After a breakdown, birdwatching brought me friendship, escape and a new love of nature

A childhood hobby gave me time to reflect, refocus and find myself again, following years of drug and alcohol abuse A decade ago, aged 22 and off my face on class A drugs and alcohol almost every day, I would never have seen myself where I am today and definitely wouldnt have dreamed that Bird Therapy that birds are consistent in a way that people rarely are and I stand by this. Too often, we are let down by those we believe care about us, but I know that if I look out of my kitchen window, my garden bird community will still be there. I also know that during spring, our returning breeding birds will travel across desert and …

‘Ecological grief’: Greenland residents traumatised by climate emergency

Islanders are struggling to reconcile impact of global heating with traditional way of life, survey finds The climate crisis is causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety to people in Greenland who are struggling to reconcile the traumatic impact of heating with their traditional way of life. The first ever national survey examining the human impact of the climate emergency, revealed in the Guardian on Monday, shows that more than 90% of islanders interviewed fully accept that crisis is happening, with a further 76% claiming to have personally experienced global heating in their daily lives, from coping with dangerous sea ice journeys to having sled dogs euthanised for economic reasons tied to shorter winters. Original Article : HERE ;

Poisoned Air in Paris, Intel’s New Chips, and More News

Paris is dealing with dangerous lead poisoning, Intel has a new set of chips, and Greenland is in the midst of a dangerous heat wave. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines The Notre Dame fire spread toxic lead dust over Paris Three months after the devastating Notre Dame cathedral fire, reports show that lead-poisoning tests in some locations surrounding the cathedral are registering 500 to 800 times the official safe level. Two months ago, Paris officials apparently told local schools that there was no significant health risk. Intels new chips have finally arrived For months, Intel has been …

The Notre Dame Fire Spread Toxic Lead Dust Over Paris

This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Three months after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, reports of a new, previously unheeded threat to local residents have emerged: lead poisoning. According to confidential documents leaked to the (paywalled) website Mediapart earlier this month and discussed across French media, locations surrounding the fire-damaged cathedral have registered levels of lead contamination ranging between 500 and 800 times the official safe level. The building’s roof and spire were clad in several hundred tons of the metal, which can be toxic if particles are inhaled or consumed, especially to children. The blaze that consumed the cathedral’s roof liquified oceans of lead and lofted a plume …

Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic for UN climate summits

Teenage activist to travel to US on racing yacht to cut environmental impact of travel Greta Thunberg is to sail across the Atlantic in a high-speed racing yacht next month to attend UN climate summits in the US and Chile as part of a sabbatical year the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist will spend in the US. Good news! Ill be joining the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, COP25 in Santiago Ive been offered a ride on the 60ft racing boat Malizia II. Well be sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to NYC in mid August, said in June she would be taking a year off school to attend the summits, on 23 September in New York …

100m bacteria a day keep the doctor away, apple research suggests

Study finds organic apples have more diverse and balanced bacterial community The impact of an apple a day in keeping the doctor away may be partly down to the beneficial bacteria it carries and their subsequent colonisation of your gut, according to scientists. A study has found that a typical apple carries more than 100m bacteria. Some of these microbes are important in maintaining a published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.

Gulf Fisheries Are Under SiegeNow Comes Tropical Storm Barry

This story originally appeared on HuffPost and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As fishermen deep in the Louisiana bayou, Kindra Arnesen and her family have faced their share of life-altering challenges in recent years. First came Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 monster storm that devastated her small fishing community in Plaquemines Parish before roaring up the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,800 people and destroying $125 billion in property. Five years later, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded 40 miles offshore, spewing nearly 200 million gallons of crude. The fisheries have not fully recovered more than nine years later, nor has her family. But this year may be worse. A historic slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water loaded …

Wide Sargasso seaweed: 5,500-mile algae belt keeps on growing

Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt now appears almost every year, forming largest record bloom It weighs 20m tonnes, stretches from west Africa to the Gulf of Mexico, and washes up on beaches creating a malodorous stench. Now scientists say a vast swathe of brown seaweed could be becoming an annual occurrence. Researchers say the explosion in sargassum seaweed first materialised in 2011. But new research shows it has appeared almost every year since then, forming the largest bloom of macroalgae ever recorded. Whats more, the seaweed band dubbed the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt seems to be getting bigger. The scientists say the seaweed can be a boon for marine wildlife, providing habitat for creatures including fish and birds. But it also …

Toxic caterpillars spark health scare across Germany

People suffer rashes and breathing difficulties as warm weather brings infestation Marauding caterpillars with toxic hairs have brought parts of Germany to a standstill, leading to closures of swimming pools, restaurants, public parks and sections of the motorway. Oak processionary moth caterpillars, named after the nose-to-tail processions they form to travel between the oak trees they devour, have fine, long hairs with an irritating toxin that can cause blistering rashes, feverish dizzy spells and asthma attacks. For years, the caterpillar used to be a relatively rare sight in Germany, found only in isolated areas of woodland. But following a this years mild spring and warm, dry summer, the oak processionarys nests have been found in large numbers all over the …

Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into new industrial frontier

Greenpeace report reveals 29 floor-exploration licences have been granted worldwide The worlds oceans are facing a new industrial frontier from a fledgling deep-sea mining industry as companies line up to extract metals and minerals from some of the most important ecosystems on the planet, a report has found. by Greenpeace revealed that although no mining had started on the ocean floor, 29 exploration licences had been issued covering an area five times bigger than the UK. Environmentalists said the proposed mining would threaten not only crucial ecosystems but the global fight against climate breakdown. Louisa Casson, an ocean campaigner at Greenpeace, said: The health of our oceans is closely linked to our own survival. Unless we act now to protect …

US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries

US represents 4% of the worlds population but produces 12% of municipal solid waste, a stark contrast with China and India The US produces far more garbage and recycles far less of it than other developed countries, according to a new analysis by the global risk consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft. The figures emerge as the world faces an escalating waste crisis driven largely by plastics continue to accept its waste, the report authors say. The US represents just 4% of the worlds population, but it produces 12% of global municipal solid waste. In comparison, China and India make up more than 36% of the worlds population and generate 27% of that waste. While Americans recycle just 35% of their municipal …

Children are being poisoned: California moms lead the way to pesticide ban

Chlorpyrifos, a chemical used to treat pest infestations, was banned from residential use in 2000 but is still used in agriculture Elisa Riveras face swelled up, her eyes watered and soon she was struggling to breathe. The 39-year-old first started to feel ill when the smell of pesticides drifted from nearby Fresno county fruit orchards on a recent afternoon: We experience this all the time People get used to it. Rivera and other activists have been it was moving to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that is brain damage in stand against the Trump administration, which has supported continued Toxic America Studies, however, increasingly raised doubts. Pregnant women who lived near farms that sprayed chlorpyrifos had increased risks of having a …

William Happer: Trump aide pushing climate denial inside the White House

The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong By the early 1990s, the man now dubbed the chief climate change skeptic in Donald Trumps White House had already decided he was uneasy with the science that showed humans were heating the planet. William Happer, the former Princeton physicist now on Trumps National Security Council, was then in charge of energy research under George HW Bush. He asked experts at the Department of Energy to discuss their work with him and was displeased with the attitude he sensed from a climate researcher, according to a story recalled by two of his colleagues. They were not just defensive; they …

Madrid could become first European city to scrap low-emissions zone

Regions likely new president Isabel Daz Ayuso believes congestion is part of citys cultural identity Madrid may be about to become the first European city to scrap a major urban low-emissions zone after regional polls left a rightwing politician who views 3am traffic jams as part of the citys cultural identity on who is expected to become the new Popular party (PP) president of the Madrid region, believes night-time congestion makes the city special and has pledged to reverse a project known as Madrid Central, which has dramatically cut urban pollution. The PPs mayor-in-waiting, Jos Luis Martnez-Almeida, under whose remit the scheme falls, told El Pais: I do not think [traffic jams] are a reason for enjoyment but it is …

Pesticides explained: the toxic chemicals in up to 70% of produce

Studies have linked long-term health issues, while regulators insist breaches of safe limits are rare What are pesticides? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines pesticides as any chemical substance used to regulate, prevent or destroy plants or pests usually insects, rodents or microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria or that acts as a nitrogen stabilizer in soil. Q&A Why the Guardian is launching a major reader-funded project on the toxicity of modern life Show Hide Carcinogenic chemicals in your furniture, and drinking water. Welcome to Toxic America a Guardian project which will explore the health implications of living in an environment that can expose all of us to chemical contamination on a daily basis through the air we breathe, the …

The EPA is meant to protect us. The Monsanto trials proves it isn’t | Nathan Donley and Carey Gillam

Three public trials involving Monsanto have raised troubling questions about lax oversight of all pesticides by the Environmental Protection Agency Ever since Monsanto introduced its line of Roundup weedkillers to the world in 1974, the products have been touted by the company and regulators as extremely safe. The corporate secrets in three public trials has revealed a covert campaign to cover-up the pesticides risks and raised troubling questions about lax oversight of all pesticides by the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory agencies that are supposed to be protecting public health. Two recently concluded Roundup product liability never conducted epidemiology studies for Roundup and its other formulations made with the active ingredient glyphosate, to see if the products could lead …