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Bonn Climate Summit Makes Progress But Leaves Much To Do – November 17, 2017

UN negotiations lay the groundwork for implementing the landmark Paris deal, though difficult decisions lay ahead

The world’s nations were confident they were making important progress in turning continued political commitment into real world action, as the global climate change summit in Bonn was drawing to a close on Friday.

The UN talks were tasked with the vital, if unglamorous, task of converting the unprecedented global agreement sealed in Paris in 2015 from a symbolic moment into a set of rules by which nations can combine to defeat global warming. Currently, the world is on track for at least 3C of global warming — a catastrophic outcome that would lead to severe impacts around the world.

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by: The Guardian

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Miniature Robots Could Cut Pesticide Use on Farms in the Future – November 14, 2017

Robots could also reduce food waste and help harvest crops, but they may not be commercially available for some years to come, say experts

Miniature robot farmers may be the answer to concerns over chemical use on farms and cutting down on food waste, as well as easing labour shortages, academic farming experts have said.

small weeding robotPhoto courtesy of Naio TechnologiesNaio Technologies, a French company, has a robot that can weed a field all on its own.

The drawback is that the machines in question, while developed in laboratories to an advanced stage, are not yet commercially available in the UK. In an optimistic scenario, they could become available in as little as… more

by: The Guardian

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US Switches Focus of its Bonn Event from Clean Energy to Fossil Fuels – November 10, 2017

One of US’s only public events, originally billed as promoting clean energy, now favors coal and nuclear power

The US has changed the focus of one of its few public events at the Bonn climate talks to emphasize coal and nuclear power, in a sign of the Trump administration’s goals at the talks.

COP23 conference in Bonnphoto by UNClimateChange, FlickrThe United States has changed the focus of one of its events at the climate change conference in Bonn to focus on coal and nuclear energy.

An event next Monday, opening the second week of the ongoing UN negotiations, was originally billed as promoting clean energy. However, it has since been changed to… more

by: The Guardian

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When the Sheep Turn Black with Soot, War’s Toxic Legacy Can No Longer Be Ignored – November 3, 2017

The battle for Mosul has left the city shrouded in smog

The smoke that billowed from the burning oil fields was so thick it blocked out the sun. By the time I reached Qayyarah, where Islamic State fighters had set fire to 19 oil wells, a film of black soot had settled over the Iraqi town like toxic snow. Even the sheep had turned black.

photo of burning oil fieldsPhoto by NASAAn August 2016 satellite image captures smoke from the Qayyarah oil field fires. The fires left a film of toxic black soot over the Iraqi.

Pools of thick oil ran in the streets. In the sky above the town, the black… more

by: The Guardian

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Murder of Retired Couple Chills Fellow Environmental Activists in Turkey – October 18, 2017

Killing of two advocates who successfully campaigned to shut down marble mine stokes fear that others will kill to protect profits

Cedar branches whisper in the Anatolian breeze. Twigs crunch underfoot. A truck rumbles from a distant marble quarry. The crack of a hunter’s rifle echoes through the forest.

The sounds of tranquility and violence intermingle at the remote hillside home of Aysin and Ali Büyüknohutçu, the Turkish beekeepers and environmental defenders whose murder in Finike earlier this year has sent a chill through the country’s conservation movement.

photo of marble quarryPhoto by mhyigit A marble quarry in Finike, Turkey. Aysin and Ali Büyüknohutçu were murdered after fighting marble companies in the area.

If the killings of the retired couple were not… more

by: The Guardian

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