Ecology

Coronavirus shutdown clears China's air pollution

Satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is "at least partly" due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus, according to Nasa. Nasa maps show falling levels of …

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Snail found in Brunei named after Greta Thunberg

A minuscule green-brown snail has been discovered in the wilderness of Brunei and has been named after teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg.  The new species - Craspedotropis gretathunberga - is …

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France to shut down oldest nuclear plant

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that the Fessenheim nuclear reactor, on the border with Germany, will be shut down at the end of June, with one of its reactors to be closed this weekend.  A statement …

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 Scientists know how to generate electricity out of air

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable …

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Tofu worse for the environment than meat, say farmers 

Meat is often derided as one of the most environmentally damaging foods to consume, but new research is leading some farmers to claim that tofu could actually be worse. This is despite studies showing that following a vegan diet …

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Greta Thunberg to get BBC reality show

BBC Studios has announced a documentary series about the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.  The new show will follow Thunberg’s “international crusade” against the climate emergency, …

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Greta Thunberg files trademark for her name

 Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has applied to trademark her name. She said on Instagram that the move would allow legal action against persons or companies trying to use her name or the …

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Versace renounces use of kangaroo leather

The Italian fashion house Versace will no longer use kangaroo leather in its products, according to media reports. The decision was taken some time ago, affecting the fashion brand’s 2019 collection, but only came to light …

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Amazon in Brazil is on fire

Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil - the most intense blazes for almost a decade. The northern states of Roraima, Acre, Rondônia and Amazonas have been particularly badly affected. The …

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Merkel calls for EU-wide climate neutrality

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the European Union to support ambitious targets for the entire 28-nation bloc to become climate neutral. Merkel made her appeal after she and members of her "climate …

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TANAP project receives another international award

The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project, as a result of various initiatives and achievements in the field of Environment, has been honoured with another international award, The Green World Awards 2019, by The Green Organisation, …

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Main topics of G20 summit in Osaka revealed

The situation in the global economy and trade and environment-related issues will be key topics of the forthcoming summit of the Group of Twenty (G20) in Osaka from June 28 to 29, a source in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. …

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