Articles tagged ‘Nature/science’.

Is industrial hemp the ultimate energy crop?
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By Thomas Prade, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Bioenergy is currently the fastest growing source of renewable energy. Cultivating energy...
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Infinito Gold to sue Costa Rica for protecting its forests
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Infinito Gold, a Canadian mining company, just slapped Costa Rica with a $1 billion lawsuit because the nation decided to protect its rainforests rat...
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Elephant Crisis
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In 2011, more African elephants were killed than any other year in history. The figures for 2012 and 2013 are not yet known, but are likely to be even...
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Tell Lend Lease to get out of the Reef!
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Lend Lease, the global building and construction company that regularly touts its sustainability credentials, wants to build a massive coal port on th...
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‘It was like a science-fiction movie’: Chernobyl – site of the world’s worst nuclear accident revisited
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A massive £1.2bn civil engineering operation is hoping to make Ukrainian site safe, but it is running a decade behind schedule and there are doubts w...
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Renewable energy is scary
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On 3 October, a very sunny and windy day in Germany, the country hit a record peak of 59.1% renewable power generation. The power grid was able to saf...
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The ‘toxic monster’ is coming!
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Texas-sized floating island containing one million tonnes of junk from Japan tsunami drifting towards US An enormous floating island of debris from Ja...
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Obedience, consumer culture, and climate change
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Yosef Brody Yosef Brody (President-Elect, Psychologists for Social Responsibility) has been thinking a lot about obedience and disobedience in contemp...
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Sydney fires caused by people and nature
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By Ross Bradstock Even without the official tally it looks like the fires that started yesterday in Blue Mountains will be the most costly in terms of...
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“By 2020 we are going to see a frequency (of bushfires) like we’ve not seen before.” – United Firefighters Union of Australia
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Share this image on Facebook by clicking here or on the image. The Greens Member of Parliament, Adam Bandt, has made headlines by suggesting that c...
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Perfectly preserved 1.8 million-year-old skull ‘could re-write history of human evolution’
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Palaeontologists believe finds could re-write early history of human evolution Scientists have revealed one of the most dramatic discoveries in human ...
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Climate breakdown
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How governments bemoan the problem but keep stoking the fires. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th September 2013 Already, a thousand bl...
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Good news for the forest
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Forrest is a small, former logging town in the Otways, and is reinventing itself as an environmental success story. The Otways are an expanse of cool ...
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Climate at five minutes to midnight: IPCC head
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By AFP September 03, 2013 “Information Clearing House – AFP – Humanity has pushed the world’s climate system to the brink, lea...
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Fighting for people over profits
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From the Sum of Us Wow. Bayer has just sued the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the...
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On the eve of destruction?
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If you were to zoom out and take a comparative look back at our planet during the 1950s from some sort of cosmic time-travelling orbiter cube, you wou...
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Bird watching tour at Golden Point
Mount Alexander Shire residents will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with  native birds when ecologist Garry Cheers leads a half-day...
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Big pesticide threatens the world’s bees
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Industry lawyers have just threatened SumOfUs with a lawsuit if they raise their voices against bee-killing pesticides at the massive gardening conv...
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Wet weather gets frogs moving
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Since the summer rains and floods, Castlemaine frog numbers have seen a big hop. Many frog species need an abundant water supply to reproduce, so t...
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Pentland Firth turbines could generate ‘almost half of Scotland’s electricity’
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Tidal turbines stretched across Pentland Firth, which separates the Orkney Islands from mainland Scotland, could generate up to 1.9 gigawatts (GW) of ...
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Wildfire warning as Britain has hottest summer in years
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Average of 21 grass fires a day have been recorded in London so far this month Grass fires that have damaged nature reserves and rural land across Bri...
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Kellogs: eating the planet for breakfast cereal
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The rainforests of Indonesia are an ecological treasure: They’re home to critically endangered species like the orangutan and the Sumatran tiger, an...
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Zero reliance
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By Christian Monahan Put your hand up if you’d like more money. My hand, like around 99% of the people who are reading this is most likely, well and...
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Divest Castlemaine from fossil fuels
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Divest fossil fuel shares and move investments, including superannuation funds, from direct involvement in coal mining and other fossil fuel extractio...
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Weather is moving south at a rate of knots
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The Age Fog shrouds the Maribyrnong River with Melbourne temperatures plunging yesterday to 2.3 degrees overnight.Photo: Jason South Southern Australi...
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Expert warns of new diseases threatening Britain’s livestock and crops because of global warming
The Independent Britain faces a wave of deadly new animal and plant diseases that threaten to wipe out crops and livestock as a direct result of globa...
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Do the maths tonight
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Global warming maths is a simple and strikingly clear concept.  The movie is on at the Theatre Royal tonight, 7.30pm. Don’t miss it. After his ...
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Behind the rhetoric what is really being done to combat desertification?
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The Independent Like most people living along the Sahel – the drylands between Africa’s tropical savannahs and the Sahara Desert – Mustafa Ba is...
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Finally the fungi have arrived!
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By Alison Pouliot The autumn rains may have been slow to arrive this year, but finally, even just a little precipitation has triggered a flush of fasc...
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Wood fires and the atmosphere
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Everyone loves a wood-burning heater but is the harm worth it? By Fay Johnston, University of Tasmania At this time of year there’s nothing better t...
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GM on our doorstep, folks
Genetically Modified Organisms – Field Trial Sites The map below shows sites of licences granted by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator ...
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