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Greenpeace Gather Support to Stop Shell Drilling on Alaska Coast in Arctic
More than 13,000 people have signed a petition launched by Greenpeace to prevent the Anglo-Dutch energy company Shell from drilling on the remote Arctic coastline of Alaska.
NYC Set Back $200 Mln by Snowstorm, Transit System Shutdown
New York City lost an estimated $200 million in economic activity in the fizzled snowstorm and Mayor De Blasio’s decision to shut down the city transit system.
PACE Delegates Sign Motion Imposing Moratorium on Fracking in Europe
The motion warns of increased pollution of water supplies, air pollution as a result of hydraulic fracturing, as well as of other environmental dangers.
US Northeast Snow Storm Falls Short of ‘Snowmageddon’ Expectations in NY
A "potentially historic" winter storm, dubbed as "Snowmageddon" on social media, ended up being less destructive and severe than it was predicted.
Advisory Board Warns UK's Worsening Ecology Endangers Economy
Over the next 25 years the United Kingdom is expected to see record population growth, which is intensifying the pressure on nature. Proposed countermeasures include woodland planting in an additional 250,000 hectares, estimated to yield societal benefits worth over $750 million.
Cameron Rejects Calls for Fracking Ban by UK State Environmental Watchdog
According to UK Prime Minister Cameron, fracking would provide greater energy security for Britain. Meanwhile, hundreds of anti-fracking activists protested outside the UK parliament on Monday to oppose the bill.
UK State Environmental Watchdog Calls for Moratorium on Fracking
UK Environment Audit Committee added that fracking was also not “commercially viable” amid the country’s tightening carbon budgets and the growing renewable energy sector.
Hundreds of Bison Led to Slaughter as Yellowstone Culls Endangered Species
Conservationist groups are outraged as Yellowstone Park officials initiate a program to thin the size of the park's current bison herd.
The Baikal Water Dilemma: Hell or High Water
Environmental experts told Sputnik that the current low water levels on Lake Baikal could mean difficulties for local communities as well as major cities, while a lack of clear regulation complicates the debate.
Chevron Wins 'Lifetime Achievement' Award for Dreadful Environmental Record
Chevron Corporation has received a dubious "Lifetime Achievement" award for its terrible environmental record at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Russia and Norway to Sign Arctic Ecosystems Conservation Declaration
Russian Federal Agency for Fishery says that Russia and Norway will sign a declaration on preventing unregulated fishing in the Arctic Ocean.
New Island Emerged in Tonga After Volcanic Eruption
The island is still small and could be worn away by the ocean after the volcano eruption stops.
Water in Lake Baikal Drops to Dangerously Low Levels Due to Droughts
The Russian government has introduced a state of “heightened readiness” to reverse the drop in water levels in Lake Baikal, resulting from last year’s drought that had hit large swathes of Central Russia, including the Volga River, Gennady Gudkov, media spokesman for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment told Sputnik on Wednesday.
UK Authorities Recommend New Fracking Site Halt
Shale gas company Cuadrilla should not be permitted to develop sites in northwestern England. Harmful noise and a road traffic increase are listed as possible negative consequences of fracking.
Baby Tortoises Born on Galapagos Islands for First Time in 150 Years
The species has been listed as endangered and protected by the Ecuadorian government since 1970.
Friends Of Earth Scotland Calls for Complete Ban on Unconventional Gas
Unconventional gas and fracking are unlikely to produce much gas, will not be cheap and will come at a major cost to the environment and people's health, the director of a leading environmental campaigning organization Friends of the Earth Scotland explained.
Scotland Air Pollution Breaks EU Standards: Environmental Group
The Friends of the Earth Scotland group claims that air pollution kills 2000 people each year. The activists urge the Scottish government to cut traffic levels and create cleaner public transport.
Global Warming to Force Airlines to Put Weight Restrictions: Study
Rising global temperatures will likely to increase the number of days with weight restrictions on airplanes, as hot weather makes it harder for planes to reach enough speed to take off. One solution would be to take loads off the planes during hot summer days.
Russian Fisheries Agency Offered Measures to Protect Black Caviar Reserves
The Russian Federal Fisheries Agency has held a conference where a number of proposals were made aimed at protecting the country's sturgeon population, and hence the country's supply of caviar.
Most Fossil Fuels Need to Stay in the Ground: Study
The world should leave most of its oil, gas and coal reserves untouched if it is to meet the 2°C climate change target specified in the Copenhagen Accord.
Reports Say Kim Kardashian's Stepfather Happy With His Alleged Sex Change
Unique Russian Academic Library Goes up in Flames
Space Dust Mistaken for Cosmic Footprints of Big Bang
War of Words: Hezbollah Not Up in Arms With Israel, But Vows to Confront
Beijing Investigates Former President of Its Largest Private Bank
Inconvenient Truth: Hackers Reveal True Number of Ukrainian Army Casualties
Ukraine Chief of Staff Admits No Russian Troops in Donetsk
IDF Vehicle Comes Under Fire on Lebanon Border, 15 Israeli Soldiers Killed
US-NATO Concerned About Declining Technological Edge Over Russia, China
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