Allow young people out of lockdown early to get country moving, say business experts
Nature & Science

Allow young people out of lockdown early to get country moving, say business experts

Researchers say 4.2 million young adults resuming daily lives could boost economy by £13b while shielding vulnerable groups Allowing young people aged between 20 and 30 out of lockdown early could help get Britain moving again and avoid an “extraordinary recession”, business experts have said. As the Government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, told…

Beer, Rich People, and Racing Horses All Made Out Better Than Renewable Energy in Congress’ Budget
Renewable Energy

Beer, Rich People, and Racing Horses All Made Out Better Than Renewable Energy in Congress’ Budget

Photo: GettyThe House approved a 1.4 trillion spending package on Tuesday, which extended a slew of expiring and expired tax breaks. Lots of environmentalists are pissed because it barely did anything for renewable energy. Tax breaks for onshore wind energy got a yearlong extension, but offshore wind and solar didn’t get shit.Well, we at Earther…

Young people can’t remember how much more wildlife there used to be
Conservation

Young people can’t remember how much more wildlife there used to be

Environment 11 December 2019 By Adam Vaughan Meadow pipits, here near a lighthouse in the Channel Islands, are in declineAlan Lagadu/Getty ImagesWalking in England’s New Forest in 1892, butterfly collector S. G. Castle Russell encountered such numbers of the insects that they “were so thick that I could hardly see ahead”. On another occasion, he “captured a hundred…

People with half a brain. Literally.
Nature & Science

People with half a brain. Literally.

For some children with severe epilepsy, the best treatment may be a very rare surgical procedure in which a large portion — even half — of the child’s brain is removed or disconnected. Amazingly, many of these individuals can relearn motor, language, and cognitive skills. How? The brain reorganizes itself and builds new connections. To…

Millions of people eat octopus
Nature & Science

Millions of people eat octopus

Farming octopuses is not only unethical but deeply damaging to the environment, scientists say. From the Mediterranean to the Sea of Japan, octopuses are considered a culinary delicacy, and demand is growing. Of the estimated 350,000 tonne annual catch, two-thirds goes to Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea (a whole third of the…