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 James ReynoldsBBC News, Shanxi, central ChinaFor the Li family, the best part of the day comes at noon. Every day, after school, Li San San picks up his children from school, jams them all onto the back of his motorbike and drives them through the hills back home. The kids cling onto each other and laugh as they try not to fall off. On the main roads nearby, lines of coal trucks head off to th Read More »
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Traditional fruit orchards are vanishing from England's landscape - with serious consequences for wildlife, conservationists have warned.The National Trust says 60% have disappeared since the 1950s, putting local varieties of apples, cherries, pears, plums and damsons under threat. It is launching a £536,000 drive to reverse the decline of the orchards. Their trees provide important habitat 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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