This climate change expert explained exactly how you could find your place in the climate change movement to make a real difference
This climate change expert explained exactly how you could find your place in the climate change movement to make a real difference
The fact that it’s Friday isn’t your only good news of the day.
Puerto Rico has launched an investigation into the status of an invasive organism whose behavior may have endangered some of the island’s native turtles: Jake Paul. Specifically—and per TMZ—the territory’s authorities took notice after Paul posted a video of himself and his friends apparently racing in trucks along the islands’ beaches recently, an activity that’s illegal at least in part because of environmental damage it can cause, and especially because it’s turtle-nesting season, and beach is where turtle live.
Here's what you need to know about the sinkhole that partially drained a man-made lake in Missouri over the weekend.
The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen wildlife refuges that harbor millions of migrating birds each year. In what is shaping up to be the worst water crisis in generations, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said it will not release water this season into the main canal that feeds the bulk of the massive Klamath Reclamation Project, marking a first for the 114-year-old irrigation system. “This year’s drought conditions are bringing unprecedented hardship to the communities of the Klamath Basin,” said Reclamation Deputy Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton, calling the decision one of “historic consequence.”
A group of boars were caught on camera cornering a woman in a supermarket car park before stealing her shopping in the latest example of the animals wreaking havoc in Italy. The clip recorded in the village of Le Rughe, around 30km from Rome, shows the woman backing away from the boars as she tries to shake them off. But the four adults and two young boars were so persistent in their hunt for food that the woman is forced to throw her bags to the ground and run. The bags are then quickly destroyed by the boars, who sprint to the nearby trees with whatever they can carry. Wild boars are a menace in Italy, where their population is thought to be in the millions, and the numerous incidents in recent years have caused controversy. In October last year animal rights activists were outraged after a sow and her six piglets were killed by police on a playground near the Vatican. The officers claimed to have run out of cages to house them.
Mike McCoy wrestled with the reptile to free his young dog from a death roll.
Just off the main drag in Avon, a sleepy town in the middle of Stearns County, is a fourth-generation company steeped in experience building the infrastructure that powers America. The company helped build the Great Northern Railroad a century ago, the state and interstate highway systems post-World War II, and now some of the largest and most complex energy projects on the continent. David ...
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A new snake species has been identified after the Natural History Museum used 200-year-old paintings to confirm it had been misidentified for more than two centuries. Researchers say the snake, from the Indian state Tamil Nadu, was confused with another similar species found across the country. The new species, known as Joseph’s racer, had been misidentified as the banded racer, based on snake skins collected in 1796. Albert Günther, a scientist who worked at the Museum between 1875 and 1895, made the original mix-up of the two species. “English zoologist George Kearsley Shaw first described the species in 1802. The confusion started when another herpetologist, Albert Günther, made a misidentification,” Pratyush P. Mohapatra, a scientist at the Zoological Survey of India, and one of the study authors, told The Hindu, an English-language daily newspaper in Tamil Nadu. Günther referred to another painting by Patrick Russell, a Scottish naturalist from the 1700s, and incorrectly attributed it to another species, he explained. “Subsequently, other authors referred to this work and the wrong name stuck, and got carried for so many years,” he said. Dr Deepak Veerappan, museum associate, was given a snake from the Tamil Nadu region in 2016 and realised it looked different from the species normally found in the area. Using the 1796 skins, very old paintings depicting the species, and over 400 accounts of the snake, the researchers concluded the racer was not just a single species. “This new species isn't like other new species that are described, because it has a very checkered past in terms of the literature. Since it is so widespread, many people have studied these snakes and given them lots of different names,” Dr Veerappan said. “But one of the biggest problems is that the names between two of the most common species of snakes found in India have been frequently confused.” The team used the paintings by Danish physician and zoologist Theodore Cantor, drawn in 1836, which were believed to depict the banded racer to identify the snake.
The team of between five and 10 divers plans to look for trash along the entire 72 miles (115 kilometers) of shoreline and dig it out in an endeavor that could be the largest trash cleanup in Lake Tahoe’s history, said Colin West, a diver and filmmaker who founded Clean Up the Lake, the nonprofit spearheading the project. In a survey dive on September 2019, his team removed more than 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of debris from Lake Tahoe's eastern shore and planned to launch his clean-up along the whole shoreline last year.
Mike McCoy used his prior knowledge of alligators to save his dog Jake from a potentially fatal attack.
Congressman Peter Meijer, 33, warns that false claims of a burger ban or blaming immigrants risk losing the young generation Trump at a West Virginia rally in 2017. The continued embrace of Trumpian rhetoric has concerned some younger Republican lawmakers. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Lies that hamburgers will be banned, conspiracy-laden claims of government tyranny, blame for environmental degradation foisted upon immigrants – the Republican response to Joe Biden’s climate agenda suggests the base instincts of Donald Trump still strongly animate the party. Amid Biden’s attempts to cut planet-heating emissions, Republicans remain mired in the protection of fossil fuel interests, using aggressive, and sometimes invented, claims in the process. But the continued embrace of Trumpian rhetoric has concerned some younger Republican lawmakers aware of the increasingly dire warnings from climate scientists and growing voter alarm over global heating. “Plenty of members of the [Republican] conference are still in perpetual skeptic mode,” Peter Meijer, a 33-year-old Republican House representative, told the Guardian. “When you talk to younger conservatives, the issue of climate is No 1 or 2, but for older generations that’s not the case. It’s important for the future of our country and the party we stop viewing it as a partisan issue.” Meijer, one of the 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump over the former president’s role in the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, said that the party was in the midst of a “generational shift” on climate but that progress was slow. “It’s moving a very large ship a matter of degrees. It won’t happen overnight,” said Meijer, who represents a Michigan district. “Climate is one of the areas I was concerned about in terms of the long-term trajectory of the party. We are seeing first steps in messaging and proposals. There’s a recognition that we have not been on the right side of this and we need to get on the right side of this.” Such progress can be hard to ascertain. Last month, in the wake of a major White House summit of world leaders where Biden vowed to cut US emissions in half this decade, the most prominent Republican response was a parade of invented claims that the president was going to restrict meat-eating to once a month. “OK, got that? No burgers on the Fourth of July. No steaks on the barbecue,” claimed Larry Kudlow, a former Trump adviser now a host on Fox News, which remains a hotbed of climate science denial but did ultimately acknowledge Biden has no such proposal. “We’ve always had a problem in respect to climate and now there’s this retreat to reactionary rhetoric that Biden is a socialist or Marxist,” said William Reilly, a Republican who was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under George HW Bush. “It’s just not true and it doesn’t work because the country knows it’s not true.” Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, did unveil a narrow climate plan based largely around tree planting and clean energy innovation, although it does not mention phasing out the fossil fuels that are driving the climate crisis, nor set out any sort of emissions reduction target. Meijer said he supported McCarthy’s plan and that Biden had embraced “fanciful and implausible priorities that are more about messaging to a progressive base than moving the needle on emissions”, but conceded that the untruths spread on meat bans showed “we are still prone to latching on to things without checking their veracity.” Republicans have also aligned themselves with rightwing groups to claim Biden will forcibly take away private property to meet his goal of protecting 30% of America’s land and waters by 2030, despite the White House pointing out this has never been proposed. Peter Meijer: ‘It’s moving a very large ship a matter of degrees. It won’t happen overnight.’ Photograph: Carlos Osorio/AP On 4 May, a bill put forward by Lauren Boebert, a Republican congresswoman from Colorado, to prevent the federal government acquiring more land was first announced in a newsletter sent by American Stewards of Liberty, a property rights group whose members have likened the Biden conservation plan to a famine caused by Joseph Stalin, as well as to the actions of Adolf Hitler. A spokesman for Boebert denied that American Stewards of Liberty crafted the bill and said it was “common practice” to consult outside groups before public announcements. The congresswoman herself said that Biden was guilty of a “massive leftist land-grab” driven by “extremist enviros funded by George Soros that believe the federal government should control every aspect of our daily lives, including our land”. Moves at the state level on climate change have also veered towards the extreme. Republicans are attempting to make Louisiana a “fossil fuel sanctuary state” to block federal rules that affect polluting industries, while their counterparts in Wyoming have set up an extraordinary legal fund to sue other states that refuse to take and burn its coal. The Arizona attorney general, Mark Brnovich, has even channeled Trumpist nativism by claiming in a lawsuit that immigrants are, in fact, the cause of the climate crisis as they release “pollutants, carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases” into the atmosphere. “Muscle memory has taken over when we should be playing an entirely different game,” said Joseph Majkut, director of climate policy at the center-right Niskanen Center. “There are plenty of alternative, market-based policies for climate change but instead we just have this grab-bag of predictable, reflexive responses. If you’re crying about hamburgers you don’t really get to influence the policy debate.” Republican recalcitrance on the climate crisis is increasingly out of step with other conservative-led countries, such as the UK and Germany that have vowed to phase out polluting industries such as coal and eliminate emissions, and even its own voter base, with polling showing that GOP voters are increasingly worried about climate change and support measures such as limits on carbon emissions. Biden’s allies worry that the ability to combat the climate crisis will be hampered without a sea change in Republican opposition. “Eventually we will need a Republican party that has original, effective climate change ideas but right now it’s just utterly pathetic, it’s driven by grievance and exploiting resentments,” said Paul Bledsoe, who was an energy and climate adviser to Bill Clinton’s administration. Bledsoe added: “Biden’s proposals are very popular and clearly Republicans are getting desperate. They just aren’t interested in solving problems or governing, they have no proper identity. That will remain the same as long as Trump dominates the party.”
An Alabama couple went viral earlier this week for stockpiling gas during a panicked rush on gas stations sparked by the temporary closure of the Colonial pipeline, which transports nearly half of the East Coast's fuel supply from Texas. Lord Jesus pic.twitter.com/iYNnSh6SCk — chris evans (@chris_notcapn) May 11, 2021 The Colonial pipeline restarted operations on Wednesday, two days after that photo was taken. The panic buying didn't stop, though. A driver in Homosassa, Florida, on Wednesday filled up four five-gallons containers of gas and placed them in the back of a Hummer H2, which shortly burst into flames. "Firefighters say one person was injured but refused to be transported for treatment, against medical advice," WFLA reports. It took about 10 minutes to extinguish the fire, the Miami Herald reports, and the Florida State Fire Marshal will investigate the cause of the explosion. Homosassa is in Citrus County, just north of Tampa Bay. "Experts say the crunch for gas in Florida has less to do with the cyberattack and more to do with people hoarding gas," the Herald reports. President Biden on Thursday urged Americans not to "get more gas than you need in the next few days." Specifically, "there's no need for concern in Tampa Bay because Florida gets 90 percent of its gas supply from cargo ships," WFLA adds. Unsafe gas hoarding was enough of a problem in the Southeast that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offered some advice on Wednesday. Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline. — US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) May 12, 2021 But if you want to mock people for panic-buying gas or, say, blowing up their Hummers, the CPSC requests you kindly refrain. Sometimes when we put out a safety message like this people use it as a way to look down on others. We ask that instead you use this as an opportunity to reflect on safety in your own life. — US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) May 12, 2021 More stories from theweek.comThe Republican theory of unemployment is classic MarxThere's growing speculation that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will name their daughter 'Philippa'A short history of White House cats
Local residents found the carcasses of the elephants in a forest in the state's Nagaon district and alerted the forest department officials, who in turn recovered the bodies.Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said the carcasses were sent for postmortem, and an investigation is underway."This is a very sad incident, such incident has never occurred in the forests of Assam. Today in the afternoon during rainfall, a thunderstorm occurred and it was so intense that 18 elephants died in the forest," he added.India is home to over 50% of the Asian elephants but their population has declined in recent years due to habitat loss, poaching for their tusks, and erratic enforcement of forest laws.
Fortunately, both the man and the dog were able to escape the attack with no serious injuries.
Some North Texas neighborhoods could get eight to 10 inches of rain.
A U.K. climate scientist has created a map showing the relative warming of surface temperatures as compared to other parts of Earth, and it reveals an environment out of balance. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli joins CBSN to explain.
A chartered boat trip off Anna Maria Island received a few friendly visitors for the boat’s captain and customers on Wednesday.
The average Briton’s closest encounter with an orca might once have been through the film Free Willy. But the majestic killer whale is increasingly being spotted in the UK, with a major citizen science project identifying three new “pods” that are present near the north coast of Scotland year-round. The orcas are thought to be living off the area’s healthy seal population, with a Scottish government study launched to examine their diets and movement patterns. PhD student Julia Sutherland, of the University of St Andrews, began her work last September and will spend four years examining the orcas’ habits. Thousands of people have joined efforts to report sightings of the orcas, which have now been individually identified and catalogued by local naturalists, scientists and enthusiasts. “There's a very strong network up in Shetland, Orkney and the north coast of Scotland, of what we call citizen scientists, that regularly monitor these killer whales. “They collect photos, they collect drone footage. And through them, we learned that actually, there are far more killer whale pods present around the north coast of Scotland and Northern Isles than previously thought,” she said.