Archive | January 2018

“Hundreds of wildflower species found blooming in midwinter”

The daisy, Bellis perennis

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UK survey finds 532 types – far more than older textbooks suggest should be out

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“This Physics Breakthrough Could Help Save the World”

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-01-29/this-physics-breakthrough-could-help-save-the-world

Turbulence wastes a lot of energy. New research shows how we might reduce it.

“Farmland could be used to sustainably offset America’s entire carbon footprint—if the will exists”

A rainbow forms after a passing rain shower near Grants, New Mexico, October 5, 2015.    - GF10000233617

Farmland could be used to sustainably offset America’s entire carbon footprint—if the will exists

 Eighty-nine percent of agriculture’s future mitigation potential could lie in capturing carbon on farmland soils: carbon sequestration. Not only does this process suck harmful carbon out of the atmosphere, it makes soils healthier and more fertile for future food production, boosting resilience to climate change.

“The new science of animal cognition is forcing countries to overhaul their laws”

In this May 9, 2016 file photo, a young lobster os held by a marine biologist on Friendship Long Island, Maine. Baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean's waters if the ocean continues to warm at the expected rate, according to a study performed by scientists affiliated with the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

The new science of animal cognition is forcing countries to overhaul their laws

Hath not the lobster claws, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as humans? If we boil it, does it not feel?

“Shoal of World’s Rarest Fish Discovered by Accident”

The red handfish grow to about four inches in length.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/shoal-of-worlds-rarest-fish-discovered-by-accident/ar-AAv8Mdc?li=BBoPRmx&ocid=mailsignout

Divers have discovered a new population of what may be the world’s rarest fish, doubling the number believed to exist. What’s more, the discovery almost didn’t happen.

“World’s first green supply chain map links brands to factories in China”

World's first green supply chain map links brands to factories in China

https://fashionunited.in/news/business/world-s-first-green-supply-chain-map-links-brands-to-factories-in-china/2018011816571

“The Green Supply Chain Map is a leadership initiative dedicated to showcasing brands’ commitment to supply chain transparency and environmental management. It openly links brands’ supplier lists to publicly-available environmental data, including real-time data for air emissions and wastewater discharge,” states the IPE’s explanation of the map.

“McDonald’s Packaging to Be 100% ‘Green’ by 2025”

McDonald's Packaging to Be 100% 'Green' by 2025

https://investorplace.com/2018/01/mcdonalds-going-green-in-2025/#.WmBo4q6WaUk

The change to McDonald’s packaging comes alongside another commitment from the company. This is to have recycling for guest packaging available at all of its restaurants by 2025. These goals are in addition to its other goal of having all fiber-based packaging made from recycled or certified packaging by 2020.

“The UAE has built the world’s largest desalinated water reserve—under a desert”

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The UAE has built the world’s largest desalinated water reserve—under a desert

In 1960, the United Arab of Emirates had about 90,000 people. Today, it has 100 times as many. That wouldn’t have happened purely because someone found oil in the desert. The country’s residents need water, and a lot of it.

“Government pledges £5.7m to develop new northern forest”

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Plan to plant 50m trees along 120-mile stretch next to M62 will provide habitat for wildlife as well as help manage flood risk

The government has pledged £5.7m to kickstart the creation of a northern forest that will stretch from Liverpool to Hull.