US Launches Plan to Halt Decline of Monarch Butterfly – February 10, 2015
$2m to be spent on growing milkweed and other butterfly-friendly plants along main migration routes from Minnesota to Mexico
The Obama administration and conservation groups launched a plan on Monday to halt the death spiral of the monarch butterfly.
The most familiar of American butterflies, known for their extraordinary migration from Mexico through the mid-west to Canada, monarch populations have plummeted 90 percent over the past 20 years.
Photo by Jill Heemstra
Fewer than 50m butterflies made it to Mexico last winter – a fraction of the population once estimated at 1bn.
by: The Guardian
World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Dumps Dozens of Coal Companies – February 6, 2015
Norway’s giant fund removes investments made risky by climate change and other environmental concerns, including coal, oil sands, cement and gold mining
The world’s richest sovereign wealth fund removed 32 coal mining companies from its portfolio in 2014, citing the risk they face from regulatory action on climate change.
Photo by Curt Carnemark/World Bank
Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), worth $850bn and founded on the nation’s oil and gas wealth, revealed a total of 114 companies had been dumped on environmental and climate grounds in its first report on responsible investing, released on Thursday. The companies divested also include tar sands producers, cement… more
by: The Guardian
Keystone Pipeline: Oil Price Drop Will Worsen Climate Impact, EPA Warns – February 3, 2015
Falling oil prices could mean higher carbon pollution for the controversial pipeline, a finding that gives Obama new cause to reject the project
Falling oil prices have changed the economic viability of the Keystone XL pipeline — and that means the project would result in much higher carbon pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Tuesday.
The finding hands President Barak Obama new grounds on which to reject the pipeline, only days after the Senate voted to force approval of the project and as the House Republican leadership moved to a final vote that could send a pipeline bill toward the president’s desk as soon as next week.
Photo by Michael Fleshman