Last week, severe cold weather in the U.S. led to more than 80 deaths, according to CBS News, including 19 people in Tennessee and 16 in Oregon. The frigid conditions caused more than 60 oil spills in North Dakota, where windchills reached -70 degrees Fahrenheit (-57C). The oil leaks came from strains on equipment and workers, which can result in accidents, according to the Bismarck Tribune. Additionally, water mains broke in numerous places in the country due to the dangerous cold.
Trawling is the practice of dragging immense nets across the ocean floor to catch fish. Some of the nets can be as big as ten passenger jets and can do much damage, destroying seabed habitats by tearing up animal burrows and pulling up plants from their roots.
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There is an idiom that leopards can’t change their spots, meaning we are who we are, but meadow brown butterflies (Maniola jurtina) might not agree. New research shows the insects are losing spots on their wings as temperatures rise due to global warming.
A female meadow brown butterfly (Maniola jurtina) | Credit: Charles J. Sharp
There are a staggering number of data centers around the globe, nearly 11,000 by last count. As they facilitate everything from sending an email and complex IT operations to cryptocurrencies and now artificial intelligence, they are increasingly scrutinized for their environmental impact, which includes high energy use and subsequent greenhouse gas emissions as well as huge amounts of water needed to cool racks of servers, not to mention acres of land the warehouses require.