Lake Baikal in Siberia has become a top destination for Russian and foreign tourists. But many fear the influx of visitors and their garbage is imperilling it and there is deep mistrust over the Putin government’s efforts to manage the issue.
For years it was only environmental groups that objected to the idea of digging up metals from the deep sea. But now BMW, Volvo, Google and Samsung are lending their weight to calls for a moratorium on the proposals.
Those who care about the welfare of fish and seafood should opt for clams, mussels, or seaweed; a new report says popular fish, including farmed Atlantic salmon and trout, have more complex welfare needs and are more likely to experience pain and suffering.
From early humans rubbing sticks together to make fire, to the fossil fuels that drove the industrial revolution, energy has played a central role in our development as a species. But the way we power our societies has also created our biggest challenge.
An idea to cover California’s huge network of irrigation canals with solar panels could provide clean energy and conserve scarce water resources. It’s a concept that’s already being pursued elsewhere in the world.
In a 6-3 decision, the country’s highest court has ruled the federal price on carbon, which affects both consumers and large industrial emitters, does not violate the rights of individual provinces and is a critical response to the threat of climate change.
Demand for construction sand is rising faster than supply, pushing even countries in the Middle East to import it from as far away as Australia and Canada. In some regions, the shortages have already fueled targeted killings and the destruction of habitats.
South Sudanese officials hope the world’s newest country can become carbon neutral by 2030, with a rollout of renewable energy and mass tree planting. But aid cuts, a slump in oil revenue, and the legacy of civil war pose major hurdles.