‘I don’t want to imagine a world without giant snakes in it’

Neglected by most conservation groups, the Burmese python has a champion in Shariar Caesar Rahman.

Here’s a fact that illuminates many of the realities of global conservation: we know more about Burmese pythons in Florida – where they are a destructive invader – than about their lives in their natural range in Southeast Asia, where their numbers are plummeting and their very long-term survival may be up in the air.

Armed with a shoestring budget and a love for mega-snakes, Shariar Caesar Rahman is trying to rectify this incongruent reality by doing something no one has done in Bangladesh before. He’s attaching radio transmitters to snakes – really, really big snakes.

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Charging EVs with Solar and Wind Is Doable with the New Giraffe 2.0

Leading the world’s clean energy revolution are cheaper renewable sources— mostly solar and wind — and electric vehicles with their rechargeable batteries. Already, thanks to companies like Tesla, a certain kind of energy ecosystem can be created using these. The batteries of EVs can be used to supply power electric grids, for example. But what if you can put solar and […]
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Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals

The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts.

“Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just as endangered [as wildlife] and are getting almost no attention,” said Ann Tutwiler, director general of Bioversity International, a research group that published a new report on Tuesday.

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Chips, chocolate and coffee – our food crops face mass extinction too

It’s not just animals, many seed crops are also endangered. So why is agrobiodiversity so overlooked? This valuable source of affordable, nutritious food could disappear if we don’t act

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A “sixth mass extinction” is already under way, scientists are now warning us. Species such as the Bengal tiger and blue whale are vanishing at an alarming rate, and mournful eulogies are being written on how those born in 20 years’ time may never see an African elephant. But who is writing the eulogy for our food? Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply – known as agrobiodiversity ­– are just as endangered and are getting almost no attention.

Take some consumer favourites: chips, chocolate and coffee. Up to 22% of wild potato species are predicted to become extinct by 2055 due to climate change. In Ghana and Ivory Coast, where the raw ingredient for 70% of our chocolate is grown, cacao trees will not be able to survive as temperatures rise by two degrees over the next 40 years. Coffee yields in Tanzania have dropped 50% since 1960.

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Country diary: life and loss of a riverside meadow

Sandy, Bedfordshire Once full of lambs, today the field is a thigh-high forest of vegetation and saplings rise above the jungle

Down by the river is a place that five springs ago was a field full of lambs. I had spent a couple of years there acting as “lookerer” (or volunteer shepherd) for a flock of Southdown sheep, and on one blossom-filled morning of cuckoo flowers and lesser celandines, I helped the shepherd with a difficult birth.

Related: Country diary: Sandy, Bedfordshire: The best midwife in his field – a shepherd gets to grips with lambing

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Indian Solar Capacity To Hit 20 Gigawatts By March 2017

According to a report released by consulting firm Bridge to India, India is expected to reach an installed solar capacity of 20 gigawatts by the end of the present financial year (2017-18). This was the initial target under the National Solar Mission for March 2022, which was later updated to 100 gigawatts.

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India’s Largest Power Generator Plans 100 Waste-To-Energy Projects

NTPC Limited, India’s largest power generation company, has invited interested domestic and international developers to construct 100 waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in the country under the Swatch Bharat Mission of the government of India.

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Westchester Power Puts New York Communities In Charge Of Energy Future — Episode 43 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast

A growing number of small- and mid-size communities are harnessing their shared market power to promote local renewable energy. Using a state policy called community choice aggregation, these communities can unseat powerful monopoly utilities and seize greater control over their energy futures by choosing their electricity suppliers or generating their own power.

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India To Overachieve On 175 Gigawatt Renewable Energy Target, Claims Govt Official

A high-ranking official at India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy recently claimed that the country will surpass its target to have 175 gigawatts of operational renewable energy capacity by March 2022.

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Malcolm Turnbull's request for end to gas 'moratoriums' rejected by states

NSW and Victoria argue fracking policies cannot be easily changed after PM says they are putting energy security at risk

State governments have rejected Malcolm Turnbull’s request to lift restrictions on new gas production, arguing their fracking policies cannot be so easily changed.

Turnbull has written to the New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, and the Northern Territory chief minister, Michael Gunner, asking them to lift their “blanket moratoriums” on new gas production and saying they are putting Australia’s ­energy security and industries at risk.

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Australia Requires 75% Renewable Energy By 2030 To Meet Paris Commitments

australia wind farmA new major report has concluded that Australia needs between 66% and 75% renewable energy by 2030 in order to meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitments, or face delaying a necessary transition and increasing the eventual cost to the national economy. 

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Federal Court Faults Bureau Of Land Management For Coal Mine Climate Analysis

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver earlier this month ruled that the country's Bureau of Land Management must reassess its analysis of the climate impacts of expanding two huge coal mines in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, finding that the existing analysis which led to approval for expansion to be "glaringly insufficient." 

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NIGERIA : Enron's ghost returns to haunt Abuja

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UGANDA : Bujagali seeks to spread debt to lower power rates

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MOZAMBIQUE : Chipande daughter plugs into electricity

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