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5 Reasons Climate Change is a Feminist Issue Environment Featured 

5 Reasons Climate Change is a Feminist Issue

(NM) – Climate change isn’t merely a problem of excess carbon dioxide in an otherwise progressive global system. It isn’t a problem for which we are all equally responsible, and neither are its impacts indiscriminate. Rather, climate change is bound up with dynamics of power, and it affects some much more than others. Here are five reasons climate change is a feminist issue. 1. Climate change disproportionately affects the global poor – 70% of whom are women. Climate change disproportionately affects those already in poverty. Global South nations are much more likely to be affected by droughts, floods, reduced crop Read More

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Nude food Environment 

Nude food

Canada (CK) – Zero-waste grocery stores are beginning to appear across Canada, with the aim of curtailing the scourge of food packaging. he letters glazed on the large shopfront window promise something most grocers don’t typically offer: food in the buff. This is Nu, Ottawa’s first zero-waste grocery store, where virtually everything on offer comes stripped of packaging, or naked as the name suggests in French. Inside the airy 1,700 square foot space, you’ll find display cases of fresh fruits and vegetables, with no cling wrap, Styrofoam trays or spools of plastic baggies in sight. A wall of shiny stainless steel containers Read More

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We looked at 1,154 climate science results and found no evidence of ‘publication bias’ Environment Featured 

We looked at 1,154 climate science results and found no evidence of ‘publication bias’

(Conversation) – It is rare to encounter a scientific fact that stirs widespread debate and distrust quite like the matter of climate change. Despite consensus among climate specialists about a theory that is supported by a mountain of facts from the physical, natural, and cultural sciences, the debate continues to be perpetrated by politicians, industrialists, academics, and armchair scientists. When governments reject science, the rest of us are put at risk. By refusing to accept the facts and potential ramifications of climate change, as a society, we stand to delay or overlook actions that are urgently needed to reduce Read More

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Monarchs’ Demise: US Scientists Discover New Victim of Hurricanes Environment 

Monarchs’ Demise: US Scientists Discover New Victim of Hurricanes

United States (Sputnik) – Researchers have determined that the raging storms and hurricanes that have recently hammered the US and Mexican coast have also dealt a severe blow to the population of monarch butterflies. US and Mexican scientists have learned that the biggest threat to the local population of monarch butterflies may be the powerful storms and hurricanes which are becoming more frequent in the region. The researchers made their discovery while studying the butterfly colonies in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve located on the border of both Michoacán and the State of Mexico, which contains most of the overwintering sites of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly. Read More

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Trigger Happy With Toxins Environment Featured 

Trigger Happy With Toxins

United States (OW) – New varieties of GMOs come with instructions to douse the earth with toxic herbicides. For many years, genetically engineered crops were said to be environmentally responsible. Those crops have genes from different species implanted in them, giving them traits they normally wouldn’t have. Companies like Monsanto that produced such strains claimed they were good for the planet. One genetically engineered crop variety is specifically designed to withstand exposure to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which Monsanto claimed broke down quickly in the soil. With these “Roundup Ready” crops, farmers can spray their entire fields with Roundup, trusting that Read More

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South Pacific Trash Island May Be a Million Square Miles in Area Environment 

South Pacific Trash Island May Be a Million Square Miles in Area

South Pacific (Sputnik) – Researchers were shocked to discover that a trash island floating in the South Pacific Ocean may be close to a million square miles in area. The current has gathered millions of tons of waste into one spot in the ocean to form a garbage pile that, if it were a country, would be the 30th largest in the world. Trash islands are formed by ocean gyres, which are circulating ocean currents that gradually pull matter to their center. The South Pacific Gyres has slowly sucked in human-made garbage dumped in the water by Pacific-facing countries, forming the massive island of garbage. Read More

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How farming giant seaweed can feed fish and fix the climate Environment Featured 

How farming giant seaweed can feed fish and fix the climate

World (Conversation) – Bren Smith, an ex-industrial trawler man, operates a farm in Long Island Sound, near New Haven, Connecticut. Fish are not the focus of his new enterprise, but rather kelp and high-value shellfish. The seaweed and mussels grow on floating ropes, from which hang baskets filled with scallops and oysters. The technology allows for the production of about 40 tonnes of kelp and a million bivalves per hectare per year. The kelp draw in so much carbon dioxide that they help de-acidify the water, providing an ideal environment for shell growth. The CO₂ is taken out of Read More

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The World’s Largest Dumpster: The Pacific Ocean Environment Featured 

The World’s Largest Dumpster: The Pacific Ocean

Hawaii (GREED) – The problem of plastic pollution in the ocean is monumental, and the evidence is washing up on the shores of some of the world’s most remote islands. In the Hawaiian archipelago, remote and difficult to access shoreline is discovered to be covered in plastic pollution, washing up here after decades of human carelessness and neglect. Recently, awareness of the problem has risen, but many people are still not aware of the existence of billions of tons of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Each major ocean on Earth is now host to garbage gyres, areas where Read More

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All National Monuments Created Since 1996 In Danger Of Privatization Environment 

All National Monuments Created Since 1996 In Danger Of Privatization

Yellowstone (OtherWords) – I’m writing this from Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, this was our first National Park. The world’s first, in fact. In an interesting window into how politics worked then (and now, arguably), Congress agreed to preserve this land only after being assured that it was entirely “worthless.” Of course, that was an utter lie. But for once in our nation’s history, lying in politics did some good. The real value of this park wasn’t known then, you see. Nobody knew that it set a precedent for the establishment of an entire National Park system that would Read More

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Seeds in Norway’s ‘Doomsday Vault’ Rescued From Effects of Global Warming Environment 

Seeds in Norway’s ‘Doomsday Vault’ Rescued From Effects of Global Warming

Norway (Sputnik) – The world’s global seed bank, a hedge against ecological catastrophe, has been declared safe after floodwaters caused by warming temperatures gushed into the main entrance and threatened to destroy the contents of the facility. About 800 miles from the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (often referred to as the “Doomsday Vault”), sits some 400 feet above sea level — to guard against rising sea levels or enormous tsunamis — and about 425 feet down into non-geologically active bedrock. The facility was assumed to be secure from almost any danger — except, it turns out, melting permafrost. The permafrost surrounding the facility on the remote northern island has begun Read More

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