the Guardian: ‘Catastrophe’ as France’s bird population collapses due to pesticides

Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, because insects they feed on have disappeared Agence France-Presse Wed 21 Mar 2018 00.50 GM Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said. Dozens of species have seen their numbersContinue reading “the Guardian: ‘Catastrophe’ as France’s bird population collapses due to pesticides”

NPR new excavation at Pompeii–

Archaeologists working at Pompeii say they have found the remains of a man who survived the initial explosion of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 — but was crushed by a massive rock as he attempted to flee a deadly cloud of gases, ash and rock. The skeleton’s remains are in what the Pompeii archaeological siteContinue reading “NPR new excavation at Pompeii–”

Time: Scientists Predict 2018 Will Be a Bad Year for Earthquakes

By JEFFREY KLUGER November 20, 2017 There is no natural disaster sneakier than an earthquake. Hurricanes can be predicted and tracked weeks in advance, and even tornados, monsoons and blizzards at least have seasons. But earthquakes strike entirely without warning. Now, however, a new study suggests that we may want to brace for a surge of quakes inContinue reading “Time: Scientists Predict 2018 Will Be a Bad Year for Earthquakes”

Guardian: Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals

Damian Carrington Environment editor  @dpcarrington Mon 21 May 2018 20.00 BST Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet. The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study. Yet since theContinue reading “Guardian: Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals”

Massive New Fissures Open On Hawaiian Volcano, Prompting More Evacuations

Terray Sylvester, Huffington Post Some 37 buildings have been destroyed and nearly 2,000 people ordered to evacuate in the past 10 days. PAHOA, Hawaii, May 13 (Reuters) – Two new fissures opened on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday, threatening nearby homes and prompting authorities toContinue reading “Massive New Fissures Open On Hawaiian Volcano, Prompting More Evacuations”

New York Times: These Billion-Dollar Natural Disasters Set a U.S. Record in 2017

From the New York Times: By Kendra Pierre-Louis Extreme weather events caused a total of $306 billion in damage in the United States last year, making 2017 the most expensive year on record for natural disasters in the country, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. A trio of major hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria,Continue reading “New York Times: These Billion-Dollar Natural Disasters Set a U.S. Record in 2017”

Pompeii@Madre

The exhibition Pompei@Madre. Materia Archeologica (“Pompei@Madre. Archaeological Matter“) – curated by Massimo Osanna, Director of the Parco Archeologico di Pompei, and Andrea Viliani, Director of Madre · museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina of Naples, with the curatorial coordination for the modern section by Luigi Gallo – is based on a rigorous research activity resulting from unprecedented institutional collaboration between the Madreand the Archaeological Park / PompeiiContinue reading “Pompeii@Madre”

Into the Volcano: Werner Herzog

from the Guardian: Into the Inferno review – Werner Herzog peers into the depths of the volcano 4/5stars      In an unnerving documentary, images of throbbing magma are spliced with stories of the people living with the threat of spectacularly destructive eruptions  On the edge … Oppenheimer, left, and Herzog in Vanuatu. Photograph: Peter Zeitlinger/NetflixContinue reading “Into the Volcano: Werner Herzog”