Day: August 29, 2019

Presidential hopeful Harris’ climate plan to draw on her experience suing polluters: sources

(Reuters) – U.S. presidential hopeful Kamala Harris’ campaign is finalizing a plan to tackle climate change that will center on cracking down on fossil fuel companies and protecting poor neighborhoods from the worst impacts of global warming, according to two sources familiar with the matter. FILE PHOTO: 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator…

Whale sightings in NYC increase

It might sound like a good thing that the number of whale sightings have increased around New York City and northern New Jersey, but it’s actually a huge safety concern for both the animals and humans. The result of warmer and cleaner waters in the area, the population of Atlantic menhaden, humpback whales’ major food…

Sunscreens release metals and nutrients into seawater

Beachgoers are becoming increasingly aware of the potentially harmful effects UV filters from sunscreens can have on coral and other marine organisms when the protective lotions wash off their bodies into the ocean. Now, researchers have studied how sunscreens release different compounds — trace metals and inorganic nutrients — into Mediterranean seawater, with unknown effects…

When invasive plants take root, native animals pay the price

Jacob Barney and six graduate students conducted the first-ever comprehensive meta-analytic review examining the ecological impacts of invasive plants. Shown (l-r): Cody Dickinson, Ariel Heminger, Becky Fletcher, Gourav Sharma, Jacob Barney, Rachel Brooks, and Vasiliy Lakoba. Credit: Virginia Tech Imagine a new breed of pirate not only able to sail the high seas, but to…