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Posts published in May 2021

China to tighten environmental approval for polluting projects

China plans to strengthen controls in industries such as steel and aluminium which involve high energy use and produce high emissions, in an effort to promote low-carbon developments, the environment ministry said on Monday. After several decades of breakneck industrial expansion China has now vowed to start cutting carbon emissions…

Medics march to WHO headquarters in climate campaign

May 29th, 2021, Medics concerned about the effects on public health of environmental degradation marched on the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on Saturday, demanding health authorities make climate change and biodiversity loss their top priorities. White-clad activists from the group Doctors For Extinction Rebellion marched from Geneva’s Place…

South African albino elephant beats odds to thrive among the herd

For Khanyisa life was difficult from the start. Born as an albino, at four months old she got caught in a poaching snare in South Africa’s Kruger National Park that cut through her mouth. Trapped for four days, dehydrated and unable to eat because of her wounds, she was rescued…

Spain to welcome back international cruises from June 7

Spain will allow cruise ships to dock in its ports from June 7, the transport ministry said on Saturday, hoping to salvage the country’s battered tourism sector in time for the summer season. Spain’s maritime authorities approved the reopening because of falling COVID-19 incidence rates and an increase in vaccinations,…

Three Exxon refineries top the list of U.S. polluters

Exxon Mobil’s U.S. oil refineries pump out far more lung-damaging soot than similarly sized facilities operated by rivals, according to regulatory documents and a Reuters analysis of pollution test results. The Texas-based firm’s three largest refineries – two in Texas and one in Louisiana – are the nation’s top three…

Agile leaders in the future green society

Green Leaders Modern green society requires agile and democratic leaders. Agile leaders are inclusive leaders who show significant openness to new ideas and innovations. They are passionate about learning and developing other people. In addition, they have strong skills to redefine and communicate new visions by helping their institutions become…

Belgian firms and researchers join forces in “green hydrogen” push

Several Belgian industrial groups and research centers on Friday said they had formed a consortium to promote the production of “green hydrogen” in the Dutch-speaking Flanders region to help industries lower their carbon footprint. Bekaert (BEKB.BR), specialized in steel wire and coatings, the retailer Colruyt (COLR.BR), the holding company Ackermans…

Biden: “Let’s rebuild the American middle class”

US President Joe Biden said Thursday that his main economic goal is to “rebuild the middle class” of the country through the drive for job creation and public aid to overcome the effects ofthe pandemic. “Wall Street didn’t build this country, so did the great American middle class. This time…

New coral reef restoration technology aims to reverse climate change damage

Marine scientist Deborah Brosnan remembers “feeling like a visitor at an amazing party” on her diving trips to a bay near the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy where she swam above coral reefs with nurse sharks, sea turtles and countless colorful fish. But on a return trip after Hurricane Irma…

Biden administration backs Alaska oil drilling project approved under Trump

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration defended on Wednesday a proposed ConocoPhillips (COP.N) oil development in Alaska, backing the drilling project which was approved under the administration of former President Donald Trump. “A Wednesday filing by the U.S. Department of Justice continues to defend a 2020 Record of Decision for the…