beautiful, progressive Lviv became overrun with rubbish

An enchanting city in western Ukraine, Lviv has gained a pleasant reputation for its rugged, Habsburg-era beauty and vibrant cafe scene. More recently, however, it has become known for something entirely different: heaping piles of trash. For months, Lviv has struggled to properly dispose of the several hundred tonnes of waste it produces each day. Municipal officials say local trash ...

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