Why we need a Department of the Future | Kim Heacox

[ad_1] Shortly before he died in 2007, the celebrated American novelist, iconoclast and second world war veteran Kurt Vonnegut gave a final interview. “My country is in ruins,” he said. “I’m a fish in a poisoned fishbowl.” Vonnegut was 84, and sounded razor sharp as he spoke about inequality and political shortsightedness, adding that in … Read more

Air pollution linked to more severe mental illness – study | Air pollution

[ad_1] Exposure to air pollution is linked to an increased severity of mental illness, according to the most comprehensive study of its kind. The research, involving 13,000 people in London, found that a relatively small increase in exposure to nitrogen dioxide led to a 32% increase in the risk of needing community-based treatment and an … Read more

‘It was the happiest time’: The Beach Boys on their strange second coming | Beach Boys

[ad_1] In the 1960s, the Beach Boys staked their claim as the US’s most popular band, as their dazzling, harmony-drenched songs about surfing, cars and California Girls epitomised the American dream. So, at the end of the decade, when leader and principal songwriter Brian Wilson – who had recently spent several months in a psychiatric … Read more

Caldor fire advances towards Lake Tahoe as communities clouded in smoke | California

[ad_1] A wind-driven wildfire continued to advance towards Lake Tahoe, clouding the alpine vacation and tourist spot on the California-Nevada state line in a sickly yellow layer of smoke. The Caldor fire on Wednesday evening was less than two dozen miles (37km) from Lake Tahoe, at times burning 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of land an … Read more

How a hot blob off New Zealand is contributing to drought in South America | Environment

[ad_1] A vast patch of warming water off the coast of New Zealand – referred to as a “warming blob” – has contributed to a decade long drought affecting parts of South America, according to scientists. Researchers based in New Zealand and Chile have examined the rapidly warming hot blob which rose to prominence in … Read more

‘Unusual mortality’: the plight of Florida’s manatees – in pictures | Environment

[ad_1] A diver from Sea & Shoreline, a Florida-based aquatic restoration firm, scrubs algae from exclusion cages in the Crystal River. The cages allow seagrass to develop mature roots before manatees eat it. As in Indian River Lagoon, land development and pollution fuelled algal blooms that smothered the eelgrass manatees eat. A community organisation, Save … Read more

‘Use your £11bn climate fund to pay for family planning,’ UK told | Global development

[ad_1] The UK government has been urged to open up its £11bn pot of climate funding to contraception, as research from low-income countries shows a link between poor access to reproductive health services and environmental damage. In a letter to Alok Sharma, president of the UN Cop26 climate conference, an alliance of more than 60 … Read more

Fukushima operators to build undersea tunnel to dump contaminated water | Japan

[ad_1] Operators of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have unveiled plans to construct an undersea tunnel to release more than a million tonnes of treated water from the site into the ocean. Plans for the 1km tunnel were announced on Wednesday after the Japanese government decided in April to release the accumulated water in two … Read more

LED streetlights decimating moth numbers in England | Insects

[ad_1] “Eco-friendly” LED streetlights produce even worse light pollution for insects than the traditional sodium bulbs they are replacing, a study has found. The abundance of moth caterpillars in hedgerows by rural roads in England was 52% lower under LED lights and 41% lower under sodium lights when compared with nearby unlit areas. In grass … Read more

Extinction Rebellion protesters block Oxford Circus in London | Extinction Rebellion

[ad_1] Extinction Rebellion protesters have blocked Oxford Circus in London, the site of one of the group’s most famous occupations, as women took the lead on the third day of its latest campaign of disobedience. Just before 2pm, protesters swarmed into the middle of the intersection between Regent Street and Oxford Street, London’s busiest shopping … Read more