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Healthy Rivers, Not Dammed Ones, Needed to Combat Climate Change

By Lori Pottinger The ongoing COP17 climate meeting in Durban, South Africa is themed “saving tomorrow today.” Yet a global dam boom being promoted by dam proponents — including dozens of megadams proposed for Africa’s major rivers — could make a mockery of this vision, by endangering rivers and the ecosystems we all depend on. … Continue reading Healthy Rivers, Not Dammed Ones, Needed to Combat Climate Change

Global forest cover lower than previously estimated, says UN

By Mongabay Global forest cover, as well as forest loss, is lower than previously estimated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to a new satellite-based assessment that replaces the self-reporting system previously used by the U.N. agency. The survey found the world’s total forest cover amounted to 3.69 billion hectares, or roughly 30 … Continue reading Global forest cover lower than previously estimated, says UN

Power lines a major risk for migratory birds

By Pierre-Henry Deshayes When flamingos, storks, pelicans and other migratory birds undertake their long seasonal flights, they risk their lives winging their way through the endless power grids that cover the world. There are some 70 million kilometres (43 million miles) of power lines on the planet. In Africa and Eurasia alone, tens of millions … Continue reading Power lines a major risk for migratory birds

How fracking affects a community in Pennsylvania

As controversial drilling for shale gas continues in Lancashire, Peter Marshall travels to the United States to see first hand how life has changed for people who have spent years living with fracking. Bradford County, Pennsylvania, is one of the most fracked places on the planet. Its gas-rush, which began in earnest in 2008, has … Continue reading How fracking affects a community in Pennsylvania

Marine Biodiversity Loss Due to Global Warming Will Be Severe

The biodiversity loss caused by climate change will result from a combination of rising temperatures and predation — and may be more severe than currently predicted, according to a study by University of British Columbia zoologist Christopher Harley. The study, published in the current issue of the journal Science, examined the response of rocky shore … Continue reading Marine Biodiversity Loss Due to Global Warming Will Be Severe