Nature & Environment

50,000 switch off air-conditioners in Hong Kong campaign

More than 50,000 Hong Kong households switched off their air-conditioners for 12 hours in a drive to cut the high-rise city's carbon footprint, campaign organizers said Thursday.

Thousands of Trees Killed by New York Tornadoes

N. R. KLEINFIELD and ELISSA GOOTMAN The New York Times 19.09.2010
Thousands of Trees Killed by New York Tornadoes

As National Weather Service officials declared Friday that two tornadoes had indeed swept into New York City on Thursday, some tree-lined streets in Brooklyn and Queens looked - at least from the air - like Lego masterpieces that angry children ha...


Garbage truck cameras give new meaning to trash TV

Laura Baziuk, Postmedia News National Post 16.09.2010
Garbage truck cameras give new meaning to trash TV

Officials in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley plan to use camera-equipped garbage trucks to film what gets dumped in order to make sure people are recycling properly.

Record Hong Kong air pollution sparks protest

James Pomfret, Tan Ee Lyn Reuters 08.09.2010
Record Hong Kong air pollution sparks protest

Roadside air pollution in Hong Kong hit record highs in the first six months of the year, hurting public health and economic competitiveness compared with Asian rivals, activists and lawmakers said Tuesday.


Ship firm floats plan to cut Hong Kong smog

Many Hong Kong residents blame factories in Southern China for the heavy pollution that hangs over the city, but local polluters are also to blame, including the ships that regularly pass through waters close to the congested city.

Belgium plans to neuter most cats as feline population explodes

The Belgian government has come up with a radical way to deal with the burgeoning cat population – to sterilise all but a select few of the animals within five years.


Earth's surface 'lurches 11ft to the right' as New Zealand earthquake rips new fault line

The earthquake that devastated a city in New Zealand tore open a new 11ft faultine in the Earth’s surface.

Fresh Air for Sale, in Hong Kong

BETTINA WASSENER The New York Times 01.09.2010
Fresh Air for Sale, in Hong Kong

‘‘Do your feeble breathing skills let you down? Does standing up tire you out?’’ The answer: Buy a breath or two of ‘‘Fresh Air’’ — the ‘‘revolutionary new product’’ that lets you experience breathing ‘‘like the rest of the world does.’’


Urine-powered fuel cells to offer pee power to people

This could literally be called pee power to the people-researchers have figured out a way to make the world's first urine-powered fuel cells.

High-tech carts will tell on Cleveland residents who don't recycle ... and they face $100 fine

It would be a stretch to say that Big Brother will hang out in Clevelanders' trash cans, but the city plans to sort through curbside trash to make sure residents are recycling -- and fine them $100 if they don't.


One must take shorter showers, says Charles: Prince urges British families to 'snub the bathtub'

Prince Charles has told British families to take shorter showers to help protect the environment. The instruction came at the end of a list of 20 lifestyle changes recommended by the Prince of Wales for his new green campaign, Start.

Radioactive boars on the rise in Germany

VERENA SCHMITT-ROSCHMANN Yahoo! News 20.08.2010
Radioactive boars on the rise in Germany

It was a big shot. A big hog. And a big disappointment. When Georg van Bebber hauled back his wild boar from Ebersberg forest near Munich after a day of hunting, he was exhilarated about his impressive prey. But before he could take it home, a Gei...


The mystery of mutilated seals

TOM ROWLEY The Sun 19.08.2010
The mystery of mutilated seals

DESPERATE boffins are trying to discover why dozens of mutilated seals are washing up on British beaches with their skin horrifically ripped off.

Heat probably killed thousands in Moscow: scientist

Dmitry Solovyov Reuters 18.08.2010
Heat probably killed thousands in Moscow: scientist

Several thousand Muscovites are thought to have died in July alone from this year's unprecedented heatwave and August could add more fatalities, a Russian scientist said on Tuesday.


U.S. sends help as fires close in on Russian nuclear base

The United States is sending firefighting equipment to Russia to help deal with 500 wildfires burning across the country, one of which threatens a nuclear base.

China zoos in 'barbaric' animal abuse: report

Chinese zoos and safari parks treat their animals "barbarically," including abusing them to perform tricks and depriving them of proper food and shelter, an animal welfare group said.


UN says Pakistan floods worse than 2004 tsunami

The United Nations said Monday that massive floods in Pakistan had affected 13.8 million people and eclipsed the scale of the devastating 2004 tsunami, as anger mounted among survivors.

Massive ice chunk breaks off Greenland glacier

A chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan has calved from Greenland's Petermann Glacier, scientists announced today.


Cold kills more than 6 million fish, thousands of alligators, dolphins in Bolivia

Over 6 million fish and thousands of alligators, turtles, dolphins and other river wildlife are floating dead in numerous Bolivian rivers in the three eastern/southern departments of Santa Cruz, Beni and Tarija. The extreme cold front that hit Bol...

Deaths From Pakistan Floods May Reach 3,000, Rescue Service Official Says

Anwar Shakir and Farhan Sharif Bloomberg.com 02.08.2010
Deaths From Pakistan Floods May Reach 3,000, Rescue Service Official Says

As many as 3,000 people may have died in flash floods that devastated northwestern Pakistan and affected almost a million people as the U.S. pledged aid and the United Nations started distributing food.



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