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5 February 2014 Wind power blows Denmark output above 50%

Wind power accounted for more than half of all energy consumed in Denmark in December, according to national grid operator. Energinet reported that in December, wind power provided Denmark with about 55 per cent of its electricity. http://econews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Denmark-wind-farm.jpgThis is the first time that Denmark, a leader in wind power, or any major country, has received…

5 February 2014 US retreats from bid to overturn shark fin bans

The US federal government has stepped back from its plans to overturn state bans on the sale and possession of shark fins. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said in a statement on Tuesday it had decided against challenging state bans in California, Maryland and Washington. The agency said it had received written assurances…

5 February 2014 Rivers run dry as claims of illegality surround Romania’s hydropower boom

Deep into the wilderness of  Romania’s Southern Carpathian mountains, Bogdan Binescu, an avid angler and environmental campaigner, stops by the white waters of a mountain stream. “This river used to be the only route back to civilisation,” he says. “But now civilisation has caught up.” A few kilometres on, his meaning becomes clear. Where beech…

5 February 2014 Deer ‘pose biggest threat’ to Scotland’s native woodlands

Deer represent the biggest threat to Scotland’s native woodlands, according to an eight-year study by Forestry Commission scientists. The publication of the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland has renewed debate over whether to cull deer. Researchers said ancient woodland was being lost due to “excessive browsing and grazing”, mainly by deer.

5 February 2014 Greenland glacier hits record speed

A river of ice in Greenland has become the fastest-flowing glacier currently known in the world, a study suggests. In summer, the Jakobshavn Glacier – widely thought to have spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic – is moving about four times faster than it was in the 1990s. The Greenland Ice Sheet has seen…

4 February 2014 Heat-related deaths will rise 257% by 2050 because of climate change

Deaths as a result of hot weather are to soar over the next four decades as a result of climate change, researchers have predicted. The number of annual deaths in the UK that occur as a result of the heat will rise by 257% by 2050, they said. Elderly people are most at risk, according…

4 February 2014 Alaska’s Arctic icy lakes lose thickness

The ubiquitous shallow icy lakes that dominate Alaska’s Arctic coastal plain have undergone a significant change in recent decades. These lakes, many of which are no more than 3m deep, melt earlier in the season and retain open water conditions for much longer. And 20 years of satellite radar also now show that far fewer…

3 February 2014 Fossil fuel divestment gathers pace

As both the World Bank and United Nations chiefs strengthen calls for divestment from “high carbon” assets, more than a dozen foundations representing more than $2 billion in assets said they would stop investing in fossil fuel companies. The Divest-Invest Philanthropy coalition includes foundations, such as the Park Foundation, the John Merck Fund and the…

3 February 2014 UN: Human cause of global warming near certainty

Global warming is unequivocal, human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, already at levels not seen in at least 800,000 years, will persist for many centuries. The United Nations says all those warnings are contained in the final version of its latest report on climate…

3 February 2014 Monarch Butterfly 2013 Migration Smallest on Record

Monarch butterflies are vanishing from the Monarch Reserve in Mexico’s temperate forest where they spend November through March hibernating after migrating more than 2,500 miles from Canada and the United States. As new research shows that the number of monarchs hibernating in Mexico reached an all-time low in 2013, conservationists are urging all three countries…

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