French “Lights Out” Ordinance Benefits Wildlife — Natural History Wanderings

Environmental News Network reports that France is implementing one of the world’smost comprehensive “lights out” ordinances. It includes turning off shop lights between 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., shutting off lights inside office buildings within an hour of workers leaving the premises waiting only until sunset before turning lights on, on building facades. Benefits of […]

French “Lights Out” Ordinance Benefits Wildlife — Natural History Wanderings

New York City Takes Steps To Increase Safer Bird Migration — Natural History Wanderings

from CornellLab of Ornithology Lights Out in the City that Never Sleeps New York City just took a big step toward making the city safer for the millions of birds that fly through or near the city at night during migration. On April 1, a new law went into effect that directs city-owned and occupied […]

New York City Takes Steps To Increase Safer Bird Migration — Natural History Wanderings

Light pollution increasing year round for some migrating birds: Southeastern U.S., Mexico, & Central America of greatest concern — ScienceDaily — Natural History Wanderings

ScienceDaily Nighttime light pollution levels are increasing the most in the southeastern United States, Mexico, and Central America–findings based on year-round data collected over the last two decades in the Western Hemisphere. Read more at Light pollution increasing year round for some migrating birds: Southeastern U.S., Mexico, & Central America of greatest concern — ScienceDaily

Light pollution increasing year round for some migrating birds: Southeastern U.S., Mexico, & Central America of greatest concern — ScienceDaily — Natural History Wanderings

Pesticides Leading Cause Grassland Bird Declines — Natural History Wanderings

Media Release  from American Bird Conservancy New Study Finds Pesticides Leading Cause of Grassland Bird Declines (Washington, D.C., February 25, 2013)  A new study led by a preeminent Canadian toxicologist identifies acutely toxic pesticides as the most likely leading cause of the widespread decline in grassland bird numbers in the United States, a finding that […]

Pesticides Leading Cause Grassland Bird Declines — Natural History Wanderings

Oppose First Idaho Oil & Gas Waste Injection Well! — Wild Idaho Rising Tide

Proposed Injection Well & Aquifer Exemption On Friday, January 14, 2022, the Region 10 water division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Seattle, Washington, issued public notice of a draft permit (ID-2D001-A) for an underground injection control (UIC) well application, authorizing the first Class II oil and gas waste well in Idaho, in […]

Oppose First Idaho Oil & Gas Waste Injection Well! — Wild Idaho Rising Tide

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