- 28 February 2012 | Environment
Lucy Lawless and six Greenpeace environmental activists were arrested after the group spent four days protesting aboard an oil-drilling ship docked in New Zealand.
Lawless and the other activists climbed aboard early Friday in an attempt to raise awareness about oil drilling in the Arctic and prevent the ship, scheduled to drill five exploratory wells during the Arctic summer, from leaving.
Lucy Lawless, who has played Xena the Warrior Princess, is totally committed with the "Stop Shell #SaveTheArctic" protest. "We walked like human beings wearing hard hats (but) I don't want to give away any trade secrets", said Lawless.
- 22 February 2012 | Environment
Scientists have discovered a new type of alien planet. A steamy waterworld that is larger than Earth but smaller than Uranus. GJ 1214b was discovered in 2009, by the ground-based MEarth Project.
Described as a "Super-Earth," it is about 2.7 times Earth's diameter and weighs almost 7 times as much. Studies in 2010 led scientists to believe that the planet, where the temperature can reach up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, is largely covered in water.
- 14 February 2012 | Environment
Last week, remarkable images of wave clouds were captured by a helicopter pilot as they rolled off the sea and inland, completely engulfing buildings in Panama Beach City.
JR Hott of Panhandle Helicopter spotted the remarkable clouds, which look like waves cresting over the tall condominiums facing out onto the Gulf of Mexico.
According to Dr, Greg Forbes, of Weather.com, the phenomenon occurred as a result of warm, moist air forming "just right" as it blew into the coastline to create a low-lying fog that dissipates as the air cools with altitude.