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Climate change: ‘Forever plant’ seagrass faces uncertain future

Climate change: ‘Forever plant’ seagrass faces uncertain future

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Ayuntamiente de IbizaThe green, underwater meadows of Posidonia seagrass that surround the Balearic Islands are one of the world's most powerful, natural defences against climate change. A hectare of this ancient, delicate plant can soak up 15 times more carbon dioxide every year than a similar sized piece of the Amazon rainforest.But this global treasure is now under extreme pressure from tourists, from development and ironically from climate change. Posidonia oceanica is found all over the Mediterranean but the area between Mallorca and Formentera is of special interest, having been designated a world heritage site by Unesco over 20 years ago.Here you'll find around 55,000 hectares of the plant, which helps prevent coastal erosion, acts as a nursery for fish, but also plays a globally si...
Aston Martin’s electric sports models to be made at Gaydon plant

Aston Martin’s electric sports models to be made at Gaydon plant

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Luxury car giant Aston Martin has pledged to manufacture all of its electric cars in the UK from 2025.As first reported in the Financial Times, owner Lawrence Stroll said all of its battery sports cars will be made at its plant in Gaydon, Warwickshire.Its electric SUV models will be made at St Athan in Glamorgan, he confirmed.The company is due to start making hybrid versions of its cars over the next four years, followed by battery-only models.ReutersA growing number of car makers have said they are moving away from petrol and diesel engines, including Jaguar Land Rover, which announced last month its Jaguar brand will be all-electric by 2025.It comes as the UK government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.Aston Martin is not going quite as far and said it would...
National Trust to plant blossom trees in cities

National Trust to plant blossom trees in cities

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EPAThe National Trust is planning to plant dozens of blossoming trees, including cherry, hazel and plum, at different sites around the UK.As part of the plan, a circle of 33 trees will be planted in London, one representing each London borough. Designs are being finalised for groves in Nottingham, Newcastle and Plymouth - and other sites will follow.The project should help improve access to nature for those in towns and cities across the country.The idea is to try to create a UK equivalent of Japan's concept of "Hanami" - the annual celebration of flowers, and the coming of spring.Research carried out for the National Trust last year showed that almost half a million people live in "grey deserts " with no trees or green spaces nearby.Hilary McGrady, director general of the Trust, said the...
Sizewell C: Government in talks to fund £20bn nuclear plant

Sizewell C: Government in talks to fund £20bn nuclear plant

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OneWeb’s satellite plant returns to full-scale production

OneWeb’s satellite plant returns to full-scale production

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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Florida-based OneWeb Satellites has returned to full-scale production of spacecraft after its big client and part owner, OneWeb, emerged from bankruptcy. The high-tech factory near Kennedy Space Center churns out eight satellites a week, which is the average pace it was on before the bankruptcy, CEO Tony Gingiss said in an interview Friday. Advertisement "We are stronger and leaner as an organization now," Gingiss said. "We hit pause, like many others had to in 2020, due to the pandemic and the OneWeb bankruptcy, but it made us think a lot about our value proposition." The company is leaner because it is operating with less than 200 people, whereas the plant had almost 400 at its peak in early 2020, he said. OneWeb Satellites plans to hire only about 15 to 2...