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The Amazon forest still looks green and verdant, but over the whole region changes are afoot, with trees maturing faster - and dying younger. Photo: Dams999 via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Amazon carbon sink declines as trees grow fast, die faster

Oliver Phillips & Roel Brienen

21st March 2015

To date the Amazon has been a huge carbon sink, soaking up billions of tonnes of our emissions from fossil fuels, write Oliver Phillips & Roel Brienen. But now that's changing, as trees grow faster and die younger: the sink appears to be saturating. more...
Swarthmore students ready to join the Peoples Climate March, 21st September 2014 in New York City. Photo: maisa_nyc via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

College fossil fuel divestment - Yes we must!

Cutler J Cleveland

18th March 2015

Univerisities' core mission is one of civilization and enlightenment, and that's incompatible with investing in fossil fuels that pose an existential threat to humanity and the planet, writes Cutler J Cleveland. It's is also financially prudent for for them to avoid sinking capital into future 'stranded assets' of unburnable carbon. more...
If the Adami mine goes ahead, the Abbot Point port will be in line for a massive upgrade. But the Queensland Government is paying nothing towards the cost. Photo: Greenpeace.

Money dries up for Great Barrier Reef coal project

Marina Lou & Christine Ottery / Greenpeace Energydesk

16th March 2015

Indian coal firm Adani is struggling to finance its proposed mega coal mine in Australia's Galilee Basin, write Marina Lou & Christine Ottery, as promised government support evaporates and a major investor looks set to pull out. more...
A female brown bear with three yearlings in Gutulia National Park in SE Norway. Bears and other carnivores do not only live in protected areas - Europe lacks enough true wilderness for that model of conservation. Instead, humans and wildlife must coexist.

Europe's bears are back!

Jocelyn Timperley

21st December 2014

If you go down to the woods today you're in for a big surprise, writes Jocelyn Timperle - Europe's bears are are on the increase, with 17,000 of them at large, along with 12,000 wolves, 9,000 lynx and 1,250 wolverines. Moreover these carnivore populations are co-existing with people with remarkably few problems. more...
Carbon Black by Declan Milling, front cover.

Carbon Black: A conspiracy thriller about REDD in Papua New Guinea

Chris Lang

16th January 2015

The carbon market has certainly seen its fair share of skullduggery, writes Chris Lang, with massive frauds perpetrated on an unsuspecting public. This new thriller captures the essence of the wheeler-dealer carbon business to produce a compulsive work of fiction that is, sadly, all too believable. more...
A male Onthophagus vacca, the species of dung beetle being released this week in Western Australia. Photo: CSIRO.

Australia - exotic beetles fly in to clean up the cattle dung

Jane Wright

5th October 2014

After rabbits, foxes, brambles and the cane toad, you would have thought Australia would have had enough of invasive exotic species, writes Jane Wright. Wrong! CSIRO scientists are introducing a French dung beetle, in the hope it will lead to fewer flies, improved soil fertility and structure, and greater carbon sequestration. more...
Torched Senger home. Photo: Justin Kenrick.

World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme 'complicit' in genocidal land grabs

Nafeez Ahmed

20th August 2014

The plight of Kenya's Sengwer people shows that carbon offsets generated by 'sustainable' forest management are empowering a corporate recolonisation of the South backed by the World Bank against its own guidelines, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indigenous forest peoples are at risk of genocide while corporations let rip. more...
Lake Nicaragua, ecological jewel of Central America, will never be the same if the canal project goes ahead. Photo: Helen ST via Flickr.

The Nicaragua Canal - a disaster in waiting?

Nathan Wood

15th August 2014

A second canal joining the Pacific and Atlantic oceans is planned for Nicaragua, writes Nathan Wood. But the gigantic project is raising growing fears due to a grossly unfair contract, glaring failures of process, close links to the Chinese government, and its enormous - but uncosted - ecological impacts. more...
Will this coal on a Chinese barge on the Yangtze River end up being 'consumed' in the US and Europe? Photo: Marshall Segal via Flickr.

Tax carbon consumers for real action on climate change

Laura Nielsen & Henrik Palmer Olsen

12th June 2014

Climate negotiators in Bonn are hammering out the basis of a new global agreement - but have they got it all wrong? Taxing carbon consumption, rather than trying to regulate emissions, could stimulate the low carbon revolution the world needs. more...
Image: 'New Fish' by Elena Caldera.

Stop fishing the high seas, say scientists, for climate and ecology

Climate News Network

21st June 2014

Fish from the high seas are too valuable to be eaten, as they lessen climate change through the carbon they carry down to the ocean depths. The carbon benefits are worth $150 billion every year - almost ten times the value of high seas fish landings. more...
What house builders will no longer have to do - the 'BedZED' Beddington Zero Carbon Development in south London. Photo: BioRegional via Flickr.

Government caves in to developers on 'zero carbon' homes

Oliver Tickell

4th June 2014

The Government has gutted its 'zero carbon home' standard - builders will be able to 'zero the carbon' through an offsetting scheme - rather than by installing more insulation, or renewable technologies like solar PV or solar water heating. more...
A Hornbill turtle photographed at Grant Turk Island, TCI. Photo: Ron Brugger via Flickr.com.

Turks & Caicos Islands protect breeding turtles

The Ecologist

19th March 2014

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has adopted a new conservation plan for its sea turtles that will protect mature adults so they can breed, and so reverse population declines. more...

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An endangered Red ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata ruber) in Madagascar. Photo: Ronald McGuire via Flickr.com.

Saving Madagascar's lemurs

Ian Colquhoun

25th March 2014

'Brand lemur' could draw much needed ecotourism spending to Madagascar, writes Ian Colquhoun - benefiting local communities, and providing the funds needed to save lemurs from the very real threat of extinction. more...
Sunset over Lake Nicaragua as seen from Merida, across from the Hotel Omaja. Photo: eric molina via Flickr.com.

Nicaragua Canal will destroy rainforests, communities and wildlife

Jorge Huete-Perez

21st February 2014

A mysterious Hong Kong company has won the concession to build a $40 billion canal through Nicaragua, duplicating the Panama Canal. Jorge Huete-Perez warns that it threatens human and ecological devastation, all for scant benefit to the country. more...
Ancient tree - possibly a Black cottonwood -  on Big Tree Hike on Vancouver's North Shore. Photo: Rob Baxter via Flickr.com.

Big old trees grow faster, absorb more carbon

Adeshola Ore

28th January 2014

Large, older trees have been found to grow faster and absorb carbon dioxide more rapidly than younger, smaller trees, writes Adeshola Ore - contrary to the previous view that trees’ growth slowed as they developed. more...
Flooded street in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Photo: LaShawn Pagan.

Puerto Rico's years of unseasonal rain

La Shawn Pagán

7th January 2014

The world's weather news is dominated by storms in Europe and extreme cold in North America. But as La Shawn Pagán reports, Puerto Rico has just had 85 inches of rain in one month, and its three wettest years ever, more...
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The Story of Energy

Paul Allen

20th December 2013

Our relationship with energy presents big challenges, not only for our technology, but also for our culture, society and democracy. Paul Allen explores where it all went wrong. more...
The Earth's atmosphere photographed by the Atlantis crew, 8th February 2008. NASA.

Climate Action? Warsaw 2013 to Paris 2015

Assaad W. Razzouk

21st December 2014

The Warsaw 'COP-19' climate negotiations were a widely acknowledged failure. But Assaad Razzouk sees a small silver lining among the dark clouds. There is a real prospect of effective action on climate in the run up to COP20 in Paris, 2015. more...
An electric Nissan Leaf provided by e-car club. Photo: e-car club.

Travelling light - car clubs and lift shares

Ruth Stokes

16th December 2013

In the third of her series on Activism for Busy People, Ruth Stokes looks at how we can use 'car clubs' and 'lift-share' networks to reduce the burdens and impacts of car ownership - but still have access to a car when we need one. more...

Is carbon-capture ready for primetime?

Ben Whitford

11th October 2013

Ben Whitford asks whether concerns over potential earth tremors, escaping gas and logistical nightmares will be enough to halt industry enthusiasm for carbon-capture and storage technology....... more...

Petroldead?: How Britain's fuel addiction may be coming to an end

October 10th, 2013

Paul Creeney

When looking at the numbers of cars cruising Britain's roads, the amount of carbon being constantly released is staggering. Paul Creeney looks at how public transport is evolving to become a viable alternative.... more...

The IPCC has spoken. Now what?

Oliver Tickell

2nd October 2013

If we are to move beyond the political impasse generated by the IPCC report and prevent catastrophic climate change we must look to market mechanisms, specifically price competitive renewables, writes Oliver Tickell...... more...
Boat on dried out lakebed

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

John Vidal

31st August, 2012

Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed a population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, warns Stockholm International Water Institute more...
Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Creating the future: How 'Zero Carbon Britain' is inspiring positivity in today's artists

Paul Allen

16th August, 2012

The Centre for Alternative Technology's Emergence Summit must develop positive versions of the future, as if we can't imagine it - there won't be one, says Paul Allen more...
Electric car charging at charging point

Oxford charges up new electronic car sharing scheme

Paul Creeney

12th July, 2012

Environmentalists living in and around a 50-mile radius of Oxford can now opt into the country’s first-ever electric car-sharing scheme. The Ecologist’s Paul Creeney reports
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