Just Stop Oil Activists Sentenced to Record 4 and 5 Years for Planning to Block M25 London Roadway
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by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes
1d ago
Five Just Stop Oil supporters have been sentenced to a record four and five years for conspiring to cause public nuisance for coordinating four days of protests on London’s M25 roadway in November of 2022. Judge Christopher Hehir, who sentenced the protesters — Roger Hallam, Louise Lancaster, Daniel Shaw, Cressida Gethin and Lucia Whittaker De Abreu — said they had “crossed the line from concerned campaigner to fanatic,” reported The Guardian. Hallam was sentenced to five years with the other four receiving four-year sentences. The sentences are believed to be the longest ever imposed for nonv ..read more
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Hawaiian Electric and Other Defendants Reach Tentative $4 Billion Maui Wildfire Settlement
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by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes
2d ago
In a lawsuit over the Maui wildfires of August 2023, Hawaiian Electric and other defendants have tentatively agreed to a settlement of more than $4 billion. The proposed deal, which has not yet received final approval, would settle the lawsuits of thousands of businesses and homeowners against the island’s utility, Hawaiian Electric, said people familiar with the agreement who were not authorized to speak about it publicly, Bloomberg reported. The devastating wildfires killed 102 people, damaged or demolished 2,207 structures — most of them residential — and caused approximately $5.5 billion i ..read more
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California Officials Praise Renewables, Battery Storage for Grid Resilience Amid Heat Wave
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by Paige Bennett
2d ago
After a few weeks of heat advisories and even devastating wildfires, California’s power grid has faced minimal disruptions. Officials are praising the state’s long-term focus on renewable energy infrastructure and battery storage for enhancing grid stability, even in the extreme heat. “This was a good early test that we passed in very good shape,” said Elliot Mainzer, president and CEO of California Independent System Operator (CAISO), as reported by The Sacramento Bee. “Investments in new clean energy and in dispatchable battery storage played a major role.” As Dede Subakti, vice president o ..read more
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California’s Devastating Wildfire Season: First Fatality Reported, Already 5x More Acres Burned Than Average
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by Michael Riojas
3d ago
California officials discovered human remains in a burned Mendocino County home on July 8, reporting the state’s first death of an unusually devastating 2024 wildfire season. The woman is believed to be 66-year-old Dagmar Stankova, who was last seen using a garden hose to try to extinguish flames outside of her home, as The New York Times reported. California’s approximately 3,500 wildfires have already burned nearly 220,000 acres this year, said Joe Tyler, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire,) at a news conference last week. View this post on Inst ..read more
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North Atlantic Right Whale Spotted Off Irish Coast for First Time in More Than a Century
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by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes
3d ago
For the first time in over a century, a North Atlantic right whale — a critically endangered species with only about 360 individuals remaining — has been seen off the Irish coast. Adrian Maguire, on vacation from Northern Ireland’s County Tyrone, saw the whale’s enormous figure as he fished for mackerel in a boat with his wife and a couple of friends, reported The Guardian. “I just looked in amazement at the size of it,” Maguire said. “I’ve never experienced that in my life.” Macguire described letting the boat drift as they watched for about an hour while the whale swam and surfaced in McSwyn ..read more
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Alaska Federal Court Overturns Oil Lease Sale in Critical Beluga Whale Habitat
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by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes
3d ago
In a win for environmental groups, on Tuesday an Alaska federal court overturned a sale of oil and gas leases in Cook Inlet. The court found that the United States Department of the Interior (DOI) had broken the law by failing to adequately consider the cumulative environmental impacts of the lease sale on endangered beluga whales, in addition to the issue of loud noise from sea vessels, a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity said. Belugas use echolocation — using sound to navigate — for hunting, locating each other and avoiding obstacles. When this process is impacted by no ..read more
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High Levels of Fiberglass Detected in Oysters and Mussels
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by Paige Bennett
3d ago
A team of researchers has revealed alarming amounts of fiberglass particles in marine bivalves found off the coasts of southern England. According to the researchers, this is the first study to determine that fiberglass, or glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), particles can make their way into human food sources. Researchers from the University of Brighton, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Southampton, as well as the research company AQASS Limited, collected mussels and oysters from Chichester Harbour in southern England from December 2018 to May 2019. To analyze the samples, the ..read more
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New Images Show Largest Uncontacted Indigenous Tribe on Earth Dangerously Close to Loggers in Peruvian Amazon
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by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes
4d ago
The Mashco Piro are an uncontacted Indigenous Tribe who live in the Peruvian Amazon. They have been sighted emerging from the rainforest more often recently as they try to avoid the increasing presence of loggers, according to FENAMAD, a local Indigenous rights group. Incredible new images released on Tuesday show dozens of Mashco Piro people on the banks of the Las Piedras river, where they come in search of food and to distance themselves from the loggers who have invaded their territory. “This is irrefutable evidence that many Mashco Piro live in this area, which the government has not only ..read more
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Torrential Rain Disrupts Toronto With Flooding, Power Outages, Canceled Flights
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by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes
4d ago
Thunderstorms and torrential rain in Toronto on Tuesday triggered flash flooding in parts of the city that disrupted traffic, caused power outages and canceled flights. The city saw more rainfall in one hour than the average for July as highways and subways were closed and city streets were engulfed by the floodwaters, CNN reported. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport recorded roughly 3.82 inches of rain, the airport posted on X — the fifth wettest day recorded in the city. Tuesday’s deluge also smashed the previous daily record of one inch, set in 1941. Local officials said parts of the c ..read more
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UK Approves Lab-Grown Meat in Pet Food
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by Paige Bennett
4d ago
The UK has become the first country in Europe to approve lab-grown meat. The authorization will specifically allow the use of cultivated chicken, or meat grown from the cells of an egg sample, in a new pet food made by the London-based startup Meatly. Formerly known as Good Dog Food, Meatly received regulatory approval from the country’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). To make the pet food, Meatly starts by extracting cells from a chicken egg sample. Then, in a lab setting, the Meatly te ..read more
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