Top 5 Environmental Headlines of the Week

August 31, 2013

What’s been going on in the world this week? To help you stay up to date on the eco-friendly front, we’ll be providing just a few of the most important happenings in the environmental news world. Keep reading and check out our top five picks.

Further Protection for Mexican Gray Wolf in Arizona and New Mexico
Mexican gray wolves gained added protection as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to propose increased recovery territory in Arizona and New Mexico, and drop plans to capture wolves entering these two states from Mexico. Although these are much-needed steps in the recovery program of what is considered a Southwest icon, environmentalists worry they may not be enough. Read the full story at Environment News Service

Yosemite Blaze Threatens San Francisco’s Largest Water Reservoir
The Rim Fire, which has been blazing unchecked through Yosemite National Park for 10 days, threatened a reservoir that supplies most of San Francisco’s water. The concerns were about ash and soot contaminating the Hetch Hetchy reservoir on the Tuolumne River, which carries roughly 300 million gallons of water to the San Francisco Bay area on a daily basis. Read the full story at Reuters

Renewables Predicted to Make Up Half of China’s Power Capacity
As China’s power sector emissions peak in 2027, renewable energy and gas will play a more dominant role in the country’s energy mix. This is according to a major new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). While the report predicts China’s total power generation will more than double by 2030, more than half of this new capacity will be supplied by renewables. Read full story at The Guardian

Central Park’s Polar Bear Follows Mate in Death
Gus, the 27-year-old Central Park Zoo polar bear, was euthanized after zoo veterinarians discovered an inoperable tumor in his throat. Gus was famously known for swimming in circles, mourning the death of his mate Ida, who was also euthanized for cancer two years ago. Despite the news, zoo officials said he lived seven years past the normal polar bear life expectancy. Read the full story at DNAinfo New York

Hidden Canyon Discovered Under Greenland’s Ice Sheet
Once upon a time 3.5 million years ago, a river as large as any in Europe ran where ice now smothers Greenland. The valley, almost twice the length of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, was discovered by ice-penetrating radar scanners. Scientists say the hidden canyon helps to explain why Greenland does not have any lakes trapped under its ice sheet, a feature common in Antarctica, as meltwater would swiftly run down it and into the sea. Read the full story at New Scientist

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 every Friday to catch up on eco-friendly news.

-Anastasia Yefremova

Photo Credit: Environment News Service, Reuters, The Guardian, DNAinfo New York, New Scientist