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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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What Can Be Done About Climate Change? Environment 

What Can Be Done About Climate Change?

Remember the climate crisis? It’s still happening. Having a government that resembles a circus, it turns out, hasn’t stopped the clock on the level of greenhouse gases in the air. At a conference in Italy, former president Barack Obama spoke recently about the impact the climate crisis will have on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. The points he made were common sense: The majority of the world’s poor in the Global South are farmers, and the changing climate is already making it harder for them to produce the food they need. If nothing changes, the refugees already Read More

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Paradise Lost: Hawaii Home to One of the World’s Dirtiest Beaches Environment Featured 

Paradise Lost: Hawaii Home to One of the World’s Dirtiest Beaches

Hawaii (Sputnik) – The tropical islands of Hawaii are known for its beautiful white beaches and crystal clear blue waters. It’s hard to imagine that one of these picturesque far-flung holiday destinations is also considered to have one of the dirtiest beaches in the world. Kamilo Point, a beach in the rural Ka’u district of the Big Island of Hawaii, is a wasteland according to experts. Despite its pockets of lava rock and beautiful natural wildlife, the ocean’s currents are so powerful that the winds deposit thousands of pounds of man-made trash on the beach every year. Kamilo, also known as “plastic beach,” has been know to host hair Read More

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Sh*t Mountain No More: Tibet Launches Massive Everest Cleanup Campaign Environment 

Sh*t Mountain No More: Tibet Launches Massive Everest Cleanup Campaign

Tibet (Sputnik) – Tibet has launched the first-ever cleanup campaign to address the longstanding issue of trash on the world’s highest mountain – and 4 tons of waste has already been collected in less than a week. The Mount Everest cleanup project will cover the mountain’s high altitude areas to collect waste left at climbing campsites. The massive 90-day initiative began on May 6. The areas of focus are on the north side of Everest and reach altitudes of between 17,000 and 21,300 feet. China’s Xinhua news agency reported that in the first five days of the cleanup, foreign and Tibetan volunteers collected 4 tons of refuse. Climbers in camp Read More

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New Study Finds Nanoparticles May Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease Environment Health Science and Nature 

New Study Finds Nanoparticles May Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease

New Delhi (SciDev.Net) – Inhaled nanoparticles can enter the bloodstream and accumulate in blood vessels and bodily sites vulnerable to cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. People around the world are constantly exposed to nanoparticles mostly emitted by vehicle exhaust, but the risks are greater in crowded Asian cities, which are seeing a dramatic rise in the number of vehicles on the roads. In the study — the results of which were published on 26 April in ACS Nano — healthy volunteers exposed to gol nanoparticles were shown retaining them in the body for as long as three months. Experiments Read More

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The Future Is Here: Tesla Plans Additional Gigafactories Environment Featured Technology 

The Future Is Here: Tesla Plans Additional Gigafactories

World (Corporate Knights) – American automaker Tesla is making plans for an additional two or three more factories in the years ahead. “Later this year we expect to finalize locations for Gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly 5,” CEO Elon Musk and CFO Jason Wheeler explained in a February note to investors. The new facilities are likely to be geared towards supporting Tesla’s highly anticipated Model 3 electric car, scheduled to begin production in July. Gigafactory 1 is currently under construction outside of Reno, Nevada, although it is being constructed in phases that have allowed portions of the factory to already Read More

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