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Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

Staff members and volunteers work to clean oil off a brown pelican at the International Bird Rescue office in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, on Friday, May 22, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline in near Santa Barbara, Calif., spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast.

Posted on 23 May 2015 | 4:21 am

Shell CEO backs fossil fuels, climate change warnings – Guardian

Van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell, speaks during a news conference at the London Stock Exchange(Reuters) – The world’s fossil fuel reserves cannot be burned unless some way is found to capture their carbon emissions, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said on Friday. In an interview published in Britain's Guardian newspaper, Van Beurden forecast that global energy use would produce “zero carbon” by the end of the century, and that his group would get a "very large segment” of its earnings from renewable power. The interview came a day after Van Beurden slammed as a "red herring" calls to divest from energy companies as part of the fight against climate change, in particular the "Keep it in the Ground" campaign led by the Guardian.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 11:40 pm

Oil down 2 percent ahead of long U.S. Memorial Day weekend

A worker prepares to transport oil pipelines to be laid for Pengerang Gas Pipeline Project in JohorBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil fell about 2 percent on Friday as a rallying dollar and profit-taking ahead of a long U.S. holiday weekend cut short a two-day run-up in crude prices. Heating oil, a proxy play for diesel, also fell almost lost 2 percent while gasoline lost more than 1 percent on concerns of outsized U.S. supply despite forecasts for a spike in driving this weekend and through Monday's Memorial Day holiday. Worries that fewer U.S. oil rigs were being idled after a broad rebound in crude prices since early April further weighed on sentiment.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 7:09 pm

China calls for immediate end to conflict in South Sudan

China called on Friday for an end to conflict in South Sudan where fighting has caused thousands of people to flee from their homes and prompted warnings to oil companies to shut down operations. China is a major investor in South Sudan’s oil industry and has played an unusually active diplomatic role there, sending peacekeepers as part of a U.N. mission to protect civilians. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China was “gravely concerned” about the situation.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 9:52 am

Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

A pelican covered in oil sits on a beach about a mile west of Refugio State Beach, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off. (Kenneth Song/The News-Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; SANTA MARIA TIMES OUTGOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 2:40 am

U.S. vows to continue patrols after China warns spy plane

Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly IslandsBy David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the crew of a U.S. P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military's most advanced surveillance aircraft, when it conducted the overflights on Wednesday, according to CNN, which was aboard the U.S. aircraft.

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 11:32 pm

World of diversity discovered in tiny ocean creatures

A world of diversity has been discovered in plankton, the tiny plants, viruses and embryonic fish that are a favorite food of whalesA world of diversity has been discovered in plankton, the tiny plants, viruses and embryonic fish that are a favorite food of whales and supply much of the planet's oxygen, researchers said Thursday.

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 9:49 pm

California oil spill firm questioned over past leaks

Two brown pelicans fly low over the oil slick at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, May 19, 2015The oil company behind a crude spill on the California coast vowed Thursday to do the "right thing" to clear up the mess, even as reports emerged of past leaks involving its pipelines.

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 8:57 pm

AP PHOTOS: Crews rake, vacuum up oil after California spill

A worker removes oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Thursday, May 21, 2015. More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Cleanup is underway after an oil spill spanning 9 miles of California coastline, with crews in protective suits working hard to rake, shovel and vacuum up the sticky black goo.

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:40 pm

Oil gains over 2 percent on inventory draws, Iraq fighting

Oil pumps are seen at a MAX oil station in YangonBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices jumped more than 2 percent on Thursday, giving Brent its biggest rally in more than a week, as draws reported in the Cushing delivery point for U.S. crude futures boosted optimism that a supply glut was easing. Fighting in Iraq that raised worries about the security of Middle East oil shipments also boosted the market. The dollar's retreat took some pressure off crude prices as well.

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:09 pm

Green News – Environment and climate change news

Earth news from Telegraph Earth – your source for environment and green news and environment and green issues, with information on farming, climate change, global warming, pollution, green living and recycling, and all other environment issues.

Animal pictures of the week: 22 May 2015

All creatures great and small in our ever popular animal gallery







Posted on 22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm

Space timelapse shows planet Earth in infrared light

A series of satellite images shows the Earth in infrared light, giving a glimpse into spatial phenomena usually unseen by the human eye







Posted on 22 May 2015 | 1:40 pm

Pictures of the day: 22 May 2015

In pics: Dogs drving a car, demonstrators in Chile and an overloaded rickshaw







Posted on 22 May 2015 | 1:18 pm

Pictures of the day: 21 May 2015

In pics: A Lear’s macaw, the Rohingya crisis and protests in Burundi







Posted on 21 May 2015 | 10:02 am

Pictures of the day: 20 May 2015

In pics: A clouded leopard cub, a cheeky monkey and a scary clown







Posted on 20 May 2015 | 8:35 am

Rescuing Sumatra endangered orangutangs, in pictures

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Posted on 20 May 2015 | 5:00 am

Pictures of the day: 19 May 2015

In pics: A baby gorilla, a grumpy tree and a cat that looks like Hitler







Posted on 19 May 2015 | 2:00 pm

Islamic inspired community garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

Inner city neighbourhood to benefit from Chelsea winning garden, where children can play and locals plant fruit and veg







Posted on 19 May 2015 | 1:39 pm

Herdsman turned horticulturist becomes Britain’s most successful gardener

A former farm herdsman who turned to growing flowers by accident has become Britain’s most successful gardener, after winning his 50th gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.







Posted on 19 May 2015 | 12:54 pm

Pictures of the day: 18 May 2015

A squirrel in the rain, Bond goes boating and Prince Harry visits Chelsea







Posted on 18 May 2015 | 1:22 pm

Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

How meteorological partnership between US, Cuba was created over 20 years

The two-decade-long process to form an active meteorological partnership between the United States and Cuba has been described in a new article. While the U.S. and Cuba have shared meteorological information and data relating to hurricanes and other tropical storms starting as early as the mid-1800′s, this is the first time a partnership of this level has been created; it included the shipping and installation of sensitive GPS monitoring equipment, something that would normally not be allowed by either government.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 5:16 pm

Study uses farm data to aid in slowing evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds

Although researchers and industry personnel have made recommendations to slow the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds, an understanding of the patterns and causes of the resistance has been limited. A recently published study looking at glyphosate-resistant waterhemp is providing valuable evidence that points to management practices as the driving force behind herbicide resistance, and that herbicide mixing, as opposed to herbicide rotation, is the most effective tool in managing resistance.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 2:53 pm

Estuaries protect Dungeness crabs from deadly parasites

Parasitic worms can pose a serious threat to the Dungeness crab, a commercially important fishery species found along the west coast of North America. The worms are thought to have caused or contributed to the crash of the crab fishery of central California during the last half century. New research shows that infected crabs can rid themselves of parasites by moving into the less salty water of estuaries. Low salinity kills the worms creating a parasite refuge for the crabs.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 2:53 pm

Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors, study shows

Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study suggests.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 12:35 pm

Breastfeeding protects against environmental pollution

Living in a city with a high level of vehicle traffic or close to a steel works means living with two intense sources of environmental pollution. However, a study indicates that the harmful pollution particle matter and nitrogen dioxide disappears in breastfed babies during the first four months of life. According to the results of the research, breastfeeding plays a protective role in the presence of these two atmospheric pollutants.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 12:34 pm

3D geological tour of the Guadalquivir basin using Google Earth

A research team has developed a tool that allows a 3D journey in ten sites of geological and palaeontological interest in the Guadalquivir basin (Huelva, Spain). In the virtual tour, developed with Google Earth, you can visit and explore treasures of this area, such as records of the opening of the Atlantic Ocean, using tablets and smartphones.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 12:34 pm

The winners and the losers of the California water crisis

A new article highlights the widening gap of inequality between the wealthy and the poor of California, specifically in relation to the State’s current drought. The problem, it states, is two fold. First, California’s water systems are described as “antiquated and dysfunctional” due to the State’s reluctance to challenge “historic seniority” of water rights where corporate farmers can water thousands of acres of land at a subsidized federal cost without being required to report their groundwater usage, leaving a number of low-income communities with no water what so ever. Secondly, the authors say that those at the top level of society feel less compelled to change their behaviours when it comes to water conservation.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 12:33 pm

Serengeti Park disappearing

A huge wildebeest herd migrates across the open, parched plains. Dust swirls up from the many hooves pounding the ground, and forms a haze over the landscape. The setting sun gives the scene a golden tinge. Serengeti National Park is the symbol of Africa’s abundant wildlife. The park as we know it today could be history within a few decades, experts say.

Posted on 22 May 2015 | 1:06 am

Savannahs slow climate change, experts say

Tropical rainforests have long been considered the Earth’s lungs, sequestering large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and thereby slowing down the increasing greenhouse effect and associated human-made climate change. Scientists in a global research project now show that the vast extensions of semi-arid landscapes occupying the transition zone between rainforest and desert dominate the ongoing increase in carbon sequestration by ecosystems globally, as well as large fluctuations between wet and dry years. This is a major rearrangement of planetary functions.

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 6:41 pm

New model predicts fish population response to dams, other ecological factors

Researchers have developed a model to assess how dams affect the viability of sea-run fish species that need to pass dams as they use both fresh and marine waters during their lifetimes. The aim is to test how varying passage efficiency at dams related to survival rates for these species, using a model of endangered Atlantic salmon as a case study.

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 6:40 pm