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DiCaprio hails Mexican ban on type of fishing net killing porpoises

DiCaprio hails Mexican ban on type of fishing net killing porpoises
Written by Reuters on 2017-07-04


MEXICO CITY Mexico on Friday banned fishing with gillnets in the northern Gulf of California as part of its pledge to save a critically-endangered species of porpoise whose cause has been championed by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and others.The snub-nosed vaquita porpoise has all but died out due to gillnet fishing for shrimp and totoaba, a delicacy in Asia. Mexico three weeks ago unveiled...(Read More)

Cornish village begins clean-up work after torrential rain and floods

Cornish village begins clean-up work after torrential rain and floods
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-07-20


Dazed residents in a Cornish fishing village have begun a huge clean-up operation following a flash flood that saw a torrent of water more than a metre deep rip up roads and damage 50 properties. As forecasters warned of more potential flooding in parts of England and Wales on Wednesday, the scene at Coverack on the Lizard peninsula was described as devastating. Several people had to be rescued on...(Read More)

Brazil coffee, cane to face dry, cold period ahead

Brazil coffee, cane to face dry, cold period ahead
Written by Reuters on 2017-07-02


SAO PAULO Weather conditions are likely to benefit harvesting of coffee and cane in Brazil's center-south in the next 10 days, despite some scattered rains over the weekend that should end by early next week.A polar mass is expected to move from the south toward the coffee and cane areas in central Brazil next week, bringing down temperatures, but not enough to trigger frosts in important producing...(Read More)

Chilean scientists produce biodiesel from microalgae

Chilean scientists produce biodiesel from microalgae
Written by Reuters on 2017-07-02


SANTIAGO Biodiesel made from microalgae could power buses and trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 percent, Chilean scientists said, possibly curbing pollution in contaminated cities like Santiago. Experts from the department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses at Chile's Catholic University said they had grown enough algae to fragment it and extract the oil which, after...(Read More)

DiCaprio hails Mexican ban on type of fishing net killing porpoises

DiCaprio hails Mexican ban on type of fishing net killing porpoises
Written by Reuters on 2017-07-03


MEXICO CITY Mexico on Friday banned fishing with gillnets in the northern Gulf of California as part of its pledge to save a critically-endangered species of porpoise whose cause has been championed by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and others.The snub-nosed vaquita porpoise has all but died out due to gillnet fishing for shrimp and totoaba, a delicacy in Asia. Mexico three weeks ago unveiled...(Read More)

Tackling Tuna: How People Took On the Biggest Tuna Company and Won

Tackling Tuna: How People Took On the Biggest Tuna Company and Won
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-07-11


By Bunny McDiarmid, Greenpeace International Executive DirectorToday is a big day for our oceans. It is good news for sea turtles and sharks, sea birds and tuna. It is also a great day for hundreds of thousands of workers at sea, many of whom have been victims of horrendous working conditions and human rights abuses. Following  two years of intense pressure by Greenpeace, environmentalists, labor...(Read More)

ICL says level of damage caused by desert spill still unknown

ICL says level of damage caused by desert spill still unknown
Written by Reuters on 2017-07-03


JERUSALEM Potash and fertilizer producer Israel Chemicals (ICL) said on Sunday it cannot estimate the level of damage caused to the company or the environment by a spill at its fertilizer plant in Israel's Negev desert.Large amounts of highly acidic wastewater poured into the desert on Friday when a wall of an evaporation pool partially collapsed at the Rotem Amfert facility, according to Israel's...(Read More)

NHC says 20 percent chance of storm west-southwest of Cabo Verde islands

NHC says 20 percent chance of storm west-southwest of Cabo Verde islands
Written by Reuters on 2017-07-04


A broad low pressure system located about 650 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has a 20 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical storm over the next two days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.The nearly stationary system continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms and could develop into a tropical depression later this week, the Miami-based weather...(Read More)

Germany produced record 35 percent of power from renewables in first half

Germany produced record 35 percent of power from renewables in first half
Written by Reuters on 2017-07-05


BERLIN Germany raised the proportion of its power produced by renewable energy to 35 percent in the first half of 2017 from 33 percent the previous year, according to the BEE renewable energy association.Germany is aiming to phase out its nuclear power plants by 2022. Its renewable energy has been rising steadily over the last two decades thanks in part to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which was...(Read More)


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