Guardian - International pressure may be the only way to stop the Brazilian government from taking a “suicide” path in the Amazon, one of the country’s most respected scientists has said, as the world’s biggest rainforest continues to be ravaged by thousands of deliberate fires.
In a series of reports by ITV News UK has travelled to the frontlines of the global battle with deforestation - to the very points where the Earth stands on the edge of environmental catastrophe.
Starting a new series, Earth on the Edge, ITV correspondents report from Europe, South America and Africa, bearing witness to the troubles which are happening right now and impact us all.
Over the coming months, Earth on the Edge will examine the reality of climate change and the impact it is having on the planet right now.
August 23, 2019
Eggs extracted from the last 2 northern white rhinos may save the species
CNN - The team successfully gathered the eggs Thursday from the two female rhinos, who live at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The outcome was made possible by years of research, testing and practicing the procedure.
National Geographic Environment - The chemical signature of methane released from fracking is found in the atmosphere, pointing to shale gas operations as the culprit. Scientists have measured big increases in the amount of methane, the powerful global warming gas, entering the atmosphere over the last decade.
Trump administration authorises the use of "cyanide bombs" to kill wild animals
Guardian - The Trump administration has reauthorized government officials to use controversial poison devices – dubbed “cyanide bombs” by critics – to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals across the US. The spring-loaded traps, called M-44s, are filled with sodium cyanide and are most frequently deployed by Wildlife Services, a federal agency in the US Department of Agriculture that kills vast numbers of wild animals each year, primarily for the benefit of private farmers and ranchers.
BBC - More than 500 million bees have died in Brazil in the last three months. In the state of Rio Grande do Sul, 400 million dead bees were found - with beekeepers in four states reporting the mass deaths. Researchers have blamed the use of pesticides - chemical substances which are used to kill pests.
August 14, 2019
'Snow droughts' are coming for the American West
National Geographic Environment - By the middle of the century, two or more bad snow years in a row in mountains from Colorado to California will likely be the norm. ON April 1 each year, researchers ski and snowshoe out into the high mountains of the western Unite States to jab stakes into the bright, crystalline snow, checking the thickness of the blanket. But in 2012, many researchers could barely travel on snow to their test sites—and when they got there, there was almost no snow to measure.
GES designs and launches Preserving Our Planet (POP)
In the Summer 2018, while we were preparing for the GES 2018, we discussed creating an initiative around climate change and informing and educating the next generation. In early 2019, the project and initiative was formulated and organized. In the summer and Fall of 2019, we launched POP
Find out more about POP and how you can be part of this growing global team.