Alex Dattilio

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To feed the world, oceans need more care

The latest results from an annual assessment of ocean health shows more action is needed from nations around the world to sustain the oceans’ food …

Conservation

Tiny sea creatures are heading for extinction

“There is overwhelming evidence that the oceans are warming and it will be the response of animals and plants to this warming that will shape how the …

Global Warming

To Fix Climate Change, Scientists Turn To Hacking The Earth

In the summer of 2012, a small group of the Haida people, a native community in Canada, had a problem. The salmon they rely on were disappearing. So the Haida took matters into their own hands.<p>They partnered with an American businessman, drew up plans and then took a boat full of iron dust into the …

Lionfish Invasion in Florida: Solution? Catching, Eating Fish

The lionfish invasion is happening in the western Atlantic waters off the east coast of the United States, but the fish are particularly problematic …

Google Street View Can Help Scientists Monitor Invasive Species

Field work from home<p>Google Street View could help monitor the spread of invasive species without resorting to labor and time-intensive field work, according to a new study of the pine processionary moth, a pest that destroys pine and cedar trees.<p><i>Thaumetopoea pityocampa</i> larvae feast on the foliage …

Kansas Farmers Commit To Taking Less Water From The Ground

If you've flown across Nebraska, Kansas or western Texas on a clear day, you've seen them: geometrically arranged circles of green and brown on the landscape, typically half a mile in diameter. They're the result of pivot irrigation, in which long pipes-on-wheels rotate slowly around a central …

View from space: Life reclaims Mount St. Helens

Two satellite images show how life has returned to Mount St. Helens since the volcanic eruption of 1980.<p>On May 18, 1980, a volcanic eruption …

Are our universities ‘fossil-fuelled’?

This week, the social and ecological justice NGO Platform published an update to their 2003 report <i>Degrees of Capture,</i> exploring the ways in which universities support the fossil fuel industry.<p>This new report – produced in conjunction with 350.org, People and Planet and Fossil Free UK – also follows …

UK nuclear power plant gets go-ahead

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1021000/1021176_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524665215_1c51655d841daf7a158b3470cfa6ecb7<p><b>The government has given the go-ahead for the UK's first new nuclear station in a generation.</b><p>France's EDF Energy will lead a consortium, which …

Yachtsman describes horror at ‘dead’, rubbish strewn Pacific Ocean

An Australian sailor has described parts of the Pacific Ocean as “dead” because of severe overfishing, with his vessel having to repeatedly swerve debris for thousands of kilometres on a journey from Australia to Japan.<p>Ivan MacFadyen told of his horror at the severe lack of marine life and copious …

Nuclear cleanup for towns surrounding Fukushima is years behind schedule

Japanese officials can’t say when residents of contaminated communities will be able to return home<p>It has been years since some of the 160,000 people living in the towns surrounding Japan's crippled nuclear facility were first evacuated from their homes. And it will be years more, Japanese …

Cleaner Indoor Air: A New Selling Point For Employers in China?

Cleaner indoor air may soon be a selling point for employers in pollution-heavy parts of China like Beijing. That could benefit both domestic and multinational suppliers of air filters and clean equipment, which have traditionally serviced hospitals, laboratories and factories.<p>In April, two air …

How Fukushima Is Contaminating More Water

And yet the health risks have been exaggerated.<p>In March 2011, a devastating tsunami raced across Fukushima’s picturesque shore over which the now famous nuclear power plant presided. At the plant, seawater killed the backup electricity, and the reactor cores’ cooling water gradually slowed to a …

Another California data center turns to fuel cells

A small, but growing, amount of data centers in California are having fuel cells installed onsite, offering a cleaner and more direct way to access …

Science warns against drilling the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth

The Ecuadorian government is currently racing ahead with plans to drill for oil in the core of what is arguably the most biodiverse corner of the planet: Blocks 31 and ITT of the famed Yasuní National Park. This new aggressive push for oil drilling comes as a stunning backlash to the failure of a …

Less sea ice could mean fewer caribou babies

Melting sea ice in the Arctic may be leading, indirectly, to fewer caribou calf births and higher calf mortality in Greenland, researchers say.<p>Eric …

Sea Ice

12 Clever Ideas for a Better, Cleaner Water Pump

Cheap and reliable diesel pumps are the go-to tool for irrigation on farms in rural India. But diesel costs have been rising in recent yearsand so has concern over greenhouse gases. To address both problems, Greenpeace has issued a challenge to desi<p>Cheap and reliable diesel pumps are the go-to tool …

Entrancing NASA Model Reveals the Feverish Future of Climate Change

Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

It has been a deadly year for the people who fight wildfires. In total, 32 people have lost their lives fighting fires in 2013; the highest number in nearly 20 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.<p>Just one incident accounts for most of those deaths, the Yarnell Hill fire in …

NI agriculture minister 'to block fracking' on department land

<b>Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has said she will attempt to block any plans to use "fracking" on land owned by her department.</b><p>Fracking is a controversial method of extracting gas from shale rock.<p>Australian mining company Tamboran has been granted a licence to explore for gas in the border …

UN: Global warming is reshaping the planet | Greenland

Greenland will eventually truly become green as most of its massive ice sheet is destined to melt, the authoritative U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported Friday.<p>The IPCC’s new 36-page summary of the latest science includes a warning that there is a 20-percent chance the …

Solar Power Is Finally Getting Closer To Battery Storage Technology

HONOLULU - Major advances in battery storage technology, not to mention sharp cost reductions, could help light the way for Hawaii’s troubled solar industry. The path forward could, it seems increasingly plausible, involve do-it-yourself solar users disconnecting themselves from the power grid …

China’s plans to cut coal pollution will unleash another environmental catastrophe instead

Think China’s coal-fired power plants are dirty? You haven’t seen anything yet.<p>The country plans to build up to 40 massive projects to convert coal to synthetic natural gas (SNG), a process that would dramatically increase China’s greenhouse emissions, and emit huge volumes of toxins while …

Fossil Fuels

Wild Weather Tied To Unusual Jet Stream Activity

There has been a lot of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere this year, including the recent torrential rains in Colorado, flooding in Europe, bitter cold in Florida and a heat wave in Alaska. And scientists say all of it is related to some odd behavior by the powerful air currents called the …

Shell Oil's Arctic drilling operations in limbo

Shell Oil has not disclosed new safety measures since a critical federal report in March, and it has not applied to drill in the Arctic in 2014.<p>September 25, 2013|By Maria L. La Ganga<p>A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter evacuates workers from Shell Oil’s… (Pfc. Sara Francis, U.S.…)<p>SEATTLE — Six months …