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Discovery of Novel Gene to Aid Breeding of Climate Resilient Crops

Environment News Service - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 18:23

Researchers have revealed for the first time how a key gene in plants allows them to use their energy more efficiently, enabling them to grow more roots and capture more water and nutrients.

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How Can We Tackle the Biggest Challenges? Ask a Plant

Environment News Service - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 18:18

Without plants, we’d have no air to breathe or food to eat, yet plant science lingers in the shadowy wings while other fields take center stage. 

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U.S. EPA coordinator says East Palestine cleanup is following ‘sound science’

Allegheny Front - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 14:22

Mark Durno, EPA's onsite coordinator in East Palestine, says agencies and contractors are following sound science in the derailment cleanup.

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Union nurses endorse Brandon Johnson for Chicago mayor

National Nurses United - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 14:11
Union nurses endorse Brandon Johnson for Chicago mayor ADonahue March 17, 2023 National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United today announced they have endorsed Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson in the April 4 special election for Chicago mayor. NNOC NNU National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United Mar 17, 2023 Illinois
Categories: C4. Radical Labor

MarinHealth nurses give notice they plan to hold a one-day strike for patient safety

National Nurses United - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 13:43
MarinHealth nurses give notice they plan to hold a one-day strike for patient safety ADonahue March 17, 2023 Registered nurses at MarinHealth Medical Center in Greenbrae, Calif. gave notice to their employer that they will hold a one-day strike to protest the administration’s refusal to address RNs’ deep concerns about patient care, safe staffing, and retention and recruitment of nurses. California Nurses Association/National Nurses United Mar 17, 2023 California
Categories: C4. Radical Labor

Duke Energy to Begin Construction on Florida Floating Solar Pilot 

Solar Industry Magazine - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 13:41

Duke Energy Florida says its first floating solar array pilot will begin construction later this month in Polk County.

The almost 1 MW floating solar array will feature more than 1,800 floating solar modules and occupy approximately 2 acres of water surface on an existing cooling pond at the Duke Energy Hines Energy Complex in Bartow.

“We’re excited to get hands-on experience with Duke Energy Florida’s first floating solar project at one of our own power plant sites,” says Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president. “Unique pilots like floating solar are helping us better understand the capabilities of innovative clean energy technologies that can benefit our Florida customers and communities now and in the future.”

Crews will construct and assemble the module floating system on land in segments before securing it with anchors in the water. The project will take approximately five to six months.

The pilot is part of Duke Energy’s Vision Florida program, which is designed to test innovative projects such as microgrids and battery energy storage, among others, to prepare the power grid for a clean energy future.

Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns 10,500 MW of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 1.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across a 13,000-square-mile service area in Florida.

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Inside the underground network supporting asylum seekers in Scotland

Waging Nonviolence - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 13:39

Every Sunday for the past six weeks, far-right protesters have been gathering in the small Scottish town of Erskine to complain about plans to house some 200 asylum seekers in a local hotel. However, they are not alone. Asylum seekers in Scotland and their local allies have also been protesting the use of these hotels, and for a much longer time.

Scotland takes in thousands of asylum seekers each year: 4,000 in 2019. Normally Scotland is not the first stop for asylum seekers. The Home Office — the arm of the U.K. government that deals with immigration — processes most asylum seekers in England, and spreads people out around the U.K. Since the pandemic, it has become harder to ascertain exactly how many asylum seekers are in Scotland at the moment, likely because local governments are given less control in the matter. 

The pandemic also marked the start of hotel detention, the practice of putting asylum seekers into hotels in Glasgow for an indefinite period of time. Whereas conservatives protested that these hotels were an extravagant waste of taxpayer money, the reality of poor, cramped conditions led to the June 2020 George Square protest against hotel detention. It was interrupted by counter-protesters who feared the statues in George Square were at risk, after a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled in Bristol. The Park Inn tragedy also happened in June 2020, when a man in hotel detention stabbed several other residents and was then shot dead by police. 

In May 2021, the community peacefully stopped an immigration van from deporting two men in the Kenmure Street raid. An older English man named Nick was one of three people who first blocked off an immigration van set to deport two men on Kenmure street. (Nick and the other activists I spoke to for this story preferred to go by their first names only.) Like many Glasgow locals, Nick speaks about the action, which received significant mainstream attention in Scotland, with a pride for his community. 

Protesters surround and stop a U.K. Home Office van from deporting two men on Kenmure St. in Glasgow in May 2021. (Twitter/@JCWI_UK)

Along with the current protests in Erskine, these major events have dominated the media coverage of asylum seekers in Glasgow. However, the media has overlooked an overarching narrative. Starting with the Home Office’s decision to send asylum seekers from other parts of the U.K. to Glasgow, conditions and policies have gotten progressively worse, especially following the introduction of lock-change evictions and the use of hotels as long-term accommodation. Speaking to three grassroots groups in Glasgow revealed insidious and consistent patterns of abuse and injustice of asylum seekers by the Home Office and its subcontractors. It also revealed an underground network of support that is having a tremendous positive effect within Glasgow’s immigrant community. 

In May 2012, the Home Secretary Theresa May declared to The Telegraph that she wanted to create a “really hostile environment” for irregular migrants in the U.K. With a majority of the resulting policies approved in law, hostility towards immigrants has become an integral piece of the architecture of the U.K. immigration system as it stands today. 

Asylum seekers arrive here in the clothes they left home with — normally thinner, lighter clothes than what is needed to live in Scotland, sometimes wearing flip-flops. If you were sent by the Home Office to Glasgow from another part of the U.K., you might not even know where you are headed until the doors of your transport open.

The person who brought up the flip-flops was Nick, who is involved with No Evictions Glasgow and has been an activist for nearly 50 years. As its name suggests, No Evictions has a core aim, which has shifted and expanded over time. It is led by people with lived experience of the asylum and immigration system.

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No Evictions started in 2018 in response to the Serco lock-change evictions. Serco, a housing company on-hire from the Home Office, was doing the dirty work of changing the locks on evicted asylum seekers, leaving many homeless with little notice. “They would come back from a doctor’s appointment or shopping or signing at the Home Office, to find that their stuff was gone, the locks were changed, they couldn’t get back in,” Nick said. 

Asylum seekers are not legally allowed to claim benefits and housing assistance, like a U.K. national faced with sudden homelessness. This means that if you aren’t granted asylum status, you can end up on the street with no support overnight. 

At first, members of No Evictions would respond by volunteering to sit in peoples’ homes while they were out. Soon No Evictions began instead to place emphasis on building community awareness on the issue. Nick explained that if the housing community showed up when the locksmiths came, “just the very fact of our presence was preventing people being evicted.” Beyond evictions, housing was often in very poor condition, with leaks, mold or a total lack of insulation, posing health risks. Group members would assist in submitting complaints to Serco, and connect them with organizations for housing help.

At the start of the pandemic, in an apparent victory, the lock-change evictions were paused. This was after repeated appeals from Glasgow City Council to the Home Office, citing health concerns and the council’s inability to offer support. Failed asylum seekers, along with any new arrivals, were then moved en masse into local budget hotels. Some people were also forced from apartments they had lived in for several years into hotels. “They said that was because of COVID, and that they couldn’t source enough apartments,” Nick explained. “I don’t think it really added up.” 

The hotels, thought to be temporary, came with myriad problems. Like the apartments before, rooms were kept in poor conditions with very slow or no response to maintenance issues. The food provided tended to lack nutrition or be culturally inappropriate. Layout and organization of hotels made social distancing difficult or impossible. And most things a person might need besides food — like toiletries, clothing, phone top-ups and child-care necessities — were not provided. 

Whereas the weekly allowance for an asylum seeker staying in an apartment was over $40, once they were moved to a hotel it dropped to less than $9. For context, a day’s bus pass, which costs more than $5 is out of reach — as are shoes that aren’t flip-flops. “I think some people, the [right-wing] Daily Mail readers, have got this idea that asylum seekers are living in the lap of luxury in hotels with … room service,” Nick said. 

People in hotel detention are also kept ill-informed of their rights. Many are not told how to access health care, or that they can access health care. Several people mentioned having to ask permission to even leave the building. Nick described one call No Evictions Glasgow got from a man having serious chest pains. He had been told by hotel staff to just lie down, and that a nurse would be called after the weekend. He was not aware that he was within his rights to call an ambulance. 

Yvonne Blake speaks at a march for migrant justice during COP26 in Glasgow. (#COPCollab26/Lauren Waterman)

Migrants Organizing for Rights and Empowerment, or MORE, another prominent grassroots group in Glasgow, responded quickly to hotel conditions at the start of the pandemic. Yvonne Blake, one of MORE’s founding members, describes it jokingly as a “military operation.” She is hard to pin down, good-humored and deadly serious at the same time. Along with other MORE founders and members, Yvonne has lived experience of the asylum system. 

Yvonne explains how MORE was the first on the ground, quickly setting up a fundraiser that raised roughly $37,000. They then gave people staying in the hotels $30 each. They also arranged dignified access to food, topped up phones, shopped for people in quarantine and distributed funds. There was an incoming call handler and a befriending team. MORE also quickly set up cycling groups that would visit the hotels, and a bike library so that anyone could access a bicycle. This was done with speed and efficiency, involving as many people as possible to provide a holistic network of meaningful support. 

Times were also dark. People were growing desperate with their situations. Some families crowded into single rooms, with low morale and no word on how long anyone might be stuck there. “People would call us and say that they’re on the verge of committing suicide,” Yvonne said. She told one story of having to stay on the phone with a person who had sent a photo of himself with a rope around his neck, while a colleague took a taxi to intervene. Looking at the tragedies in the hotels during that time period, it is easy to imagine how it could have been much worse without a network of support. 

On June 17, 2020, MORE planned a protest with No Evictions in Glasgow’s George Square. Word spread that a far-right group was planning to attend, but demonstrations went ahead as planned. According to Nick, police did not keep the “fascists” down on one end, and were more concerned about protecting the statues in the square. Bottles were being thrown by the far-right group at protesters, and scuffles broke out. What had been intended as peaceful protest quickly became dangerous. Police marched through the crowd, separating the groups and drawing the protest to a premature end. 

On June 26, 2020, a man named Badruddin Abdalla Adam stabbed six people in the Park Inn Hotel in Glasgow, and was shot dead by police. He had sought help with his mental health 72 times. The night prior to the attack, Adam had told another resident that he wanted to stab people, and the resident reported this to hotel management, who took no action. 

After the attack at 12:50 p.m., residents were evacuated onto the streets, many in thin clothing. At 10:30 p.m. that evening, MORE reported on their Facebook page that people were still waiting outside, with no food or water, and no word on where they would be sleeping that night. Support fell again to grassroots groups, who gathered donations of food and warmer clothing. Although it was widely described as an “avoidable tragedy,” the Home Office and the housing company Mears did not implement any significant changes. 

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  • With the Glasgow City Council seeking to distance itself from the scandals and misery of the hotels, routine dispersal was halted in 2021. In practice, this meant that the city no longer had plans to accommodate asylum seekers who continued to arrive. Mears was supposed to halt the use of hotels. However, MORE, Unity Sisters, No Evictions and other voluntary organizations are still providing support to asylum seekers being kept in hotels long-term in Glasgow. 

    Although the Home Office states that asylum requests are normally granted within six months, independent inquiry by the Refugee Council shows requests are taking an average of one to three years to be processed. It is not unheard of to wait upwards of a decade. I spoke to Virginie, one of the founding members of Unity Sisters, a group of women going through the asylum and immigration system. The group is both a support group and a campaigning group. By holding workshops on public speaking, guiding members to ESL classes, facilitating translation and funding peer research, Unity Sisters are aiming to speed up the asylum process for those in hotel detention. 

    Unity Sisters is often welcoming new arrivals, as well as saying goodbye to those who have had their status approved. As a community group, they hold sewing groups and collect donations for specific cases. Group meetings serve as a kind of therapy, and also a way of spreading important information — from where to buy food or learn English, to explaining legal rights. New asylum seekers are not given much information, although there are serious repercussions for things like working illegally. For issues with Mears or Serco, they often refer members to No Evictions, which might then refer women-specific issues to Unity Sisters. Children are a common concern. 

    Families are often given one room for everyone to share, making it difficult for children to nap or parents to get time apart. Food is an issue — with three meals at set times, it is hard to accommodate for a child that might need snacks or milk in between meals or during the night. Schooling becomes difficult as well, Virginie explains. She described to me how one of the Unity Sisters was moved into a hotel, after the apartment she was living in had become flooded and full of mold. The hotel was very far away from her childrens’ school, and without money for transport it became a major issue to get them there and back every day. Asylum seekers are also not allowed to pursue higher education, something Unity Sisters are actively campaigning about through social media, educational videos and protests, together with MORE. 

    From her work at Unity Sisters, Virginie seems most worried about the amount of time people are spending in limbo, something Nick and Yvonne echoed as well. They have all seen first-hand how years of waiting to be granted asylum can impact people. “Sometimes I’ve noticed that after people get granted [asylum], you wouldn’t believe that these are the strong resilient people that you knew previously,” Yvonne said. She describes how people become withdrawn and can take years to recover from the physical and emotional toll of the process. “So people’s lives have kind of evaporated in front of them, because it’s not something that you can claim back.” 

    “Little Amal,” a 12-foot puppet of a Syrian refugee child made an appearance at a protest in Glasgow in November 2021. (Facebook/No Evictions Glasgow)

    Issues with hotel detention cannot be chalked up simply to an overloaded system, as the Home Office often claims. They reflect a more sinister mechanism, designed to dissuade people from coming to, or staying in the U.K., and whose cost is human lives. Lives lost in tragedy, like in the Park Inn case, and lives lost in endless waiting. 

    Following Glasgow City Council’s withdrawal from the dispersal system, the Home Office began to open up hotels outside of the city, without notifying local authorities as is customary. That means that local doctors, schools and other public services are not prepared for a large influx of people. A letter from a member of the Scottish parliament to the Home Secretary in October 2021 complained that Scottish Ministers had not been informed of the plans, and were only informed by local authorities concerned about essential services like health care. Clandestine hotels have been confirmed by members of MORE and No Evictions in East Kilbride, Falkirk, Aberdeen, Paisley and Greenock. 

    The practice of clandestine hotels makes it harder for asylum seekers to access already limited support. MORE’s biking volunteers for example cannot make it much further than Paisley. Isolation from immigrant communities also means new arrivals are less likely to hear about groups that provide support. Nick didn’t even know there were hotels outside of Glasgow until he got a call from a young man looking for medical help in East Kilbride. He added that it becomes a lot harder to find a sense of belonging, to use the bus, or participate in social events, meetings and community meals when you’re in East Kilbride. 

    The ineffectiveness of the new system casts suspicion on the intentions behind it. The small towns and cities opening clandestine hotels have strained resources and infrastructures compared to Glasgow, and are likely to be facing their own challenges. Yvonne feels this makes inhabitants less likely to be sympathetic to refugees and asylum seekers. “So for me, that’s just a technique from the home office to isolate and further dehumanize the community, instead of ensuring that they’re in places where they can be supported to participate fully in the society.” 

    On top of moving new arrivals to clandestine hotels, a MORE Facebook post from September 2022 notes that many people in hotel detention “are afraid to complain formally or submit a relocation [request] because they say ‘it is the practice of [Mears] to transfer people who complain to hotels outside of Glasgow.’” Just the presence of these new hotels then could be enough to discourage people in unsafe housing to reach out for help. 

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    Despite the mounting difficulties for asylum seekers in Glasgow, grassroots groups here seem to be just as busy as the Home Office is. Unity Sisters is launching their Community Peer Advocacy project which aims to empower women who are refugees and asylum seekers to communicate their experiences with their wider community. They also plan on continuing their sewing meetups, as well as campaigning for faster asylum processing, for including refugee topics in school curriculums and for access to higher education for asylum seekers. After various initiatives aimed at helping members communicate more confidently, the hope is that members’ protests, social media and raising awareness by word-of-mouth start to affect change in these areas. 

    Bolstered by donations, No Evictions is also continuing their work as before. Their presence at the Kenmure Street raid has increased their visibility, although they are currently fighting legal implications for some protesters involved. Instead of simply changing locks, the group is concerned that Mears plans to un-pause evictions, now with police and court orders, and they are currently arranging an urgent action plan. 

    Yvonne’s plans with MORE in the coming year include starting a blog with weekly stories told by asylum seekers on their experiences to ensure a paper trail. “I feel like these stories are lost — they are being told, but they’re not being recorded,” she explained. MORE is also planning a demonstration at the August 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow, to raise visibility on the issue of freedom of movement. After learning to cycle out of necessity during the pandemic, Yvonne has discovered a love of long-cycle. 

    “I think the beautiful thing is sometimes you stop and just listen to the birds. And it’s really an empowering thing that you are making your own decision,” she said. “Sometimes we talk about resistance as chaining ourselves outside the Home Office. But resistance is having the mindset that I’m going to be free, in spite of the barriers that you erect around me. So I’m still going to cycle and enjoy this beautiful landscape in spite of what is happening. That is one of the greatest forms of resistance.”

    Categories: B4. Radical Ecology

    EPA and Montana mining company promise action after revelations of cozy relationship

    High Country News - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 13:38
    Previous reporting showed how regulators and the mine teamed up to rebut independent researchers.
    Categories: H. Green News

    Quantum Sensing in Outer Space

    Environment News Service - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 13:31

    New NASA-funded research will build next-gen tech to better measure climate.

    Categories: H. Green News

    UK: Windows Smashed at Ecocide Office Building

    Earth First! Newswire - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 13:20

    from This is Not a Drill

    This morning [17th of March], a group of activists in Cambridge broke the windows and spray painted the office building at 50 – 60 Station Road near the rail station. They sent us this explanation.

    Why did we choose this anonymous-looking building? Because as soon as it was built, it was occupied by several of the worst enablers of fossil fuels and ecocide. So who are we talking?

    EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND – a law firm that has represented Shell, Chevron and BP, among others [1]. They specialise in injunctions against protestors, including recently assisting Esso in suppressing climate activists [2]. They were recently targeted by activists from HS2 Rebellion for their work on HS2 [3].

    CENTRICA – The owners of British Gas, Centrica recently reported record profits for 2022 – off the back of the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine [4]. They’re also known for their fracking lobbying (alongside Cuadrilla) in Lancashire [5].

    AMAZON – These guys need no introduction. Their carbon emissions are astronomical and their evil billionaire owner Bezos rakes it in off the backs of people living and working in shockingly bad conditions [6].

    CHARLES RIVER ASSOCIATES – A dark horse, this lot are famous for creating biased economic forecasts to help their fossil fuel clients lobby against climate policies [7]. They’ve also worked on major oil company mergers – like BP/Statoil and Schlumberger/Cameron – and were hired by BP to defend them after their catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill [8].

    STANTEC – They boast about their work ‘increasing the value of Canadian oil’ through the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which is notorious for the theft of Indigenous land and workers rights abuses [9]. They’ve also provided ‘professional services’ (whatever those are) to HS2.

    SIMMONS – These guys have worked with BP on the Caspian pipeline, which is notorious for human rights abuses, and especially harm to the Kurdish people [10]. They are also involved in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, a project that StopEACOP are working around the world to halt [11].

    This isn’t even every destructive company in the building! This building is a hub of planetary exploitation, and shows clearly how Cambridge’s growth agenda is bound up with extractivism. We wish we’d managed to get a pic of the broken windows, but they’ve covered them – instead, you’ll have to make do with this (sent in by a friend) which shows that our action apparently reached new heights (the first floor…)!


    [2] no link because no-one needs to know the details of injunctions xx










    Categories: B4. Radical Ecology

    Breakthrough in Locust Management: A Sustainable Solution Can Save Wildlife While Controlling Swarms

    Food Tank - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 13:03

    New research in Agronomy reveals that during a recent upsurge of locusts in the Horn of Africa, the use of traditional insecticides harmed local bird and honeybee populations. But Somalia selected a treatment option that can control swarms while protecting human health and wildlife. The results suggest a path toward sustainable locust management. 

    The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describes the Desert Locust as “the most destructive migratory pest in the world.” In a single day, their mobile swarms can consume the same amount of food as 35,000 people, threatening both food security and agricultural producers’ livelihoods.

    The research paper focuses on Ethiopia and Somalia, which recently experienced the most extreme infestation of locusts in 25 years according to the World Bank, and Kenya, which saw the worst outbreak in more than 70 years. In these countries “the massive invasions of [the Desert Locust] overwhelmed existing control capabilities,” the authors state. 

    As swarms surged, Ethiopia and Kenya responded with the application of insecticides classified as organophosphates and pyrethroids. While these control agents can successfully kill off locusts rapidly at scale, past upsurges in Western Africa have shown re-invasions are possible within weeks. 

    These chemicals are also known groundwater pollutants and soil contaminants. The authors note that during the recent locust invasion, limited monitoring of the environmental impact of insecticide application occurred. But, they add, it is safe to assume “negative environmental side effects” that “were widespread but remained largely unreported.”

    The paper estimates that spraying of these chemicals led to the mortality of “thousands” of birds and the displacement of tens of thousands. And in Ethiopia—one of the top ten natural honey producing countries in the world, according to research from Injibara University—honey production declined by as much as 75 percent. This is due to honeybee deaths, a reduction in honeybee lifespan, and delayed development caused by the insecticide treatment. 

    “The fight with highly toxic pesticides against the devastating outbreak of desert locust in years 2019 to 2022 created very high costs for people and the environment,” Alexander Müller, Founder and Managing Director of TMG – Think Tank for Sustainability tells Food Tank. A co-author of the paper, Müller continues: “The revenue loss for the honey producers can be estimated around US$500 million. An initial True Cost Analysis of the loss of environmental services (pollination) is 15 times higher! And the question arises how much biodiversity, and especially insects, has been destroyed with this action.”

    In contrast, Somalia’s response to the locust swarms included the bio-insecticide known as Metarhizium acridum with promising outcomes. Treatment resulted in the disintegration of swarms within days and “more importantly,” the authors state, the locusts lost their appetite. Thoroughly tested, M. acridum also “protects the environment and human health” unlike organophosphates, according to the researchers. 

    To make the treatment of M. acridum even more effective, however, the paper recommends combining the response with another intervention: predator birds. 

    While a bird’s consumption of locusts can vary by season or geography, they can slash locust populations by as much as 50 percent in 17 days. Though promising on its own, the application of M. acridum can actually reduce locust populations further. Locusts affected by the bio-insecticide tend to move to the top of crops to bask in the sun. And once locusts are exposed, birds can more easily locate them, further reducing swarm sizes. 

    The authors find that the use of M. acridum, either alone or in combination with predator birds, is most effective as an early means of control. 

    “We need an innovative early warning system and better early action to make the fight against locusts and other pests and diseases more efficient and less dangerous for people and the environment,” Müller tells Food Tank. “[The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] has warned us that climate change will make such outbreaks more frequent and will change the spread of the risks.”

    And if utilized correctly, the authors conclude, the paper’s recommended approach can manage locusts “before they develop to threaten crops, pastures, and ultimately livelihoods.”

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    Categories: A3. Agroecology

    Giant Underwater Waves Affect the Ocean’s Ability to Store Carbon

    Environment News Service - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 13:01

    Underwater waves deep below the ocean’s surface – some as tall as 500 metres – play an important role in how the ocean stores heat and carbon, according to new research.

    Categories: H. Green News

    New Study Provides First Comprehensive Look at Oxygen Loss on Coral Reefs

    Environment News Service - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 13:00

    Scripps Oceanography scientists and collaborators provide first-of-its-kind assessment of hypoxia, or low oxygen levels, across 32 coral reef sites around the world.

    Categories: H. Green News

    “Denoising” a Noisy Ocean

    Environment News Service - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 12:59

    Come mating season, fishes off the California coast sing songs of love in the evenings and before sunrise. 

    Categories: H. Green News

    NASA Uses 30-Year Satellite Record to Track and Project Rising Seas

    Environment News Service - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 12:56

    Observations from space show that the rate of sea level rise is increasing. Knowing where and how much rise is happening can help coastal planners prepare for future hazards.

    Categories: H. Green News

    NASA Rockets to Search for Swirls at the Edge of Space

    Environment News Service - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 12:55

    A NASA rocket team is on the hunt for giant hurricane-like swirls in our upper atmosphere. 

    Categories: H. Green News

    Activity Deep in Earth Affects the Global Magnetic Field

    Environment News Service - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 12:54

    Compass readings that do not show the direction of true north and interference with the operations of satellites are a few of the problems caused by peculiarities of the Earth’s magnetic field.

    Categories: H. Green News

    Kazatomprom’s 2022 profit doubles as it lowers 2023 production guidance

    Mining.Com - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 12:32

    Kazatomprom (LSE: KAP) reported a 115% increase in full-year 2022 earnings on Friday, thanks to a 31% increase in the average realized uranium price.

    Despite the solid financial performance, the Kazakhstan company – the world’s largest producer of uranium – tempered its production forecast for 2023, saying continued delays and/or limited access to certain vital materials, including sulphuric acid and equipment, impacted the wellfield commissioning schedule last year.

    In 2023, the company expects to produce between 20,500 – 21,500 tonnes of uranium on a 100% basis and between 10,600 and 11,200 tonnes of uranium on an attributable basis. Kazatomprom produced 11,373 tonnes of uranium last year, 4.1% lower year-on-year. Kazakhstan’s total uranium output was 21,227 tonnes, down 2.7% over 2021.

    The company attributed the declining production profile to the covid-19 pandemic, which impacted wellfield development in 2021. Compared with 2021, in 2022, the attributable net direct (C1) cash cost was at 16% to $10.25 per lb., mainly due to a payroll increase of production personnel and an increase in the cost of materials driven by inflationary pressure.

    All-in-sustaining cash costs increased by 28% to $16.19 per lb. in 2022 due to increased capital expenditures of mining companies. The results were, however, said to be within the guidance.
    The average realized price in 2022 was $43.33 per lb., giving it a healthy margin.

    Revenue for the year jumped 45% to $2.2 billion, resulting in a net profit of $1 billion.
    Canaccord Genuity UK mining analyst Alexander Bedwany highlights in a note to clients that a key takeaway is that the spot market will likely continue to be tight, with costs continuing to rise for producers.

    Kazatomprom’s attributable production represented about 24% of global primary uranium production in 2021. The company benefits from the most extensive reserve base in the industry and operates – through its subsidiaries, JVs and associates – 26 deposits in Kazakhstan, grouped into 14 mining assets.

    All of the company’s mining operations are located in the Central Asian country and it extracts uranium using in-situ recovery technology.

    Canaccord’s Bedwany flags attention to Kazatomprom’s language in its press release about its ties to Russia, through which some exports are channelled and processed, with the company acknowledging sanctions against Russia could materially impact its business. However, it stressed there were no impacts to date. The company said a high-priority risk analysis is being carried out continuously concerning compliance with the sanctions.

    Kazatomprom said it is well-positioned to benefit from improving market dynamics and maximizing value for stakeholders through continued production and sales discipline. Kazatomprom’s global depository receipts last traded at $27.00, having traded between $23.22 and $36.62 over the past 12 months.

    Nurses applaud introduction of AB 1001 requiring hospitals to staff behavioral health teams to respond to emergencies in all units

    National Nurses United - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 12:22
    Nurses applaud introduction of AB 1001 requiring hospitals to staff behavioral health teams to respond to emergencies in all units ADonahue March 17, 2023 If passed, this legislation would create hospital standards to ensure there is appropriate staff available to immediately respond to patients who are experiencing behavioral health emergencies across all units of the hospital. CNA California Nurses Association Mar 17, 2023 California
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