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Port Launay: The Last Mangroves of the Seychelles

Port Launay: The Last Mangroves of the Seychelles
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-05-11


When French settlers first arrived in the remote islands of the Seychelles, thick mangrove forests fringed the western shore of Mahe, the largest of the islands in the archipelago.Inside the green coastal forests, giant crocodiles roamed through the tangled branches, as well as many species of fish, crab and birds. The woodlands were a paradise of diversity, and beyond the mangroves, a healthy and...(Read More)

Beijing removes 180,000 old, polluting cars from roads from January-April

Beijing removes 180,000 old, polluting cars from roads from January-April
Written by Reuters on 2017-05-07


BEIJING Beijing removed 180,000 old and polluting vehicles from its roads in the first four months of 2017, the Chinese capital's environmental bureau has said, as part of its efforts to tackle congestion and cut smog.An action plan published in 2015 committed Beijing to removing a total of 1 million ageing vehicles over the 2013-2017 period. Beijing needs to take 300,000 off the road this year to...(Read More)

Scientists call for more precision in global warming predictions

Scientists call for more precision in global warming predictions
Written by Reuters on 2017-05-07


NEW YORK Researchers from Harvard University, Princeton University and the Environmental Defense Fund proposed a new, more precise way to measure the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on Earth's climate in an article published on Thursday in the academic journal Science.The proposal, titled "Unmask temporal trade-offs in climate policy debates," would create a two-digit measurement system the scientists...(Read More)

Heavy rain, wind disrupts travel for New Yorkers

Heavy rain, wind disrupts travel for New Yorkers
Written by Reuters on 2017-05-08


NEW YORK Heavy, wind-driven rain soaked the New York City area on Friday afternoon, causing local flooding and an array of transportation delays across the heavily populated region.The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for much of New York City and several suburban counties as a weather system that stretched across much of the Eastern Seaboard dumped three inches of rain on the...(Read More)

New Caledonians take shelter as Cyclone Donna bears down

New Caledonians take shelter as Cyclone Donna bears down
Written by Reuters on 2017-05-09


SYDNEY/PORT VILA, Vanuatu A cyclone bearing down on New Caledonia in the South Pacific was upgraded on Monday to a category five storm, the most destructive wind-speed level, prompting local authorities to order people to stay indoors and take shelter. Gusts close to the center of Cyclone Donna were estimated to be as strong as 300 km per hour (186 mph), according to the Vanuatu Meteorology and...(Read More)

Some Chase branches in Seattle closed by protests over pipeline loans

Some Chase branches in Seattle closed by protests over pipeline loans
Written by Reuters on 2017-05-09


SEATTLE Native American leaders and climate activists protested at several Chase branches in Seattle on Monday, forcing them to close temporarily as demonstrators demanded the bank not lend to projects like the Keystone XL oil pipeline.Police said 26 people were arrested by late afternoon. Activists said they disrupted operations at 11 Chase branches, and two other branches closed as well.Darcy...(Read More)

Trump to make decision on Paris climate pact after G7 summit

Trump to make decision on Paris climate pact after G7 summit
Written by Reuters on 2017-05-11


WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump will not make a decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement until after he returns from the May 26-27 Group of Seven summit, the White House said Tuesday.White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump is continuing to hear from advisers on the pros and cons of the United States remaining in the global accord. He will make a...(Read More)

Company climate risk disclosure would distort markets: IHS Markit

Company climate risk disclosure would distort markets: IHS Markit
Written by Reuters on 2017-05-11


LONDON Proposals by a G20-backed task force for companies to disclose how they manage climate risks would mislead investors and distort markets, according to research by analytics and data provider IHS Markit on Thursday.Last year, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), set up by the G20's Financial Stability Board, proposed that companies disclose in their public financial...(Read More)

EU and China to hold summit on June 2, focus on climate

EU and China to hold summit on June 2, focus on climate
Written by Reuters on 2017-05-12


BRUSSELS The European Union and China will hold a summit in Brussels on June 2, four EU officials said, the first since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump that has united the two economic powers against global warming and trade protectionism.China's premier and the heads of the European Union's main institutions will aim to deliver a strong statement in support of the Paris climate deal...(Read More)


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