Hydropower eyes bigger energy role, less environmental harm

Hydropower eyes bigger energy role, less environmental harm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In southwestern Pennsylvania, eight locks and dams that for decades helped barges move goods along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers will in a few years also generate enough power for 75,000 homes. Rye Development, a Boston-based hydropower company, is retrofitting the dams with turbines to generate electricity and says the upgraded … Read more

Recycled plastic bottles leach more chemicals into drinks, review finds | Plastics

A widely used kind of recycled plastic bottle passes more potentially harmful chemicals into their contents than newly manufactured bottles, researchers have warned. Researchers from Brunel University London found 150 chemicals that leaked into drinks from plastic bottles, with 18 of those chemicals found in levels exceeding regulations. And they found that drinks bottled using … Read more

Dead coral found at Great Barrier Reef as widespread bleaching event unfolds | Great Barrier Reef

Dead corals are being recorded in aerial surveys across the Great Barrier Reef in what the marine park’s chief scientist says is a widespread and serious bleaching event on the world heritage icon. Aerial surveys have covered half of the 2,300km reef, with the worst bleaching observed in the park’s central region off Townsville, where … Read more

Iconic African game to be focused at world wildlife conference

Iconic African game to be focused at world wildlife conference

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Iconic African wildlife such as elephants, big cats and rosewood trees will be central to discussions of the World Wildlife Conference slated for Panama later this year. The standing meeting of the UN wildlife trade body, called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which met all of last week … Read more

A ‘love affair’ with French Quebec that led to a life in radio: Jeanette Kelly dies at 70

A ‘love affair’ with French Quebec that led to a life in radio: Jeanette Kelly dies at 70

Jeanette Kelly was as comfortable within the book-lined walls of the Quebec Literary and Historical Society — founded in 1824 by the Earl of Dalhousie and home to Quebec City’s old Anglo establishment — as she was interviewing Quebec pop singer Coeur de Pirate, actor Rémy Girard gold French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. She … Read more

Companies’ net zero carbon emissions pledges have some gaps

Companies’ net zero carbon emissions pledges have some gaps

Companies have been volunteering in droves to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” within the next two to three decades. Yes, goal: A lack of a standard definition of what “net zero” actually means for corporations — and the absence of a regulatory entity that can enforce the pledges — means investors, government … Read more

Hot poles: Antarctica, Arctic 70 and 50 degrees above normal

Hot poles: Antarctica, Arctic 70 and 50 degrees above normal

Earth’s poles are undergoing simultaneous freakish extreme heat with parts of Antarctica more than 70 degrees (40 degrees Celsius) warmer than average and areas of the Arctic more than 50 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) warmer than average. Weather stations in Antarctica shattered records Friday as the region near autumn. The two-mile high (3,234 meters) Concordia … Read more

Why is the EU under pressure to ban kangaroo products and how will it affect Australia? | animal welfare

The European Union is under pressure to ban the import of kangaroo products following a push from a Dutch animal rights party, a move that if successful could collapse the kangaroo export market. Europe is the largest market for kangaroo meat and leather products. But animal rights activists say that the trade is incompatible with … Read more