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BBC Science and Environment

Greenland ice sheet losses double
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.

Tree-hugging snakes put safety first
For the first time, biologists measure the force applied by climbing snakes and find that they squeeze up to five times harder than necessary.

Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus
Basing their work on the techniques used by octopuses and cuttlefish, US engineers have produced a flexible, colour-changing material.

Iceland raises volcano alert level
The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, as well as the risk level to the aviation industry, meteorologists say.

Elephant deaths reach tipping point
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point, where more are being killed each year by poachers than are being born, a study suggests.

The Ecologist

Free the seeds to feed the world!
Patented and 'indentured' seeds are fast taking over the world's food supply, write Jack Kloppenburg & Irwin Goldman, terminating farmers' and gardeners' ancient right to develop new varieties,...

Weather-related disasters rise five-fold from 1970s to 2000s
Data collected by the WMO shows there were almost five times as many weather- related disasters in the first decade of this century than in the 1970s, writes Chris Rose. Hurricane Katrina in 2005...

Kazakhstan's nuclear power plans - the mysteries only deepen
Russia has announced that it will build the first thermal nuclear power station in Kazakhstan, the world's largest uranium producer, writes Komila Nabiyeva. But where in that vast country will it...

Detroit: what happens when water is a commodity, not a human right
The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit residents, the proposed privatization of the water system, and the diversion of the system's revenue to banks are possible, writes Pete Dolak, because...

Airports' global bird slaughter - 100,000s gassed, shot, poisoned
Airports around the world are waging a war on birds, writes Rose Bridger. It's meant to prevent aircraft bird strikes. But in fact, fatal (for people) collisions are rare - and even killing...

World Resources Institute

Towards A New Global Development Agenda: 5 Key Questions

After 17 months of debate among representatives of 70 countries, a UN Open Working Group has proposed a set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to succeed the UN's Millennium...

Managing Environmental Impact

This working paper consists of six case studies, includes an array of sectors, and draws experiences and lessons from these case studies. It provides take-aways for Chinese companies investing...

People-Oriented Cities: Smarter Driving, Smarter Cities

The 'People-oriented Cities' series—exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights—explores how cities can become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part...

The African Case for U.S. Climate Leadership

At the August U.S.-Africa summit, the focus was on business cooperation between the United States and the African continent. Yet as Senegal President Macky Sall said at a side event on Resilience...

A Farmer In Africa: Balancing Property Rights With National Needs

Community land and natural resources lie at the heart of social, political, and economic life in much of rural Africa. Most community land is held by communities under customary tenure...

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