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02/24/2024 - 01:00
Researchers say toxic chemicals pose a pollution risk as oil and gas companies are allowed to leave pipelines to rot Decaying oil and gas pipelines left to fall apart in the North Sea could release large volumes of poisons such as mercury, radioactive lead and polonium-210, notorious for its part in the poisoning of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko, scientists are warning. Mercury, an extremely toxic element, occurs naturally in oil and gas. It sticks to the inside of pipelines and builds up over time, being released into the sea when the pipeline corrodes. Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 10:00
Research from a now discredited scholar continues to stoke the belief that the sugary drink is better than no milk at all This spring, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to weigh in on one of the most heated arguments in school nutrition: whether chocolate milk belongs in the cafeteria. The USDA is eyeing a proposal to allow flavored milk only at high schools starting in the 2025-2026 school year; children in grades K-8 would have access to fat-free or low-fat unflavored milk. The agency reviews national dietary guidelines every five years, and the milk question has generated hundreds of comments from parents concerned about sugar consumption; nutritionists; school workers who believe any milk is better than none; and the dairy industry, which has stoked that belief. Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 04:43
‘Magnificent’ tree in Lilliput, Poole, planted more than 50 years ago, became an attraction due to its pink flowers A magnolia tree believed to be Britain’s tallest has been felled after it was found to be in decay. It was feared the 18-metre (60ft) tree, which attracted visitors to the area when it bloomed, would fall and damage the house in Poole, Dorset in whose garden it stood – or neighbouring properties. Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 04:00
Researchers hope the findings will inform policymakers planning cities for a warming world Few things are as soothing on a hot summer’s day as a walk through a beautiful botanical garden, but they are not just oases of calm. As climate breakdown fuels soaring temperatures, they could prove crucial in moderating the heat in the streets around them. A comprehensive review of research into the heat-mitigating effects of green spaces during heatwaves has found that botanical gardens are the most effective. It is a finding the team at the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCCAR) hope will inform policymakers planning cities for a warming world. Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 03:00
The best of this week’s wildlife photographs from around the world Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 01:00
Benefits would quickly follow reductions in air pollution from traffic and home heating, argues European Environment Agency Approximately 238,000 air pollution deaths could be avoided each year if the EU27 countries actually met World Health Organization guidelines for air pollution, according to figures from the European Environment Agency. And more than 400,000 deaths could be avoided if particle air pollution could be avoided completely. On 20 February the EU Council agreed new legislation for clean air for 2030 and beyond. As EU countries work towards these new legal limits, a new study has estimated the benefits that could quickly arise with reductions in air pollution from traffic and home heating. Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 00:00
The environment minister Susana Muhamad says nature is a ‘pillar’ of fighting the climate crisis The next round of global biodiversity negotiations will put nature at the heart of the international environment agenda, Colombia’s environment minister has said, as the country prepares for the Cop16 summit. Susana Muhamad, Colombia’s environment minister, who is expected to be the Cop16 president, said the South American country would use the summit to ensure nature was a key part of the global environmental agenda in the year building up to the climate Cop30 in the Brazilian Amazon in 2025, where countries will present new plans on how they will meet the Paris agreement. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 13:44
Dismissal of concept already recognised in UN declarations described as shameful, contradictory and undemocratic The UK government can never accept that nature or Mother Earth has rights, a British government official from the environment department has told the UN. The dismissal of a concept that has already been recognised in UN declarations and is a fundamental belief of many Indigenous communities was described by critics as shameful, contradictory and undemocratic. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 11:23
Labour MP says abuse and threats she has faced are indicative of serious problem that risks undermining democracy UK politics live – latest updates A leading Labour politician has said there is no justification for MPs to be targeted in their homes and that public life is “drowning in hate and violence”. Stella Creasy wrote in the Guardian that it was not acceptable to picket MPs in their home in response to an opinion piece by Just Stop Oil justifying the targeting of MPs. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 11:00
Nearly 40% of all food grown annually in the US goes unsold or uneaten. These companies are getting salty about food waste When Kaitlin Mogentale was studying environmental science at the University of Southern California, she watched a friend juice a carrot and noticed the waste it produced – and wondered what was happening to all of the pulp from Los Angeles’s juice shops. She later learned that most of it was being sent to landfills, where food waste contributes to more methane emissions than any other landfilled matter. “I was a college student, very young and naive, and I think that’s the recipe you need to get into the business,” said Mogentale, who founded Pulp Pantry, makers of fiber-filled Pulp Chips, which are created from the leftover pulp from cold-pressed juice. Mogentale said the company goes to juice-production facilities and collects 10,000lb (4,536kg) of pulp at a time – one day’s worth of leftovers – then transfers it in temperature-controlled trucks back to its manufacturer to make the chips. Continue reading...