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December 19, 2022

Mystery Nevada Fossil Site Could Be Ancient Maternity Ward

Scientists have uncovered new clues about a curious fossil site in Nevada, a graveyard for dozens of giant marine reptiles. Instead of the site of a massive die-off as suspected, it might have been an ancient maternity ward where the creatures came to give birth. The site is famous for its fossils from giant ichthyosaurs — reptiles that dominated the ancient seas and could grow up to the size of a school bus. The creatures — the name means fish lizard — were underwater predators with large paddle-shaped flippers and long jaws full of teeth. Since the ichthyosaur bones in


Historic Biodiversity Agreement Reached at UN Conference

Negotiators reached a historic deal at a U.N. biodiversity conference early Monday that would represent the most significant effort to protect the world’s lands and oceans and provide critical financing to save biodiversity in the developing world. The global framework comes on the day the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, or COP15, is set to end in Montreal. China, which holds the presidency at this conference, released a new draft on Sunday that gave the sometimes-contentious talks much-needed momentum. “We have in our hands a package which I think can guide us as we all work together to halt and reverse


THE MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND ENTERPRISE EU Energy Ministers finally reach a deal on a gas price cap

Following intense negotiations at the Energy Council that continued today in Brussels, EU Energy Ministers reached a deal that can help introduce a market correction mechanism for natural gas, also known as a gas price cap.   This market correction mechanism is aimed at stabilising the natural gas markets when prices start increasing to excessive levels. This has been the situation for the past months across the European Union, when prices have increased to unprecedented levels, particularly during the month of August.   Speaking ahead of the meeting, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise Miriam Dalli highlighted the importance