Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling

Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling

Image copyrightEPA Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at reducing restrictions on oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic in order to “unleash American energy”. The US president said it would create “thousands and thousands” of jobs, despite a downturn in the oil market. It could undo a ban put in place by Barack Obama in order to protect swathes of the ocean from development. But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the decision was better than being held hostage by “foreign entities”. Getting rid of Mr Obama’s environmental…

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Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails

Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption Air pollution has been described as a “public health emergency”The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy, and must now release it before the June election. Courts had given the government until Monday 24 April to set out draft guidelines to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution. But late last week, ministers lodged an application to delay their release until after the general election. They argued that publication would fall foul of election “purdah” rules….

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British Veterinary Association slams designer cat breeding

British Veterinary Association slams designer cat breeding

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Physics of throwing analysed by scientists

Physics of throwing analysed by scientists

Image copyrightSPL Image caption The act of throwing is more complex than you would expectScientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately – whether it’s a dart or a crumpled-up piece of paper. Researchers at Yale University say the slow-is-more-accurate rule generally applies. In a series of calculations, they looked at the physics behind releasing a projectile with the human arm. Their equations suggest a slow underarm throw is the best strategy for getting a piece of paper into a nearby bin. Lead researcher Madhusudhan Venkadesan, assistant professor…

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Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say

Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say

Image copyrightCÉSAR HERNÁNDEZ/CSIC Image caption Wax worm caterpillars in a petri dishA caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution, scientists say. Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic. Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax. Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world. The plastic is used to make…

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