The natural environment encompasses all living and non-living things occurring naturally, meaning in this case not artificial. The term is most often applied to the Earth or some parts of Earth. This environment encompasses the interaction of all living species, climate, weather and natural resources that affect human survival and economic activity.
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  • Reuters

    Colombia's Transandino oil pipeline hit by bomb attack - Ecopetrol

    Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol SA said on Sunday a bomb attack on the Transandino pipeline caused spillage in southwestern Narino close to the border with Ecuador. Ecopetrol did not say who was responsible for the bombing or when the pipeline would return to service.     Colombia's southern region has extensive coca crops and laboratories to produce cocaine.

  • Deseret News

    Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

    Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data on the website of the Center for Whale Research, which studies the orcas, several months ago when they noticed a startling trend: that for the past two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years. In a newly published paper, they speculate that the pattern is related to pink salmon, which return to the Salish Sea between Washington state and Canada in enormous numbers every other year — though they're not sure how.

  • PR Newswire

    Sinopec Capital Predicts an End to "the Burning Era" and a Greener Future Dominated by Electric Vehicles

    BEIJING, Jan. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec Group) today announced that Huang Wenshang, Chairman of Sinopec's Investment arm, delivered a keynote speech on January 13th at the China EV100 Forum 2019. To tackle climate change, the Paris Agreement aims to keep the increase in global average temperature below 2 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels and to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees centigrade. To meet such a target, Wang argued, people need to shift to a new form of energy consumption that is clean, green, safe, efficient and sustainable.

  • City to air proposal for increased recycling service, rates
    Mohave Daily News

    City to air proposal for increased recycling service, rates

    NEEDLES — The city is planning four workshops for local residents and businesses leading up to a March 12 public hearing on proposed increases in services and rates for handling solid waste and recycling. The city plans to continue an exclusive franchise agreement with Allied Waste Transportation Inc. (also known as Republic) through July 1, 2028, which includes collection, transportation and handling of solid waste and construction debris for commercial, industrial and residential properties. To date, Allied has been providing service for recyclables at little or no extra charge. That's changing, in part due to California mandates for diversion and recycling and in part due to shifts in the

  • Freak weather to rise in India over two decades, cataclysmic fallout likely by 2040

    Freak weather to rise in India over two decades, cataclysmic fallout likely by 2040

    Pointing towards a rise in catastrophic weather events in India — including last year's Kerala floods and the freak dust storms in northern India — the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the year 2000 was a “tipping point” for the impact of climate change-led warming in the country, and scientists predict a cataclysmic fallout by 2040 if emissions are not contained. In a report released last week, IMD documented a gradual, significant rise in the annual mean temperature from 2000 onwards. Since meteorological record keeping began in India in 1901, the report said that there has been a perceptible spike in the past 19 years. IMD's “Statement on Climate of India during 2018” linked this trend to climate change because India's warming trends are very similar to the pattern of global warming.

  • Reuters

    Berkshire denies media report on accord to extract lithium

    A unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc denied a report on Sunday that it reached an agreement to allow extraction of lithium from its geothermal wells in California, a project that could offer U.S. carmakers and battery producers a secure supply of the metal. "There is no agreement in place with anybody to allow extraction of lithium or any other minerals from the geothermal wells in California," Jessi Strawn, a spokeswoman for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co, which is majority-owned by Warren Buffett's conglomerate, said in an emailed response to a Reuters query.

  • Water resources bill dead in Senate – Anyanwu
    The Punch

    Water resources bill dead in Senate – Anyanwu

    Sunday Aborisade, Abuja An executive bill sent to the Senate last year seeking to concentrate the control of water resources under the Federal Government has died a natural death in the red chamber. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public petitions, Senator Sam Anyanwu, stated this in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Sunday. Anyanwu said the fact that the controversial bill was rejected by the majority of the senators when it was brought was an indication that the legislation was unpopular and had since died a natural death. He said, “Nobody is talking of that bill again. We have moved on beyond that. It can never see the light of the day. It has died a

  • Haida Gwaii home to a distinct but vulnerable pocket of northern goshawks

    Haida Gwaii home to a distinct but vulnerable pocket of northern goshawks

    VANCOUVER -- Haida Gwaii's population of northern goshawks are the last remnant of a highly distinct genetic cluster of the birds, a new study by University of British Columbia researchers has found. Researchers estimate the population of birds may have been evolving separately on Haida Gwaii for 20,000 years -- right around the last time the glaciers melted, causing the sea levels to rise and potentially separating the birds from their kin. While the birds can fly long distances -- with goshawks from Michigan and Manitoba travelling as far away as the central United States -- they don't seem to like travelling over water, which could account for their long-term isolation, said study co-lead Armando Geraldes.

  • Boyan Stat has a dream - to rid the ocean of millions of tonnes of plastic
    Australian Financial Review

    Boyan Stat has a dream - to rid the ocean of millions of tonnes of plastic

    Disappointed, not surprised During a live video chat in 2014, Nicholas Mallos, an expert in marine debris at the Ocean Conservancy, asked Slat about Martini and Goldstein's concerns. Slat replied that the women were not engineers. "And that," said Goldstein, who wrote her dissertation on the ecological impacts of plastic in the garbage patch, "is the only response we ever got." Earlier this month, Clark Richards, a physical oceanographer at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia, pointed out the possible physics flaws in Wilson's design. Slat, on Twitter, thanked Richards soon after the oceanographer posted his critique. Goldstein said "it was a bit puzzling as to why Clark got

  • These corals love the warming oceans

    These corals love the warming oceans

    Ocean temperatures have risen an average of 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, threatening many of the world's coral reefs. Mass bleaching events — caused when corals become thermally stressed and expel the symbiotic algae that give corals their vibrant colors — are becoming more frequent and more severe. A 2016 bleaching event, for example, damaged 94 percent of the coral on the Great Barrier Reef. New research, however, indicates that not all hope is lost for the world's corals. Researchers found that in some spots, like off the coast of Japan and in the Mediterranean Sea, corals can overtake other species, including seaweed, to establish new habitats. But, at what cost? Previous research

  • Science shows that it's not really green to ban plastic bags
    New York Post

    Science shows that it's not really green to ban plastic bags

    As if grocery shopping weren't enough of a hassle, it's about to become even more inconvenient in New York — for no good reason. State lawmakers may soon cave to the anti-plastic craze by passing a statewide plastic-bag ban. In its zeal to jump on the anti-plastic bandwagon, the Legislature would force consumers to use alternatives that use up more resources and have been shown to endanger public health. What will New Yorkers gain after being forced to relinquish one of the most useful inventions of modern times? Alternatives include potentially disease-ridden reusable bags or those hard-to-carry, commuter-unfriendly paper bags that fall apart in the rain and use more energy in the production

  • Four aid volunteers found guilty of dropping off water, food for migrants in Arizona desert
    Daily Record

    Four aid volunteers found guilty of dropping off water, food for migrants in Arizona desert

    TUCSON — A federal judge found four humanitarian aid volunteers guilty on some of the charges against them for dropping off water and food for migrants at a protected wilderness area along the Arizona-Mexico border, notorious for the number of human remains recovered each year. U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco found Natalie Hoffman, a volunteer with humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, guilty on all three charges against her. He also found three other volunteers — Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick — guilty of the two charges they each faced. Hoffman had been charged with operating a vehicle inside the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Arizona, entering

  • Leopards are among the most neglected big cats in India: Here's why

    Leopards are among the most neglected big cats in India: Here's why

    New Delhi, Jan 20: When it comes to the poaching of endangered species, elephants, tigers and rhinos tend to be in the limelight. But a new report sets out to plug the information gap on a different species that is imperiled by a tide of demand related to rising affluence in Asia: leopards. Factors like loss of habitat, a shrinking prey base, man-animal conflict, and organized poaching and poisoning of the animal are leading to the decimation of the leopard population. Further, lack of awareness about the ecological crisis and poorly managed forests are also responsible for a decline in their numbers. According to data given by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change during the

  • Climate change fears for onshore gas site
    BBC News

    Climate change fears for onshore gas site

    Plans for an onshore gas site in Cheshire will make it "less likely" the UK will meet its commitments on global warming, a public inquiry has heard. In January 2018, Chester and Cheshire West Council rejected IGas's plan to test for gas by injecting acid into a well next to the M53 at Ellesmere Port. The energy company denies protesters' claims that the work would have a negative impact on the environment. IGas's appeal is being heard by a government planning inspector. The UK has committed to legally binding carbon budgets, which restrict the amount of greenhouse gases the UK can emit over a five year period. Local MP Justin Madders said production at the Portside North site, if approved, would

  • Religious bodies can lead advocacy on environmental issues – Experts
    The Punch

    Religious bodies can lead advocacy on environmental issues – Experts

    Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Environmentalists have said religious organisations can lead sensitisation and advocacy on protecting the environment from the effects of climate change as well as human activities. The Secretary General, Alliance of Religions and Conservation, Mr Martin Palmer, stated that considering the fact that over 80 per cent of the world's population belonged to one of the major religions in the world, they were stakeholders in the planet and on a par with almost any national government. “In many parts of the world, religious leaders are trusted more than politicians, non-governmental organisations, the United Nations or any other outsider body,” he said. Palmer, who is also the