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05/24/2018 - 10:36
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05/24/2018 - 10:24
Magma steadily emerges between oceanic plates. It pushes the plates apart, builds large underwater mountains and forms new seafloor. This is one of the fundamental processes that constantly change the face of the Earth. But there are also times when new seabed is created without any volcanism, by un-roofing mantle material directly at the seafloor. Scientists have now published the first estimation based on seismic data on how much seafloor is produced this way.
05/24/2018 - 10:23
Since the 1950s, warmer and warmer winters and man-made inflows have largely prevented ice formation on Europe's second-largest river.
05/24/2018 - 10:00
Fossil records suggest only flightless birds survived when T rex was wiped off the Earth Birds had to rediscover flight after the meteor strike that killed off the dinosaurs, scientists say. The cataclysm 66m years ago not only wiped out Tyrannosaurus rex and ground-dwelling dinosaur species, but also flying birds, a detailed survey of the fossil record suggests. Continue reading...
05/24/2018 - 05:25
Litigants from eight countries claim EU institutions are not protecting fundamental rights Lawyers acting for a group including a French lavender farmer and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden have launched legal action against the EU’s institutions for failing to adequately protect them against climate change. A case is being pursued in the Luxembourg-based general court, Europe’s second highest, against the European parliament and the council of the European Union for allowing overly high greenhouse gas emissions to continue until 2030. Continue reading...
05/24/2018 - 05:12
Holyrood says ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointing New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. The draft climate change bill, published on Thursday morning, sets a target of a 90% reduction by 2050 – which the UK Committee on Climate Change states is currently “at the limit of feasibility” – with the aim of achieving 100% reduction, or “net-zero”, as soon as possible. Continue reading...
05/24/2018 - 05:00
Pigs outstripped people in Duplin county long ago - but now the residents are fighting back Two poles that once hoisted a clothes line stand rusting and unused in Elsie Herring’s back garden in eastern North Carolina. Herring lives next door to a field where pig manure is sprayed and the drifting faecal matter wasn’t kind to her drying clothes. “The clothes would stink so you’d wash them again and again until they fell apart,” said Herring, whose family has lived in Wallace since her grandfather, a freed slave, purchased land in the 1890s. Continue reading...
05/24/2018 - 04:17
Most MEPs on the influential agriculture committee have business ties, new research shows, raising concerns about conflicts of interest Most of the politicians on the European parliament’s influential agriculture committee have business or personal links to the farming sector they are charged with regulating, research reveals. The key EU panel oversees some of the most important agricultural decisions in European politics. Its MEPs negotiated the last common agricultural policy (CAP) settlement with 28 nation states and the European commission. The CAP sets subsidy rates for farmers across the continent – accounting for almost 40% of the EU’s overall budget in 2017, or €59bn (£51.5bn). Continue reading...
05/24/2018 - 04:01
Exclusive: study of schools in capital finds dangerous levels of fine particulate pollution within classrooms, putting children at risk Children in London schools are being exposed to higher levels of damaging air pollution inside the classroom than outside, putting them at risk of lifelong health problems, a new study has revealed. Related: Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 23:30
Biggleswade Common, Bedfordshire: Sunseeking yellow buttercups add to the floral riches of the meadows A generous-hearted fellow country diarist, a native of Biggleswade, tipped me off at the beginning of the month to the whereabouts of treasure on the county’s largest common. Biggleswade Common has form: at the turn of the millennium, a detectorist unearthed a gold Saxon coin there that fetched a third of a million pounds at auction. Dawn Lawrence sent me in search of more riches, with precise instructions that took me across the road from the bulk of the common to an offshoot of the meadows that I had not even realised was open public land. Continue reading...