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21

Jul

Plastic ‘trash islands’ forming in ocean garbage patchResearchers speculate that these islands formed after the tsunami that battered Japan in 2011 swept items into the ocean.

Plastic ‘trash islands’ forming in ocean garbage patch
Researchers speculate that these islands formed after the tsunami that battered Japan in 2011 swept items into the ocean.

18

Jul

EPA: Proposed Pebble Mine could destroy Alaskan salmon fisheryThe mining project, one of the largest ever conceived, could hold $500 billion in gold and copper.

EPA: Proposed Pebble Mine could destroy Alaskan salmon fishery
The mining project, one of the largest ever conceived, could hold $500 billion in gold and copper.

16

Jul

Richard Branson wants you to consider giving up beefBillionaire details his decision to eat less meat — and why the entire world could benefit to the do the same.

Richard Branson wants you to consider giving up beef
Billionaire details his decision to eat less meat — and why the entire world could benefit to the do the same.

14

Jul

Beach bummer: Toxic slime will hit Lake Erie againThe algal blooms occur fertilizer runoff feeds the runaway growth of cyanobacteria. This algae sucks up oxygen and can emit toxins that injure humans and animals.

Beach bummer: Toxic slime will hit Lake Erie again
The algal blooms occur fertilizer runoff feeds the runaway growth of cyanobacteria. This algae sucks up oxygen and can emit toxins that injure humans and animals.

04

Jul

Are fireworks bad for the environment?Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, and scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health.

Are fireworks bad for the environment?
Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, and scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health.

02

Jul

NASA launches satellite to monitor Earth’s carbon dioxide levelsThe satellite will use a grading spectrometer to measure CO2 levels in the same swathe of Earth once every 16 days to track changes.

NASA launches satellite to monitor Earth’s carbon dioxide levels
The satellite will use a grading spectrometer to measure CO2 levels in the same swathe of Earth once every 16 days to track changes.

01

Jul

Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearingScientists theorize that the plastic is being broken down into tiny, undetectable particles or that it is being carried into the deep ocean.

Plastic garbage in the ocean is mysteriously disappearing
Scientists theorize that the plastic is being broken down into tiny, undetectable particles or that it is being carried into the deep ocean.

Global warming poses a threat to emperor penguinsThese penguins rely on the ice, which is melting as the planet warms, for breeding and raising chicks.

Global warming poses a threat to emperor penguins
These penguins rely on the ice, which is melting as the planet warms, for breeding and raising chicks.

Renewable energy records smashed (and you better get used to hearing that)Clean energy sources are producing record amounts of power in markets across the world. That’s some good news we should get used to hearing.

Renewable energy records smashed (and you better get used to hearing that)
Clean energy sources are producing record amounts of power in markets across the world. That’s some good news we should get used to hearing.

27

Jun

1 in 10 beaches in the U.S. not fit for swimmingBeaches in the Great Lakes region had the highest rate of pollution, with beaches along the Gulf Coast not far behind.

1 in 10 beaches in the U.S. not fit for swimming
Beaches in the Great Lakes region had the highest rate of pollution, with beaches along the Gulf Coast not far behind.