INCREDIBLE PLACES. National Parks. Hiking. The Arctic (cooler than a polar bear's toenails) Climate change. Fauna. We accidentally found a whole new genus of Australian daisies. You've probably seen them on your bushwalks. US President Donald Trump at debate: Look at India. The air is filthy. Born in the ice age, humankind now faces the age of fire – and Australia is on the frontline. What has been the most shocking event of 2020?
Was it awakening on New Year’s Day to more news of terror in Australia’s southern forests, to the realisation that the future was suddenly here, that this spring and summer of relentless bushfire was a planetary event? Was it the silent transmission of Covid-19, already on the loose and soon to overwhelm the world and change the very fabric of daily life everywhere at once? Or was it the surging race riots and protests, especially across America, where police brutality triggered grief, anger and outrage about the inequality and injustice still faced by black people? Could we even distinguish them from each other, this overlapping sequence of horrors? Fire, plague and racism are always with us, percolating away, periodically erupting, sometimes converging. More than 14m tonnes of plastic believed to be at the bottom of the ocean. At least 14m tonnes of plastic pieces less than 5mm wide are likely sitting at the bottom of the world’s oceans, according to an estimate based on new research.
Analysis of ocean sediments from as deep as 3km suggests there could be more than 30 times as much plastic at the bottom of the world’s ocean than there is floating at the surface. Australia’s government science agency, CSIRO, gathered and analysed cores of the ocean floor taken at six remote sites about 300km off the country’s southern coast in the Great Australian Bight. American environmentalism's racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation. The United States is having a long-overdue national reckoning with racism.
From criminal justice to pro sports to pop culture, Americans increasingly are recognizing how racist ideas have influenced virtually every sphere of life in this country. This includes the environmental movement. Recently the Sierra Club – one of the oldest and largest U.S. conservation organizations – acknowledged racist views held by its founder, author and conservationist John Muir.
In some of his writing, Muir described Native Americans and Black people as dirty, lazy and uncivilized. It’s about time we recognised that nature documentary makers regularly deceive us – and we’re partly to blame. David Attenborough is regarded as a national treasure, and to take issue with anything the great man does seems to amount to treason, or thought crime at the very least, but I for one can’t abide the programmes he presents about the natural world.
Events. Australia Remastered restores ABC Natural History Unit films, not seen for decades, to share with a new audience - ABC News. DETER — Coordenação-Geral de Observação da Terra. O DETER é um levantamento rápido de alertas de evidências de alteração da cobertura florestal na Amazônia, feito pelo INPE.
O DETER foi desenvolvido como um sistema de alerta para dar suporte à fiscalização e controle de desmatamento e da degradação florestal realizadas pelo Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (IBAMA) e demais órgãos ligados a esta temática. De maio de 2004 a dezembro de 2017, o DETER operou com base nos dados do sensor MODIS a bordo do satélite Terra, que apresenta resolução espacial de 250 m. Com este instrumento é possível detectar apenas alterações na cobertura florestal com área maior que 25 hectares.
World of Change: Amazon Deforestation. Pedagogy. Developers v Durrell: the battle over Corfu's 'jewel of nature' Ship leaking tonnes of oil off Mauritius splits apart. A grounded Japanese-owned ship that leaked tonnes of oil near protected areas off the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has split apart, with remaining fuel spreading into the turquoise waters.
The bulk carrier struck a coral reef off Mauritius on July 25 and its hull began to crack after days of pounding waves. Some 1,000 tonnes of fuel began to leak on August 6, threatening a protected marine park boasting mangrove forests and endangered species. On Sunday, photos posted on social media by the official clean-up showed the MV Wakashio in two pieces. Oil barriers were in place and a skimmer ship was nearby.
Mauritius declared an environmental emergency last week, and salvage crews raced against the clock to pump the remaining 3,000 tonnes of oil off the ship as environmental groups warned the damage to coral reefs and once-pristine coastal areas could be irreversible. 'Landscape of fear': what a mass of rotting reindeer carcasses taught scientists. In August 2016, a park ranger stumbled upon 323 dead wild tundra reindeer in Norway’s remote Hardangervidda plateau.
They had been killed in a freak lightning event. Australia university reforms slash funding for environmental studies. News, federal-politics, environmental studies, university reforms Australia, job-ready graduates package University environmental studies courses will have almost $10,000 less funding per student under the federal government's higher education reforms, a move that educators say is another blow to the environment.
President of the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors Professor Dianne Gleeson said the drastic reduction in funding would threaten the viability of the courses that were a key supplier of graduates to many Australian industries. Would Earth be better off without us? The plan to turn half the world into a reserve for nature - BBC Future.
The Wyss Campaign for Nature is prioritising solutions for financing protection.
“We’re studying the cost of protection and also looking at what would be the cost if you didn’t protect this amount of land, in terms of lost ecosystem services, clean waters, and fisheries,” said O’Donnell. “There’s a cost of conserving land, and a cost if we don’t.” And setting aside lands for protection is by no means the end of the story. The Campaign for Nature is studying possible sources of funding so countries can pay for the cost of managing and protecting these lands.
With the climate crisis and coronavirus bearing down on us, the age of disconnection is over. Everything is connected.
It’s hard to imagine right now that, just weeks ago, the truism of ecological politics was treated as hippy nonsense by mainstream politics. Announcing the statutory review of the commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) last October, the Morrison government pitched it as an opportunity to weaken the Howard era laws even further and make it easier still for environmentally destructive projects to be approved. And, regardless of clear statements from scientists and strong advocacy by campaign groups, it looked like it would get away with it because, back then, we were still living in the age of disconnection when the environment and the economy could be seen as separate things, in competition with each other.
Things to know about palm oil and Indonesia's raging forest fires. Forest fires raging across Indonesia have sent air quality levels across Southeast Asia plummeting as they belch out emissions that aggravate global warming. The man who grew his own Amazon rainforest. News BBC News Navigation Sections Previous Next Media player. Best Environmental Commencement Speech Ever? Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King’s historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a small Boston store into Erewon Trading Company, one of the largest natural foods wholesalers in America. His book The Ecology of Commerce inspired the founder of the world’s largest modular carpet company, Interface Global, to become a pioneer in terms of how multibillion-dollar businesses can move toward genuine sustainability. I now have a new edition of my political hope anthology, The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times and Paul Hawken was a natural to include.
A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet. Yoga pants are destroying the earth. KEY LARGO, Fla. — Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that’s increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a two-year study of microscopic plastics in the waters from south Texas to the Florida Keys. The project, led by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will rely partly on volunteers participating in coastal cleanup events.
It also will expand a year’s worth of data collected around the state of Florida that predominantly found microfibers — shreds of plastic even smaller than microbeads flowing down bathroom sinks and shower drains. Yoga pants, Patagonia’s cozy jackets, sweat-wicking athletic wear and other garments made from synthetic materials shed microscopic plastic fibers — called “microfibers” — when they’re laundered. Wastewater systems flush the microfibers into natural waterways, eventually reaching the sea. Enlarge Image. The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? Port Neches plant rocked by multiple explosions has history of environmental missteps. A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet.
Giant Ngāwhā swamp kauri log dated to 40,500 years old. A massive swamp kauri log unearthed near Kaikohe is around 40,500 years old and could shed new light on a mysterious global event which may have dramatically influenced the Earth's climate. Terrorism police list Extinction Rebellion as extremist ideology. The Victorian Government's killing off one of the state's oldest industries — but was it close to death anyway?
Analysis. Victorian police defend use of pepper spray and horses at IMARC mining conference protests. Updated 32 minutes agoWed 30 Oct 2019, 9:22am Senior Victorian police have defended their tactics, including the pushing a journalist, during demonstrations outside a mining conference in Melbourne, saying officers were not "heavy handed" in the face of "more violent" protesters. Publications and Documents. 2019 Brazil wildfires. Wildfires in Brazil There were at least 75,336 wildfires in Brazil from January to August 23, 2019, which represents the highest number of wildfires since Brazil began to collect data in 2013, according to Brazil's space agency, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which uses satellites to monitor fires. Over 60 percent of the Amazon is contained within Brazil's borders, and over half the wildfires occurred in the Amazon rainforest, the world's largest rainforest which is considered to be "vital to countering global warming.
" Background We must rip up our environmental laws to address the extinction crisis. Humans are causing the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, with an estimated one million species at risk of extinction. Addressing this crisis requires transformative change, including more effective environmental law and implementation. Destruction of nature as dangerous as climate change, scientists warn.
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Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan. Environment. Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed. Google Search. How not to save the world: five wrong 'right things to do' Patterns in nature. Tallest tree in the world Mountain Ash Victoria Australia. Tall Trees - Victoria's Giant Trees. Community Powered Photo-led Exploration to Indian Wilderness. New map reveals shattering effect of roads on nature. Environment. Club of Rome′s new book reads like an eco manifesto. Green Gone Wrong. National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development - Contents. Will change the curriculum to create environmental consciousness: Javadekar - Social News XYZ.
Earth Love Fund. The Sustainability Secret. Is Eating Organic Really Better for You and the Environment? Environmental lab explores intersection of art, science. Environmental Law Australia. Weather Underground. When This Boat Crew Realized What They Were Seeing, It Was Almost Too Late To Escape. Eco-Friendly Nation of Bhutan Celebrates the Birth of Its Prince By Planting 108,000 Trees. Brazil dam disaster: judge freezes assets of miners BHP and Vale. Peru passes law allowing roads through pristine Amazon rainforest. MAAP #76: Proposed Road would cross Primary Forest along Peru-Brazil Border.
Science Officially Debunks Chemtrails, But the Conspiracy Will Likely Live On. Observer review: The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock. Three Win Innovation Challenge To Reduce Pollution In Delhi – Environmental change. Home - DELWP. Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036. Ghost Town Coffee Roasters. Nature. How a numbers man and a botanist are helping business go green. IUCN - Home.