Hot weather spells trouble for nuclear power plants

From NPR

Nuclear power plants in Europe have been forced to cut back electricity production because of warmer-than-usual seawater.

Plants in Finland, Sweden and Germany have been affected by a heat wave that has broken records in Scandinavia and the British Isles and exacerbated deadly wildfires along the Mediterranean.

Air temperatures have stubbornly lingered above 90 degrees in many parts of Sweden, Finland and Germany, and water ...

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Biweekly Update – July 25, 2018

New Announcements:

1. Home Horticulture Education – Eggleston Garden Center, Norfolk, VA – September 8th to October 13th

2. VMGA Education Day: “Bats, Birds and Bugs: Gardening on the Wilder Side” – Appomattox, VA – September 29, 2018 (Registration Deadline – September 11, 2018)

3. A video recording of our May webinar “Volunteer Retention and Engagement” with Michelle Prysby, Director of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program, is available online here: Click here

4. Landscape Professional Training Opportunities – Central Virginia – September 12, 2018

5. Go ...

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We’re Drowning In Plastic Trash. Jenna Jambeck Wants To Save Us

When a huge floating gyre of plastic waste was discovered in the Pacific in the late 1980s, people were shocked. When whales died and washed ashore with stomachs full of plastic, people were horrified. When photographs of beaches under knee-deep carpets of plastic trash were published, people were disgusted.

Though some of it came from ships, most, presumably, was from land. ...

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Coastal cities are already suffering from “climate gentrification”

Though some may still deny it, climate change is having an effect on our lives. It’s making weather patterns more severe and unpredictable, and in some parts of the world, agricultural practices and natural ecosystems are collapsing. And in other places, it’s going to make things really expensive.

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