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Fears grow that climate conflicts could lead to war
Among the 21st-century threats posed by climate change -- rising seas, melting permafrost and superstorms -- European leaders are warning of a last-century risk they know all too well: War.
Focusing too narrowly on the environmental consequences of global warming underestimates the military threats, top European and United Nations officials said at a global security conference in Munich this weekend. Their warnings follow the conclusions of defense and intelligence agencies that climate change could trigger resource and border conflicts.
“Climate change is a threat multiplier that leads to social upheaval and possibly even armed conflict,” the UN’s top climate official, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, said at the conference, which was attended by the U.S. secretaries of defense and homeland security, James Mattis and John Kelly.
Read in full at www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-19/war-is-the-climate-risk-that-europe-s-leaders-are-talk...
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20 hours ago ·
USA: Concern grows as endangered right whale sightings dwindle
The winter of 2017 has been grim for the scientists and volunteers who watch for endangered right whales off the Florida coast. Fewer whales have been seen than at any time since they started keeping track.
Only four adult right whales and three calves have been sighted offshore, scientists said this week. The winter migration season isn't over, but chances are decreasing for any new sightings.
"It's not looking good that the numbers will increase, either in terms of the numbers of individuals or calves," said Jim Hain, program director for the Marineland Right Whale Project and a right whale scientist with Associated Scientists at Woods Hole. "This has all occurred despite relatively good weather and (aerial) survey conditions."
The low number of sightings come amid growing concern about critically endangered baleen whales along the North American coast.
Read in full at www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170219/concern-grows-as-endangered-right-whale-sightings-dwindle
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20 hours ago ·
Iran: Mining ruse will cost environment dear
A section of a dirt track that runs through Darreh Anjir Wildlife Sanctuary in Yazd Province has been asphalted despite opposition from the Department of Environment, paving the way for mining activities to begin in the D19 mineral zone.
The mineral zone is rich in iron ore deposits. However, a section of the zone extends into a protected area that is the habitat of critically endangered species such as Asiatic cheetah and Persian leopard.
According to a report by Mehr News Agency, those behind the asphalt project claim the move is aimed at facilitating the movement of ranchers and cattle farmers.
However, ironically, there are neither ranchers nor cattle farmers in the area. In other words, the sole purpose of turning the dirt track into a proper road is to easily transport iron ore out of the area.
Read in full at financialtribune.com/articles/people-environment/59818/mining-ruse-will-cost-environment-dear
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21 hours ago ·