Hard-working termites crucial to forest, wetland ecosystems A small island with big plans: The Kingdom of Bahrain commits to environmental sustainability Forests and wildlife in danger Shifting Subsidies to Renewable Energy Instead of Propping Up Fossil Fuel Giants Would Prompt ‘Clean Energy Revolution’, Study Shows Minamata Convention on Mercury: Two years after 1 dengue patient hospitalized every 2 minutes ‘Using mercury in dental cure a threat to health’ Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital Named a “Best Children’s Hospital” for Tenth Consecutive Year Quarter of world’s population facing extreme water stress Renewable energy push barely dents fossil fuel dependence
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Hard-working termites crucial to forest, wetland ecosystems

Termites are unwelcome in your home. They can cause structural damage to the wood in frames, floors and other materials. It’s nothing personal, though. They are really just looking for food sources. Read More:

A small island with big plans: The Kingdom of Bahrain commits to environmental sustainability

In June 2019, the Kingdom of Bahrain revealed its plans to ban plastic bags. The move took many by surprise. Ahmed Rajab, a photographer in Bahrain for the Gulf Daily News, is one supporter of the decision. He recalls a sad episode he captured on his camera: “With their bright pink colour, flamingos are so […]

Forests and wildlife in danger

A major report, “Below the Canopy”, jointly written by the conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Zoological Society of London (ZSL), has brought to the fore some startling findings. The study found that the population of wildlife in the world’s forests has declined by more than half in just over four decades. Read More:

Shifting Subsidies to Renewable Energy Instead of Propping Up Fossil Fuel Giants Would Prompt ‘Clean Energy Revolution’, Study Shows

"What we are doing is using taxpayers' money to boost hurricanes, to spread droughts, to melt glaciers, to bleach corals. In one word: to destroy the world." by Julia Conley, staff writer A new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) showed that if just 10 to 30 percent of the annual coal, oil, […]

Renewable energy push barely dents fossil fuel dependence

Unprecedented efforts to install renewable power capacity have only translated into meeting 2 per cent of global energy demand, meaning the world’s overwhelming reliance on fossil fuels shows no sign of abating. A new report forecasts that coal, oil and gas will still contribute about 85 per cent of primary energy supply by 2040, compared […]

Is dengue turning into an epidemic?

The number of patients was only 184 in May but rose to 1,796 in June Four and a half year old Tahmeed Mehbub, admitted to a private hospital in Dhaka on July 14 with heavy fever and body pain, was diagnosed with dengue. Within a day of his admission, his condition deteriorated rapidly and he […]

Organic farming gets all the hype, but it doesn’t feed the world

Natural does not mean non-toxic or safe. Synthetic does not mean toxic or harmful. Organic farmers are permitted to use pesticides and herbicides. Organic produce should be washed before it’s eaten. Conventional or organic, we’re all farmers. In June, the federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced a $992,131 investment in the Canadian Organic Trade Association […]

US cities are losing 36 million trees a year. Here’s why it matters and how you can stop it

(CNN)If you're looking for a reason to care about tree loss, the nation's latest heat wave might be it. Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a recent study. But tree cover in US cities is shrinking. A study published last year by the US Forest Service found […]

Single-use plastics a serious climate change hazard, study warns

The proliferation of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change and should be urgently halted, a report warns. Plastic production is expanding worldwide, fuelled in part by the fracking boom in the US. The report says plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its […]

The rise of ‘ungardening’: how to turn a backyard into a wildlife haven

Manicured privets and immaculate lawns are a thing of the past. Nowadays, it’s all about “ungardening”: eschewing toxic pesticides or sterile patio decking to create gardens that will encourage native wildlife to live and flourish. Rewilding, as it’s more commonly known, has been growing in popularity across Europe and the US, as green-fingered activists use their […]

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