“Scientists working for the United Nations’ International Methane Emissions Observatory in March spotted a leak in satellite data in Argentina, and relayed that information to government officials who quickly shared the data with the responsible operator. The energy company, which wasn’t identified, found that a heat exchanger had suffered ruptured tubes causing the potent greenhouse gas to leak and quickly conducted repairs.”
“A shimmering mole that swims through sand has been rediscovered nearly 100 years after wildlife experts thought it had gone extinct.
De Winton’s golden mole, which was last seen in 1936, was found living on beaches on the north-west coast of South Africa.”
“The island in the Bristol Channel is home to 95% of England’s breeding Manx Shearwaters, a species that was once on the brink of extinction on Lundy.
Thanks to a project that eradicated rats from the island in 2006, the Shearwater population has soared from about 600 in 2001 to more than 25,000. Puffins have increased in number from 13 in the year 2000 to 1,335 in 2023.
The island has also attracted new arrivals, such as Storm Petrels, which first bred on Lundy in 2014 and now have more than 150 pairs.”
“Over eight years they re-engineered LCC – now LCCICCG – to become a trained PET specialist.
The enzyme is now so efficient that it can completely break the PET polymer down to its constituent monomers—the chemicals producers need to make new plastic.
Prof Marty likens it to breaking apart a pearl necklace.
‘We are using an enzyme that you can consider a molecular scissors,’ he says. ‘We break down the link between the pearls, liberate the pearls and in this way, after purification, we can sell these pearls again.'”