Norway approves copper mine in Arctic described as 'most environmentally damaging project in country's history'. Operation will see heavy metal waste dumped in fjords and put reindeer at risk.
Norway has approved a plan to begin mining for copper in the Arctic, angering environmentalists who fear it will lead to the destruction of reindeer pastures and the pollution of nearby fjords.
Nuclear disasters could leave a lasting legacy of contaminants in glaciers. Emerging research is suggesting that radioactive particles are being stored within glaciers. Nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima are known to have had an immediate impact on their surrounding environments and the people living within them.
Belligerent landscapes. Photo by Irish photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil, taken from a bird’s eye view, one can see a field in Beaumont-Hamel commune of Some Department in France. This scenery resembles a tree leaf under a microscope, or a winding river, or scars and scattered craters. The latter is close to truth: these are scars and craters on the body of our planet – traces of the notorious Somme Battle of 1916, one of the some battles of World War I that lasted for 4.5 months. The scars are the trenches dug in the land, while the craters are the blown shell holes.
Energy demand worldwide grew by 2.3% last year, its fastest pace this decade, an exceptional performance driven by a robust global economy and stronger heating and cooling needs in some regions. Natural gas emerged as the fuel of choice, posting the biggest gains and accounting for 45% of the rise in energy consumption. Gas demand growth was especially strong in the United States and China.
A major accident occurred at a Caspian oil field.
From mid-March, an emergency event, associated with a technological accident during drilling operations has developed at the Kalamkas oil field, located in the Tupkaragansky district of the Mangystau oblast of the Republic of Kazakhstan, four kilometres from the Caspian Sea.
Scholars have now admitted that the humanity cannot stop the temperature rise in the Arctic. A new document by the UN Commission showed that even if the humanity completely stops carbon emissions tomorrow, by the end of the century the temperature of the Arctic will still rise by five degrees. The amount of emitted greenhouse gases is so much that there is simply no opportunity to avoid the consequences.
The US Is Only Decades Away From Widespread Water Shortages, Scientists Warn. Much of the United States could be gripped by significant water shortages in just five decades' time, according to predictions made in a new study.
From the year 2071 on, scientists say the combined effects of climate change and population increases are projected to present "serious challenges" in close to half of the 204 watersheds covering the contiguous US.
Toledo, Ohio, Just Granted Lake Erie the Same Legal Rights as People. A controversial referendum passed this week establishes a bill of rights for the Great Lake and grants it legal standing in suing polluters.
Evidence that humans cause global warming has hit the "gold standard" level of confidence, a U.S.-led team of scientists reportedly wrote in a journal article published Monday. A study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change stated that "humanity cannot afford to ignore" the clear signals of rising temperatures over the past 40 years. The study is entitled: Celebrating the anniversary of three key events in climate change science.
CO2 emissions in developed economies fall due to decreasing fossil fuel and energy use. Efforts to cut emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and tackle climate change in developed economies are beginning to pay off according to research led by the Tyndall Centre at the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study suggests that policies supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency are helping to reduce emissions in 18 developed economies.