The Kermadecs- an Incredible new Marine Sanctuary

posted: 29 Sep 2015

In a surprise announcement to the UN General Assembly New Zealand has declared that mining,  prospecting and fishing are to be banned in the Kermadecs which becomes a marine sanctuary . At 620,000 square kilometres, the area is more than twice the size of New Zealand's land area.

Prime Minister John Key made the announcement  in New York today.

The area has long been the subject of environmental campaigns and is one of the most diverse marine habitats in the world. It is home to the worlds longest chain of submerged volcanoes and is an extremely deep ocean trench ...

Shell Leaves the Arctic - YAY !

posted: 29 Sep 2015


Yay !!  Shell has abandoned its Arctic drilling campaign off

the coast of Alaska. It has spent billions in its exploration

efforts and they have failed to make a significant discovery.

The drilling in the Arctic has been opposed vehemently by many groups

because of the huge environmental risks.But  where the

 compelling  logic of the massive environmental risks seems

not to have gained any traction with Shell the dramatic drop in the

price of oil seems to have gotten through. The collapse in oil prices

since last June,from more than $115 a barrel to less than $50 now,

has ...

The Kermadecs- an Incredible new Marine Reserve

posted: 29 Sep 2015

Mining, prospecting and fishing are to be banned in the Kermadecs which becomes a marine sanctuary . At 620,000 square kilometres, the area is more than twice the size of New Zealand's land area.

Prime Minister John Key made the announcement at the UN General Assembly in New York.

the area has long been the subject of environmental campaigns and is one of the most diverse marine habitats in the world. It is home to the worlds longest chain of submerged volcanoes and is an extremely deep ocean trench . It goes down 10 kilometres . It is an important   breeding ...

Can a 19 year old avoid a car for a year?

posted: 19 Sep 2015

One of our Celsias people Tim, who did all our newsletters til about 18 months ago, has set himself a new challenge.
He's a mad keen computer gamer as well as a Celsias reader, and wonders if he can support himself by only travelling in cyberspace for a year. So he's forgone the car and decided that he will try to get enough followers on TwitchTV to sustain himself.

He's set off from his home in post earthquake Christchurch in NZ to see if this is possible, and he'd love your help. He's on TwitchTv ...

How will history look upon Abbott and his prime m

posted: 18 Sep 2015

In 1955, American conservative author William F. Buckley wrote a mission statement which would become the voice of the American right. The role of the conservative, Buckley suggested, was to:

… stand […] athwart history, yelling stop, at a time when no-one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.

It is an arresting vision. But, in the end, it is a slightly comic one that casts the conservative not as a sober statesman but as a circus performer. It may be that, in the end, Tony Abbott was unable to escape this fate ...

Up in Smoke? UK cities named and shamed as energy

posted: 14 Aug 2015


In a world concerned  with carbon footprints and everything green, it’s fair to say that we like to regard ourselves as a country with our finger on the environmental pulse. But just how green is the UK when it comes to switching off home appliances and preserving energy?

Turns out we’re not very good at all. A recent survey by Safestyle UK highlighted the greenest parts of the UK, as well as naming and shaming the cities that waste the most energy. The survey also revealed some surprising attitudes towards the environment and our motivations behind going green ...

Up in Smoke?UK cities named and shamed as energy w

posted: 12 Jul 2015


In a world concerned  with carbon footprints and everything green, it’s fair to say that we like to regard ourselves as a country with our finger on the environmental pulse. But just how green is the UK when it comes to switching off home appliances and preserving energy?

Turns out we’re not very good at all. A recent survey by Safestyle UK highlighted the greenest parts of the UK, as well as naming and shaming the cities that waste the most energy. The survey also revealed some surprising attitudes towards the environment and our motivations behind going green ...

Up in Smoke?UK cities named and shamed as biggest

posted: 12 Jul 2015


In a world concerned  with carbon footprints and everything green, it’s fair to say that we like to regard ourselves as a country with our finger on the environmental pulse. But just how green is the UK when it comes to switching off home appliances and preserving energy?

Turns out we’re not very good at all. A recent survey by Safestyle UK highlighted the greenest parts of the UK, as well as naming and shaming the cities that waste the most energy. The survey also revealed some surprising attitudes towards the environment and our motivations behind going green ...

Why a solar panel is the must have caravan /motorh

posted: 27 May 2015


Getting out and about with your caravan or motorhome is a great way to see the countryside, explore new places or return to old favourites.


There’s nothing quite like breathing new air for putting a spring back into your step, and the best bit? Despite the petrol consumption of getting to your destination, caravanning is actually one of the most environmentally friendly holiday options out there, especially if you’re not going too far from home.


However, if you are serious about saving money and the environment, you should not be without a solar panel on your next caravan ...

The 5 Countries Most Plagued by Oil Theft

posted: 09 Jul 2014

 The 5 Countries Most Plagued by Oil Theft are :


As much as 400,000 barrels of oil a day are stolen in Nigeria. This equates to losses of $1.7 billion a month for Africa's new largest economy. This represents 7.7 percent of its GDP vanishing, or more than the country spends on education and healthcare. These numbers paint a harsh picture about the inability of the Nigerian government, and the multinational oil companies in the Niger Delta, to do anything about this rampant theft.

Shell executives have railed against the futility of trying to remove illegal ...

Water Pollution from Fracking in Four US States.

posted: 09 Jan 2014

The fossil fuel industry may say that fracking does not cause pollution in our water ways, that it is an urban myth, but hundreds of complaints have been made in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas, according to the Associated Press.

The Pennsylvania complaints can include allegations of short-term diminished water flow, as well as pollution from stray gas or other substances. More than 100 cases of pollution were confirmed over the past five years.

Fracking has reduced the United States' dependency on imported fuel and has led to a boom in the industry. But many fear it causes pollution ...

The Future of The Great Barrier Reef.

posted: 08 Jan 2014

In December 2013 the Liberal National Government of Australia, headed by Tony Abbot, approved to dredge 3 million cubic metres of the Great Barrier Reef in order to expand the port facilities in Point Abbot. 

The Port, just 50 Kms north of the Tourist haven that constitutes the Whitsunday Islands will become one of the world's biggest coal ports. 

The balance has been tipped towards coal, in total disregard for the tourism industry and a unique environment, despite the sharp deflation of coal prices worldwide. The expansion of the port will encroach into the territory of the vulnerable green ...

Industrial Hemp for Biofuels.

posted: 07 Jan 2014

This article is originally from The Conversation and can be found here. It has been written by Thomas Prade.

Bioenergy is currently the fastest growing source of renewable energy. Cultivating energy crops on arable land can decrease dependency on depleting fossil resources and it can mitigate climate change.

But some biofuel crops have bad environmental effects: they use too much water, displace people and create more emissions than they save. This has led to a demand for high-yielding energy crops with low environmental impact. Industrial hemp is said to be just that.

Enthusiasts have been promoting the use of industrial ...

Unsubsidised renewables now cheaper than subsidise

posted: 06 Jan 2014

A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in Australia has discovered that renewable energy is cheaper to produce than the old conventional fossil fuel sources, and that is without the subsidies.

The study shows that electricity can be supplied from a new wind farm at a cost of AUD 80/MWh (USD 83), compared to AUD 143/MWh from a new coal plant or AUD 116/MWh from a new baseload gas plant, including the cost of emissions under the Gillard government’s carbon pricing scheme. However even without a carbon price (the most efficient way to reduce economy-wide ...

UN says small scale organic farming the way to go.

posted: 05 Jan 2014

Organic, small-scale, community gardening is the only way to go. This message does not only come from 'buy-local' campaigners, environmentalists or small-scale farmers themselves, it is also the conclusion of a United Nations report published recently.

The report with contributions from more than 60 scientists, called "Wake Up Before It's Too Late", comes from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). UNCTAD is a little-known UN inter-governmental body that aims to "maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries while helping them face the challenges of globalization", according to their website

It contradicts the message pushed ...

Honey bees, their importance and their disappearan

posted: 04 Jan 2014

The interesting youtube channel 'SciShow', looks into the sudden disappearance of bees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, and what effects this could have on world agriculture.

Hint: it's not good!

Sweden recycles so well it needs more trash

posted: 01 Jan 2014

When it comes to recycling, Sweden is incredibly successful. Just four percent of household waste in Sweden goes into landfills. The rest winds up either recycled or used as fuel in waste-to-energy power plants.

Burning the garbage in the incinerators generates 20 percent of Sweden’s district heating, a system of distributing heat by pumping heated water into pipes through residential and commercial buildings. It also provides electricity for a quarter of a million homes.

According to Swedish Waste Management, Sweden recovers the most energy from each ton of waste in the waste to energy plants, and energy recovery from ...

IPCC 5 in Haiku.

posted: 22 Dec 2013

Amazing what the bout of the flu can do. International climate scientist Gregory Johnson, who co-authored the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 5th report, which came out in September, has simplified the 2000 page preview report into 19 illustrated haiku.

I feel I understand it better now! 

Russian parliament gives amnesty to 'Arctic 30'

posted: 19 Dec 2013

The Greenpeace activists who spent two months in jail after a peaceful protest in the Arctic have expressed relief after the Russian parliament voted to grant them amnesty. But they also declared: “There is no amnesty for the Arctic.”

The Duma today voted for an amendment that extends an amnesty decree to defendants who have been charged with hooliganism. It therefore includes the Arctic 30 - the 28 activists and two freelance journalists who were arrested following a peaceful protest at a Gazprom-operated Arctic oil platform three months ago today. There will be a final vote at 4pm Moscow time, but ...

Increased energy efficiency in China could ¬タワstra

posted: 18 Dec 2013

The Chinese government is pushing manufacturers, and in particular, steelmakers, to be more energy efficient, reducing demand for Australian coal. Image: Johannes 'volty' Hemmerlein

Rapid increases in energy efficiency in Chinese manufacturing, especially in the steel production sector, will temper demand for Australian coal exports and put billions of dollars in investment at risk.

A new report, released by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford, found up to A$50 billion in mining investment – including the Alpha Coal, China First, Wandoan and Mt Pleasant projects – could be “stranded”, leading to write-downs or “conversion ...

China roars ahead with renewables

posted: 17 Dec 2013

Despite being the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China is increasing its renewable sources of energy- Image: Fernando Tomás

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has just released some remarkable data on the addition of new electric generating capacity in 2013. China’s electric power system has been growing at a tremendous rate to keep up with the country’s breakneck expansion of its manufacturing industry over the past decade.

China’s growing renewables

Between 2010 and 2011 China’s power system passed the 1 million kilowatt mark (kW), making it comparable in size to the US. In ...

Sumatra's unique ecosystem in danger of extinction

posted: 16 Dec 2013

A new scientific organization—ALERT, the Alliance of Leading Environmental Scientists and Thinkers—has urged Indonesian officials to support World Heritage listing for a critically endangered ecosystem on the island of Sumatra.

In recent years, Sumatra’s forests have been rapidly felled for industrial plantations and slash-and-burn farming. Now the last major tract of lowland forest in Sumatra—the Leuser Ecosystem—is being imperiled as well.

“This is one of the most important conservation issues in the world today,” said William Laurance, a professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia and director of ALERT.

“The Leuser region is a ...

The correlation between climate change and ice cor

posted: 15 Dec 2013

For a lazy Sunday here and everywhere, here is a quick animation from one of our readers explaining ice cores and how they teach us about climate change.

Arctic 30 to stay in Russia.

posted: 14 Dec 2013

The Russian authorities have told the Arctic 30 that they cannot leave the country, defying the ruling of an international court which ordered that they should be allowed to go home immediately.

Russia’s powerful Investigative Committee has written to one of the 30 - Anne Mie Jensen from Denmark - indicating that they are not free to leave the country. Lawyers for Greenpeace expect all of the non-Russian defendants to be treated in the same way by the authorities, meaning they would now be forced to stay in St Petersburg for Christmas and possibly well beyond.

Last week lawyers for the ...

Getting kids involved: recycling

posted: 14 Dec 2013

This great article on how to get kids involved in recycling and conservation is originally from Au Pair Jobs.

In a world where technology rules and children are engaged by smart phones, video games and web surfing, it’s difficult to see beyond their own needs. As a nanny or parent, though, you have the opportunity to use technology to promote ways to give back, preserve the environment and fight pollution by incorporating these lessons into your child’s daily routines.

With a few suggestions to reduce consumption, recycle and promote organic products, you and your children can make a ...

Poaching still an international problem

posted: 13 Dec 2013

Nature has funny ways of doing things. Rhinos, elephants and lions have no natural predators, but as the great flowchart in the link shows, this doesn't matter. Both the survival and demise of the species are consequences of human actions.

While around 18,000 new animal, insect or plant species are discovered yearly, other species are on the edge of extinction — including some that are newly discovered and others that have been around in some form for million of years.

The African continent alone has more than four large mammals whose populations are, for the most part, declining at ...

Climate projections for the US revealed.

posted: 10 Dec 2013

For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21st century for the continental U.S. are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

The maps and summaries are based on NASA downscaling of the 33 climate models used in the 5th Climate Model Intercomparison Project and the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. The resulting NASA dataset is on an 800-meter grid with ...

GLOBE 2014 keynote speaker line-up announced

posted: 09 Dec 2013

Vancouver, CANADA – The 13th edition of the GLOBE Series of events, a leading sustainable business summit, has unveiled its keynote speakers for the upcoming event being held March 26-28, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada.
Framed around the thematic concept of ‘Building Business Resilience through Sustainability Strategies & Innovation’, the GLOBE 2014 agenda explores today’s economic, social, and geo-political climate and its impact on emerging opportunities for advancing the business of the environment.

The keynote speakers include consultant physicist Amory Lovins, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute; Hans Engel, Chief Financial Officer, BASF SE & Chairman and CEO, BASF Corporation and ...

New Zealand product will help reduce Chinese air p

posted: 06 Dec 2013

A new wool and rice straw blended upholstery fabric, which has been developed by a Wellington company, goes into commercial production next year with the potential to create significant demand for New Zealand crossbred wool, while helping solve a massive air pollution problem in China.

The Formary is a Wellington textile design and development company that creates solely sustainable interior textiles. It already has a track record with its WoJo® upholstery fabrics brand created from recycled jute fibre from coffee sacks blended with New Zealand wool.

But the wool-rice straw blended textile appears to have a much bigger future. One ...

Oceans acidify at an alarming rate

posted: 05 Dec 2013

This article is from the Environmental News Service.

Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon dioxide, conclude 540 scientists from 37 countries in a new report.

Their conclusion is the outcome of the Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World that took place in Monterey, California in September 2012. The findings of these experts were presented in a report to the Conference on Climate Change that took place in ...

Renewable Energy in East Africa is Praised.

posted: 03 Dec 2013

Last month we reported that Ethiopia had just opened the largest wind farm in Africa. A third of Ethiopia, the continent's second most populous nation, conducts their day to day without any access to electricity. The new wind farm has the potential to change the lives of millions. 

Ethiopia is briskly pacing towards its goal of zero net emissions from energy production by 2025, a very laudable goal!

The BBC has recently highlighted two more examples of renewables success in East Africa.

In both, here and here, the potential of geothermal energy, wind and hydro-electric energy is discussed.

Improving soil quality by not ploughing.

posted: 02 Dec 2013

Recently there have been many reports about the negative sides of ploughing. The productivity of our soils has constantly increased thanks to the invention of the plough millennia ago, but now ploughing could be a cause for the decline in soil productivity.

Dr John Baker, an international soil scientist who studied at Massey University, says that ploughing also contributes to global warming and our greenhouse gas emissions.

“When a farmer ploughs and cultivates a paddock it releases CO2 into the atmosphere. The vast majority (95 percent) is released from soil with the other five percent coming from tractor exhausts,” according ...

EcoQube: An aquarium that feeds you.

posted: 02 Dec 2013

Two students from University of California San Diego (UCSD) have designed an exciting project that ticks all the boxes. It is educational, functional, aesthetic and easy to use. In their own words, they have created “a natural, self-sustainable ecosystem that is easy to care for”.

‘Aquarium enthusiasts’ Eric and Kevin have designed an aquaponics system –called the EcoQube- as compact as an aquarium, but unlike your usual fish bowl, here there is close to no maintenance involved, and you can grow herbs or flowers. 

They have also developed a curriculum, with easy activities, to teach kids and adults how the ...

London's largest street light investment drives en

posted: 02 Dec 2013











One of the famous red double decker buses in London on route 185 to Lewisham Station, London, UK

Transport for London (TfL) has agreed on a new energy efficient lighting programme to help reduce the cost of lighting the TfL Road Network (TLRN). It is one of the largest 'invest to save' strategic road lighting projects ever undertaken in the UK with the hopes of lowering operating costs and improving reliability.

The programme will involve a new system to monitor and manage street lighting and dynamically control levels of lighting depending on use. In addition, the project will see the ...

Microplastics cover our seas.

posted: 01 Dec 2013

This article by Julia Reisser and Charitha Pattiaratchi comes from The Conversation- Australia.

Each square kilometre of Australian sea surface water is contaminated by around 4,000 pieces of tiny plastics, according to our study published today in journal PLOS ONE and data repository Figshare.

These small plastic fragments, mostly less than 5mm across, are loaded with pollutants that can negatively affect several marine species, from tiny fish and zooplankton to large turtles andwhales.

Plastic pollution hazards to Australian species and ecological communities are therefore likely broader than those officially recognised.

Understanding the plastic pollution issue

Unfortunately, part of ...

PV for everyone, IKEA makes solar accessible.

posted: 29 Nov 2013

IKEA is now offering ’off the shelf’ solar power packages to UK consumers, in a move that could help to mainstream domestic solar power systems. It is the first major retailer to offer a comprehensive home photovoltaic installation service, having teamed up with Hanergy, a thin-film PV supplier, to produce the package.

According to Giles Bristow, Director of Programmes at Forum for the Future, “Schemes such as this have the promise to significantly reduce the upfront costs to UK homeowners and make these technologies so much more accessible. Purely by virtue of IKEA offering this bundle in their stores, consumers ...

Renewable energy growth statistics released from N

posted: 28 Nov 2013

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The annual report is an important assessment of U.S. energy statistics for 2012, including renewable electricity, worldwide renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and data on specific technologies.

“The 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book is filled with information-packed charts and graphics, which allows users, from analysts to policymakers, to quickly understand and summarize trends in renewable energy -- both on a U.S. and global scale,” NREL Energy Analyst Rachel Gelman said ...

Demand rising for intelligent water solutions with

posted: 28 Nov 2013

The power generation industry is demanding smarter solutions around water supply and wastewater strategies, according to new research.











Tighter environmental regulations and water scarcity are pushing power plant operators to rethink how they use this resource, as water and power generation are inseparable. 

Fossil fuel-fired power stations require a reliable, consistent stream of treated water to operate effectively while wastewater streams generated from the combustion of coal need adequate treatment before being discharged. 

In terms of service provision, power plant owners will increasingly outsource water treatment operations so that they can focus on their core business of generating electricity, a ...

Why energy-saving homes often use more energy

posted: 25 Nov 2013

Straw Bale House- Designed by Carina Rose

Energy efficient houses are often thought to be a promising way to reduce our environmental footprint by using less energy and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, surprisingly, if you consider the whole life cycle of a house, it turns out that sometimes a new home designed to save energy can end up using more than an average house.

Our study, published in the December edition of the journalApplied Energy, found that current building regulations are failing to adequately address the broad scope of energy use ...

Warsaw talks end with some progress.

posted: 24 Nov 2013

Climate talks in Warsaw have come to an end. After two weeks of negotiations, which saw activist groups leave the conference in protest, negotiators have reached a compromise on how to target climate change.

According to the BBC, the agreement was achieved after a series of last minute compromises often involving single words in draft texts. Many of the participants say little was achieved.

Negotiators argued about the term ‘commitment’ in the draft text, which lead to a deadlock lasting more than a day. China and India said only developed countries should have commitments, while Western nations refuse to sign ...

'Arctic 30' to be released soon.

posted: 24 Nov 2013

After 28 activists and two journalists were detained in Russia when Greenpeace tried to unfurl a banner from a petroleum vessel, the organisation has been accused of being ill-prepared.

However the governments from Britain and the Netherlands, and activists and supporters across the globe, have said the charges against the ‘Arctic 30’ were heavy-handed and over the top.

The activists were charged with piracy and then hooliganism, which could have resulted in at least 7 years in prison. Talking to the press upon his release, Video journalist Kieron Bryan said:

"No-one could believe what was happening. We discussed the legal ...

Filipino rice fields spared of typhoon devastation

posted: 23 Nov 2013

Amidst the deaths and devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan that lashed the Philippines last weekend, the island nation has caught a much-needed break. The rice crop was spared because the storm struck in between planting seasons, say officials with the International Rice Research Institute.

Leyte, the province that endured the worst of the typhoon, is a rice–producing province, with more than 100,000 hectares of rice land. Between 2000 and 2009, Leyte posted the third biggest increase in rice production among all provinces, and has the highest average annual growth rate in terms of yield per hectare ...

15 crops that are already saving the world.

posted: 22 Nov 2013

by Danielle Neirenberg.

Potatoes may seem fairly humble, but there are more than 4,500 species of potato in the world. Likewise, there are at least 1,000 pepper plant varieties, 7,500 tomato species, and 7,500 known apple varieties worldwide.

However, the incredible variety of the planet’s plant life is disappearing. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that approximately 75 percent of the Earth’s plant genetic resources are now extinct. Another third of plant biodiversity is expected to disappear by 2050. This is no small problem--humans eat biological diversity.

Unfortunately, most investment in ...

Hundreds of campaign groups walk out of the Warsaw

posted: 21 Nov 2013


Opening statement by the President of COP19 Mr. Marcin Korolec (UNclimatechange/flickr)

Groups including Oxfam International, the International Trade Union Confederation, ActionAid International, WWF,, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace International left the Polish Capital on Thursday in protest over slow speed and lack of and lack of ambition. With signs of 'Polluters Talk, We Walk #CoP19' and t-shirts reading 'Volverermos' (We Will Return), the groups returned their registration badges and left the negotiations more than a day before they were scheduled to conclude. 

Frustration has built up over the last 10 days due, with developed countries having ...

UK wind demonstration farm gets green light.

posted: 18 Nov 2013

Manufacturers and developers of wind turbines will be able to study construction methods, issues with the supply change, maintenance and more once the UK's largest offshore wind demonstration site is completed.

The UK's National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has been given the green light to construct a grid of 15 turbines off the coast of Northumberland. Permission has also been given by the Northumberland County Council for Narec to build onshore supporting infrastructure. 

The project is the first large-scale deep water demonstration site in the UK to be granted both offshore permits and onshore consent and according to ...

Deforestation in the Amazon increases.

posted: 18 Nov 2013

A recent article by the BBC indicates that deforestation in the Amazon is increasing.

The Brazilian government says deforestation in the Amazon increased in the year from August 2012 to July 2013 by 28%. 


This is in stark contrast to the stats from last year when the country reported the lowest rate of deforestation since monitoring began.


The result frustrated the government's expectations, the minister for the environment has vowed to reverse the crime, but scientists and activists say the government should be doing more.

Environmentalists say the controversial reform of the forest protection law in 2012 is to ...

Small US power companies discover solar

posted: 17 Nov 2013

One of New York’s largest utilities will save $84 million by paying developers to put solar panels on the roofs of buildings. And it's not alone, Maria Galucci from Inside Climate News reports.

A handful of U.S. utilities have discovered they can save money by encouraging small rooftop solar projects—the same projects utility industry leaders have insisted were too expensive and unreliable to be practical.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in New York, for instance, is paying developers to build solar panels on top of buildings in tiny towns that are experiencing population booms but ...

More research in the Pacific could lead to thousan

posted: 14 Nov 2013

The untapped potential of marine micro-organisms in the Pacific is massive. Not much research has been done either- but these bacteria could provide solutions from cosmetics, to medicines and biodegradable plastics.

Bernard Costa is a Polynesian bio-chemist who established the first biotech company in French Polynesia.

Pacific Biotech and three French research bodies are investigating the potential harboured in the saline lagoons of French Polynesia. Costa says “Over here, the resources available force us to do a little head scratching to find their uses”.

Very few compounds from micro-organisms originate from marine bacteria. But due to this many scientists believe ...

Reasons for bees deaths complex.

posted: 14 Nov 2013

This article is from Jaymi Heimbuch, originally from  Treehugger.

So what is with all the dying bees? Scientists have been trying to discover this for years. Meanwhile, bees keep dropping like... well, you know.

Is it mites? Pesticides? Cell phone towers? What is really at the root? Turns out the real issue really scary, because it is more complex and pervasive than thought.

Quartz reports:

Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing ...

Filipino Typhoon and Climate Change

posted: 14 Nov 2013

Even though the Philippines has been hit by more than twenty typhoons this year, nothing could have prepared it for Typhoon Haiyan- called the strongest storm to ever hit land, by some.

The initial death toll of 10,000 is now, luckily, seen as an over-estimate- but communication services in the Filipino archipelago still lay in tatters. Millions of people have lost their homes as a consequence of the storm, farmers have lost their crops, and the Government of the Philippines is still trying to find an adequate response strategy. To make it worse, some areas of the Philippines had ...