Seven stranded whales refloated in New Zealand
Conservation

Seven stranded whales refloated in New Zealand

Updated / Saturday, 4 Jan 2020 08:11 Whales were shepherded out to deeper waters Seven whales were successfully herded back to sea after they survived a mass stranding at a New Zealand beach, conservation officials said. About 1,000 locals and holidaymakers had spent several hours assisting the beached whales on the Coromandel Peninsula in the North…

Trump Starts 2020 With a New Bid to Ignore Climate Change
Environmental News

Trump Starts 2020 With a New Bid to Ignore Climate Change

Photo: GettyIn its first environmental rollback of the new year, the Trump administration aims to weaken regulations that require federal agencies to consider climate change when assessing the environmental impacts of new infrastructure projects, the New York Times reported Thursday.The proposed amendments would nullify a mandate from the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that…

Marine Ecology

Island ‘soundscapes’ show potential for evaluating recovery of nesting seabirds

Nocturnal seabirds nesting on remote islands can be extremely difficult to study. An increasingly important tool for monitoring these populations involves acoustic sensors deployed in the field to record sounds over long periods of time. But analysis of the resulting recordings to identify and count the calls of different species can be time-consuming, even with…

EU carbon neutrality: Leaders agree 2050 target without Poland
Green Energy

EU carbon neutrality: Leaders agree 2050 target without Poland

Image copyright EPA Image caption European Council President Charles Michel said member states had different starting points European Union leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed to make the currently 28-member bloc carbon neutral by 2050.However Poland, which is heavily reliant on coal, remains opposed and has been exempted for the time being.European Council President Charles…

Trump administration change to environmental law could allow for ignoring climate impact
Environmental News

Trump administration change to environmental law could allow for ignoring climate impact

A new Trump administration proposal aims to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, which would make infrastructure and fossil fuel projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline easier to accomplish, the New York Times reports.What’s happening: The proposed revision would allow agencies to ignore “cumulative” consequences of major infrastructure projects — which courts have interpreted as…