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Coal Fires Burning for 50 years To Be Put Out

Written by , on June 9, 2010

The world’s worst underground coal fires are in Inner Mongolia. Some have been burning for 50 years. The amount of coal being burned is estimated to be about 20 million tonnes a year. The Inner Mongolia regional government has now announced plans and financing of 200 million yuan ($au36 million) to begin extinguishing the fires. […]  Read more »

Topless Mountains (Mountop Removal)

Written by , on February 13, 2010

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Total Oil Boss: “Supplies Will Not Cover Demand”

Written by , on January 21, 2010

In an interview with Time magazine, Christophe de Margerie, CEO of the French oil giant Total, has commented that "what will happen very soon is that oil supplies will not cover demand. That won’t mean there is no oil. There are oil reserves, but you will need to invest billions and billions to get it." […]  Read more »

How to Feed 9 Billion People

Written by , on November 13, 2009

The Friends of the Earth have published a report on a study of various ways in which the world’s projected population of 9.16 billion in 2050 could be fed. The key finding was that feeding the world in 2050 is possible without the most intensive forms of animal and crop production and without a massive […]  Read more »

IEA: Climate Inaction Would Cost $500 billion per annum

Written by , on November 11, 2009

The International Energy Agency, which provides energy statistics and projections to 28 industrialised countries, has issued a report warning that every year of inaction in cutting carbon emissions will cost the world an additional $US500 billion. The IEA estimates that in order to limit the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees, non-fossil fuels will […]  Read more »

Giving “Pet Food” a New Meaning

Written by , on October 26, 2009

Robert and Brenda Vale, two architects who specialise in sustainable living at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, have given a new meaning to the term "pet food" in their new book, "Time to Eat the Dog". The book compares the ecological footprints of popular pets with those of various other lifestyle choices. New Scientist […]  Read more »

Africa Trialling “Fertiliser Trees”

Written by , on July 20, 2009

The recent G8 meeting in in Italy unveiled a plan to commit $US 20 billion over three years to funding the development of agriculture to tackle persistent food shortages particularly in Africa. One of the most promising areas of reserch is the use of "fertilser trees". These are varieties of shrubs that capture nitrogen from […]  Read more »

Reports: Ample Capacity to Grow Food

Written by , on June 28, 2009

Two reports from world bodies have been published week saying that the world has ample capaicty to feed its projected increased population. The first report, from the OECD and the UN Food & Agriculture Organization, projects ten years from the food price increases of 2008. It concludes that "Some 1.6 billion hectares could be added […]  Read more »

How Much Water Does It Take?

Written by , on June 26, 2009

Treehugger has published a post which points out that, when all of the factors such as transport and production of the container, are taken into account, it takes 200 litres of water to produce a take-away latté. So, how much water do some of the other “necessities” of modern life consume? A pair of jeans […]  Read more »

US Coal Reserve Estimates Drastically Reduced

Written by , on June 14, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported that economically extractable coal reserves in the United States, typically estimated at some 240 years worth, could be substantially less than previously thought – perhaps only half the previously estimated reserves. The news is consistent with the findings of a 2007 National Research Council study and is similar to […]  Read more »