Brazil gives dam ‘OK’, chooses clean energy over habitats and indigenous groups

Brazil was facing a difficult decision, but the Brazilian court ruled in favor of building one of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams, which will provide clean energy, even though it will destroy habitats and the living area of several indigenous tribes. Federal prosecutors had filed a motion calling for suspension of construction of the Belo Monte dam, which would be

Subspecies of rhinos declared extinct, Mexico monster still fighting

Just a couple of days ago I was telling you about an ambitious and successful initiative to relocate black rhinos, but the situation is more dire than it appears at a first glance: the Western Black Rhino of Africa has been declared officially extinct, and two other subspecies are extremely close to meeting the same fate. The International Union for

Africa’s most active volcano erupts in Congo [VIDEO]

Spectacular range smoke, ash and lava shot up in to the night sky last night from Africa’s most active volcano, located in  the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park. Congo’s Centre for Research and Natural Sciences claimed in a recent statement that local residents, as well as the precious endangered mountain gorillas living in the park, are not threatened by the eruption. Nyamuragira,

Two dazzling, yet discrepant sides of the Amazon [AMAZING PHOTOS]

A recent art photography exhibition, dubbed  Amazon, is currently on display at Somerset House in London, which brings together two remarkable, distinct bodies of photography to highlight the plight of the Amazonian rainforest and the people living within it. Thus, the work of Brazilian Sebastião Salgado depicts the virgin beauty of the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world, while Swedish

Rhino takes to the sky

In a bold and unconventional move, a critically endangered black rhino has been carried via helicopter over dangerous and rugged terrain, as part of the WWF‘s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project in South Africa.   The helicopter flight took around 10 minutes, and the animal didn’t suffer any physical damage during this whole operation, according to WWF. The animals are

The United States of the environment – how does your state fare

I recently came across this remarkable post from the Mother Nature Network (MNN), depicting the best and worst environmental affairs of each US state. So I figured it would be interesting for Americans to see where their state excels, and, on the contrary, where it fares the worst.

Mission set to study deep underwater mountains

The RRS James Cook, an UK research vessel, will spend six weeks studying the deep sea mountains of the Indian Ocean, as well as the animals located several thousands of meters below sea level. The purpose of this mission quite challenging. This year, a report published in the journal of Marine Policyfound that trawling is one of the most damaging

Asia responsible for biggest spike ever in global warming gases

Amid all the talk about Asia’s economic growth and their stable financial future, two major problem arise to cloud their bright dawn: climate change and pollution. With way more than half of the world’s population, Asia has more to lose than any other continent; and considering the ways adopted by some of the most developed countries (China, for example) –

Iceberg the size of NYC forming in Antarctica

Part of an ambitious NASA survey over the Antarctic, which intends on 3D mapping the continent’s glaciers in detail, one of the project’s planes has sighted a huge, emerging crack on the icy surface. The crack is a 8-mile-long break in an ice shelf, the first sign hinting to the formation of an iceberg that will be end up to be

7th billionth baby comes with a warning

There’s recently been a lot of fuss regarding the world population reaching the 7.000.000.000 mark; now, the truth is we’ve probably reached that number quite a while ago, but just didn’t know it. Anyway, in countries all over the world, hospitals and clinics marked the world’s population reaching 7 billion Monday with lavish ceremonies and parties. But why would you

Economists claim every 1$ of coal electricity causes 2$ damage in the US

We all know coal energy is bad, but at least if you ask me, I would say that it’s used because it’s cheap. However, economists from the prestigious American Economic Review claim that coal plants cause twice as much damage than the coal they produce. After doing the math, they concluded that coal-fired electrical plants cause $53 billion damage per

Who has the power and the money in the US [infographic]

I recently came across this great infographic published over at LiveScience. It pretty much speaks for itself, so, here it is (as always, click it for full size):

Independent, skeptic climate change study finds global warming is real

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature team has concluded its study, which had the objective of analyzing global temperatures ever since the 1950s. Their conclusion – since then, global average temperatures have risen by almost two Fahrenheit degrees, which is a lot. Yeah sure we’ve heard this a million times before, but why is this time special? First of all, the

Ten years of fires as seen from outer space

Using a pair of satellites that monitor the Earth, NASA recorded over 10.000.000 fires throughout the planet; they then took the recorded material and created an animation with it, as can be seen below. The animation also includes vegetation, snow cover, cloud cover, surface temperatures, and more. Africa was by far the ‘hottest’ continent, being responsible for over 70 percent

Amazing picture of flooded ancient ruins in Thailand

What you are looking at are the archaeological remains of Ayutthaya, a city once known for trading and hospitality. Now, these ruins are all that remain from it, and due to the awful recent floods in Thailand, this is how the area looks like now. Click it for full size – it’s worth it I was unable to find the

Milan’s Vertical Forest Towers

Bosco Verticale is an ambitious eco project in Milan, designed by architect Stefano Boeri, which tries to blend two discrepant mediums, urban and nature, into one harmonic whole. The project is comprised of  two towers with giant cantilevered staggered balconies that permit fairly big trees to be accommodate, since there is a minimum of two storeys over every balcony. Basically, it’s a

Climate change causes animals to shrink

Global warming has significant consequences to Earth’s ecosystems, each effect triggering another one in a slew of chain reactions. Frighting enough, rising temperatures and changed global weather patterns has caused certain types of plants and animals to become smaller, claims a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Warmer and drier weather causes plants and animals to reach smaller

The Himalayas might be the best place in the world to harness solar power

We’ve become so accustomed to the imagery of huge stacks of solar panel arrays stretching across the scorching desert, that the idea of implementing solar panels in some of the coldest spots on Earth might be quickly judged as feeble. In reality, Japanese scientists claim in a recently published study that the most energy efficient geography to position solar panels

Virgin Atlantic wants to fuel its planes with waste gas by 2014

Part of an amazing initiative to lower its carbon footprint and inspire the rest of the aeronautical industry, billionaire Richard Branson recently announced in a press release that within three years Virgin Atlantic’s airplanes will be fueled by waste gas. The waste gas will come from the likes of power plants, steel works, and aluminum plants and Branson claims that

Shorties: Greenland ice loss continues to accelerate

The latest measurements in Greenland pretty much confirm researchers’ worst fears: Greenland is not only continuing to lose ice, but the loss is accelerating even more. The average ice mass loss from Greenland over 2002 to 2011 is (drum rolls…) 225 billion tonnes per year; furthermore, the rate of mass loss has increased significantly and there was an unusually large