Bear falls on California patrol car, causing crash and fire

Animal fled the scene after smashing hood and windshield, causing vehicle to roll onto its side and burst into flames They probably dont train people for this at the sheriffs academy. A patrol car was struck by a falling bear in northern California last weekend, causing the vehicle to crash and explode. Authorities said a Humboldt county sheriffs deputy was driving on State Route 96 on 3 August, answering a report of a drug overdose in the community of Orleans, when the bear fell or jumped onto the car, apparently from a steep embankment. The bear smashed the hood and windshield. The patrol car hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames. The deputy managed to escape …

Ethiopia Breaks World Record For Tree Planting By Planting 350 Million Trees In 12 Hours

Summer is definitely the perfect time to get dirty, especially if it’s for a good cause! While most people dig around in their gardens, watering flowers and checking on their cherry tomatoes, people in Ethiopia dropped their everyday business to team up for a shared goal. The Green Legacy is an initiative led by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and aims to restore the country’s landscape as well as reverse the damage done by deforestation and climate change. Ethiopian officials claim they planted over 350 million trees in an effort to restore the country’s landscape Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: posted a tweet where he claimed that people who took part in the initiative managed to get …

Can you afford to be green when you’re not rich? I kept a diary to find out

Politicians and corporations have placed the burden of environmental responsibility on the consumer but how easy is it to go green when youre barely getting by? How easy is it to go green, to make deliberate, eco-friendly choices when youre barely getting by? Can you be green and poor, as I am? This is the question I have been pondering as politicians and corporations have placed the burden of environmental responsibility on the consumer: stop using plastic straws, carry reusable shopping bags, recycle everything. I live in an environmentally conscious place: a rural town with thriving local food businesses, a farmers market and many organic farms. But its also a small town in central Appalachia, in the poorest county in …

How some of the world’s rarest fish dodged a California earthquake

There are fewer than 200 Devils Hole pupfish on Earth, so its a good thing they employed some survival tactics Devils Hole pupfish among the rarest fish on earth know a thing or two about earthquake safety. After all, they managed to ride out a huge wave triggered by the recent tremors in California. Found only inside an inconceivably deep, sweltering geothermal pool called Devils Hole near Death Valley, and numbering fewer than 200, Devils Hole pupfish are endangered, but not helpless. As the 7.1-magnitude Ridgecrest earthquake puppies at play, Devils Hole pupfish are not unused to earthquakes. Possibly because of its depth divers have ventured more than 400ft down and not been able to see a bottom Devils Hole …

I Design Ads Of Major Companies That Show The Harsh Reality (Warning: Upsetting Content)

My name is Igor Dobrowolski and I’m a Polish artist. Recently, I designed my own version of the real advertisement.  Corporations like Nestlé and Unilever profit wildly from single-use plastic packaging while peddling the myth of recycling as a solution. But anyone who has thought seriously about the issue can see that recycling could never handle the amount of plastic surrounding our everyday life. Coca-cola Also, don’t forget that plastic is itself created from fossil fuels and lobbied for by the fossil fuel industry, while they desperately try to maintain the single-use plastic status quo instead of tackling the problem at the source. Only by stopping the production of single-use plastics can this crisis be addressed. Lukoil Years of scientific …

Is there such a thing as vegan loo roll?: how to have a cruelty-free home

From plant-based paint to ethical furniture, creating a vegan home is less complicated, and costly, than you may think With vegan food, fashion and makeup firmly established in the mainstream, more and more people are looking for ways to have an ethical, cruelty-free home, too. You may not have given much thought to what animal-based products crop up in your house, but there are many: fabrics, from silk to wool to sheepskin, are an obvious example but is your mattress vegan? What goes into your cleaning products, or your energy provider? And is there such a thing as vegan loo roll? The fact is, you can take a vegan approach to choosing almost anything for your home and it neednt …

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Some 30 miles north of San Diego, along the Pacific Coast, sits the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest effort to turn salt water into fresh water in North America. Each day 100 million gallons of seawater are pushed through semi-permeable membranes to create 50 million gallons of water that is piped to municipal users. Carlsbad, which became fully operational in 2015, creates about 10 percent of the fresh water the 3.1 million people in the region use, at about twice the cost of the other main source of water. Expensive, yes, but vital for the fact that it is local and …

Greenpeace steps up BP oil rig drilling protest

Two more activists join protest on North Sea rig in Cromarty Firth as others appear in court Greenpeace has escalated its protests against BP by putting two more activists on a North Sea rig in the Cromarty Firth, hours after the police removed other activists. The environmental campaign group said two activists boarded the Transocean rig at 4am on Friday, six days after the first two climbed on in a protest at BPs plans to use the rig to expand its drilling operations in the Vorlich field of the North Sea. There have been nine arrests since the protest began, and three activists have Deepwater Horizon rig on behalf of BP that blew up in the Gulf of Mexico in …

Geothermal Energy Could Save the Climateor Trigger Lots of Quakes

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Imagine if there was a carbon-free form of energy hiding in the ground beneath you. One that we could turn to anytime, even on cloudy, windless days. There’s no need for imagination—it exists. Research suggests that geothermal energy could be the key to running the country on purely renewable power. A recent memo from the conservative clean-energy think tank ClearPath estimates that geothermal energy could supply as much as 20 percent of the country’s electricity. That would put the United States nearly on par with Iceland, which gets roughly a quarter of its power from underground heat. But getting there depends on loosening regulations and borrowing …

US-China trade: what are rare-earth metals and what’s the dispute?

The metals are used to produce a number of goods, including mobile phones and cameras What are rare-earth metals?Rare earths refer to a group of 17 elements that are prized for their unique magnetic and electrochemical properties. They include elements such as gadolinium, lanthanum, cerium and promethium, and are vital in the production of cancer treatment drugs, smartphones and renewable energy technologies. The elements have been $200bn of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. While China retaliated with tariffs on $60bn of goods it imports from the US including spinach, batteries and coffee Chinese newspapers have signalled that its next move could be the restriction of rare earths. It would be a blow to the White House, as the US …

Worlds biggest investor accused of dragging feet on climate crisis

BlackRock, which controls $6.5tn in assets, urged to use its influence on planets biggest polluters When a letter from BlackRocks founder and chief executive, Larry Fink, landed in inboxes in January saying that the worlds biggest investor would no longer invest in companies that are not compliant with the history of embarrassing big companies. But while the message was fake, the concern behind it was not: environmental campaigners see BlackRock as a key obstacle to progress on meeting climate crisis goals. Now they are stepping up the pressure on the worlds biggest asset owner which faces its shareholders at its annual meeting on Thursday to use its influence on some of the worlds biggest polluters, as it has done previously …

North American drilling boom threatens big blow to climate efforts, study finds

Global Energy Monitor says slew of new pipelines in the US and Canada represent a bet that the world wont get serious about climate change More than half of the worlds new oil and gas pipelines are located in North America, with a boom in US oil and gas drilling set to deliver a major blow to efforts to slow Global Energy Monitor, which tracks fossil fuel activity. A total of $232.5bn in capital spending has been funneled into these North American pipeline projects, with more than $1tn committed towards all oil and gas infrastructure. If built, these projects would increase the global number of pipelines by nearly a third and mark out a path of several decades of substantial …

Canada warming at twice the global rate, climate report finds

Report by Environment and Climate Change Canada suggests the majority of warming is the result of burning fossil fuels Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, a landmark government Canadas climate is warming more rapidly than the global average, and this level of warming effectively cannot be changed, Nancy Hamzawi, assistant deputy minister for science and technology at Environment and Climate Change Canada, told reporters on Monday. The report, released late on Monday by Environment and Climate Change Canada, paints a grim picture of Canadas future, in which deadly heatwaves and heavy rainstorms become a common occurrence. Forty-three government scientists and academics authored the peer-reviewed report. While global temperatures have increased 0.8C since 1948, Canada …

Helicopter crushes flowers as crowds flock to ‘super bloom’

Park officials say many wildflower tourists have been well-behaved, but some have ignored pleas to stay on trails In one of the most famous literary descriptions of wildflowers, the English poet William Wordsworth traffic nightmares along city streets in nearby towns, and paid no heed to the desperate pleas of park officials: #DontDoomTheBloom. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (@PoppyReserve) Officers are watching for people illegally entering the park through barbed-wire fencing, trampling flowers. It only takes a few to wreck the habitat for years to come. There are areas in the Reserve that haven’t recovered from trampling in 2017.#CaStateParks March 18, 2019 The helicopter jaunt was illegal, and an investigation is under way. Jorge Moreno, a spokesman for the California …

Manneken Pis no longer peeing water down the drain

Famed Belgian statue wasted 1,000 to 2,500 litres of fresh clean drinking water each day For four centuries the celebrated Manneken Pis the peeing boy in the local Dutch dialect has embodied the laissez-faire culture of the Belgians. But, to the surprise of officials in the city of Brussels, it has emerged that the bronze statue had been weeing fresh clean drinking water 1,000 to 2,500 litres of it a day, sufficient for the use of 10 households directly into the citys sewers. The discovery was made by Rgis Callens, an energy technician, after a meter was installed in the 61cm (24in) statue. We thought it was a closed circuit and that he wasnt consuming anything, Callens told La Dernire …

Costa Rica’s Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World

Carlos Alvarado Quesada has heard all the naysayers before. In February, the 39-year-old president of Costa Rica committed to ridding the country of fossil fuels by 2050. If successful, Alvarado's plan could make Costa Rica the first zero-emissions country. With a population of merely 5 million, this leafy Central American nation is not a major contributor to the world's climate crisis. So why bother then? "People ask me a lot, why do this if you are so small," Alvarado said in a meeting last week with editors at WIRED's San Francisco office. "They say, you're not going to move the needle or affect the scale of the problem." China, the US, and India hold the dark distinction of leading the …