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‘The losses could be profound’: floods wreak havoc on wildlife

For 900 years, Lugg and Hampton wildflower meadows in Herefordshire have bloomed into a wash of colour in spring. These fertile meadows were highly prized, and the Norman lords who owned them used the hay crop to help fund Hereford’s…

Scientists tap unused energy source to power smart sensor networks

(Penn State) The electricity that lights our homes and powers our appliances also creates small magnetic fields that are present all around us. Scientists have developed a new mechanism capable of harvesting this wasted magnetic field energy and converting it into enough electricity to power next-generation sensor networks for smart buildings and factories.

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SALMON: Largest U.S. dam removal stirs debate over Western water

California’s second-largest river has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.

Using fiber optics to advance safe and renewable energy

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Fiber optic cables, it turns out, can be incredibly useful scientific sensors. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have studied them for use in carbon sequestration, groundwater mapping, earthquake detection, and monitoring of Arctic permafrost thaw. Now they have been awarded new grants to develop fiber optics for two novel uses: monitoring offshore wind operations and underground natural gas storage.

Walking is the calming, restorative activity we need right now

I’ve been walking quite a bit lately — maybe you have too. It’s more like rambling, really, in the English novel sense of the word, except instead of meadows and oak trees, I’m dwarfed by western red cedars and mobbed…

Energy Politics

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell for a seventh consecutive year in 2019 after a record year for renewable energy, according to government figures. The provisional data, published by the government on Thursday, revealed a 3.6% fall in greenhouse gas…

Wildfire perceptions largely positive after hiking in a burned landscape

(University of California – Davis) Results from pre- and post-hike surveys of a burned landscape indicate that people understand and appreciate the role of fire in natural landscapes more than is perceived.

COVID-19 And Some Thoughts on Data Analysis

March 24, 2020, 12:59 pm I am not going to take a position on COVID-19 severity now, if for no other reason as I am not an expert and I think its fine not to clutter the debates about virus…

Truckers are the unsung heroes of this pandemic

There’s no shortage of people facing extraordinary adversity to help us maintain some semblance of civilization in these pandemic times. There are the usual suspects — doctors, nurses, firefighters — who make courage under fire seem so routine. And then…

Homeless pets need your help as coronavirus closes shelters

There are so many obvious victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are plenty that aren’t as apparent. Animal shelters and rescues are among those impacted but the coronavirus. As more people across the United States are being told to…