Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok. Southeast Asia has seen a staggering spike in imports of plastic and electronic waste from developed countries after the world's top recycler, China, banned imports, causing millions of tonnes of the trash to be diverted to less regulated countries. Thailand will from Thursday host four days of meetings for leaders of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to discuss the region's most pressing issues.
Octopus fishing off the coast of Cape Town is supposedly being carried out for 'research purposes'. But no research has been published and the gear being used is killing not just octopi, but also Bryde's whales. In a golden forest floating beneath a deep blue sea lives a liquid creature with three hearts, nine brains and eight arms. In her magic kingdom, she shares her domain with hundreds of thousands of other weird and wonderful creatures that swim and surf and glide and dig and swoop and stick. In the larger kingdom, leviathans roam and other supremes with razor teeth and eyes that track in starlight watch over it all. Perhaps this sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, but it's the truth
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A part-time Brush Creek resident on Monday received a two-year probation sentence and a deferred judgment on a felony charge of attempted arson following a plea agreement that stems from actions he took last year following a hunter's killing of a bear on a neighboring ranch. In addition to completing the supervised probation term, Thomas Andersen, 69, a businessman who also lives in Miami, must pay a $2,500 fine and perform 60 hours of community service, the agreement approved by Pitkin County District Judge Chris Seldin stipulates. Monday's sentencing hearing related not only to the deferred felony charge, but also a straight guilty plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Andersen, according to a sheriff's office report, doused the ranch's property with gasoline and berated the hunter's young sons with excessive profanities following the Sept. 7 legal killing of the bear.
Strategies for global forest restoration must be framed in the context of the growing worldwide demand for fuel, food and incomes (see S. Lewis et al. Nature 568, 25–28; 2019). In our view, plantations are, alongside natural and regenerating forests, a legitimate and valuable component of the global restoration strategy to directly and indirectly contribute to climate-change mitigation. The demand for forest products is projected to increase by around 50% by 2030. Plantations are highly efficient wood-production systems and can alleviate pressures on natural forests. Along with agroforests, they also support livelihoods. The regeneration of secondary forests, by contrast, has high 'opportunity
The construction of a solar plant that would send power to Nevada, Arizona and California is receiving pushback from some environmental groups. The Gemini Solar Project would be the largest solar array in the country, generating 690 megawatts of electricity across 7,100 acres in the Mojave Desert just south of the Moapa River Indian Reservation. It's about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas. While some believe the project is a positive step in the development of green energy, others see flaws. Basin and Range Watch, for instance, criticized the project's threat on rare plants and endangered species. “The area is not only important to wildlife and biodiversity, it's also a popular recreational
(Bloomberg) -- The Trump administration is on track to obliterate former President Barack Obama’s signature plan for combating climate change by replacing sweeping curbs on power plant emissions with requirements for modest upgrades at the sites.The Environmental Protection Agency is set to unveil its rewrite of the Clean Power Plan as soon as Wednesday, finalizing a replacement rule that would establish pollution guidelines based on potential gains from efficiency upgrades at individual facilities.Like a proposal released last October, the EPA’s final rule gives U.S. states wide latitude to design their own plans for paring carbon dioxide emissions at power plants, according to people familiar with the measure who asked not to be named before it was released.The effort fulfills President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to rip up the Clean Power Plan and dovetails with his administration’s retreat from a global fight against climate change. Trump announced in June 2017 that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord, a global carbon-cutting agreement reached in 2015, and the EPA is now unwinding Obama-era regulations targeting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, automobiles and oil wells.Yet the latest decision -- which faces an inevitable legal challenge -- prolongs uncertainty for electric utilities and power generators that are already eschewing coal-fired power and embracing cleaner natural gas and renewables.Less AmbitiousTrump’s approach is significantly less ambitious than the Obama administration’s rule by relying on a narrow view of the “best system of emission reduction” at coal-fired power plants, said Janet McCabe, the EPA’s former acting administrator for air quality.“It constrains it only to the things that power plants can do within their fence line,” McCabe said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday.EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has said the agency’s planned power plant changes empower states to pare emissions while ensuring Americans have access to reliable and affordable energy.Environmentalists have already vowed to battle the replacement rule in federal court -- setting up potential legal wrangling that could last years. Already, court action prevented Obama’s Clean Power Plan from going into effect. The Supreme Court put off the initiative in February 2016, amid legal challenges from opponents who said the EPA had overstepped its authority.At the time it was imposed, the Clean Power Plan was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 32% from 2005 levels by 2030.In a change from its earlier proposal, the EPA will not simultaneously finalize provisions authorizing companies to upgrade old power plants without triggering requirements for costly pollution control systems, said the people. That change is expected to come later, as the EPA works to overhaul its so-called New Source Review program governing pollution controls at power plants and industrial facilities.A ShiftThose permitting changes were needed to drive more aggressive efficiency improvements at individual power plants, the EPA argued in its proposal. Stripping those provisions out could help justify weaker requirements for bolstering efficiency.The EPA’s power plant rule is set to mark a shift in how the agency credits potential health gains tied to cleaning up air pollution -- specifically fine particulate matter, or soot.Last year, the EPA predicted its initial proposal would mean an uptick in particulate matter pollution -- and the asthma attacks, respiratory diseases and premature deaths tied to it. There could be a range of 470 to 1,400 additional premature deaths in 2030 under even the most stringent proposed power plant improvements, the EPA predicted. Hospital admissions and emergency room visits for asthma would also climb.But the EPA is expected to discount the potential effects of its final rule by comparing its impacts against a baseline scenario without the Clean Power Plan in place.The agency also is set to highlight questions about the health benefits tied to low levels of soot. Administration officials debated the merits of that approach in 2017, as they moved to repeal the Clean Power Plan.In an October 2017 email exchange released as part of a federal rulemaking docket, an EPA official said the agency could choose to discount some health benefits of paring soot by asserting it was the administration’s policy to acknowledge uncertainties about the impacts. That would have the benefit of being a “policy” and not “a purely scientific call” that would require addressing recent scientific studies, EPA lead economist Al McGartland said in a September 2017 message. To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org, John Harney, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
The warnings come with unsettling regularity: Climate change threatens 1 million plant and animal species. Warmer oceans could lose one-sixth of their fish and other marine life by the end of the century. Global warming is a major risk to the economy. The world's leading scientists have made it clear that to prevent the worst effects of climate change, there needs to be "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented" changes to our energy systems. In simpler terms: We need to stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Federal action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. seems unlikely in the near future. The Trump administration is going the other way, rolling back regulations to cut emissions.
Ahmedabad, June 18: Cyclone Vayu, which weakened into a "depression", is likely to weaken further into a "well-marked low pressure area" before crossing the north Gujarat coast, a senior IMD official said on Monday. Manorama Mohanty, scientist with India Meteorological Department at Ahmedabad, said Vayu was no longer a danger and would cause rainfall, and winds with a speed of 30-40 kilometres per hour. "The cyclone has weakened and turned into depression, which is going to further weaken and convert into a well- marked low pressure area before it crosses the Gujarat coast," Mohanty said. In its bulletin issued Monday evening, the IMD said "depression" over the Arabian Sea moved east-northeastward
Sled dogs were pictured wading though water where there would normally be a 4ft-thick ice sheet in an astonishing image taken in Greenland to highlight climate change. The photograph shows the dogs hauling researchers and their equipment over the rapidly melting ice sheet last Thursday when it was covered in a layer of water due to surface cracks. Steffen Olsen, of the Danish Meteorological Institute, tweeted: 'Communities in Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for an incresed (sic) predictive capacity in the Arctic.' Despite it being early summer, a thick layer of ice would be anticipated
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved US$3,2 million funding for climate readiness in Zimbabwe, according to latest data from the Fund. Of that amount, US$1 million has so far been released. Zimbabwe had applied for a total $4,2 million (all amounts stated in US dollars) to help it prepare for future financial applications to the GCF, a special UN facility for tackling climate challenges throughout the world. The money would also assist with adaptation planning as well as capacity building and strengthening of the National Designated Authority (NDA) -- a Green Climate Fund-accredited regulator, in this case, the Ministry of Climate. According to the GCF website, the funds released to Zimbabwe
STOCKHOLM, June 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Swedish marine energy developer Minesto has received additional public support and funding for the development and commercialisation of its marine energy technology called Deep Green. The Swedish Energy Agency has awarded Minesto a SEK 12.5 million grant to the development of the company's marine power plant DG100. Minesto develops a patented technology for generating green electricity from tidal and ocean currents.
A 10-foot Great White Shark named “Miss May” was spotted off the coast of South Carolina Monday morning, according to reports. Researchers with OCEARCH, an organization that collects data on ocean animals, said Miss May was tagged near a beach in northern Florida on February 15. The shark was tracked off the coast of Savannah, Ga. last week before being spotted off the coast of Charleston around 8:49 a.m. Monday morning. The shark was named after Mayport, Fla., the site of OCEARCH's future research home, according to WJCL. Data collected on Miss May's movements indicated the shark has traveled 2112 in 103 days, WCIV reported.
An emaciated bobcat suspected of attacking hikers was captured on a trail in Fairfax and quarantined at a wildlife hospital. Marin Humane said the cat was caught in the Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve, a county park southwest of Fairfax. The animal is not suspected of carrying rabies and is at WildCare in San Rafael for treatment. “Fortunately, nobody was severely harmed in this case, and we were able to coordinate a response quickly,” said Nancy McKenney, CEO of Marin Humane. The 20-pound cat is suspected to be a year old or younger, said Alison Hermance, spokeswoman for WildCare. The cat is “really, really skinny and covered in fleas and ticks,” Hermance said. “The prognosis is guarded,
Easily overlooked for the quiet charm of neighbouring Rwanda or the pull of big game in nearby Kenya, Uganda is arguably the most underrated destination in East Africa.Home to superb street food and fascinating ancient tribes, not to mention an array of wildlife that puts more popular African countries in the shade, it’s the ideal place to explore for those who want an adventure away from the crowds. Pick up a rolexNo, not knock off luxury watches. Rather, the ultimate street-side breakfast treat. An omelette with red onions, cabbage, peppers and tomatoes wrapped in a fresh chapati, this delicious snack was once known simply as “rolled eggs” before tourists simply started calling them ‘rolex’ instead. They’re the perfect way to fill up before a trek across Uganda’s vast savannah or virgin rainforest. And unlike their costly namesakes, these will only set you back 2,000 Ugandan Shillings. A grand total of 40p. Get up close and personal with mountain gorillasAlong with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda is home to the last remaining population of mountain gorillas on Earth. Families are found in Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in the country’s far south west. Bwindi is home to 14 habituated groups of gorillas, with a total population of 400 according to the last regional census in 2012. Groups of eight people, led by armed rangers and qualified trackers, can spend an hour with these beguiling primates, usually after an arduous trek through thick rainforest. At $600 (£480), permits are expensive, but far cheaper than the $1,500 required to see gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Cruise the KazingaConnecting Lake Edward and Lake George in western Uganda, this 40km channel is home to the largest concentration of hippopotami in Africa. At only eight metres deep, the channel makes for the perfect resting place for these hulking mammals, which spend most of the day bathing in the shallows along its banks. It’s also possible to see large groups of elephants, as well as African fish eagles and pied kingfishers. Be sure to pack binoculars and charter a smaller boat in order to get first-hand information from the naturalists that pilot the craft here. Spend time with the BatwaThe Batwa, once known as pygmies, are conservation refugees. Traditional hunter gatherers, they were thrown out of Mgahinga and Bwindi when both became national parks in 1991. Since then, they have been marginalised, forced to eke out a living working on others’ land and losing their traditional skills. Through its Partnership Trust, tour operator Volcanoes Safaris purchased and gifted 10 acres of land near its Mount Gahinga lodge on the edge of the national park for local Batwa people in 2018, helping them build 18 homes and a community centre, with access to medical care. Tribe elder Safari Monday holds special sessions for guests at Gahinga Lodge, teaching them about traditional hunting and herbal medicine, with the chance to visit the village and learn more about their plight. Catch a glimpse of tree climbing lionsFound only in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park and the Ishasha Plains of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, these rare big cats spend most of the day lounging in acacia trees, rather than sleeping on the ground like their regular cousins. There’s a small population of around 50 such lions in this part of Uganda, meaning it pays to go with a qualified guide who can get intel from park rangers on their location. Support a life-changing women’s non-profitRide 4 A Woman is a nonprofit organisation set up by Evelyn Habasa. Conceived as a way to help local victims of domestic violence and HIV sufferers to learn new skills, the organisation is run from the sprawling Bwindi Community Centre, 1km from the main entrance to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the village of Buhoma. The site is home to budget accommodation, while also selling handmade crafts including jewellery, clothing and handbags. All money spent goes towards providing wages, food and shelter for the 300 female members. Understand Uganda’s past in KampalaUganda’s capital offers the ideal window into the country’s past. The most chilling but essential stop off is Mengo Palace. The former home of Kabaka Mutesa II, ousted as king in 1966 by Prime Minister Milton Obote and the then army chief Idi Amin, it’s perhaps more famous for its underground prison. The latter was used by Amin when he took control of Uganda and is a stark reminder of the brutality of what people here had to suffer throughout the late 20th century. Tours of the prison are available for 35,000 Ugandan Shillings (£7). Track endangered golden monkeysFound only in the Virunga Volcanoes forests that stretch across the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, golden monkeys number just 4,000. Unlike mountain gorillas, however, they tend to stay put, meaning treks to find them within Mgahinga National Park’s swathes of bamboo are relatively straightforward, if somewhat strenuous on the thighs. Permits cost $90 (£68), with visitors allowed an hour with the habituated groups. Learn all about coffee production while getting pampered at KyamburaRenovated in 2018, Kyambura Lodge is one of Uganda’s hottest luxury hotels, with just eight standalone ‘bandas’ offering sweeping savannah views over Queen Elizabeth National Park and the newly protected Kyambura Gorge. While its spa and pool make for the ultimate rest stop after a day’s wildlife watching, the nearby Omwani Coffee Cooperative is a must-see. Run by 11 local women and their families, the cooperative teaches guests at Kyambura about the coffee making process, and travellers can tour the 100-acre farm before sipping on samples that make Starbucks’ finest taste like cheap instant by comparison. Murchison Falls National ParkSpreading north east from Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is another gem for wildlife lovers. As well as the largest population of Nile crocodiles in Uganda, there are also elephants and Rothschild’s giraffes. It’s also possible to fish for Nile Perch in the raging white waters of the world’s longest river as it tumbles over the eponymous waterfall. With over 450 different birds, including the rare shoebill stork, it’s a paradise for birdwatchers too. Travel essentials Visiting thereAn eight-night package with Africa Odyssey starts from £7,030, based on two people sharing a room. Includes international flights, internal flights, ground transport, two nights on full board at each of Volcanoes Safaris four lodges, plus one gorilla permit and one golden monkey permit.For information about visiting Uganda, see visituganda.com.