Friday, April 29, 2011

Logging, mining cost Indonesia $36 bn

Land clearance by hundreds of mine and plantation companies operating illegally on Indonesia's Borneo island has cost the country $36 billion....
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

U.S.:Several Hurricanes Predicted in 2011

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be active with the energy-rich U.S. Gulf Coast facing a significant threat of a hurricane landfall, a leading private weather forecaster predicted.
The forecast by Weather Services International follows one of the busiest seasons on record last year that saw intense levels of storm and hurricane activity but no direct hit on the U.S. coastline.
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Strong quakes hit Indonesia's Sulawesi island

A series of strong earthquakes hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi early on Monday, damaging houses and causing panic, officials said, but they had no word on casualties.Skip related content
Reports from the area said the relatively shallow quake just after 6 a.m. (12 a.m. British time) hit 55 km southeast of Kendari, the regional capital of over 300,000 people in Southeast Sulawesi.
At least three strong aftershocks followed the initial magnitude 6.2 quake over the next couple of hours, officials said.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fracking methane

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New Climate Change Report Released

 Warming temperatureswill cause increased drought and sea-level rises in Australia and New Zealand by 2030 and threaten ecologically rich sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, according to excerpts from a new scientific report released .

The South Pacific Islands, meanwhile, will be swamped by sea level rises as well as increased frequency of cyclones, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.Island economies also will suffer as warming waters damage coral reefs and hurt the fishing industries, the report said...
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Haryana to tag criminals with GPS-fitted device

In a bid to keep a tab on the activities of criminals, who go out of jails on parole, Haryana police will take the help of GPS (global positioning system) fitted ‘offender tracking device’.
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Ozone hole dominates shifting Southern Hemisphere climate

Climate policymakers and scientists need to look beyond global warming emissions of carbon dioxide and take the loss of stratospheric ozone into account, researchers said ...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mekong nations at odds over controversial Laos dam

Officials from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam met in Vientiane to discuss the planned $3.8 billion Xayaburi dam in northern Laos, an impoverished Communist nation which sees hydropower as vital to its future.
Laos's neighbours raised worries about insufficient environmental studies of the dam's likely impact, according to a statement released after the meeting, while Laos said there was no need for further consultation.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Green a Tough Sell in China

While hopes are high that China’s shoppers can help solve what ails the global economy, don’t count on them to do the same for the environment. ....
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Paris to be powered by Waste

 City of Lights is fast becoming the City of Innovative but Slightly Bizarre Energy Solutions, including new ways to harness the heat you might otherwise not want to touch.

Sewer water: French children are probably too classy to be delighted by this the way American children would be, but last week a Paris primary school started heating itself with poo. The school recovers heat from nearby sewer pipes, which are full of euphemistic “waste water.” Steel plates in the pipes draw heat from fast-moving water and pump it to the school’s heating system. The new plan should cover about 70 percent of the building’s heating needs, and keep 76 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere -- a drop in the bidet, maybe, but all that waste energy would just go to waste otherwise.

Subway sweat: Also, this year, a public housing project will start drawing heat from the masses of damp, uncomfortable commuters in the Paris metro. The average passenger generates 100 watts of energy a ride, just from generally being alive (plus, you’ve seen the French, you can’t deny they’re hot). When they’re all smashed together, they provide enough heat to power 17 apartments. The building will draw the heat from the station into heat exchangers, which will move it into the pipes. Call it BOthermal.