China promises boost to African bamboo expertise 

… France, will be overseen by INBAR, a China-based intergovernmental organisation that seeks to use bamboo and rattan to reduce poverty and environmental damage. Part of a 20 billion renminbi (US$3.1 billion) fund that China launched in September to increase South-South cooperation on climate change will be spent on the initiative. Bamboo’s quick growth and easy care make it ideal for removing carbon from the atmosphere, and being a raw material for biofuel and consumer products, the …

3 reasons why bamboo plywood is better than hardwood | Architecture And Design

From www.architectureanddesign.com.au | December 8, 2015 Hardwood has been relied upon by designers and builders for centuries as a proven and flexible building material across architecture, furniture and interior design projects. However, the increasing international demand for tropical hardwood has led to the destruction of rainforests in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia, contributing to climate change. Contractors, architects and builders today have access to timber products from …

‘Man-made’ climate change a major woman’s problem – Business Insider

… fore in global negotiations on climate change, which scientists warn will be responsible for increasingly violent and frequent natural catastrophes around the world. “It boils down to the fact that women and men have different types of vulnerabilities already in the world,” said Tara Shine, special advisor to the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice think tank, headed by the former Irish president-turned UN special envoy for climate change. “And then climate change comes …

CNN Explores the World’s Most Endangered Places – MensJournal.com

On Sunday March 1 at 10:00 p.m. EST, CNN will debut The Wonder List with Bill Weir, which sends the primetime news anchor into some of the world’s most far-flung destinations — from the obscure volcanic islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific to the vacation hotspot of Venice, Italy. But The Wonder List is not your typical travel show. Each destination is on the brink of massive disruption, either from an environmental force, like climate change, or from the pressure of human development, …

Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters

… collecting data in an effort to learn why the holes formed. The leading theory is that the holes were created by gas explosions triggered by underground heat or by rising air temperatures associated with climate change, the Siberian Times reported last December. Since scientists can’t predict when or where gas explosions will occur, it’s dangerous to study them, according to Bogoyavlensky. But he said his team is planning to launch a new expedition, and to put stations in the area to …

Drastic Climate Change Carved Up Mars, and May Still Be Happening : Environment : Nature World News

climate change isn’t an exclusively Earth-side affair. New analyses of gulley patterning carved into the sides of some of Mars’ largest impact craters has revealed that the Red Planet underwent many instances of severe climate shifting, including several ice ages, within the last two million years. That’s at least according to a study recently published in the journal Icarus, which details how researchers assessed images of hundreds of gully-like features found on the walls of …

Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: SMAP observatory ready for launch

… satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. High-resolution space-based measurements of soil moisture and whether the soil is frozen or thawed will give scientists a new capability to better predict natural hazards of extreme weather, climate change, floods and droughts, and will help reduce uncertainties in our understanding of Earth’s water, energy and carbon cycles. The mission will provide the most accurate and …

Can a new form of accounting save animals from extinction? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

… protocols around reducing biodiversity loss”, but the biggest challenge to the problem is that it competes with attention on environmental sustainability and climate change. “Companies get fatigued,” he says. In a recent report, published in the New Nature of Business, Elliot and his team studied 10 pioneering companies – including Syngenta, Dow and Wipro – that are taking action on biodiversity. The report doesn’t address big companies like Unilever, but Elliot says they hold …

Pope’s Asia trip to address poverty, dialogue, climate change | Reuters

… get through a sea of some 5 million people. One theme of the Jan. 12-19 trip will be climate change. During his stay in the Philippines he will visit Tacloban, where Typhoon Haiyan killed 6,300 people in 2013. Sri Lanka is among the Asian countries experts say will see sea level rises likely to displace people and adversely affect tourism and fisheries. via Pope’s Asia trip to address poverty, dialogue, climate change | Reuters. …