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Callum Roberts: ‘Sharks do bite people, they do kill people, but it’s more error than intention’

Callum Roberts is professor of marine conservation at York University and was chief scientific adviser on Blue Planet 2. His new book, Reef Life, details a life spent in the oceans studying the marine ecosystem. How was your first dive?It…

Green Light For New Deep Coal Mine In Cumbria, UK

Plans to develop the UK’s first new deep coal mine in decades have been given the go-ahead by the government. The Woodhouse Colliery would process around 2.5 million tonnes of coking coal a year, expected to replace imports from the…

To save biodiversity, scientists suggest ‘mega-conservation’

(S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University) While the conservation of charismatic creatures like pandas, elephants and snow leopards are important in their own right, there may be no better ecological bang-for-our-buck than a sound, science-based effort to save widespread keystone systems. And the majestic aspens could be a perfect start for such an endeavor.

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ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Bankrupt giants hand unwanted coal mines to unknown firms

GILLETTE, Wyo. — For years, the coal companies operating on the high plains here were among the best known in the world: Peabody Energy Corp., Rio Tinto, Arch Coal Inc. But as the coal industry contracts, the former giants are being replaced by a different brand of mining firm: virtual unknowns.

Whoa! Check out this giant geode

Scientists recently studied the formation of the huge crystals inside the giant geode of Pulpí, located deep in a Spanish mine. They found that temperature fluctuations – maybe from climate or maybe from geothermal systems – amplified a natural process that grew the crystals, ripening them over thousands of years and making them literally crystal clear.

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AGRICULTURE: Al Gore opens new front in war on climate change

Al Gore’s 400-acre farm is located in Carthage, a small Tennessee town where the former vice president and senator traditionally kicked off his political campaigns. During his second act as a famous environmentalist, the farm became the site of a training program for aspiring climate activists, and more recently, an experiment in what Gore said is the world’s most realistic chance at averting climate catastrophe.

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EXXON TRIAL: Tillerson denies scheme to mislead investors

More than three hours of testimony from former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson yielded few fireworks yesterday at the company’s bench trial with the New York attorney general’s office, though the former secretary of State denied any allegations that he oversaw deceptive schemes targeted at investors.