Switzerland: Space Junk Garbage Collector


The link below is to an article that reports on plans by Switzerland to clean up space junk.

For more visit:
http://inhabitat.com/cleanspace-one-to-clear-the-planets-orbit-of-370000-pieces-of-hazardous-space-junk/

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Polar Bears and Climate Change


The link below is to an article that looks at Polar Bears and the consequences of climate change.

For more visit:
http://inhabitat.com/climate-change-is-forcing-polar-bears-to-consume-more-contaminants/

The Maldives, a fledgling democracy at the vanguard of climate change


Grist

On Friday, Sept. 27, the low-lying island nation of the Maldives will be given the date of its extinction; notice of a death by drowning. It will come in the form of a prediction for future sea-level rise in a landmark report on global warming by the world’s climate scientists. On current trends, anything more than three generations will feel like a reprieve.

On the packed streets of Male’, the mini-Manhattan that serves as the Maldives’ island capital, there is a political clamor. But, perhaps surprisingly, the cause is not worry about the existential threat posed by the rising seas but over accusations of corruption and vote-buying in the presidential election.

Mohamed Nasheed, the nation’s first freely elected leader and darling of the west for his warnings about climate change, was expected to be restored to the presidency in this month’s elections. However, the vote that was supposed to restore Nasheed to the…

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Aussies open wallets to save climate advisers from new prime minister


Grist

Tony Abbott, Australia’s new climate-denying prime minister, is wasting no time in driving the country backwards on environmental policy — in a metaphorical diesel-chugging logging truck.

But his draconian climate policies don’t appear to be as popular with big business as he’d hoped, and a climate advisory body he tried to kill may come back even stronger, thanks to some of his more enlightened countrymen and women.

Within his first few weeks on the job, Abbott scrapped top-level ministerial jobs that separately oversaw science and climate change policy and dismantled a government climate change commission. He wants to remove some of the world’s tallest forests from the list of World Heritage areas, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of pristine acres for mining and logging. And he has promised to eradicate the country’s carbon tax.

Amid this carnage, horrified Aussies have begun donating to fund the Climate Commission to…

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This massive porpoise slaughter is way worse than the ones you’ve heard about


Grist

Remember that documentary The Cove, about dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan? Well, get ready to be upset times seven:

[S]ome 500 miles to the north [of the cove at Taiji], in Iwate Prefecture, an annual slaughter of a beautiful species called Dall’s porpoise has been taking place in numbers that dwarf anything found at the cove.

Specifically, SEVEN TIMES as many porpoises were harpooned at Iwate in the 2009-2010 season — more than 9,000 — compared to the number of dolphins and whales killed in Taiji’s cove. (This season, Iwate hunters only killed 1,200 porpoises, because the 2011 tsunami damaged coastal cities and hunting boats. But the numbers are creeping back up.)

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