Category: Politics

Nicaragua Canal: A Giant Project With Huge Environmental Costs

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Work has already begun on a $50 billion inter-ocean canal in Nicaragua that would cut through nature reserves and bring massive dredging and major ship traffic to Central America’s largest lake. Scientists and conservationists are warning that the project is an environmental disaster in the making.

China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianConservationists hail China’s first ever commitment to phase out legal, domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products as a victory in the fight to save Africa’s elephants China has committed to phasing out the domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products for the first time. Conservation groups said the […]

Obama just unveiled a big new plan to save the honeybees

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Originally Published by The VoxA decade ago, beekeepers in the United States started noticing that their honeybees were dying at unusually high rates each winter. It was a disturbing trend, given that these bees are so crucial for pollinating many of our favorite fruits and vegetables. In the years since, honeybees have kept dying at alarming […]

Embryo editing sparks epic debate

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Originally Published by Nature News and CommentIn a world first, Chinese scientists have reported that they have used powerful gene-editing techniques to modify human embryos. Their paper1, published in the Beijing-based journal Protein & Cell on 18 April, came as no surprise to the scientific community, but it has ignited a wide-ranging debate about what types of gene-editing […]

Environmentalists wary of India’s plan to intervene in publishing of smog data

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian Concerned activists say government plan to analyse pollution figures for capital Delhi before they are released to the public is way to bury bad news Continue reading…

A six-state California faces a water war

Originally Published by New Scientist – An audacious plan to split California into six pieces is unlikely to succeed, but may force the state to tackle its water woes head-on.

Vermont Law School: The Ethical Dimensions of Energy Policy

The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.

Climate unity dealt blow as Australia and Canada take issue with US stance

Originally Published by The Guardian – The Australian and Canadian prime ministers have suggested that economic growth is more important than tackling climate change, playing down the prospects of strong co-ordinated global action.

Earth Day 2014: Celebrating the Built Environment

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Can cities really be “green?” They have to, if we are to build a sustainable society. The role of the “built environment” is the theme of Earth Day 2014.

How Politics Buries Science in Landslide Mapping

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Originally Published at NBC News – The six geologists were just starting their work, climbing the mountains of Western North Carolina to map the debris left behind by landslides over millions of years, when the political footing gave way beneath them. Opposition had been building from real estate agents, from home builders planning subdivisions, and then from politicians. When all that energy was released, the science was crushed flat.