A happy ending to the tale of the moth and the flame. Department of Conservation (DOC) and Manaaki Whenua/Landcare Research staff have rediscovered the critically endangered Izatha psychra moth, thought to have been wiped out after a bush fire tore through their home. The moths are only found in the 32-hectare Pukaki Scientific Reserve, in Canterbury’s Mackenzie District, which had most of its shrubland destroyed in the devastating 3000-hectare Lake Pukaki fire last August. Researchers were thrilled to catch two males in a half-hectare pocket of undamaged shrubland during a recent survey, with several others thought to have been flying in the area. READ MORE: Kākā tags shut down by gloomy weather recharge as sun shines, show birds travelling 150km north Flightless, underground mystery moth under threat with just 24 males left Long-term thinking needed on climate change - report DOC ecology science adviser Eric Edwards was part of the team that rediscovered the … [Read more...] about Narrow escape for critically endangered Canterbury moth
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Colorado officials committed to cleaner air and reducing reliance on fossil fuels have reached a turning point on whether to tolerate the hulking oil refinery north of Denver that ranks among the state’s major polluters and regularly malfunctions . They must approve or deny Suncor Energy’s applications to renew its operating permits, which serve as contracts governing the emission levels of toxic pollutants that can cause cancer and serious heart, lung and other health problems. This is oversight power Colorado air pollution regulators have declined to use over nearly a decade of letting Suncor run the refinery under the equivalent of an expired driver’s license — a perk granted to companies if they submit timely renewal applications. Suncor’s outdated permits, which records show were issued in 2006 and 2012, allow emissions of 866,100 tons a year of heat-trapping gases and toxics including sulfur dioxide, benzene and hydrogen cyanide . During malfunctions, pollution … [Read more...] about Suncor refinery north of Denver faces state review of outdated permits, plans $300 million push to be “better not bigger”
Even though its moving at a slower pace than many would like, the vaccine rollout is starting to gain some traction and in turn, moviegoers are going to start setting foot in theaters — safely of course. That said, the specialty box office space might be hearing some more coin drop into its piggy bank in the forthcoming months. It’s been quite a journey, but we’ll get there slowly yet surely. Eddie Huang, who is best known for writing the best-selling Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir which was the inspiration for the popular ABC sitcom, makes his feature directorial debut with Boogie which Focus Features releases in theaters today. The story follows Alfred Chin (Taylor Takahashi) who goes by the name “Boogie”. He is a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York and dreams of one day playing in the NBA. However, his parents have other plans for him. They want him to put all of his focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college. Through it all, Boogie must find a … [Read more...] about Focus Features Releases ‘Boogie’ From Eddie Huang; ‘My Salinger Year’ And ‘Boss Level’ Debut – Specialty Preview
FX ’s groundbreaking series Pose is set to walk its final ball. The series co-created by Ryan Murphy , Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals will enter its third and final season on May 2 at 10pm ET/PT with its first two episodes of its seven-episode run. The series finale will shablam its way to FX on June 6. The news was revealed during Good Morning America on Friday. In this final season, it’s now 1994 and ballroom feels like a distant memory for Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) who struggles to balance being a mother with being a present partner to her new love, and her latest role as a nurse’s aide. Meanwhile, as AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44, Pray Tell (Billy Porter) contends with unexpected health burdens. Elsewhere, the emergence of a vicious new upstart house forces the House of Evangelista members to contend with their legacy. Related Story 'Impeachment: American Crime Story': Edie Falco To Play Hillary Clinton In Ryan … [Read more...] about FX’s Groundbreaking ‘Pose’ To End With Season 3; “We Got To Tell The Exact Story We Wanted” Says Ryan Murphy
A little over a year from now, the TTC hopes to start work on a massive transit project beneath the heart of downtown Toronto. The expansion of Bloor-Yonge station will cost an estimated $1.5 billion, take seven years to complete and require building a new subway platform, elevators, and escalators at an underground transit hub surrounded by dense commercial real estate, all while regular train service continues to operate. Before the pandemic, the urgent need to expand Bloor-Yonge was evident to anyone who stood on its Line 1 subway platform on a weekday morning, when crowds of downtown commuters could grow dangerously large. But during the pandemic, those crowds have thinned dramatically. With downtown office towers largely vacant and employers contemplating a shift to work-from-home, when commuters will return to the transit network and in what volume is anyone’s guess. With so much uncertainty, is it time to rethink expensive transit projects that were planned based on … [Read more...] about Will Toronto still need those transit megaprojects after COVID-19?