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Record decline of ice sheets: scientists map elevation changes of Greenlandic and Antarctic glaciers

News release: “Bremerhaven, 20th August 2014. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), have for the first time extensively mapped Greenland’s and Antarctica’s ice sheets with the help of the ESA satellite CryoSat-2 and have thus been able to prove that the ice crusts of both regions momentarily decline at an unprecedented rate. In total the ice sheets are losing around 500 cubic kilometres of ice per year. This ice mass corresponds to a layer that is about 600 metres thick and would stretch out over the entire metropolitan area of Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. The maps and results of this study are published today in The Cryosphere, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).”

China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops

He Guangwei is a staff writer and investigative reporter with The Times Weekly, a national Chinese newspaper based in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Via Yale environment 360: “There are now signs that gravity of the soil pollution problem is belatedly forcing the Chinese government to begin to deal with a problem that has accumulated over many decades, and to reconsiderContinue Reading

The Next Generation of Trade and Environment Conflicts: The Rise of Green Industrial Policy

Wu, Mark and Salzman, James, The Next Generation of Trade and Environment Conflicts: The Rise of Green Industrial Policy (August 15, 2014). Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 108, No. 2, 2014. Available for download at SSRN:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=2481209 “A major shift is transforming the trade and environment field, triggered by governments’ rising use of industrial policiesContinue Reading

Flood Vulnerability Assessment

“Flood hazard information from FEMA has been combined with EIA’s energy infrastructure layers as a tool to help state, county, city, and private sector planners assess which key energy infrastructure assets are vulnerable to rising sea levels, storm surges, and flash flooding. Note that flood hazard layers must be zoomed-in to street level before theyContinue Reading

More Than 30,000 Elephants Are Killed Every Year – HufPo

“More than 30,000 elephants are killed per year for their ivory. The number would probably be higher, if it weren’t for the diligent work of conservation organizations in Africa that are dedicated to protecting and preserving the endangered and threatened species. Just last week, a newborn elephant who had followed a herd of cows became separated from his family andContinue Reading

Africa’s Vultures Threatened By An Assault on All Fronts

Madeline Bodin – Yale environment360: “Vultures are being killed on an unprecedented scale across Africa, with the latest slaughter perpetrated by elephant poachers who poison the scavenging birds so they won’t give away the location of their activities. In July 2013, roughly 600 vultures died after scavenging a dead elephant that had been poisoned near Namibia’s BwabwataContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Electricity Markets, Environmental Regulation, Health Prevention, New Markets Tax Credit

ELECTRICITY MARKETS: Actions Needed to Expand GSA and DOD Participation in Demand-Response Activities, GAO-14-594: Published: Jul 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2014. ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION: EPA Should Improve Adherence to Guidance for Selected Elements of Regulatory Impact Analyses, GAO-14-519: Published: Jul 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2014. HEALTH PREVENTION: Cost-effective Services in Recent Peer-Reviewed Health Care Literature, GAO-14-789R: Published: Aug 11, 2014. PubliclyContinue Reading

Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime – Guardian

Tracy McVeigh: “Poaching, poisoning and the theft of animals may sound like activities from Britain’s past, but modern gangs are muscling in on the act. A new report claims the scale of the problem is being hidden and that gangs are making large sums of money from illegal activities such as hare-coursing, raking in up to £10,000Continue Reading

A Victory for Whales: Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC Explains Aspects of the ICJ Decision

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, A Victory for Whales: Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC Explains Aspects of the ICJ Decision (May 1, 2014). New Zealand Law Journal, p. 124, May 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2477544 “In this article, Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC discusses the International Court of Justice finding against Japan in Whaling in the AntarticContinue Reading

Saving the Arctic

The Urgent Need to Cut Black Carbon Emissions and Slow Climate Change - Rebecca Lefton and Cathleen Kelly, August 2014. “The Arctic is warming at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world, in part because of the harsh effects of black carbon pollution on the region, which is made up mostly of snowContinue Reading

Bee-Killing Pesticides Found in Midwest Rivers – Wired

Brandon Keim: “Pesticides linked to declining bee and bird populations have been found in streams across the upper Midwest, raising yet more concerns about these chemicals’ environmental effects. Researchers from the United States Geological Survey tested waters at nine sites in Iowa and Nebraska. They found neonicotinoids in each, frequently at levels that may harm insectsContinue Reading

The importance of bees – BBC

The importance of bees - Presented by Chris Packham - Naturalist and presenter / in Association with the British Beekeepers Association: “Ever wondered where all the food that you eat comes from? Well it might surprise you that a significant proportion is provided by bees one way or another. If you look at the plate of food on yourContinue Reading