Robin

1,306 Flips | 6 Magazines | 3 Following | 285 Followers | @robinlongworth | Keep up with Robin on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Robin”

Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon

<b>SYDNEY, BRISBANE, AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—</b>The ancient, arid landscapes of Australia are fertile ground for new growth, says Douglas MacFarlane, a …

fuelcells

Surprise! California cracked down on carbon and its economy is still booming

The predictions were dire in 2006 when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill audaciously committing the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 in order to combat global warming.<p>Assembly Bill 32 would be a “job killer,” the state Chamber of Commerce declared. Businesses would flee the …

emissions

Killing rats could save coral reefs

<b>The much maligned rat is not a creature many would associate with coral reefs.</b><p>But scientists studying reefs on tropical islands say the animals directly threaten the survival of these ecosystems.<p>A team working on the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean found that invasive rats on the islands are a …

Coral Reefs

Ozone hole mystery: China insulating chemical said to be source of rise

<b>Cut-price Chinese home insulation is being blamed for a massive rise in emissions of a gas, highly damaging to the Earth's protective ozone layer.</b><p>The Environmental Investigations Agency (EIA) found widespread use of CFC-11 in China, even though the chemical was fully banned back in 2010.<p>Scientists …

Ozone

The crop that put women on top in Zanzibar

<b>Seaweed has been hailed as a new superfood, and it's also found in toothpaste, medicine and shampoo. In Zanzibar, it's become big business - and as it has been farmed principally by women, it has altered the sexual balance of power.</b><p>Just after dawn, a group of women carrying ropes and sticks on …

Seaweed

Netherlands ordered to cut greenhouse gas emissions

<b>A Dutch court has ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020, in a case environmentalists hope will set a precedent for other countries.</b><p>Campaigners brought the case on behalf of almost 900 Dutch citizens.<p>They argued the government had a legal obligation to …

Human Rights

Court action to save young from climate bill

<b>An activist group hopes to sue the UK government over climate change, arguing that it is discriminating against the young by failing to cut emissions fast enough.</b><p>The campaigners - known collectively as Plan B - argue that if the UK postpones emissions cuts, the next generation will be left to pick …

British Virgin Islands

Flat-Earthers Have a Wild New Theory About Forests

What it means to believe that “real” trees no longer exist<p>Something tremendous is happening; over the last few weeks, without too many of its globe-headed detractors noticing, a surprisingly vast community on the tattered fringes of intellectual orthodoxy is in turmoil. A bizarre new theory has …

Flat Earth Society

Galapagos' Sierra Negra volcano erupts

<b>The Sierra Negra volcano on the Galapagos island of Isabela is spewing fountains of lava and plumes of ash.</b><p>Fifty people have been evacuated from the surrounding area and tourists have been barred from visiting it.<p>The eruption started after two strong earthquakes opened up fissures in the …

South America

Reality Check: Are butterflies getting rarer?

<b>It's been claimed that butterfly populations in the UK are falling rapidly. Do the figures back this up?</b><p>Their names are as varied and colourful as their wings.<p>The Duke of Burgundy, the Lulworth skipper, the chalk hill blue, the painted lady and the small pearl-bordered fritillary are among the 59 …

Biodiversity

'Five times more fast food' in poor areas

<b>Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests.</b><p>The data, from Public Health England (PHE), compared levels of deprivation with numbers of takeaways such as chip shops, burger bars and pizza …

Holistic Medicine

Young will pick up climate change bill, advisers warn

<b>Young people will be left to pick up the bill for climate change because politicians are dodging the issue, a UK report warns.</b><p>The government must act faster to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from road traffic, homes and farming, the Committee on Climate Change says.<p>Without action, the coming …

Fossil Fuels

A manifesto to save Planet Earth (and ourselves)

<b>The impacts of human actions on our home planet are now so large that many scientists are declaring a new phase of Earth’s history. The old forces of nature that transformed Earth many millions of years ago, including meteorites and mega-volcanoes are joined by another: us. We have entered a new</b> …

Universal Basic Income

£1.3bn tidal lagoon project thrown out

<b>Plans to build the world's first tidal power lagoon have been thrown out by the UK government.</b><p>Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said the £1.3bn project was not value for money, despite claims by developers Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) a revised offer made it cheaper.<p>The decision has been slammed …

Great Britain

Is beauty killing the beasts?

<b>Does your lipstick threaten the future of one of our closest living relatives, the orangutan?</b><p>Is that slobbering slice of pizza you're having in front of the World Cup on TV worth the life of a tiger?<p>Pizza, biscuits, and beauty treatments are some of the thousands of products that contain palm oil, …

Biodiversity

'Medical test led me to ocean plastic patch'

<b>Experienced sailor Emily Penn has set out with an all-female crew to investigate the world's largest accumulation of marine plastic.</b><p>Her team will carry out scientific experiments on the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch", now said to be three times the size of France.<p>Ms Penn said her own medical tests …

Pollution

Heatwave puts pressure on water supplies

<b>One of the UK's largest water firms is warning people to conserve supplies as it makes emergency deliveries during the heatwave.</b><p>Severn Trent said homes in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire had been temporarily without water as demand has outstripped supply across its network.<p>United …

Water

European fruit pickers shun Britain

<b>Recruitment agencies are warning that they cannot secure the number of workers needed by British farmers to pick their fruit and vegetables.</b><p>Over half of recruitment companies could not find the labour even in the "quiet" first months of this year, the Association of Labour Providers says<p>The …

Satellite photos show Hawaii's Kilauea volcano filling an entire ocean bay with a river of hot lava

Hawaii's largest volcanic eruption in years is on a destructive streak with no signs of slowing down.<p>The latest Kilauea eruption began on May 3 and has unleashed towering clouds of ash, hurled bombs of lava, and dumped rivers of molten rock into the tropical countryside, engulfing lush green …

Hurricanes are slowing down, and that's very bad news for everyone

Hurricanes and typhoons — the monstrous, destructive storms that bring extreme wind and rain to coasts around the world — are slowing their pace as …

Lava Evaporates Hawaii's Largest Lake

Last Friday, Green Lake, also known as Ka Wai a Pele, was Hawaii’s largest freshwater natural resource. Today, it’s nothing but a memory.<p>Lava began …

Hawaii volcano lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities where residents were advised to evacuate last week, officials said Tuesday.<p>No injuries were reported as most residents heeded the advice to leave.<p>The latest lost homes …

Natural Disasters

Christchurch earthquake: The battle to rebuild, five years on

<b>It has been five years since a major earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch, but thousands of residents are still waiting for their homes to be repaired or rebuilt.</b><p>Several residents have told BBC News that they are "in limbo" and face increasing financial problems after years of delays …

At least 7 killed, 20 hurt by erupting volcano in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — One of Central America's most active volcanos erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rock Sunday, killing at least seven people and injuring 20 while a towering cloud of smoke blanketed nearby villages in heavy ash. An undetermined number were missing, and authorities …

Central America

Hawaii evacuees leave homes as new lava threatens on Big Island

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - National Guard troops, police and firefighters ushered the last group of evacuees from homes on the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island early on Saturday, hours before lava from the Kilauea volcano cut off road access to the area, officials said.<p>A stream of lava as wide as …

Kilauea

Planting a forest on the Aral's dried-out seabed

<b>The loss of the Aral Sea in central Asia is an ecological disaster. Toxic chemicals in the exposed sea bed have caused widespread health problems. Can an ambitious project to plant millions of trees save the Karakalpak people of Uzbekistan?</b><p>Seventy-eight-year-old Almas Tolvashev shuffles through the …

New theory explains geological mystery of Turkey’s elevation, volcanic activity

Laypeople think there are only two fundamental kinds of plate tectonic movements: the kind where two continental plates collide and the kind where …

Geology

UK weather: May 2018 hottest since records began in UK

<b>Last month was the warmest May since records began more than 100 years ago, the Met Office has said.</b><p>According to provisional figures, May 2018 saw an average daily maximum temperature of 17C (63F).<p>It would beat the previous May record of 16.9C set in 1992.<p>The Met Office said spring 2018, which ran …

'Sea, ice, snow ... it’s all changing': Inuit struggle with warming world

Martin Shiwak is navigating his snowmobile along the frozen shoreline when his eight-year-old son Dane, who is riding on the back, points at a wall of stunted spruce trees.<p>Shiwak cuts the engine, hops off the machine and quietly pulls out a .12 gauge shotgun. He hands the weapon to Dane, and the …

Global Warming

China Now Has 2 of the Top 10 Most Valuable Brands in the World For the First Time

A new ranking of the world’s most valuable brands for the first time includes two Chinese companies in the top 10: Tencent, which entered the top 10 …