Top 5 Environmental Headlines of the Week

September 8, 2013

What’s been going on in the world this week? To help you stay up to date, we’ve selected a few of this week’s important happenings in the environmental news world.

A Warmer World for Pests Haunts Farmers
While our answer to ending world hunger usually leans toward increasing production, making use of the 10 to 16 percent of crops modern farmers still lose to biological threats could close some of the hunger gap. Unfortunately, many pests and pathogens thrive in hotter, wetter climate, which global warming is conveniently providing. Results of this are already becoming visible. Read the full story at Time


Exxon Cutting Housing Aid for Displaced Arkansas Oil Spill Victims
Most of the residents who were forced to evacuate after Exxon’s Pegasus oil pipeline ruptured five months ago have yet to return to their homes because of lingering health concerns and evidence of oil still present underneath some of the homes. Now, Exxon has announced those residents have approximately a week and a half before their housing payments are cut. Read the full story at Tree Hugger


Fukushima Radiation Leaks Can Kill Within Hours
Radiation leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have reached new highs with a 20 percent rise from the previous high earlier this week. Currently, an unprotected person close to the contaminated areas would receive a deadly radiation dose within hours. This follows Tepco’s admission that about 300 tons of radioactive groundwater is escaping into the nearby Pacific Ocean every day. Emergency measures have been announced and include building a mile-long frozen wall beneath the plant to prevent groundwater from mixing with contaminated coolant water. Read full story at The Guardian


UK Government Outlines Green Compensation Proposal
The UK government has outlined a proposal on “biodiversity offsetting,” which will allow developers planning to build houses in environmentally sensitive areas to do so as long as they pay for conservation activities elsewhere. Officials view the proposal as a way to improve the environment and grow the economy, while some campaigners call it a “license to trash.” Read the full story at BBC News


Scientists Devise a Novel Method to Find Suitable Homes for Animals Endangered by Climate Change
Scientists at the Zoology Society of London have devised a way to help translocate the vulnerable species that will not be able to escape climate change on their own. The key is to understand and account for the link between variation in species population size, climate, and how the climate may change. The new research gives a thorough justification and clear guidelines on where threatened populations should be moved, scientists said. Read the full story at Science Daily


These are just a few, out of many, environmental headlines that have occurred this week. Be sure to educate yourself about what’s going on in the world, and check back here each week to catch up on eco news.

-Anastasia Yefremova

Photo Credit: Time, Tree Hugger, The Guardian, BBC News, Science Daily