Well, it’s finally happened: a year and a half after denying California’s petition to set its own greenhouse-gas emissions standards for vehicles, the US Environmental Protection Agency has reversed itself and granted the waiver request. That’s what a change of administration will get you in Washington.
Ecologist Breck Bowdon talks about the consequences of thawing permafrost in Alaska.
Departure raises questions over leadership at flagship centre.
Biotech company sued by creditors.
Destruction of seagrass on a par with loss of rainforests and coral reefs.
Duck-billed dinosaurs, the hadrosaurs, have puzzled palaeontologists for years. The puzzle? How did these, the dominant herbivores of their time, manage to chew their food with their funny-looking bills?
Mark Purnell of the University of Leicester Department of Geology, UK, has worked it out, and published it in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Press release).
“I was so willing to go to jail for catching water on my roof and watering my garden, but now I’m not a criminal.”
Tom Bartels, a video producer in Colorado, comment on changes that make it legal to catch a raindrop in his state (NY Times).
“We can either heat our homes and have hot baths, or fly but not both.”
Lord Redesdale, vice-chairman of the UK’s all-party parliamentary climate change group, comments on a report on the country’s energy infrastructure from the Royal Society (BBC).
“I know you would love to make a story out of all this, but it’s quite hard work.”
Vivienne Cox, managing director of BP Alternative Energy, denies that her standing down means the company is moving away from alternative energy. She says she wants to spend more time with her family (Guardian).