"New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been locked in a multiyear war with millions of his constituents. "Everyone that knows me knows one thing: I hate rats," he said in an October 2022 press conference."
Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species
"The Pacific island nation of Nauru and its roughly 11,000 residents are at the center of the increasingly contentious debate over whether the world's seabeds should be mined for nickel and other green energy transition minerals."
"On a hidden camera planted in their garden, a couple whose trees disappeared from their garden “overnight” have unmasked the unlikely culprit: the first wild beaver spotted in Wales in years."
"Ghana is the first country to approve a new malaria vaccine that has been described as a "world-changer" by the scientists who developed it."
"The 900 residents of the Manitoba town have learned to share their streets on the edge of the Arctic with the huge animals and the eager tourists who come to see them".
"Despite new “guidance,” the Forest Service moves to clear-cut mature pines in Montana without a detailed accounting of the cost in carbon emissions."
"Heat, drought and an invasive grass are driving wildfires killing the giant saguaros in Arizona, raising concerns about how the cactus will recover without human intervention."
The push to replace gas-guzzling vehicles with electric-powered alternatives is hitting significant speed bumps. The existing supply of lithium for batteries can’t keep up with demand, and new mining proposals often face opposition from area residents worried about local impacts. Radio reporter David Boraks has been covering one such conflict in North Carolina. He shares his insights and reporting tips.
"There are more than 300 known species of the tadpole-like creatures found around the world, but this one was special. Five miles beneath the ocean’s surface — about the height of Mount Everest with a bit of the top cut off — this snailfish was thriving."