VIEWPOINTRichard GoldmanRichard Goldman, founder of the "green Nobel prize", says it is vital to recognise the efforts of grassroots activists. In this week's Green Room, he explains why he believes some of the world's most powerful people could learn a lesson or two from the winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize.'Green Nobel Prize' winners 2009As governments around the world strug Read More »
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VIEWPOINTMichael GrubbDespite a volatile beginning, carbon markets promise to be a key player in the fight against climate change , says Professor Michael Grubb. However, he warns that governments must not "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" by failing to take the necessary steps to ensure their longevity."To create a market that collapses once is unfortunate. Twice is careles Read More »
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By Nick HollandBBC Business and economics reporter"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."There is some debate about who actually made this remark. It is often attributed to Albert Einstein, but few scientists now believe this doomsday scenario Read More »
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David MacKayProfessor of Physics, University of CambridgeWhen it comes to saving the planet, "every little helps!" Or does itMaybe if we all do a little, we'll achieve only a little. Newspapers and television programmes are full of suggestions on how we can be more green. But how can we tell what worksAs I argue in this week's More or Less on BBC Radio 4, what we need is a single unit o Read More »
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By Victoria GillScience reporter, BBC NewsThe genome of a female Hereford cow has been sequenced, which could be a starting point for major improvements in the agricultural industry.Analysing this blueprint of DNA code for the chemical building blocks of the animal is revealing the unique role that many of the genes play. The information is likely to have a major impact on livestock breeding. The Read More »
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The government has given the go-ahead for a new generation of coal-fired power plants - but only if they can prove they can reduce their emissions.Up to four new plants will be built if they are fitted with technology to trap and store CO2 emissions underground. The technology is not yet proven and would only initially apply to 25% of power stations' output. Green groups welcomed the move but sai Read More »
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By James MorganBBC NewsWild grazing animals in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve are steadily disappearing, a study has found.Numbers of giraffe, warthog, impala, topi and hartebeest fell by 50% or more between 1979 and 2002. The falls are linked to rapid growth of Maasai settlements around the reserve, say scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Their analysis is Read More »
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By Victoria GillScience reporter, BBC NewsA molecule that until now existed only in theory has finally been made.Known as a Rydberg molecule, it is formed through an elusive and extremely weak chemical bond between two atoms. The new type of bonding, reported in Nature, occurs because one of the two atoms in the molecule has an electron very far from its nucleus or centre. It reinforces fundament Read More »
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