Two birds oiled after an undersea pipeline ruptured off the Southern California coast have been treated and released. Officials have reported 28 oiled birds since the spill a little more than a week ago off the coast of Orange County. (Oct. 13)
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Draped in a colourful saree and shirt, Lakshmi Murgesan dives into the azure waters off India's southern coast to collect seaweed, which is being hailed by scientists as a miracle crop that absorbs more carbon dioxide than trees.
The Harvard University scientist who has called for setting aside half the planet as a nature preserve says the slope of human history will always be downward unless there is global cooperation to save existing species. Edward O. Wilson, a 92-year old naturalist hailed as the Darwin of the 21st century, said humankind is not too polarized to save the planet, even as some of the world's biggest polluters drag their feet on cutting carbon emissions and arresting global warming. He sees preventing catastrophic climate change -- the aim of U.N. climate talks starting in Scotland on Sunday -- and saving biodiversity, or the variety of plant and animal species in the world, as two initiatives that must happen together.
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Hearing the mourning dove again was a revelation, but with it came a realization: the wistful coo hadn't been in the air for years.
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Few are household names, yet these 12 enablers and profiteers have an unimaginable sway over the fate of humanity ‘The nation’s worst polluters managed to evade accountability and scrutiny for decades as they helped the fossil fuel industry destroy our planet.’ Illustration: Jason Goad/The Guardian For too long, Americans were fed a false narrative that they should feel individually guilty about the climate crisis. The reality is that only a handful of powerful individuals bear the personal resp
The rare cubs were born at the Toledo Zoo back in June but just received their names after a public vote
A TikToker documented the moment a bear interrupted a wedding. The animal knocked over a centerpiece and chair while guests sat nearby.
Production isn't rising to keep pace with demand, but the reasons shouldn't surprise anyone, writes energy researcher Bianca Taylor.
With the auto industry pivoting toward complete electrification, it shouldn't be surprising that the development of new hybrid cars has basically screeched to a halt. Toyota/Lexus makes the bulk of them, while only Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Ford offer them at all.
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For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters. This summer, however, a heart-wrenching scene replaced the usual splendid sunset images of the birds captured by wildlife photographer Fahri Tunc. The 1,665 square kilometer (643 square mile) lake — Turkey’s second-largest lake and home to several bird species — has entirely receded this year.
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'The no. 1 thing that we are missing' in the fight against climate change: Nature Conservancy chief scientist
When it comes to fighting climate change, the science is clear. So what is missing?
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The constant complaints that Miami Beach’s plans to raise roads in the face of sea rise would flood nearby homes has finally resulted in lawsuits.
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Sen. Mike Thompson spent decades as FOX-4’s chief meteorologist.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are clean, green, and finally, in the mainstream. Compared to their gas-guzzling counterparts, they're not cheap to buy -- but MSRP isn't everything. EVs have several ways of...
Data: Statefarm; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios Just like people, more deer are moving to NWA. What's happening: Deer have fewer natural predators than they used to and, ironically thanks to urban development, feel safer closer to town. There is usually plenty of food, and they begin having fawns, so the population grows over time. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeWhy it matters: More deer means more human-animal interactions and as t
After China cracked down on cryptocurrency earlier this summer, bitcoin mining companies relocated their farms—many of them to the US, where the share of bitcoin mined worldwide soared from 16.8% to 35.5%.
When Linda Zhang became chief engineer for Ford’s F-150 Lightning three years ago, she took on what some might consider an all but impossible job. Some truck fans might have had some skepticism about Zhang herself—standing 5 ft. 3 in., the Chinese American engineer might not be the first person many pickup owners would imagine as the mastermind behind their hulking two-ton F-150 trucks.
A fishing cat – a medium-sized wildcat from south Asia – was flummoxed by some unusual prey in its enclosure at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas, trying numerous times to nab a large stainless steel bowl floating in a water feature.This video, which the zoo said was taken on October 25, shows Dusky the fishing cat pouncing on the basin in myriad ways.“Turns out Dusky’s toughest challenger yet is a metal bowl,” the zoo wrote. Credit: San Antonio Zoo via Storyful
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Some of the world’s biggest brands are converting plastic waste into fuel.At this vast landfill in Indonesia, excavators are tearing into stinking mountains of garbage, looking for bubble wrap, take-out containers and single-use shopping bags.All this trash is then processed and used as fuel to power a nearby cement plant. It’s cheap fuel – but it comes with a high price on the environment, some academics and scientists told Reuters. A number of consumer product giants and cement companies are promoting the approach as a win-win for the planet.They say converting plastic to energy keeps it out of landfills and oceans while allowing cement plants to move away from burning coal – a major contributor to global warming.The cement industry is responsible for 7% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Reuters has identified nine collaborations launched over the last two years between various consumer goods giants and major cement makers. They include:Coca-Cola, Unilever, Nestle and Colgate-Palmolive.On the cement side are top producers including Holcim Group and Solusi Bangun Indonesia – or SBI. These projects span the world, from Costa Rica to the Philippines. The project in Indonesia is funded by Unilever, SBI, and the local government.The plastic-derived fuel is known as Refuse Derived Fuel, or RDF. Ita Sadano is the Business Development Manager of Solusi Bangun Indonesia: "I believe this is significantly helping to reduce plastic waste because RDF is an alternative fuel that we've been looking for. But as we all know, we don't exclusively (recycle) plastic waste, but we prefer plastics because they contain more energy." Critics say there’s little green about burning plastic to make cement A dozen sources with direct knowledge of the practice told Reuters the process emits harmful air emissions.Some say it amounts to swapping one dirty fuel for another.63-year-old Dadan bin Anton owns a roadside shop near the cement plant in West Java. "What bothers me so much about the air pollution is the dust, which we can clearly see. "So much dust, but we can't measure it. For instance, it's littering all over our floor." Unilever, Coca-Cola, Colgate and Nestle did not respond to questions about the environmental and health impacts of burning plastic.Cement companies SBI, Cemex, Republic Cement and Holcim’s Geocycle unit told Reuters their partnerships with consumer goods firms are aimed at addressing the global waste crisis and reducing their dependence on traditional fossil fuels.Axel Pieters, the chief executive of Geocycle, the waste management arm of Holcim, one of the world’s largest cement makers, and partner with Nestle, Unilever and Coca-Cola, said that burning plastic in cement kilns is a safe, inexpensive and practical solution that can dispose of huge volumes of this trash quickly.In Indonesia, local environmentalists say they are alarmed that cement plants could become the fix for a nation flooded with plastic waste.Yobel Novian Putra is an Associate with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives: "It's like moving the landfill from ground to the sky, which make it invisible... It's transforming domestic waste problem into a toxic waste problem." Less than 10% of all the plastic ever made has been recycled, in large part because it’s too costly to collect and sort. Plastic production, meanwhile, is projected to double within 20 years.Exactly how much plastic waste is being burned in cement kilns globally isn’t known.
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Sunday's historic rainfall across Sacramento put a new underground reservoir in McKinley Park to the test. The highly contested McKinley Water Vault was built by the city to help reduce flooding in Sacramento's McKinley Park neighborhood. The City of Sacramento's Department of Utilities said the 6-million gallon vault was full by 5:30 in the evening Sunday during the storm. The neighborhood around McKinley Park experienced street flooding when water began overflowing from out of the storm drains. By 9:40 p.m., the vault began to empty. As of Tuesday evening, pumps had reduced the water level inside the vault to about eight feet of water. The city says the vault is 18 feet at its deepest point and expects the vault to be nearly empty of water by Wednesday.
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