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02/22/2019 - 19:12
Children and teenagers from Sunrise Movement say Dianne Feinstein reacted with ‘smugness + disrespect’ The California senator Dianne Feinstein is facing criticism over a video of her response to a group of children and teenagers asking her to support the Green New Deal. The video clip shows part of a Friday morning meeting between Feinstein and young activists from the Sunrise Movement. Founded in 2017, the group organizes young people to fight climate change and support the Green New Deal. Continue reading...
02/22/2019 - 12:20
Former vice-president continues environmental justice tour in Alabama and urges political leaders to take drastic action Al Gore continued an environmental justice tour with a visit to poor areas of Alabama – and warned that already dire conditions are set to worsen because of climate change. Related: Hoda Muthana's father sues in bid to bring his daughter back to US Continue reading...
02/22/2019 - 12:16
Hobbyists say Jackson Oswalt of Tennessee is youngest person to achieve fusion An American 14-year-old has reportedly become the youngest known person in the world to create a successful nuclear reaction. The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium, a hobbyist group, has recognised the achievement by Jackson Oswalt, from Memphis, Tennessee, when he was aged 12 in January 2018. Continue reading...
02/22/2019 - 11:50
Traffic blocked at Department for Education during call for national curriculum changes More than 100 teachers, academics and students have blocked traffic and staged mock climate classes outside the Department for Education in a protest against the underplaying of environmental problems in the national curriculum. The demonstrators – who carried Teach the Truth, Rebel for Life and Climate: More Important Than Brexit banners – urged the government to make the climate and ecological crisis an educational priority. Continue reading...
02/22/2019 - 10:18
Pangolins, a mountain lion and a sad good-bye to Papua New Guinea’s Bramble Cay melomys Continue reading...
02/22/2019 - 10:18
Redesignation makes Indiana Dunes the US’s newest national park, ending a fight for recognition lasting 103 years Wild and rugged – though the link to Spielberg’s similarly-named action hero ends there – Indiana Dunes has been designated America’s newest national park, marking the end of a 103-year-long effort instigated by the US National Park Service’s first director Stephen Mather. The first national park in the state of Indiana, the area is already popular with tourists and day trippers from Chicago, with more than two million visitors a year exploring the 50 miles of walking trails through one of the country’s most biodiverse protected areas. Covering 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, its vast sand dunes, forests, marshes and prairies are home to over 350 species of bird and 1,100 native plants. Continue reading...
02/22/2019 - 08:39
Exclusive: birds and eggs from 70 species, some rare, have been licensed for destruction The government’s conservation watchdog has issued licences to destroy 170,000 wild birds, eggs and nests, including rare and declining species such as curlews and swifts, in the past five years. Natural England has given permission to kill birds of more than 70 species, or have their nests and eggs destroyed. These include peregrine falcons, barn owls, buzzards and red kites, alongside garden favourites such as robins, blackbirds and blue tits. A licence was even issued to destroy a wrens’ nest to “preserve public safety” in South Yorkshire. Continue reading...
02/22/2019 - 08:31
A cold, wet March could prove problematic for animals now out of hibernation Early spring: share your photographs and stories Spring is arriving early with swallows, frogspawn and unexpected perfume as temperatures soar up to 20C above this time last year when Britain was blasted by the “beast from the east”. Rooks are nesting, ladybirds are mating and dozens of migratory swallows have been spotted along the south-west coast – more than a month ahead of their normal arrival. Continue reading...
02/22/2019 - 02:00
Informed students are prompting adults to act on the issue I draw three circles on the board as my class watches. “So, what might this gas be?” Continue reading...
02/22/2019 - 02:00
In part two of our series, indigenous Siona people claim their health is being affected by apparent contamination of river María Isaura Cuaran, an indigenous Siona woman, is displaying a rash that has appeared at the base of her neck. It is barely visible, but there nonetheless. Pulling her turquoise top off her left shoulder and tugging down on her bead necklace, Cuaran talks about “the company” and how, she alleges, it has affected the local river. “Stomach problems, coughing, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, welts, little spots, little blotches, general malaise …” Continue reading...