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Carnival Cruise Line to pay a $20M fine over pollution
Carnival’s pollution problem is so bad that across its fleet, the large boats pollute 10 times more than all 260 million of Europe’s cars. That tidbit comes courtesy of a study by the European think tank Transport & Environment, which looked at 203 cruise ships sailing European waters in 2017.

The report also found that besides over-tourism and crashing into ports, there’s a good reason for European cities to dislike cruise ships: they are emitting sulfur dioxide all over the place. If you can’t keep your pollutants straight, sulfur dioxide causes both acid rain and lung cancer. Cruise lines, it turns out, have been dropping the gas all over Europe; the report says Barcelona, Palma Mallorca, and Venice were the cities worst affected by sulfur dioxide emissions. Per the FT, “sulfur dioxide emissions from cars was 3.2m kt versus 62m kt from cruise ships, with Carnival accounting for half that, the study found.”
travel  doom  cruiseships  pollution  europe  environment  climatechange  via:jm 
june 2019 by ignatz
Who Eucalyptized Southern California? | KCET
Although the orange and the palm loom large in Southern California's iconography, another imported tree -- the eucalyptus -- has been almost as prominent a feature of the region's landscape.
california  trees  botany  failure  eucalyptus  oops  environment 
september 2016 by ignatz
www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/08/05/1500163112.long
Worldwide decline in amphibians may be related to a major extinction event. This report is about a frog disease.
science  biology  doom  extinction  frogs  amphibians  environment 
august 2015 by ignatz
Tracking the Illegal Tusk Trade | National Geographic
NatGeo uses GPS-loaded artificial tusks to map illegal ivory trade
journalism  environment  crime  africa  terrorism  gps  geo 
august 2015 by ignatz
Bordering the Future: El Cobalto
That time radioactive steel was made into furniture
mexico  nuclear  accidents  toxics  environment  failure  no  ha 
august 2014 by ignatz
NYTimes: Rising Tide Is a Mystery That Sinks Island Hopes
Lago Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic_ largest lake Caribbean_ has been rising and rising_ devouring tens of thousands acres farmland_ ranches whatever else stands its way.
doom  environment 
january 2014 by ignatz
Toxic Oil Syndrome: Ten Years of Progress
official WHO report on the 1981 Spanish toxic oil incident (PDF)
1981  spain  poison  food  rapeseed  environment  WHO  epidemiology 
june 2012 by ignatz
Living Architecture | Australian Design Review
Protocells need an aqueous environment, so fluid infrastructures or water-based environments are necessary for the full range of living properties of these systems. I’m currently collaborating with colleagues to develop protocell ‘birthing’ machines, using 3D printing technologies.
environment  architecture  wtf 
january 2012 by ignatz
Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse?
For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success.
bees  science  biology  environment  news  peakbee  disease 
april 2009 by ignatz
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Sex smell lures 'vampire' to doom
US researchers deployed a laboratory version of a male sea lamprey pheromone to trick ovulating females into swimming upstream into traps.
sex  news  science  environment  fish  lampreys 
january 2009 by ignatz
FT.com / Comment / Analysis - California scheming
Everyone wants a piece of the green action that supposedly will get hot with the new administration
commerce  usa  politics  obama  technology  environment  green  stimulus 
january 2009 by ignatz
Briefing: Beaver Britain -Times Online
A six-stone beaver on the loose in the southwest is causing consternation.
via:holly  beavers  animals  yow  environment  uk 
january 2009 by ignatz
Green Bible creates controversy
The Bible contains a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, essays from theologians and a "Green Subject Index" that organizes verses by topic, including air, dust and pollution... "But others fear the new Bible, which has been endorsed by secular groups such as the Sierra Club and the Humane Society, will mislead Christians."
failure  commerce  religion  trainwreck  environment  churchianity  bible  environmentalism 
december 2008 by ignatz
Green Grows Up at Santa Monica’s Eco Gift Festival | Los Angeles Metblogs
This is exactly the problem with Green. It's lifestyle marketing, which is part of the problem.
failure  commerce  usa  environment  marketing  green 
december 2008 by ignatz
Life as a Gold « Spoutingoff’s Blog
Environmentalist and food writer brothers spar. Snappy response from Jonathan.
food  environment  losangeles  journalism  foodwriting  families  jonathangold 
october 2008 by ignatz
knoxnews.com | Frank Munger's Atomic City Underground
Local blog about Oak Ridge National Laboratory and related nuke "fun"
nuclear  energy  nuclearweapons  war  commerce  news  blog  environment 
september 2008 by ignatz
Chocolate & Zucchini: Sustainable Seafood
summary of sustainable seafood controversy with links to guides on what to eat
food  seafood  environment  fish  reference 
august 2008 by ignatz
Earth's Core, Magnetic Field Changing Fast, Study Says
"What is so surprising is that rapid, almost sudden, changes take place in the Earth's magnetic field," said study co-author Nils Olsen. We're fucked.
science  environment  news  doom 
july 2008 by ignatz
world clock with stats counter
clock, with updated statistics on various doom, disease etc. events
clock  environment  statistics  doom  counter 
september 2007 by ignatz
Hixson Metal Finishing : Quality Metal Finishing - On Time
Local plating company. A big fire here in the 80s has resulted in death or disability for firefighters and others.
industry  chemicals  toxics  newportbeach  orangecounty  metalfinishing  plating  environment  hazmat 
june 2007 by ignatz
Effect Measure: Tamiflu down the drain?
Would a mass dosing of Tamiflu followed by mass peeing cause unwanted environmental effects?
birdflu  h5n1  tamiflu  environment  biology  epidemiology  publichealth  pollution  doom 
october 2006 by ignatz
Clive Oppenheimer - volcano site
volcano and fire atmospheric effects researcher, site includes volcano photos
volcanoes  environment  atmosphere  pollution  fire  doom  research  geography  geology  photos 
september 2006 by ignatz
Volcano 'drove up UK death toll'
1783 Icelandic volcano probably caused wave of deaths in England due to air pollution
bbcnews  uk  england  history  volcanoes  geography  atmosphere  environment  doom  death 
september 2006 by ignatz
Aetiology: Emerging infections and zoonoses #3--Bushmeat
How eating miscellaneous animals in parts of Africa causes new and exciting diseases to spread
health  medicine  epidemiology  disease  food  poverty  africa  ebola  bushmeat  environment 
march 2006 by ignatz
Victoria’s Dirty Secret
forest ethics' anti victorias secret campaign, too many damn catalogs
activism  advertising  environment  consumerism  nature  science 
january 2006 by ignatz
Forest Ethics
non-insane environmental group, forest preservation advocates
environment  activism  politics  nature  science 
january 2006 by ignatz
Upper Newport Bay Home
Estuary, bird sanctuary, wildlife refuge in Newport Beach, Orange County California
environment  local  orangecounty  newportbeach  california  wildlife  estuary 
january 2006 by ignatz
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