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NASA research put together into a video showing how the ocean’s garbage patches formed over the last 35 years

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Aaah, the ocean. The true final frontier. Full of wonderful and exciting things, such as strange fish, stranger crustaceans, beautiful hydrothermal vents, and lovely, ever-growing garbage patches.

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The Grand Canyon is polluted with dangerous levels of toxic metals

Horseshoe Bend displays the scenery and solitude of the Colorado River in the upper reaches of the Grand Canyon. Fishing on the river is peaking as temperatures are ideal for spring midge hatches. Image: Denver Post

U.S. Geological Survey scientists report the Grand Canyon’s food webs are contaminated with dangerously high levels of mercury and selenium. The source of the runoff pollution can be tracked down hundreds of miles upstream, coming from coal-burning electrical plants and other human sources. This shows that “remote ecosystems are vulnerable to long-range transport and subsequent bioaccumulation of contaminants,” the researchers write.

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China didn’t emit as much CO2 as we think it did, Harvard study concludes

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China – the world’s most populous country and the world’s top polluter has a lot of responsibility on its shoulders. China gets a lot of well deserved flak for its often unsustainable ways, but according to a new study, at least some of the flak is undeserved. China’s emissions have been overestimated, according to a study published in Nature.

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China’s smog kills 4,000 people each day

Smog in Beijing. Image via City Lab.

We all know that pollution and smog in China is pretty bad, but China has only recently published their air quality data – so we get to know just how bad it is. According to a new study published by Berkeley Earth, smog alone kills 4,000 people in China every day; that’s 17% of all premature fatalities.

Environment, Pollution

Cigarettes are the most littered item in the world – and that’s a problem

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Smoking is bad. We’re way past the point of discussing that one; it’s bad for your health, it’s bad for the ones around you, and it’s bad for the environment. Cigarette filters are made from thousands of polymer chains of cellulose acetate; once discarded into the environment, these filters create a huge waste problem. Cigarette filters are actually the most

News, Pollution, Renewable Energy, Science

Less burns for more sunshine: renewable and fossil fuel technology integration sounds like a beach-goer’s dream

Gemsolar Power Plant in Sevilia, Spain. The tower houses molten salt, serving as a thermal "battery".
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Solar-aided power plants could mean less CO2 for a fraction of the costs of solar-only, paving the way for a full-renewable power supply.

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Canadian fish know how to party: getting high on cocaine

Looking for traces of illegal drugs in water.
Credit: McGill University

New research shows that wastewater discharged from wastewater treatment plants in the Grand River watershed of southern Ontario has the potential to contaminate sources of drinking water with drugs such as cocaine, morphine and oxycodone.

Animals, News, Pollution

Chemical pollution in European waters threatens dolphin reproduction

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Dolphins in European waters are struggling to reproduce because of the chemical pollution that lingers in their bodies for a very long time – even for their entire lifetime. Scientists were surprised to find polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in their bodies, as PCBs have been banned 30 years ago.

Climate, News, Pollution

New carbon capture technologies promise to remedy climate change

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Three startups – Carbon Engineering, Global Thermostat and Climeworks – are making machines capable of managing the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The new devices literally suck carbon dioxide out of the air.

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25,000 Mexican Fisherman Sue BP Over Environmental Disaster

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Five years after the British Petroleum catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, Mexican fishermen have still not received any compensation, so they’ve decided to sue the oil giant.