Whale strandings fuel controversy: Are offshore wind farms to blame?
Whales have been washing up lifeless in a startling and now-common sight along the Eastern Seaboard, a cause for concern for local communities. Various residents and conservationists are pointing fingers at offshore wind farm surveys conducted as a precursor to building wind energy facilities in the Atlantic Ocean. “It’s very moving in a bad way
‘Barry’ the dinosaur up for sale despite scientists’ concerns over auctions
A preserved Camptosaurus dinosaur skeleton will be up for auction at a Paris auction house in October of 2023. The 150-million-year-old dinosaur, dubbed “Barry,” was found in Wyoming in the 1990s. Barry, named after the paleontologist who restored it in 2000, Barry James, is 6.9 feet tall and 16.4 feet long and expected to go
US-funded whale hearing study criticized over experiments that ‘tortured’ animals
The impact of man-made noises in the ocean — such as those from oil drilling and wind farm construction — on marine mammals has long been a subject of scientific inquiry. Researchers in Norway embarked on a study utilizing captured Minke whales to delve into this issue, but the project has encountered controversy, with animal
California fast food workers set to receive $20 minimum wage
Fast food workers in California are set to see an increase in their hourly wages following a recent labor agreement. The deal is part of Assembly Bill (AB) 1228, dubbed the Fast Food Franchisor Responsibility Act, which has been under consideration since its introduction to the California State Assembly in February. Under the terms of
FEMA designates nearly 500 communities as Disaster Resilience Zones
In a move that aims to safeguard communities across the United States from the increasing threats of climate impacts and other hazards, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the designation of nearly 500 Community Disaster Resilience Zones. These newly designated zones grant priority access to federal funding aimed at fortifying these areas against
First-ever offshore wind lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico attracts just 2 bids
The recent fist-ever auction of offshore wind farm leases in the Gulf of Mexico has been hailed by the Department of the Interior as a “significant stride” in the Biden administration’s “efforts to create a clean energy future.” However, the response from investors has been less enthusiastic, potentially signaling challenges ahead for the offshore wind
We now know who made the $800M land buy near Air Force base in California
The identities of the parties responsible for the significant land acquisition near Travis Air Force Base in California have now been unveiled. A consortium of tech billionaires is behind the purchase of approximately 55,000 acres encircling the airbase, with a vision to establish an innovative utopian city situated about 65 miles northeast of San Francisco.
White House accused of violating IRA over new offshore oil restrictions
In a move to balance environmental protection and energy industry interests, the White House has taken steps to prevent oil and gas drilling on more than 6 million acres of federal waters. Industry groups have contested the decision, asserting that it contradicts the Biden administration’s own Inflation Reduction Act and threatens American energy security. “Today’s
Meet Orion, the next-generation vessel that’s key to the US offshore wind push
As the United States aims to embrace the next generation of renewable energy, advanced technology takes center stage in propelling ambitious projects forward. Orion, a new vessel originating from Belgium that was christened last year, has been dispatched to the U.S. shores with the task of constructing a wind farm situated 35 miles off the
UN adviser on AI: Deepfake tech is ‘greatest threat to democracy’
As the 2024 election cycle begins to unfold, the role of artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining prominence, but concerns are growing about its potential impact on democratic processes. The United Nations (UN) has expressed apprehension, particularly due to the proliferation of deepfake technology that some within the organization have labeled “the greatest threat to democracy.”
State legislators propose bans on Chinese land ownership in the US
In response to a number of recent national security concerns, including spy balloons and espionage within the military, state legislators are moving to put restrictions on Chinese land ownership in the United States. A Washington Post analysis of data compiled by the advocacy group Asian Pacific American Justice found that lawmakers in 33 states have
EV drivers’ frustration with charging options is at an all-time high: report
Electric vehicle (EV) drivers’ frustration with charging options has hit a new all-time high. According to a recent study from J.D. Power, EV consumer satisfaction with public Level 2 charging has reached its lowest point since data collection first began in 2021. Meanwhile, drivers reported an even sharper decrease in their approval of fast chargers.
Inflation Reduction Act ties renewable energy projects to more oil lease sales
Touted by the Environmental Protection Agency as “the most significant climate legislation in U.S. history,” the Inflation Reduction Act also contains a variety of concessions to Big Oil companies. Buried within the legislation is a set of provisions that ties the advancement of some future renewable energy projects to increased American oil and gas production.