Environment

A biophysical environment is a biotic and abiotic surrounding of an organism or population, and consequently includes the factors that have an influence in their survival, development, and evolution. A biophysical environment can vary in scale from microscopic to global in extent. It can also be subdivided according to its attributes. Examples include the marine environment, the atmospheric environment and the terrestrial environment.
Issues on the natural world around you.
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    Letter from Climate Activist Concerning Vineyard Wind

    To the Editor, Vineyard Wind needs to ask the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to override the denial of their application from the Edgartown Conservation Commission?  As a climate activist, I have watched as VW  has undergone the scrutiny of state licensing, environmental agencies, town permitting and conservation organizations.  From what I've seen they have consistently cared and acted to strengthen the project and relationships all these communities.  VW has listened to our concerns and adjusted what they could without jeopardizing this vital project and still keep it on schedule.  For example, the fragile Right Whale will be protected by monitoring and stopping construction

  • This is how Blockchain will help to fight against the extinction of species
    Medium

    This is how Blockchain will help to fight against the extinction of species

    The extinction of species is a problem that has been treated independently by each country and there are also collective efforts that focus on advising countries with fewer resources to ensure the future of thousands of species. The most important worldwide is the World Wildlife (WWF). Here you can learn about other charities and organizations. The World Wildlife Fund has estimated that populations of vertebrate animals on earth declined 58% from 1970 to 2012. In freshwater species, the rate of decline was an even more precipitous 81%. This trend is really chilling and that's why I think blockchain technology can help a lot to fight it. The lack of certain species of animals is very related to

  • Forbes

    Earlier Spring Favors Invasive Plants

    Under climate change, warm spring weather arrives earlier. Some plants are able to take advantage by flowering earlier. Other plants do not. Climate change will lend an advantage to plants that can move their flowering times earlier. A recent study out of Kellogg Biological Station investigated flowering times under warmer temperatures at a field site in western Michigan grasslands and old fields. The researchers examined the responses of 42 native and non-native plant species. Non-native plants include invasive plants, which become dominant and damaging, as well as non-native plants that are simply exotic and do not take over the ecosystem. The researchers used infrared ceramic heaters that

  • Florida Keys' coral demise linked to nitrogen-enriched runoff in study
    Tampa Bay Times

    Florida Keys' coral demise linked to nitrogen-enriched runoff in study

    A landmark 30-year study of ailing coral in the Florida Keys shows nutrient-supercharged water from as far north as Orlando is contributing to the death of an ancient ecosystem that evolved to thrive in a fertilizer-free environment. The research, published Monday in the international journal Marine Biology, was led by Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute using measurements that date back to 1984. The breadth of the data makes it the longest record of its kind anywhere in the world, according to Florida Atlantic University. A key point of the findings is that warming ocean temperatures are not the lone killer of Keys' coral, but part of a knot of man-induced challenges that includes higher rainfall rates from climate change that wash nitrogen-enriched waters through the greater Everglades and into Florida Bay.

  • 22 pythons hatched in Srimangal zoo
    The Daily Star

    22 pythons hatched in Srimangal zoo

    A total of 22 python eggs were hatched in a zoo of Sreemangal upazila of Moulviabzar this morning. A python which was rescued in Dinajpur 22 years ago laid 35 eggs at the zoo of Bangladesh Bonyo Prani Sheba Foundation last month and since then the eggs were kept with the mother python, our Moulvibazar correspondent reports. The zoo authorities decided to hatch the eggs in their care and provided proper temperature and favourable weather for safe hatching of those, said Swapan Deb Sajal, director of the privately run wildlife care centre. “We believe that the hatchlings will become valuable breeders in the future,” he said. "This is a milestone towards conserving and breeding pythons. We will

  • Planting 1bn hectares of forest could help save the Earth
    Daily News Egypt

    Planting 1bn hectares of forest could help save the Earth

    Many scientists and global scientific bodies, notably the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), expect temperatures to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5 °C) above pre-industrial levels by 2030 if current global carbon emission trends continue. According to a recent study published by Science Advances, this number of trees could remove two-thirds of human-caused carbon emissions into the Earth's atmosphere since the 19th century. According to a study prepared by researchers from the National Centre for Oceanography in the UK, published by the Environmental Research Letters journal last July, in the absence of access to pre-industrial temperatures, floods caused by sea-level rise can cost humanity $14tn annually by 2100.

  • Local restaurant uses pasta straws to reduce plastic waste
    WFTX

    Local restaurant uses pasta straws to reduce plastic waste

    SANIBEL, Fla. — Joey's Custard in Sanibel starts using pasta straws, instead of paper and plastic, to help reduce to use of plastic on the island. They call it eco-pasta. It was created by Sammy Ramirez, who came up with the idea because he says he says he's been a huge supporter of the single use plastic straw ban after seeing the damage and mess it's left on the beach. "People don't expect it when you first give it to them. They're kind of looking at it like, what is this?" said Joey Almeida, the owner of Joey's Custard. We're told the straws are biodegradable after 72 hours, edible, reusable and tasteless. Kevin Ruane, the Mayor of Sanibel said, "Any decrease in plastic usage will obviously

  • Making plastic from CO2
    Technology Org

    Making plastic from CO2

    Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is known to be a greenhouse gas and to have harmful effects on the Earth's environment. However, Professor Kyoko Nozaki has successfully come up with a way to turn that harmful gas into useful plastic. Plastic is usually made from almost 100 percent petroleum or fossil fuels. If a certain portion of that can be replaced by CO2, not only can the CO2 in the atmosphere be immobilized, but the use of fossil fuels can also be reduced, resulting in a big plus for the Earth's environment. Nozaki has created a new type of plastic called polylactone. A unique catalytic technique is used to bind a material called butadiene with CO2. Overall around 30 percent is made from CO2-originated

  • 'Going to the dump now is like going through customs': Telegraph readers on the rubbish-tip 'tax'
    The Telegraph

    'Going to the dump now is like going through customs': Telegraph readers on the rubbish-tip 'tax'

    A government review has been launched into the ‘arbitrary fees’, dubbed the rubbish-tip ‘tax’, charged by councils for householders to dump waste at rubbish tips.

  • Sceptics condemn Paris urban forest project targeting climate change
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    Sceptics condemn Paris urban forest project targeting climate change

    In an effort to deal with the climate crisis in an urban setting, the city of Paris is looking to make the City of Light greener by creating 'urban forests', an ambitious project that not everyone believes is up to the hype. The strategy promoted by Mayor Anne Hidalgo will create parks and gardens in an effort to lower the overall temperature. The first phase of the urban forest will open at the end of the summer, located on an unused train line to create a green belt in the city, similar to the High Line Park, a stretch of green with paths in Manhattan, New York that was built in 2009.

  • 50 million tonnes of e-waste litter the world annually
    Vanguard News

    50 million tonnes of e-waste litter the world annually

    … only 20% recycledThe International Telecommunications Union, ITU, is raising the alarm that electronic waste is growing at an alarming rate and may spell doom across the world if not adequately checked. ITU says the world now discards approximately 50 million tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) per year. This quantum of e-waste, according to the Union, is greater in weight than all of the commercial airliners put together. Meanwhile, of the lot, only 20 per cent is formally recycled. What that means is that the world would have to grapple with the health hazards of the 80 per cent that litter the global space. E-waste includes discarded equipment such as phones, laptops, fridges, sensors and

  • Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California
    The Sacramento Bee

    Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California

    Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California Officials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state's last two major oil spills. The newly revealed spill has been flowing off and on since May and has again stopped, Chevron spokeswoman Veronica Flores-Paniagua said. She and California officials said the spill is not near any waterway and has not significantly affected wildlife. The last flow was Tuesday. Chevron reported that 794,000 gallons (about 3 million liters) of oil and water have leaked out of the ground where it uses steam injection to extract

  • Trump trashes the natural world and calls it 'environmental leadership'
    The Hill

    Trump trashes the natural world and calls it 'environmental leadership'

    In a recent speech, President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE touted what he described as “America's environmental leadership” during his presidency. He claimed that over the past two-and-a-half years, his administration has been “a good steward of public land,” reduced emissions of greenhouse gases, and successfully promoted clean air and water.  His claims are Orwellian in scope and mendacity. Even the most cursory examination of the Trump administration's environmental record reveals an appalling litany of irresponsible,

  • Instagrammers suffer vomiting and rashes after posing for photos at picturesque lake that turned out to be toxic dump
    The Independent

    Instagrammers suffer vomiting and rashes after posing for photos at picturesque lake that turned out to be toxic dump

    Instagram users have ended up hospitalised after trying to get the perfect shot at an “idyllic” lake in northwest Spain that is full of toxic chemicals.Monte Neme in the Galicia region has attracted droves of tourists in recent years thanks to its bright turquoise waters.But the site is actually a water-filled disused quarry connected to what was once a Tungsten mine, and the distinctive blue colour of the water is due to chemical contamination.While most selfie-takers are content with getting a snap next to the pool, some have taken the extra step of going for a dip to get the perfect shot – with dire consequences. One Instagrammer told Spanish news outlet Publico that after coming into contact with the water, she had suffered vomiting and come out in a rash that lasted a fortnight.> View this post on Instagram> > Fotito del primer día, dándome un refresco en el Neme. 50.000 frikazos han visto mi último stories. Estáis muy mal. De momento, como un roble. A ver si hace solecito este finde y sumamos el tercer remojo ya, que apetece. wolframiomiscojones melapelaelneme viscacatalunya catalunyalliure bulode4galegos> > A post shared by Selección natural (@izzyandtai) on Jul 16, 2019 at 6:41am PDTThe news site reported that more than one tourist has been hospitalised for “damage to the skin and digestive system” after visiting Monte Neme.While brief exposure will most likely cause eye and skin irritation, spending more time in the contaminated water and ingesting the toxins could cause stomach problems, vomiting and diarrhoea, Manuel Ferreiro, a doctor at the University hospital in nearby A Coruña, told European news site The Local.But even this won’t put off the most dedicated “influencers” – an Instagrammer called Uxía told Publico that “the picture was worth it” despite contracting a rash.The mine was abandoned in the 1980s, but was formerly used to extract Tungsten, a key component in the manufacture of light bulbs and for hardening steel, during the Second World War under General Francisco Franco.It’s not the first time social media users have been lured to a toxic site by the promise of ethereal pictures.A beautiful turquoise lake that is a popular selfie spot in Russia was recently revealed to be a toxic waste dump.The man-made lake in the city of Novosibirsk has attracted hundreds of Instagram users thanks to its vibrant blue hue. But, according to the Siberian Generating Company, which owns the lake, it’s actually an ash dump from a local coal plant and contact with the water should be avoided at all costs.