The world’s last remaining “pristine” forest – stretching across large portions of Russia, Canada and other northern countries -- is under increasing threat, Science quoted researchers as saying.
Wind turbines are being tested at Germany’s first offshore wind project, 45 kilometres out in the North Sea. The facility is more than twice European wind farms’ usual distance from shore, Reuters said.
Australia has given final approval to a natural gas project to be built on an island reserve off its west coast, the BBC reported. The project will supply gas to China.
The World Food Programme says 3.8 million Kenyans need emergency food aid because of a prolonged drought that has even caused power blackouts in Nairobi, the Associated Press reported.
Mexico’s water commission warned of the risk of a “critical” shortage in early 2010, according to Agence France-Presse. The main problem in and around Mexico City is the exploitation of aquifers, the panel said.
Sea-level rise from human-induced warming of the oceans could shift Earth’s axis up to 1.5 meters by the end of the century, Discovery News quoted researchers as saying.
Two German cargo ships are on the first journey along Russia’s Arctic-facing northern shore without the help of icebreakers after climate change helped opened the sea passage, according to Reuters.
A new clue to the mystery of honey-bee disappearances points to a breakdown in the insects’ protein-producing ability, the Associated Press said.
The “Encyclopedia of Life” project, which aims to describe every type of animal and plant on the planet, has reached 170,000 entries and is helping research into ageing, climate change and the spread of insect pests, Reuters reported. Some 1.8 million species are known.
The top United Nations climate scientist, Rajendra K Pachauri, told Agence France-Presse he is “fully supportive” of an emissions target of 350 ppm.
An accident at a Siberian hydropower plant, in which at least 69 people were killed, has raised questions about decaying infrastructure and long-term electricity supplies to the region’s energy-intensive aluminum plants, the Associated Press said.
Broome, an Australian town with deep historical ties to Japan, has severed its sister-city relationship with the village of Taiji to protest an annual dolphin slaughter, Agence France-Presse reported.
China’s target of “completely solving” rural drinking water safety by the end of 2015 will not be met, and some villages are going backwards because of scarcity and pollution