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Restoring marshes, oyster reefs could save $50 billion: study

Restoring marshes, oyster reefs could save $50 billion: study

TAMPA – Restoring oyster reefs and marshes could save the US Gulf Coast region $50 billion in flood damages over the next 20 years, and are far more cost effective than seawalls, researchers said Wednesday, reports BSS. The study in the journal PLOS ONE is the first to compare the cost-to-benefit ratios of a range […]

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Biodiversity crisis summit kicks off in Colombia

MEDELLIN, Colombia – A comprehensive, global appraisal of mass species extinction — and what can be done to reverse it — kicked off in Colombia’s second-largest city Saturday, with more than 750 experts in attendance, reports BSS. President Juan Manuel Santos opened the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) meeting in Medellin […]

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Chris Jordan’s Portraits of American Mass Consumption

Interesting News: American photographer Chris Jordan using large-scale works depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. Like Edward Burtynsky, Jordan uses large scale photographs to depict scenes of infrastructure and industrial waste that few of us will ever experience in person. While Edward Burtynsky’s work revolves around the petroleum and mining […]

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21 dolphins die after washing up on Mexico beach

LA PAZ, Mexico – Twenty-one dolphins that were apparently attacked by another species of dolphin have died after washing up on a beach in northern Mexico, authorities said, reports BSS. Environmental activists launched a frantic operation to try to save the dolphins after a group of 54 washed up on a rocky beach in Bahia […]

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Met office predicts dry weather over country

DHAKA – Weather may remain mainly dry with partly cloudy sky over the country, having chances of light rain or drizzle at one or two places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions and the regions of Jessore and Kushtia in the next 24 hours ending at 9 am tomorrow, according to a met office […]

Moderate cold wave likely after two days

DHAKA: The mercury level is likely to dip after two days exposing the country to moderate cold wave severity with temperature level from 6.1 to 8.0 degrees Celsius, according to a met official, reports BSS. “Mild cold wave sweeping over the regions of Srimangal, Pabna and Chuadanga will continue for more two days. After that […]

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 8: John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, debuts a customized Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid that will be used for Google's autonomous vehicle program at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on January 8, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.  Approximately 5000 journalists from around the world and nearly 800,000 people are expected to attend the NAIAS between January 8th and January 22nd to see the more than 750 vehicles and numerous interactive displays. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

California wants 5 million ‘green’ cars on roads by 2030

LOS ANGELES: – California Governor Jerry Brown Friday signed an executive order detailing aims to have five million electric cars on the state’s roads by 2030 — by accelerating the production of such vehicles using financial incentives and rebates, reports BSS. The $2.5 billion, eight-year plan also involves the installation of 250,000 electric vehicle charging […]

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Thousand-year old Nateshwar holds prospect of being world heritage site

Nateshwar excavation area of Vikrampura Buddhist archeological location has all the potentials to emerge as another world heritage site in Bangladesh. It has got a unique combination of religious and culturally-important structures, a centerpiece of ancient Bengal and the very location of the site is close by to the country’s capital, said archeologists on Wednesday, […]

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How Brexit affecting Britain’s food standards

Brexit poses huge risks to food standards in the UK and will have “seismic implications” for its food and farming systems, according to a new report. Author Dan Crossley, executive director of the Food Ethics Council, said that the UK faced a stark choice between promoting a high quality, ethical and sustainable system and “a […]

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Human activity poses risk to thousands of species

Thousands of animal species are at critical risk of going extinct due to unsustainable farming and fishing methods and climate change, a conservation group has warned as it released the latest red list of endangered species. In a rare piece of good news, the International Union for Conservation of Nature[IUCN] praised New Zealand for its […]

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The nights are getting brighter – Is it a good sign?

Satellite observations made by researchers during five consecutive Octobers show Earth’s artificially lit outdoor area grew by 2% a year from 2012 to 2016. So did nighttime brightness. Light pollution was even worse than that, according to the German-led team, because the sensor used cannot detect some of the LED lighting that is becoming more […]

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Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

MANILA, – Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organisers said Saturday, reports BSS. Some 34 endangered species were selected to receive heightened conservation efforts at the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) conference that just concluded in Manila. Protecting migratory species […]

Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve

BRASILIA,  – The Brazilian government backed off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve Monday after blistering domestic and international criticism, reports BSS. President Michel Temer’s office will issue a new decree Tuesday that “restores the conditions of the area, according to the document that instituted the reserve in […]

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