From 1964 to 1973, U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on the communist country, one-third of which did not explode.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/laos-cluster-bombs_us_57ce6229e4b0a22de096b350?section=&
While most human occupation harms the landscape, new research shows that British Columbia’s coastal First Nations have made the forest thrive.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/how-first-nations-have-enhanced-the-forest-over-13000-years-of-habitation.html
A mysterious and long-disputed document purported to be America’s oldest surviving manuscript is genuine.
That’s the conclusion of a new review of research on the Grolier Codex, a fragmentary 13th Century Maya text whose unlikely provenance ― it was reportedly found by looters in a Mexican cave in the 1960s ― had led some to conclude that it was likely a forgery.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/grolier-codex-maya-manuscript_us_57d07008e4b0a48094a74df1?section=&
Abell S1063, a galaxy cluster, was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope as part of the Frontier Fields programme. The huge mass of the cluster acts as a cosmic magnifying glass and enlarges even more distant galaxies, so they become bright enough for Hubble to see.
The image above shows the galaxy cluster Abell S1063, which is “potentially home to billions of strange new worlds” according to scientists working with the Hubble Space Telescope. Visible near the center of the image, the cluster appears as it was four billion years ago.
The City Council is going to consider a motion this month that would direct the municipal utility to determine how to move the city to 100 percent renewable energy. The motion already has broad support from councilmembers, and Los Angeles officials confirmed that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has begun work on the report, which will be developed with research partners, including the Dept. of Energy.
Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/10/3786420/los-angeles-to-go-renewable/
The Mediterranean climate of California’s coastal regions, particularly those to the north, is ideally suited to dry farming. Mornings are cool, afternoons warm, and the rains come every winter. Until the second half of the last century, dry farming was actually the norm here – and still is throughout much of Europe.
In another win for marine life, Peru started the new year by enacting regulations to protect the world’s largest known population of giant manta rays.