Environment

Turn your food waste into organic fertilizer through Bokashi composting

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) — Want to know what you can do with your kitchen scraps? Do you want to compost but live in the city and don’t have the time or space to do so? Bokashi composting may just be the right solution for you. Bokashi composting uses an anaerobic process to break down kitchen waste into fertilizer. Kitchen scraps, including meat and dairy products which are usually banned from […]

How fast fashion pollutes

The textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world. This videographic shows the impact of this industry as shown in the 7th IPBES conference, nicknamed the IPCC of biodiversity which opened in Paris. Stepahne Koguc, Jonathan Storey / AFP VIDEOGRAPHIC/

Antarctic penguins suffer ‘catastrophic’ breeding failure

The second largest Emperor penguin colony on Earth has suffered a “catastrophic” breeding failure after nearly all chicks born over three years died as their icy Antarctic habitat shrinks, researchers said Thursday. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) used satellite imagery to study the behaviour of the Halley Bay colony in the Weddell Sea due south of Cape Hope, which normally sees up to 25,000 penguin pairs mate each year. They found that in 2016, when […]

Tropical forest the size of England destroyed in 2018: report

  by Marlowe Hood Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Last year humanity destroyed an expanse of tropical forest nearly the size of England, the third largest decline since global satellite data become available in 2001, researchers reported Thursday. The pace of the loss is staggering — the equivalent of 30 football fields disappearing every minute of every day, or 12 million hectares a year. Almost a third of that area, some 36,000 square […]

China plastic waste ban throws global recycling into chaos

by Sam Reeves Agence France Presse Jenjarom, Malaysia (AFP) — Pictures by Mohd Rasfan and Brenton Edwards. Video by Patrick Lee From grubby packaging engulfing small Southeast Asian communities to waste piling up in plants from the US to Australia, China’s ban on accepting the world’s used plastic has plunged global recycling into turmoil. For many years, China received the bulk of scrap plastic from around the world, processing much of it into a higher […]

New York mayor targets classic skyscrapers with Green New Deal

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio marked Earth Day by outlining measures to make New York greener Monday, including dramatically cutting the carbon footprint of the city’s signature building, the skyscraper. “We’re going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient,” he told MSNBC television. The New York version of the “Green New Deal” currently being pushed by freshmen Democratic members of Congress would make buildings of […]

Researchers calculate decades of ‘scary’ Greenland ice melting

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Measuring melting ice is a fairly precise business in 2019 — thanks to satellites, weather stations and sophisticated climate models. By the 1990s and 2000s, scientists were able to make pretty good estimates, although work from previous decades was unreliable due to less advanced technology. Now, researchers have recalculated the amount of ice lost in Greenland since 1972, the year the first Landsat satellites entered orbit to […]

Three mountaineers presumed dead in Canada avalanche

Montreal, Canada (AFP) — Three world-renowned professional mountaineers — two Austrians and an American — were missing and presumed dead after an avalanche on a western Canadian summit, the country’s national parks agency said Thursday. American Jess Roskelley, 36, and Austrians Hansjorg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, went missing Tuesday evening in Banff National Park, according to media reports. Authorities launched an aerial search the next day. The three men were attempting to climb […]

Team in Florida captures huge python using tracking devices

MIAMI,¬†United States (AFP) — Researchers in Florida using a new approach to combating a destructive invasion by enormous pythons have captured one of the biggest ever, a 17-foot-long (5.2 meters) specimen large enough to eat a deer, they said. The female snake is longer than a one-story building is high, and weighs 140 pounds (64 kilograms). It is one of the biggest pythons ever caught in southern Florida, according to a post on the Facebook […]

Four-legged prehistoric whale fossil found in Peru

Washington, United States (AFP) — Paleontologists have found a well-preserved fossil of a four-legged amphibious ancestor of whales, a discovery that sheds new light on the mammals’ transition from land to the ocean. The ancestors of whales and dolphins walked on Earth about 50 million years ago in the regions that now comprise India and Pakistan. Paleontologists have previously found partial fossils of the species in North America that were 41.2 million years old suggesting […]

Indonesia eyes komodo dragon island closure to thwart smuggling

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesia may temporarily shut an island that is home to Komodo dragons in a bid to fix problems created by mass tourism and thwart attempts to smuggle the world’s biggest lizard, the local tourism agency said Thursday. The proposed closure, which is awaiting central government approval, would start from 2020 but does not apply to nearby islands where the giant, slavering carnivores are also found, the agency said. Thousands of tourists […]