Lupin and Arsenic: Research on soil decontamination by an exceptional plant — Natural History Wanderings

ScienceDaily reports Researchers have discovered a new chemical mechanism used by roots of white lupin to clean up arsenic-contaminated soils, such as those from mining operations. Read article at Lupin and Arsenic: Research on soil decontamination by an exceptional plant — ScienceDaily

Lupin and Arsenic: Research on soil decontamination by an exceptional plant — Natural History Wanderings

The sunken nuclear submarines: Russia’s ‘slow-motion Chernobyl’ at sea — Antinuclear

One of them is the K-27, once known as the “golden fish” because of its high cost. The 360ft-long (118m) attack submarine (a submarine designed to hunt other submarines) was plagued with problems since its 1962 launch with its experimental liquid-metal-cooled reactors, one of which ruptured six years later and exposed nine sailors to fatal doses […]

The sunken nuclear submarines: Russia’s ‘slow-motion Chernobyl’ at sea  — Antinuclear

Maine bans toxic ‘forever chemicals’ under groundbreaking new law — Natural History Wanderings

The Guardian reports Maine has enacted a groundbreaking law that will ban the use of toxic PFAS compounds in all products by 2030, except in instances deemed “currently unavoidable”. Though states and the federal government have passed piecemeal laws regulating the dangerous chemicals’ use, Maine is the nation’s first state and world’s first government to […]

Maine bans toxic ‘forever chemicals’ under groundbreaking new law — Natural History Wanderings

California oil regulators deny new fracking permits — Natural History Wanderings

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports California denied 21 oil drilling permits this week in the latest move toward ending fracking in a state that makes millions from the petroleum industry but is seeing widespread drought and more dangerous fire seasons linked to climate change. Read more at California oil regulators deny new fracking permits – The […]

California oil regulators deny new fracking permits — Natural History Wanderings

The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

Last week the governor ordered a state agency to stop issuing fracking permits to oil drillers, starting as of 2024. This is less of a big deal than it seems. Hydraulic fracturing is rarely used in California because the permitting process was tightened in 2014 and because our earthquake-shaken rocks are already well fractured, and […]

The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things — Natural History Wanderings

The New Yorker has an article that cuts to the chase about what humans need to do to deal with Climate Change. It talks about the need to stop burning things and the fallacy in policies that treat biomass as “carbon-neutral”. If one wanted a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it […]

To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things — Natural History Wanderings

Microplastic pollution has reached every part of the planet — KRISHNA KUMAR SINGH

Minuscule plastic particles in the lungs of pregnant rodents pass quickly into the hearts, minds and different organs of their embryos, research shows. It is the primary examination in a live warm blooded creature to show that the placenta doesn’t impede such particles. The examinations likewise showed that the rodent babies presented to the particles […]

Microplastic pollution has reached every part of the planet — KRISHNA KUMAR SINGH

How Many Fish Are Eating Plastic — Natural History Wanderings

The Revelator reports A new study reveals that certain kinds of fish are more likely to have ingested plastic — including hundreds of species people depend on for food. Read about study at  New Research Shows Just How Many Fish Are Eating Plastic • The Revelator

How Many Fish Are Eating Plastic — Natural History Wanderings

Endangered Species Updates — Natural History Wanderings

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recently updated its red list of endangered species. Their assessment of  71,576 species concludes that 21,286 are now threatened with extinction. Some of their recent updates serious declines in the population of the Okapi (Okapia johnstoni), a close relative of the giraffe, unique to the rainforests of […]

Endangered Species Updates — Natural History Wanderings

Kern County, California, approves plan to allow thousands of new oil wells despite environmental objections — Natural History Wanderings

KTLA reports A plan to fast-track drilling of thousands of new oil and gas wells over the next 15 years in California’s prime oil patch was approved Monday by Kern County officials over objections by environmental groups. The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a revised ordinance supported by the influential petroleum […]

Kern County approves plan to allow thousands of new oil wells despite environmental objections — Natural History Wanderings