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Au Groenland, des déchets bloqués en eaux profondes

Au Groenland, des déchets bloqués en eaux profondes

China to flatten 700 mountains for new metropolis in the desert | World news A long, long time ago, an old Chinese peasant named Yu Gong decided to move two inconveniently located mountains away from blocking the entrance to his home. Legend has it he struggled terribly, but ultimately succeeded. Hence the Chinese idiom "Yu Gong moves the mountains." In what is being billed as the largest "mountain-moving project" in Chinese history, oneof China's biggest construction firms will spend £2.2bn to flatten 700 mountains levelling the area Lanzhou, allowing developers to build a new metropolis on the outskirts of the north-western city. The Lanzhou New Area, 500 square miles (130,000 hectares) of land 50 miles from the city, which is the provincial capital of arid Gansu province, could increase the region's gross domestic product to £27bn by 2030, according to the state-run China Daily. The project will be China's fifth "state-level development zone" and the first in the country's rapidly developing interior, according to state media reports.

Des milliers de crevettes échouées sur une plage au Chili Des centaines de milliers de crevettes mortes se sont échouées sur une plage de Coronel au Chili mercredi 20 mars, couvrant la plage d'une marée rouge, rapporte le HuffPost UK. Cette plage se situe à 530 km au sud de la capitale Santiago, d'après Reuters (voir la vidéo ci-dessus). Plusieurs experts suspectent un "crime environnemental". "J'ai 69 ans et j'ai commencé à pêcher quand j'en avais 9, mais en tant que pêcheur, je n'ai jamais vu un désastre de cette ampleur", a déclaré Gregorio Ortega à la radio locale Bio Bio. "Nous allons collecter autant de preuves que possible pour déterminer si nous avons affaire à un crime environnemental", a lancé Ana Maria Aldana, procureur chilienne spécialisée dans les crimes environnementaux, à l'antenne de la télévision d'Etat. Découvrez les images incroyables de cette marée de crevettes dans notre diaporama: Loading Slideshow

Abbotsford going green with compost in new year The City of Abbotsford has made a resolution to go green in 2013 and it starts this week. As of Wednesday, compostable waste, including kitchen scraps and yard waste, will be picked up every week, along with blue bags of recyclables. Regular garbage will be collected every two weeks, with a limit of three 80L containers per household. There is no limit to the amount of compostable waste containers and recycling bags placed out each week for collection. The city has provided all households with a lidded kitchen pail for collection of all food waste, which includes anything animal or vegetable. Abbotsford set up the citywide composting program to eliminate food and yard waste and other organic matter from the garbage stream. The program's goals are to reduce greenhouse gases and emissions associated with landfills and reduce tipping fee costs for the city, and ultimately, the taxpayer. "It didn't take long. No glass, diapers or plastics are accepted.

Environnement: Une énorme zone morte se forme dans le Golfe du Mexique - Environnement Une zone recouvrant l'équivalent de la moitié de la surface de la Suisse et où ne subsiste aucune vie a été repérée dans le Golfe du Mexique. Elle est due aux engrais de l'agriculture américaine qui se déversent dans la mer. Une zone morte capturée par la NASA au large du delta du Mississippi. Image: NASA Articles en relation Signaler une erreur Vous avez vu une erreur? Veuillez SVP entrez une adresse e-mail valide Partager & Commenter Votre email a été envoyé. C'est un phénomène inquiétant qui frapperait actuellement le Golfe du Mexique. Elle serait la conséquence du ruissellement des eaux de pluie et des inondations particulièrement importantes ce printemps dans le Midwest américain. Selon les prévisions des universités de Louisiane et du Michigan, qui étudient le phénomène avec le «National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration» des Etats-Unis, la zone aurait une taille estimée à plus de 20'000 km2. Les points noirs correspondent aux zones mortes dans cette carte de 2008

Climate Change Is Making Canada Look More Like the United States - John Metcalfe Observant people who've driven through Canada their entire lives may have noticed a shift in their natural surroundings. That is, it's greener: A huge portion of the country, roughly equal to the area of the entire United States, is sprouting thick, luscious new coats of trees and bushland. Scientists monitoring the Northern American landmass from space have seen it happen over the past three decades, and now they've released data fingering climate change for the unusual boom in vegetation. This burgeoning green bandana wrapped around America's forehead is making the landscape surrounding Canadian cities look more like that of their American brethren. The temperature and vegetation at northern latitudes increasingly resemble those found several degrees of latitude farther south as recently as 30 years ago.... How's that? (Source: NASA. So is now the time for Canadian loggers to throw their chainsaws in the air with glee?

De gigantesques "zones mortes" découvertes dans l'Atlantique | Milieux naturels, aires protégées | Patrimoine naturel Jusqu'ici, quelques "zones mortes" avaient déjà été détectées, comme celle qui se forme chaque année dans le Golfe du Mexique. Mais ces dernières étaient situées près des côtes. Et surtout, elles n'apparaissaient pas au cœur des tourbillons océaniques, comme c'est le cas pour les zones mortes nouvellement découvertes... De fait, c'est bel et bien au coeur de tourbillons océaniques que l'océanographe Johannes Karstensen (GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research à Kiel, Allemagne) et ses collègues ont détecté l'existence de plusieurs zones mortes, au large des côtes africaines. Comment expliquer la présence de ces zones mortes ? D'après les mesures réalisées par les scientifiques, les concentrations en oxygène seraient comprises entre 0 et 0.3 millilitres par litre d'eau. Selon les auteurs de la découverte, ces zones mortes se déplacent lentement, à raison de 4 à 5 kilomètres par jour.

Science, not just technology, key to Canada’s success In the past few weeks, Conservative ministers in both the Canadian and Albertan governments have repeatedly stated that we must direct more of our country’s research funding and effort into science and technology to boost the country’s economy. It’s heartening to see government appreciation of the potential economic benefits of science, but truly unfortunate that by “science and technology” these governments appear to mean only technology. Recent events would indicate that Conservative governments remain blind to all that scientific advances in non-technology have done to protect Canada’s bottom line, as well as to improve quality of life for Canadians. A perfect case study is the federal government’s dealing with the Experimental Lakes Area, a world-leading freshwater research centre. Take a recent statement in the House of Commons by Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology. That is not the case. Or take the case of acid rain. This is why we must not lose the ELA.

Rien dans l'environnement n’explique la mort de milliers d’animaux marins en Nouvelle-Écosse Rien d'anormal n'a été décelé pour l'instant dans l'environnement pour expliquer la mort de milliers d'animaux marins ces dernières semaines dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse, selon des scientifiques. Le ministère des Pêches et des Océans du Canada (MPO) a donné une conférence de presse, vendredi, pour faire le point sur la situation. Une douzaine d'experts du ministère et de l'Agence d'inspection des aliments étaient présents. Les autorités affirment que les tests effectués afin de déceler de possibles toxines dans les poissons morts se sont révélés négatifs. D'autres analyses sur la qualité de l'eau sont toujours en cours pour déterminer s'il y a une présence de pesticides dans l'eau. Kent Smedbol, un expert du MPO, explique que les chercheurs n’ont encore aucune conclusion à proposer. Derreck Parsons, autre représentant du MPO, souligne qu’il ne semble pas y avoir plus d’animaux marins qui meurent. Manifestation de résidents inquiets

'My place is destroyed': Albertan in wake of Red Deer River oil spill Gord Johnston’s tranquil life along the Red Deer River in central Alberta was shattered Thursday night as the nauseating scent of crude oil hung in the air and a coffee-coloured liquid lapped the banks near his home. He reported the oil leak and, within two hours, a helicopter dispatched by a local oil company landed on his 57-acre property near Sundre, Alta., to fly him over the devastating scene. Mr. Johnston, who works in the oil patch, could see oil “boiling up” in the river at the site of a pipeline crossing. By Friday morning, the situation had worsened. “My place is destroyed,” Mr. Plains Midstream Canada, which operates the pipeline that was built in 1966, shut a 10-kilometre section of its Rangeland South line. But cleanup and containment won’t be easy and could take all summer, officials said. The already engorged river could flood again as another storm system is in the weekend forecast.

The Value of Trees "The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way." - William Blake Two hundred years later, Blake's words ring truer than ever. In Santa Monica, city officials are moving forward with a plan to remove 54 mature fig trees as part of a new urban design project. Artist Gillian Ware, who divides her time between the UK and Los Angeles, caught wind of the plan, and made a swift transition to activist, joining the movement to save the trees. On a purely scientific level, there are a number of reasons to want trees in cities. In an article for Soiled and Seeded, Ware lays them out: We know that in an urban environment trees remove carbon dioxide and air pollutants. Ware has a professional interest in the arboreal world, too. That's why, she says, we have plenty to learn from the trees in our cities, and why preserving and respecting them is more important than ever. For more tree love, check out Ware's Tree Aware blog. Photo: Gillian Ware

Edward Burtynsky and Chris Jordan: Visualizing the Ends of Oil Essay: Mark Feldman Edward Burtynsky, Ferrous Bushling #18; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1997; from Oil. [Photograph © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto/Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowity, New York] By now most of us understand that oil is powering the rapid transformation of our planet, enabling us to extract resources, intensify agriculture, manufacture goods, and transport people and objects at unprecedented rates and in unprecedented quantities. These questions gained new urgency for me at a conference on art and environment held last fall at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. The Altered LandscapeThe photographs of Edward Burtynsky and Chris Jordan together make a good starting point for this investigation. Yet our reactions will inevitably be more emotional than intellectual, and for this reason their work underscores as well the limits of photography as an instrument of education and catalyst for change. Let’s return now to that photograph.