Renewable Rage

“There was no direct evidence that exposure to wind farms affects someone’s physical or mental health directly. … There was evidence that people were more likely to be annoyed, particularly annoyed about wind farms, when they were close to them, and we do know that being annoyed, long periods of being annoyed, can lead to stress, and we know stress can lead to …” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/11/wind-farm-study-finds-no-direct-evidence-they-affect-health)

… gabbling.

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Target

If the Australian renewable energy target is cut, “it’s the type of jolt to industry that basically would create such an upheaval that you would have a mass exodus.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/09/us-australia-windfarms-idUKKBN0LC00C20150209)

Perhaps the target fixers need an electrical jolt up the mass exodus.

Pachydermination

“Hwange [national park, Zimbabwe] has too many elephants – 43,000 in a park capable of supporting 15,000 … But elephants could sell for up to $60,000 (£39,000) each to help the $2.3m annual running costs of the park.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/09/zimbabwe-defends-plan-to-sell-27-elephants-to-china)

The ‘over-abundant’ elephants of South Africa’s Kruger national park have previously been threatened with culling, while Kenya is haemorrhaging them to poachers. What they need is a wildlife corridor, or trunk road.

Grate

The EU climate chief said “if we have an ongoing process you can not say it is a failure if the mitigration commitments do not reach 2C.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/04/paris-climate-summit-missing-global-warming-target-would-not-be-failure)

Mitigration – moving quietly away from obligation to reduce impacts.

Climatic

“An international coalition of experts on climate change, family planning and development aid are now pushing for universal access to family planning to be recognized as a part of ‘climate-compatible development’.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/03/us-population-climate-idUKKBN0L71IY20150203)

Always a sensitive area, but one that’s ballooning.

Bear glut

“Eighty-seven percent of respondents agreed that people who live in traditional bear territory have a responsibility to use bear-proof garbage cans.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/04/us-usa-florida-bears-idUKKBN0L80UU20150204)

The other thirteen percent said they would rather eat scraps from a garden table than out the bin.

Mispenised

European Commission sources say that a EU paper on hormone-mimicking, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) was buried by top EU officials under pressure from big chemical firms which use EDCs in toiletries, plastics and cosmetics.
“Scientific evidence … suggests that endocrine-disrupting effects, such as lowered sperm counts, genital malformations, non-descended testes and misplaced penis holes, are increasing.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/02/suppressed-eu-report-could-have-banned-pesticides-worth-billions)

The misplaced penis holes running the big chemical companies denied any such toxic behaviour.