Eco-news in brief 9-18

By CG News Editor April Jaynes

Ohio University hosts “Energy Choices for Ohio” workshop 

This Tuesday, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is hosting a workshop about greenhouse gas emissions and Ohio businesses at Quest Business & Conference Centers in Columbus.  The title of the workshop is  “Energy Choices for Ohio: Impacts of Efficiency, Technology & Carbon Management,”and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The keynote address will be given by “America’s Energy Coach” Thomas E. Kiser, CEO of PSI Energy Solutions.  Topics to be discussed include greenhouse gas reporting tools, sustainability methods and financing strategies for energy projects.

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Russia plans to construct new nuclear vessel

Last month, Russia’s Rosatomflot entered a deal to begin construction of a new nuclear vessel. The vessel will be 170 meters long and 34 meters wide, which is 14 meters longer and four meters wider than any other Russian nuclear vessel. It will be designed to penetrate ice more than four meters thick and tow up to 70,000 tons. The construction for the new vessel is costing Russia approximately $1.1 billion and Russia is currently the only country in the world constructing nuclear icebreakers. Because climate change is impacting the North Sea Route, a transport route alongside Russia’s northern coast, use of nuclear vessels will allow Russia to keep all parts of the route open all year round.

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Illegal elephant killings on the rise with religious ivory demands 

A recent National Geographic study reports that elephants are being killed illegally across Africa at the highest rates in a decade. Increasing religious demand for ivory is a prime driving force behind the illegal killings. Elephant tusks are being smuggled into countries such as Thailand and China to be used for carving religious artifacts. It is estimated that 25,000 elephants were killed in 2011 despite the global ban on ivory trade in 1990. The full report will be published in October’s issue.

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