Plastics going straight to landfill as China waste ban bites

Thanks;Nita Blake-Persen, Reporter Published;June,13 Plastics that were once able to be recycled are now heading straight to New Zealand landfills as China’s waste import ban starts to bite. A fill of plastics grades 3-7. Photo: Supplied/PlasbackNZ China stopped accepting 24 different types of waste at the start of this year because it said contaminants were…

Most microplastic harm done at lowest levels of food web, according to analysis

Thanks;Carolyn J. Foley/Purdue University Published;May,01 Microplastics, bits of plastics that have found their way into waters in and around every continent on Earth, have a range of impacts on aquatic life, according to a meta-analysis led by Purdue University’s Tomas Höök. Most negatively affected are zooplankton and larval fish. Credit: Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell…

Cherishing the ground we walk on

Thanks;FAO Published;May,15 @09.43AM ©FAO/Olivier Asselin Soil is where it all begins. Few people know that soils are a non-renewable resource. It takes over 1000 years to make 1 cm of soil. This means that in our lifetime, all the soil we see is all there is. Soils do amazing things for us that we sometimes…

Here’s One Way to Combat Climate Change: Suck Out Carbon Dioxide

Thanks      ; Rosalie Chan Published ; 04.22.18 12:06 AM ET Carbon capture was supposed to get rid of CO2 from the atmosphere. But a new method might be safer and better. Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/ The Daily Beast Every minute, our atmosphere gets clogged with more particles of carbon dioxide being spewed…

Tiny plastic particles are ‘part of the air we breathe’ say scientists and can damage lungs, poison kidneys and even interfere with our hormones

Thanks;Sian Boyle And Megan Sheets For The Daily Mail Investigations Unit Published; 22:05 18 Mar 2018, updated 17:03 19 Mar 2018 It had been thought the risk to health was largely limited to eating fish from oceans polluted with plastic. But the leading scientist who oversaw our investigation said microplastics had become ‘part of the…

These ‘ultra-processed’ foods are linked with a higher risk of cancer

Thanks;Maria LaMagna Published: Feb 15, 2018 3:19 p.m. ET A new study shows foods including desserts and chicken nuggets create higher risk Ultra-processed foods include packaged snacks and soda. One of the ways to reduce your risk of cancer may be simply changing your diet. Eating “ultra-processed” foods was associated with a higher cancer risk…

From Palestine to Fiji, untold flu stories 100 years on

Thanks; Alasdair Soussi Published; 13 Feb 2018 Up to 40 million people died in the Spanish flu outbreak between 1918 to 1919 [AP] “I had a little bird, its name was Enza. I opened the window and in-flu-enza.” Almost like the creepy theme tune to a horror film, the rhyme above became a common refrain for…

Thousands turn out to see lavish funeral of Thailand’s late king

Thanks;Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panu Wongcha-um Published;WED OCT 25, 2017 / 9:00 PM EDT Mourners wait for the start of the funeral procession for Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej before the Royal Cremation Ceremony in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, October 26, 2017. REUTERS/JORGE SILVA (Reuters) – Thousands of people turned out…

Nobel Prize goes to behavioral economics pioneer Richard Thaler

Thanks;Barbara Kollmeyer Published: Oct 9, 2017 6:09 am ET Richard Thaler, professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for 2017. “In total, Richard Thaler’s contributions have built a bridge between the economic and psychological analyses of individual decision-making,” said…

Mexico’s Long Wait for Building Inspections

Thanks;Whitney Eulich Published;Sept. 27, 2017, at 11:01 a.m Mexico City — Once Eduardo Mijares and his team of young architects and engineers completed their preliminary inspection of the vast public market Mercado Argentina following the Sept. 19 earthquake, the real work began. When community members noticed the group of volunteers, decked out in neon work…

These 6 books can make you a better college student

Thanks;Drew Housman Published;Aug 27, 2017 8:18 a.m. ET Understand statistics, gain financial literacy and get out of your comfort zone I did very little reading the summer before I started college. I was focused on figuring out which roommate was going to bring the mini-fridge to the dorm, what posters to hang and what classes…

There’s a new way to mine for lithium and it’s right here in the U.S.

Thanks;Claudia Assis Published: Aug 19, 2017 4:14 p.m. ET Crater Lake in Oregon, a caldera lake formed after a volcano collapse. Using trace elements as proxy, Stanford says it is easier to detect lithium in supervolcano lake deposits Scientists at Stanford University say they have found a new way to detect large deposits of lithium,…