Green Living, News, World Problems

New kind of plastic recycles itself when exposed to UV light

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In 2012, the United States generated almost 14 million tons of plastics as containers and packaging, about 11 million tons as durable goods such as appliances, and almost 7 million tons as nondurable goods, such as plates and cups. Compared to the 1960s, when plastics were less than one percent of the waste stream, this ubiquitous class of materials has now…

Climate, Environmental Issues, News

CO2 never looked this beautiful: NASA show how greenhouse gases swirl the globe [VIDEO]

Credit: NASA

NASA released a video that helps us visualize where the major CO2 emission hotspots are and how the greenhouse gas travels and swirls around the globe, guided by weather patterns. The  CO2 emissions were mapped using data gathered during May 2005 to June 2007 with 64 times the resolution of a standard climate model,  on a NASA supercomputer at Goddard Space Center in Maryland…

Biology, Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Virus might be causing a Horrible Disease that turns Starfish into paste

Credit: Vancouver Aquarium

Since June, 2013 swarms of dying starfish have been riddling the North American western coast. The disease, called  sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS), causes the star-shaped echinoderms to first curl from the tips, then swell and twist like a pretzel, followed by festering sores appearing on the flesh and ending in complete degeneration. A starfish hit by SSWS is unrecognizable…

News, World Problems

Two bloody wars and 13 years later, the War on Terror has helped increase Terrorist Attacks Seven Fold

Image: Global Terrorism Index 2014

In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration launched a counter-offensive which went on to be known as the “War on Terror” and saw the US wage war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and most recently Syria. The WoT was initiated, in theory at least,  to eliminate the threat from al Qaida’s leader, Osama bin Laden, and as a long term…

Animals, Biology, News

Elephant overhunting kills Tropical Forest as well in cascading effect

Elephant Tree by Shai Biran

We’re used to hearing how elephants are driven off by habitat lost, but never the other way around. Researchers at University of Florida claim that as overhunting has dramatically cut the number of elephants in the wild, but since these also disperse seeds, it seems like dominant tree species are also dying off. Along with the trees, other forest life is sure…

Environment, News

Interpol wants you to help catch the worst environmental criminals

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Interpol is launching the first-ever Most Wanted-style list for environmental criminals. This is a milestone achievement because it shows just how serious environmental crimes have become. These crimes include poaching, ivory trafficking and illegal logging – and the list is expected to grow. Andreas Andreou, an officer with Interpol’s environmental unit said: “Until recently, environmental offenses were not even considered a…

News, Pollution

Electron Beams might reduce NOx (smog) emissions in coal plants and cut costs

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With the EPA setting stricter guidelines for NOx emissions fired by coal plants, the industry is now in a position where it needs new, advanced technologies that clean flue gases. Such a solution might came from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which recently partnered with a leading coal corporation to implement its electron beam technology. The system works by zapping…

Environmental Issues, News, Physics, World Problems

Twice as many lightnings expected by 2100 as a result of global warming

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Researchers from the  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have devised a model that projects how climate change affects atmospheric lightning discharges. According to their findings, global warming – particularly through more water vapor gathering in the upper atmosphere – will cause lightning strikes to increase in frequency by 50% during this century. More warming and…

Environmental Issues, News

40% of Wisconsin ‘Frac Sand’ Producers Violated Environmental Rules

hydraulic fracking sand

Hydraulic fracking is one of the hottest topics right now – and while proposers and defenders of the method argue that everything is safe and there is no need to worry, the facts seem to only agree with them sometimes. Even if all the rules and regulations are followed, there would be some controversy; but the thing is, rules are…

Environmental Issues, Green Living, News, Pollution

World’s largest polluters, China and US, agree to cut emissions in historic agreement

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President Obama and Chinese leader  Xi Jinping agreed to sign a deal that will see the US nearly double its efforts to cut CO2 emissions by 2025 and China cap its CO2 emissions for the very first time. This historic agreement between the two largest polluters in the world, which together amount to 45% of all greenhouse gases released in…