The crust under Iceland is rebounding as climate change melts the island's great ice caps, researchers report in the GPS stations measure Iceland crust movement journal Geophysical Research Letters. The current rapid rising, or uplift, of the Icelandic crust is a result of accelerated melting of the island's glaciers and coincides with a regional warming trend that began roughly 30 years ago, the scientists said. Some areas in south-central Iceland are moving upward as much as 1.4 inches per year — a surprisingly high speed, the researchers say. Whether the rebound is related to past deglaciation or modern glacial thinning and global warming had been an open question until now, said co-author Richard Bennett, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona. "What we're observing is a climatically induced change in the earth's surface," Bennett said.
The surge in U.S. production of shale gas is leading to the rapid expansion of chemical and manufacturing plants that use the gas as feedstock. But environmentalists worry these new facilities will bring further harm to industrialized regions already bearing a heavy pollution burden. BY RACHEL CERNANSKY
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An African golden cat, one of the least known and most elusive wild cats on the planet, has been filmed hunting in African golden cat Kibale National Park, Uganda, for the first time, scientists say. In the video, which was recorded by a camera trap, an African golden cat darts toward a group of red colobus monkeys feeding on a tree stump. The cat's attack is nearly too fast to be seen in real-time, but viewing the footage in slow-motion highlights the cat's swiftness and accuracy — even though its ambush failed to land a meal. The African golden cat is found only in the forests of central and West Africa, and it is threatened across its range by intensive bushmeat hunting and habitat loss. Researchers say the video provides important details about the African golden cats' hunting behavior that have never before been directly observed.
This follows a historic decision by Natural England to issue a licence to "re-introduce" the under-threat animals. The move is a huge success for local people who want the beavers to stay on the River Otter and organisations such as the Devon Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth – who had started legal proceedings over Government plans to remove them. Friends of the Earth campaigner Alasdair Cameron, says: “This is great news for Devon’s beavers. It's a major victory for common sense and everyone who has campaigned on their behalf. Beavers add to Britain’s
Today Lancashire council deferred a decision about fracking in the county – after a late manoeuvre by Cuadrilla. Now it’s even more important to stand with Lancashire. Please sign and share our petition to keep the UK frack free There had been strong signs that the decision was going against Cuadrilla. Last week the council’s own planning officer said the applications should be refused. Cuadrilla then asked for a late deferral – despite having had months to prepare its case. Today the council said it couldn’t yet rule on Cuadrilla’s two applications for shale gas sites in
After months of saying that they were going to remove them and put them into captivity, the government has caved in. Natural England has granted a licence that will likely let the beavers living on the River Otter in Devon stay in the wild. Instead of being placed behind bars they will be tested for disease, and assuming they are clear, should be re-released as part of a five-year 'trial'. This might all sound like a minor thing, but it isn’t. For the first time in hundreds of years beavers will be in the wild in England, and staying there. If all goes well our tally of biodiversity
The UK Government have published a "global pathway calculator" – which allows users to choose different pathways for global society that might tackle climate change. The good news – it’s possible to have a good chance of staying under 1.5 degrees of global warming. It involves huge global efforts on energy efficiency, and switching from fossil fuels to renewables, and eating less meat, and protecting forests. But it can be done. It would lead to a greener, healthier, cheaper, safer, more equal world. So, let no-one wring their hands and say tackling climate change isn't
Proposed project on bucolic green pits solar power proponents against open space advocates
Declining pollinator populations could leave as many as half of the people in developing countries facing nutritional deficiencies, according to researchers from the University of Vermont and the Harvard School of Public Health. In the study — the first to link pollinator declines directly to human nutrition — researchers collected detailed data about people's daily diets in parts of Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Bangladesh. They found that in Mozambique, for example, many children and mothers are barely able to meet their needs for micronutrients, especially vitamin A, which is important for preventing blindness and infectious diseases. Fruits and vegetables were an important source of that nutrient for many people in the study, and those crops are highly dependent on pollinators, researchers say — for example, yields of mangoes, which are high in vitamin A, would likely be cut by 65 percent without them. Pollinator losses might also lead to folate deficiency, they say, which is associated with neural tube defects.
The Government has decided to block fracking in our national parks and near aquifers. If it’s not safe to frack near wildlife and water, it’s not safe in our communities. Help Pat by signing our petition "The Government is also telling us it intends to be more community-led," says Pat. "Well if that’s the case, here is a perfect example of a community that is rising up and saying we don’t want this." Pat moved to Foxwood Chase, Westby-with-Plumptons, 2 years ago due to ill health and with a view to taking a year off from her job as a management
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The decision was made to protect wildlife and drinking water – an admission that fracking poses serious risks. Despite this, Government rejected calls from cross party MPs for a moratorium. If fracking is not safe near wildlife, its not safe in our communities. Keep up the pressure. It's working. Please sign and share our petition to keep Lancashire and the UK frack free. The good news is the rules agreed today will prevent fracking in large parts of the country. One of those protected places is
When petroleum breaks down in underground aquifers, toxic arsenic — up to 23 times the current drinking water Water sampling at the Minnesota oil-spill test site. standard — can be released into groundwater, according to a study by U.S. Geological Survey and Virginia Tech researchers, who analyzed samples collected over 32 years from a petroleum-spill research site in Minnesota. Arsenic, a toxin and carcinogen linked to numerous forms of cancer, is naturally present in most soils and sediments, but is not typically a health concern because its chemical properties keep it bound within soil and minerals. However, certain chemical reactions associated with petroleum contamination and microbial activity in low-oxygen environments, such as in aquifers, change the chemical state of the arsenic so that it can enter the groundwater, researchers say.
If approved by Congress, it would mean exploration for onshore oil is now off limits in the region
Bianca Jagger , Vivienne Westwood and MPs Joan Walley, Caroline Lucas and Julian Huppert all called for an immediate suspension to fracking at the rally called by Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace UK, 38 Degrees and a host of other campaign groups. They were joined by activists from across the country who are campaigning to stop fracking in their communities. In just two days Lancashire Council will vote on whether fracking should go ahead. The outcome will determine whether Britain stays frack free. Action: Please sign and share our petition to keep Lancashire and the rest of
Related, over the last 6 months the world oil price has crashed, catching almost all economists and analysts by surprise. As well as profound economic effects, this crash affects “unburnable carbon” in two broad and opposite ways. It is leading to cancellations of potential fossil fuel projects, as they become less or non-profitable. Great for stopping colossally dirty projects like Arctic oil and Canadian tar sands. And in the opposite direction, it makes oil cheaper, meaning people use it more. Bad for climate, though good for people’s pockets. How should Governments react to this? A
Deal doesn’t alter the cozy relationship between the energy industry and the state, says group’s founder
Sign our "no fracking" petition The Government is doing the very best it can to help the frackers despite the wishes of communities, as you can see from today's leaked George Osborne letter. That includes trying to give fracking companies the right to drill under people’s homes without permission. (Least. Popular. Idea. Ever.) But thankfully everywhere fracking is proposed – from Balcombe to Lancashire - local people say no. Britain has been frack free for over 3 years. And some MPs are listening. Following a parliamentary inquiry a large group of MPs including Labour’s Joan
After years of fitful starts, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati this month banned all commercial fishing inside its huge marine reserve. New satellite transponder technology is now helping ensure that the ban succeeds in keeping out the big fishing fleets. BY CHRISTOPHER PALA