Nature & Environment

Fish talk to each other, researcher finds

The undersea world isn't as quiet as we thought, according to a New Zealand researcher who found fish can "talk" to each other.

Levy cuts use of plastic bags in Hong Kong by 90 per cent

Hong Kong shoppers have cut their use of plastic bags by 90 per cent since a levy was introduced on them last year in shops and supermarkets, the city's government said Monday.

Sir Paul McCartney: I like Obama... and he’s right to have a go at us for polluting his country

THE shocking images of oil-covered wildlife and ruined beaches across the Gulf of Mexico have horrified millions. But passionate green campaigner Sir Paul McCartney believes the environmental disaster may have a silver lining, with the search for ...

Environmental Cost of Shark Finning Is Getting Attention in Hong Kong

When Christine and Constant Tang, both avid scuba divers, got married in 2003, they did something unusual: They did not serve shark’s fin soup at their wedding reception in Hong Kong. “The waiter who took our banquet order gave us a pretty strange...

Arizona Spends $1.25M to Save 250 Squirrels

JOHN WETENHALL ABC News 18.06.2010
Arizona Spends $1.25M to Save 250 Squirrels

Arizona is spending $1.25 million to build bridges for endangered squirrels over a mountain road so they don't become roadkill and then monitor their health.

Winter strikes with vengeance in South Africa; First snow falls in 20 years

Winter has struck with a vengeance in the Western Cape with some towns recording their first snow falls in almost 20 years.

'Follow the Islamic way to save the world,' Prince Charles urges environmentalists

Prince Charles yesterday urged the world to follow Islamic 'spiritual principles' in order to protect the environment. In an hour-long speech, the heir to the throne argued that man's destruction of the world was contrary to the scriptures of all ...


Eviathar H. Ben-Zedeff 09.06.2010

From the desk of my friend Efrat * A sign seen in Florida *

Dispersal of Oil Means Cleanup to Take Years, US Official Says

Dispersal of Oil Means Cleanup to Take Years, US Official Says

Although the Coast Guard had trained for the possibility of cleaning up a disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it had never anticipated that oil would spread across such a broad area and break up into hundreds of thousands of patches as the...

Nuclear Option on Gulf Oil Spill? No Way, U.S. Says

WILLIAM J. BROAD The New York Times 04.06.2010
Nuclear Option on Gulf Oil Spill? No Way, U.S. Says

The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking the well? Decades ago, the Soviet Union reportedly used nuclear blasts to successfully seal off ...

Agatha deaths rise to 179 in Central America

JUAN CARLOS LLORCA My Way News 03.06.2010
Agatha deaths rise to 179 in Central America

Villagers used hoes and pick axes to hunt for victims of landslides that have killed at least 179 people in Central America while officials in Guatemala's capital tried to cope with a vast sinkhole that swallowed a clothing factory.

I can plug oil leak, says NY genius!

KIERAN CROWLEY and JEREMY OLSHAN New York Post 03.06.2010
Alia Sabur teaching a class at SUNO in New Orleans.

BP's engineers can't stop the gushing oil spill, but a young genius from Long Island says she found the solution in less time than it takes most people to finish a crossword puzzle.

Tropical Storm Agatha blows a hole in Guatemala City

Peter Walker The Guardian 01.06.2010
Tropical Storm Agatha blows a hole in Guatemala City

Tropical Storm Agatha swept across Central America yesterday, bringing torrential rain that killed more than 100 people and opened a 60m-deep sinkhole in Guatemala City which reportedly swallowed up a three-storey building.

UN says case for saving species 'more powerful than climate change'

The economic case for global action to stop the destruction of the natural world is even more powerful than the argument for tackling climate change, a major report for the United Nations will declare this summer.

Gulf oil spill: Kevin Costner donates 'Ocean Therapy' invention to clean oil from sea; BP OK's tests

Could there be a happy Hollywood ending to the Gulf oil spill? Enter "Waterworld" star Kevin Costner, who has spent years and millions of dollars perfecting a device that cleans oil from seawater.

Scientists stunned as grey whale sighted off Israel

The appearance of a grey whale off the coast of Israel has stunned scientists, in what was thought to be the first time the giant mammal has been seen outside the Pacific in several hundred years.

Natural Gas Slows Oil Leak in Gulf of Mexico

JEFFREY KOFMAN ABC News 12.05.2010
Natural Gas Slows Oil Leak in Gulf of Mexico

In the last few days, the spill from the broken well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico has begun to change. Sources tell ABC News the amount of natural gas coming out of the well is increasing, which could mean less oil spewing into the ocean. B...

Third of plants and animals 'at risk of extinction'

Matthew Moore Telegraph 11.05.2010
Third of plants and animals 'at risk of extinction'

One third of plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, a UN report is expected to conclude this week. The world's biodiversity is threatened by the economic growth of countries like China, India and Brazil, the study will say.

U.S. Gulf oil spill spreads west toward Texas

BP Plc engineers desperately explored options on Sunday to control oil gushing from a ruptured well deep under the Gulf of Mexico after a setback with a huge undersea containment dome fueled fears of a prolonged and growing environmental disaster.

Iceland volcano to emit large new cloud: meteorologists

An Icelandic volcano which caused havoc to European aviation after erupting last month is to emit a large new ash cloud after surging back to life, meteorologists said Thursday.

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