What lies beneath: our love affair with living underwater

How the 1960s craze for oceanic exploration changed our relationship with the planetIn November 1966, the Gemini 12 spacecraft, carrying two astronauts, splashed down in the Pacific. The four-day mission was a triumph, proving that humans could work in outer space, and even step into the great unknown, albeit tethered…

Commonwealth nations to protect coral reefs with satellite technology

Countries to use high-resolution images to monitor health of marine resourcesCommonwealth countries are to gain free access to satellite technology that will help them monitor and protect their endangered coral reefs from threats such as climate breakdown, overfishing and pollution.Commonwealth countries hold nearly half of the world’s remaining tropical coral…

Catch-22: technology can help solve fishing’s environmental issues – but risks swapping one problem for another

Catch-22: technology can help solve fishing’s environmental issues – but risks swapping one problem for another Shutterstock Almost a decade ago, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight campaign galvanised public opinion against the senseless waste of discarding fish. At the time this was the common practice of returning unwanted catches to the…

Mental Health Issues May Accompany Psoriasis

A new study by Swedish researchers suggests individuals with the common dermatological condition of psoriasis may also have other physical diseases that can bring on depression, anxiety and suicide. Investigators from Umeå University discovered the physical or somatic diseases that often accompany psoriasis have even more impact on patients’ mental…

Omission of air pollution from report on Covid-19 and race ‘astonishing’

Failure to consider dirty air as a factor in higher death toll among ethnic minorities wholly irresponsible, say criticsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure to consider air pollution as a factor in the higher rates of coronavirus deaths among minority ethnic groups is “astonishing” and “wholly irresponsible”,…

The Fed deserves the praise for America’s jobs turnaround. But Trump benefits

The US stimulus programme looks to have been a success: one that has political as well as economic consequencesThe political obituaries of Donald Trump were all prepared. At the end of a week that has seen American cities convulsed by protests over the killing of George Floyd, the president would…

Renewable energy stimulus can create three times as many Australian jobs as fossil fuels

Government spending on clean energy would deliver 100,000 new jobs, EY assessment findsStimulus programs backing clean energy as a path out of recession would create nearly three times as many jobs for every dollar spent on fossil fuel developments, according to a financial consultancy analysis.The assessment by professional services firm…

Do you want beautiful, sustainable and safe tall buildings? Use wood | Rowan Moore

A ban on constructing with timber is one of the more misguided responses to GrenfellYou don’t have to be an expert in construction to know that wood burns. You might also recall that parts of London were destroyed in the Great Fire because they were made largely of wood, after…

'Selling off the future’: Trump allows fishing in marine monument

Administration opening areas off New England coast up to commercial fishing, a move experts say will hurt the environmentDonald Trump is easing protections for a large marine monument off the coast of New England, opening it to commercial fishing. But ocean experts caution that the rollback to the Northeast Canyons…

Aflutter: Guardian readers share UK butterfly sightings – in pictures

Experts are hailing it – so far – as the best summer for butterflies in the UK in nearly 25 years. Many species not usually seen until July have been spotted during the sunniest spring since records began in 1929 Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/jun/06/aflutter-guardian-readers-share-uk-butterfly-sightings-in-pictures

'Food will be a by-product': the Irish farmers creating nature-friendly fields

Rewarding positive environmental impact has revitalised an area of west Ireland. Is this a solution to the country’s ‘acute’ nature crisis?Michael Davoren shudders when he thinks of the 1990s. He’d been in charge of his 80-hectare farm in the Burren, Co Clare, since the 1970s, and the place was in…

UK butterfly season off to unusually early start after sunniest of springs

Experts say abundance of both common and rare species cause for celebration and concernRecord-breaking sunshine has encouraged midsummer butterflies to emerge unusually early, with dozens of species appearing a month before their usual flight season.Butterflies that usually fill meadows and woods in July, including the ringlet, the marbled white, dark…

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