Environment

Environment
Monday, August 10th 2015 - 07:20 UTC

Pope Francis criticizes destruction of forests to plant soy bean

“It hurts me in my soul when I see deforestation to plant soy,” said the pope in an interview with two priests at a parish radio

Pope Francis criticized the destruction of forests in order to plant soy in an interview with an Argentine radio station on Saturday, reinforcing his message that the environment should take precedence over financial gain.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 06:05 UTC

Scotland to ban growing genetically modified crops

Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country's £14bn food and drink sector.

Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary has announced. Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country's £14bn food and drink sector.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 05:50 UTC

World Lion Day, Monday 10 August to celebrate the King of Beasts

Those who love these magnificent beasts will come together to celebrate World Lion Day, to bring awareness of the need to protect the legendary animals.

World Lion Day is to be remembered on Monday, August 10, and to celebrate this first campaign to protect the imposing animal many websites are dedicating amazing photos of the King of Beasts, as it is sometimes called.

Friday, August 7th 2015 - 05:18 UTC

Scottish lab identifies “super-algae” to make bio-fuels for vehicles and aircraft

Dr. Stephen Slocombe said that in order to produce bio-fuels from micro-algae “we need to know which strains will produce the most oil.”

Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) have unlocked a treasure chest of ‘super-algae’ that could provide a previously untapped source of oil. Using a newly devised technique, scientists examined micro-algae strains in the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP), an internationally important algal store based at SAMS in Oban, to find out which ocean-based strains had the highest oil content.

Thursday, August 6th 2015 - 05:31 UTC

Researchers identify characteristics of fish most vulnerable to trawlers

Dr. Killen said that “Selective harvest of animals by humans probably represents one of the strongest drivers of evolutionary change for wild animals.”

Using laboratory-based experiments, researchers have identified the common characteristics of fish most vulnerable to being caught by trawlers. They found fish that were less able to produce fast burst-type swimming to evade capture were more likely to end up in trawlers' nets.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Galapagos penguin numbers recovering with shifts in trade winds and ocean currents

The Galapagos Islands, a chain of islands 1,000 kilometers west of mainland Ecuador, are home to the only penguins in the Northern Hemisphere.

Shifts in trade winds and ocean currents powered a resurgence of endangered Galapagos Penguins over the past 30 years, according to a new study led by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). These changes enlarged a cold pool of water the penguins rely on for food and breeding-an expansion that could continue as the climate changes over the coming decades, according to the study.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015 - 06:52 UTC

Lost humpback whale which ended in Buenos Aires lured back to sea

The mammal, apparently a humpback, measuring some seven meters appeared near a posh Buenos Aires Yacht Club on Monday morning

A lost whale which made a surprise visit to a marina in the Buenos Aires port area, periodically surfacing among the yachts while hundreds of onlookers tried to capture the moment with smartphones, finally on Tuesday was lured back to the open sea in a combined operation.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 - 13:16 UTC

Humpback whale surfaces in Buenos Aires alongside luxury yachts

News of the whale quickly spread on social media and was broadcast live by local stations; hundreds lined up along the port area to catch a glimpse.

A whale appeared in the marina of one of Buenos Aires' most exclusive up market neighborhoods on Monday, periodically surfacing alongside luxury yachts while hundreds of onlookers tried to capture the moment with smart phones.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 - 09:48 UTC

Obama unveils his climate change initiative: “no greater challenge to the future of the planet”

“I'm convinced no challenge provides a greater threat to the future of the planet,” Mr Obama said. “There is such a thing as being too late.”

US President Barack Obama has unveiled what he called “the biggest, most important step we have ever taken” in tackling climate change. The aim of the revised Clean Power Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations by nearly a third within 15 years.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 15:55 UTC

Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom

Smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronics demand more lithium. But the largest driver for lithium use will be in electric vehicles

The age of electrification across the transportation sector, the solar panel revolution, and Tesla's battery giga-factory are igniting a battle for the cheapest battery. That will transform lithium into a boom-time mineral and the hottest commodity on the energy investor's radar. It has been easy to take lithium for granted.

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