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.
Chinese ivory trade blamed as poachers drive down elephant population by 2% a year
Twitch and shout: Birdwatchers are raving over rare birds in Britain
Investigation launched after manatee drowns at Paris zoo
Melting glaciers are caused by man-made global warming, study shows
Conjoined gray whale calves discovered in Mexican lagoon could be world's first ever documented find, experts say
- 1 Michael Brown shooting: Police shoot and kill second young black man near Ferguson
- 2 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns aged 27
- 4 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
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