Weekly green review: WWF sees red, models go green
Sunday 24 October 2010
A recap of this week's environmental and household developments.
Amateur filmmakers are being given a chance to show world leaders what they think about climate change in the ongoing competition 1 Minute to Save the World. The competition closes to under 18s on November 12 and the winning film in this category will be shown to world leaders at the climate change summit COP16 in Mexico. The deadline for entrants over 18 is December 12.
Ahead of next month's global Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg (November 21), the WWF attacked the Russian logging industry's proposed 'harvesting' of trees on the Middle Ussuri nature reserve. In an October 22 release the environmental group criticized the forestry commission of Primorsky province for allowing loggers to enter the nature reserve which is home to the endangered Amur Tiger.
News of Amazon's newly patented delivery service caused a stir amongst environmental bloggers the world over; the internet retail company is proposing a system whereby customers can choose to have their goods delivered by an environmentally friendly, but possibly slower, means of transport.
China's announcement that it will reduce its exports of rare earth metals by 72 percent caused anger amongst the alternative energy community. The declining availability of rare earth metals such as scandium and cerium could impact heavily on the alternative energy sector which uses them to make wind turbines and EV magnets amongst other products.
In Copenhagen architecture firm BIG announced the opening of 8 Tallet, a groundbreaking building which incorporates a "green roof," a pedestrian walkway and cycle path which crosses through the entire building. The green roof is designed so that it provides all 146 apartments in the building with sunlight and aims to create a green community under a single roof.
Budding environmentally conscious models began auditioning for the second series of Project Green Search, a worldwide talent contest to find the next face to promote environmental awareness. The competition closes to entrants on December 31, 2010; clips of last year's show can be watched here.
Government takes action against the giant goldfish clogging up Canada's lakes and rivers
'Mini ice age' coming in next fifteen years, new model of the sun's cycle shows
African wildcat caught on camera riding on the back of rhino in rare footage
Pope Francis calls for a new system of global government to tackle climate change
Have you heard 'the hum'? Mystery of Earth's low droning noise could now be solved
- 2 Tom Cruise: Reporters banned from asking actor about Scientology
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks traffic on Dublin road
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
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