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12 Mar 2013

Canada’s Arctic glaciers headed for unstoppable thaw

By Alister Doyle | 7 March 2013 (Reuters) – Canadian glaciers that are the world’s third biggest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland seem headed for an irreversible melt […]

12 Mar 2013

Norway drops Asian palm oil firms in show of green credentials

Norway’s $710 billion sovereign wealth fund has pulled out of 23 Asian palm oil companies after accusing them of causing deforestation, winning praise from environmentalists.

12 Mar 2013

EU sulfur targets costly for UK shipping sector

European Union targets to reduce sulfur emissions from the shipping sector will lead to huge costs for the British marine industry and reduce the country’s competitiveness, a report by UKengineering consultancy AMEC said on Monday.

11 Mar 2013

Deep underground, worms and “zombie microbes” rule

A dark realm far beneath the Earth’s surface is a surprisingly rich home for tiny worms and “zombie microbes” that may hold clues to the origins of life, scientists said on Monday.

11 Mar 2013

UK deer numbers spiralling out of control, scientists say

Current efforts to control Britain’s increasing deer numbers are not enough to stop populations spreading out of control, research by the University of East Anglia showed on Thursday.

11 Mar 2013

In China, public anger over secrecy on environment

When China’s environment ministry told attorney Dong Zhengwei he couldn’t have access to two-year old data about soil pollution because it was a “state secret”, it added to mounting public outrage over the worsening environment.

11 Mar 2013

Warmer climate to open new Arctic shipping routes by 2050

The quickest way to get goods from Asia to the U.S. East Coast in 2050 might well be straight across the Arctic, where a warming climate is expected to open new sea routes through what is now impenetrable ice, a study reported on Monday.

7 Mar 2013

Colombia’s glaciers could disappear in 30 years

Colombia’s glaciers are melting so fast that the country has lost more than half of its glacier mass over the past three decades due to rising temperatures linked to climate change, according to a report by the Colombian Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM).

6 Mar 2013

‘Virtuous circle’ of politics, innovation needed to beat hunger

To combat the daily reality of hunger, the world must create a “virtuous circle” where rural farmers produce a better yield as an engine not only to boost rural economic growth, but to improve economic growth worldwide, said Sir Gordon Conway during a webcasted discussion with UN food agencies in Rome.

5 Mar 2013

Despite Rise of Renewables, Fossil Fuel Still Fastest Growing Energy Source

In response to this challenge, policy-makers are looking towards low-carbon and renewable sources of energy. However, 87% of total world primary energy demand is met by oil, coal and natural gas; more than 92% with nuclear energy. Wind, solar, geothermal and other non-hydro renewable resources provide just 1.6% of total world energy.

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