“Enjoy life while you can”: In 1965 executives at Shell wanted to know what the world would look like in the year 2000. They consulted a range of experts, who speculated about fusion-powered hovercrafts and “all sorts of fanciful technological stuff”. When the oil company asked the scientist James Lovelock, he predicted that the main problem in 2000 would be the environment. “It will be worsening then to such an extent that it will seriously affect their business,” he said. “And of course,” Lovelock says, with a smile 43 years later, “that’s almost exactly what’s happened.” Guardian

A revolution in the skies, a disaster for the planet: Cheap flights. More flights. Multiplying routes. At the end of a week that has seen protests against airport expansion, predictions of further airport chaos, and record oil prices, British travellers are showing no sign of shaking off their addiction to CO2-heavy cheap flights. A record number of new air links will open from the UK to Europe this summer. The Independent has identified 100 entirely new short-haul international routes to be launched from Britain when the summer schedules begin at the end of this month. Independent

New technology an asset for green tourism: Technology that creates clean water and electricity from human and food waste could lead to a new range of internationally popular “green” hotels across Australia, an industry group says. A University of Queensland and EcoNova project is currently building a pilot model of a new waste treatment system that fully recycles human and food waste. Researchers now want to market the system to the tourism industry. The Age

Scientists uncertain about climate change impact on Nile: One scenario set out by climatologists is that global warming in Egypt could speed up the Nile river evaporation process and lead to a decline in freshwater supplies, exacerbating the country’s acute shortage of water for drinking, irrigation and hydro-electric generation. Such a scenario could also have serious socio-economic consequences, one of which could be that Egypt might not be able to feed its 80 million people. IRIN

Climate change hitting the sea’s little guys too: When it comes to climate change, polar bears and sharks may grab the bulk of the headlines—but it’s the threat to the sea’s tiniest creatures that has some marine scientists most concerned.  Malformed seashells show that climate change is affecting even the most basic rungs of the marine food chain—a hint of looming disaster for all ocean creatures—experts say. National Geographic

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