Environment

June, 2014

  • 24 June

    Nepal Struggles to Curb Craze for ‘Himalayan Viagra’

    The rush to collect rare caterpillar fungus or ‘Himalayan Viagra’ has led to violent clashes and deaths since Nepal's government legalized the lucrative trade. Rising prices and soaring demand in recent years have driven a gold rush in mountainous regions. Yarsagumba fetches at least US$14,000 to US$16,000 per kilogram at the source and prices increase dramatically for traders further up the supply chain.

  • 8 June

    Are You Ready for a Coal Town Turnaround?

    Even in a West Virginia's community whose most famous building is literally made out of coal, leaders are seeking a new way forward. Williamson is one town primed and ready to move past its coal-mining roots, if given the chance.

  • 3 June

    Will EPA’s Climate Protection Rules Hurt US Economy?

    Some of America’s most powerful business interest groups are opposing the Obama Administration’s landmark climate protection rules, claiming these will hurt the economy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy warns that the new rules could cost the economy as much as $50 billion per year.

  • 3 June

    8 Things to Know About EPA’s Climate Protection Rules

    The new rules are the most significant move President Obama has made to address the direct causes of climate change. Under the new rules, each state would have a broad menu of carbon-cutting options, including energy efficiency improvements, adding clean energy sources, implementing a carbon tax, or instituting or joining a cap-and-trade system.

  • 1 June

    Facts About EPA’s Climate Protection Proposal

    The polluters that profit from the status quo want to establish a simple narrative—that the carbon pollution reductions from power plants meant to slow climate change will cost jobs, raise electricity rates, and cause blackouts. These companies began a messaging campaign long ago equating carbon reduction to inevitable electricity rate hikes, yet many of them plan to raise rates anyway.

May, 2014

  • 31 May

    Drones Investigate Himalayas’ Melting Glacier

    Scientists have used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – also known as drones – for the first time to monitor melting glaciers in the Himalayas more accurately.

  • 25 May

    Sunburnt Beans Can Hurt Coffee Industry

    More and more coffee beans are being grown under the sun (with lots of help from fertilizer and pesticides), casting a shadow on the whole industry. A whopping 98 percent of the world’s coffee comes from farmers growing berries under a hot tropical sun—from plants that need lots of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to thrive.

  • 11 May

    Can the Dead Sea Be Saved?

    On the side of Route 90, on the fringes of the Judean desert in the West Bank, an old engraving on the face of the cliff seems to encapsulate the story the Dead Sea – a thick, red line and underneath it the letters “PEF”.   These were etched by members of the Palestine Exploration Fund, a British society surveying …

  • 10 May

    Africa Loses $50bn a Year in Plundered Resources

    Africa is losing 50 billion dollars or 5.7% of sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) each year due to unending plunder of its forests, fisheries and other resources by corrupt officials and foreign investors, says a major new report on the continent.   Africa’s rich natural resources offer a unique opportunity for a breakthrough in improving the lives of Africa’s citizens …

  • 6 May

    Dams Blamed for South Asia’s Sinking Deltas

    One or two people leave their homes in the Sundarbans forests of the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta each day, perhaps never to return.  It’s but a small vignette of a larger tragedy being played out across South Asia’s delta regions where land is fast sinking as the sea waters rise, leaving millions of people vulnerable to disasters like cyclones and floods.   The mouth of the …