Spotlight

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Gland, Switzerland, 29 July 2014 (IUCN/IRF) – With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across the globe on 31 July.
In July, ministers and special envoys gathered at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate to discuss the future of the international climate regime. Named by Responding to Climate Change as the who's who of people tasked to stop climate change, the group represents nations you might not expect. 
LONDON, 8 August, 2014 − The aviation industry insists that it is making only a tiny contribution to global warming, with just 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions coming from its aircraft.
LONDON, 4 August, 2014 − Scientists say there is uncertainty over a previously unquestioned assumption about the way in which temperatures are rising in the Arctic.
Spotting a worthwhile project is easy — but how do you fund it? Luckily for conservation and biodiversity, in the early 1990s a mechanism called 'Conservation Trust Funds', or 'Environmental Funds (EF)' emerged. And they work — as I've found from my experience in Colombia.

Climate Zone

LONDON, 11 August, 2014 − Achieving progress in cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions and preventing serious global warming is never easy. But just how difficult a task that is became clear at a series of recent meetings across the US held to discuss the Obama administration’s latest plans for tackling climate change.
LONDON, 28 July, 2014 − Researchers in the UK have established a link between changing climate and agriculture that could have significant consequences for food supplies in South Asia.
LONDON, 17 July, 2014 − American scientists have just confirmed that parts of Australia are being slowly parched because of greenhouse gas emissions – which means that the long-term decline in rainfall over south and south-west Australia is a consequence of fossil fuel burning and depletion of the ozone layer by human activity.
NOAA scientists have developed a new high-resolution climate model that shows southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by increases in manmade greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion, according to research recently published in Nature Geoscience.
LONDON, 13 July 2014 − Inaction over climate change costs lives. And in the case of European inaction, it is estimated that this could one day cost 200,000 lives a year.
LONDON, 11 July 2014 − Scientists often hesitate to give a cut-and-dried, yes-or-no answer when asked how serious climate change is going to be, and whether the world can still escape significant damage.

Energy

LONDON, 26 July, 2014 − The headline figures for 2014 from the nuclear industry describe a worldwide boom in progress, with 73 reactors presently being built and another 481 new ones either planned or approved.
The European Environmental Bureau condemned today’s proposal from the European Commission for an inadequate 30% efficiency target for 2030 that would only become binding if all Member States unanimously agree to that in their October meeting.
LONDON, 18 July 2014 − For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue.
LONDON, 15 July − Long-term employment is hard to find these days, but one career that can be guaranteed to last a lifetime is dealing with nuclear waste. 
China installed a world record amount of solar photovoltaics (PV) capacity in 2013. While this was the first time the country was the number one installer, China has led all countries in making PV for the better part of a decade. China now accounts for 64 percent of global solar panel production—churning out 25,600 megawatts of the nearly 40,000 megawatts of PV made worldwide in 2013—according to data from GTM Research.
LONDON, 21 June, 2014 − Air travel is a rapidly-growing source of carbon dioxide and is helping to heat the Earth. It accounted for 6% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.

Nature

SAN FRANCISCO— Condor advocates, conservationists and American Indians in July notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they intend to sue over the agency’s approval of a “habitat conservation plan” that will destroy 14,000 acres of designated critical habitat for the California condor, one of the world’s most endangered birds. 
Seventy percent of world water use is for irrigation. 
LONDON, 5 August, 2014 − Climate change is here, it’s happening now, and for the last few decades it has been demonstrably bad news for many of Europe’s forests.
Gland, Switzerland, 29 July 2014 (IUCN/ZSL) – The enigmatic pangolin, or scaly anteater, is literally being eaten out of existence according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which shows that all eight species are now threatened with extinction.
LONDON, 16 July, 2014 − Good news from Antarctica: the continent may be warming, the ice shelf may be at risk, and the food chain may ultimately become precarious, but the Adélie penguin population – at least for the moment − is higher than ever before.
LONDON, 3 July, 2014 − Global warming will this century take its toll of Antarctica’s most regal predator, the emperor penguin. There are now 45 colonies of this wonderful bird, but by 2100 the populations of two-thirds of these colonies will have fallen by half or more.