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…

Governments commit to promote a more resource efficient and pollution free Asia-Pacific

Thanks;Kavita Sukanandan PUBLISHED;8 Sep 2017 Issued: 8 Sep 2017 News Number: G/36/2017 Location: Bangkok Environment ministers and high-level officials from over 30 countries in Asia-Pacific have committed to move towards a clean and green Asia-Pacific, one that is more resource efficient and pollution free at the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment that concluded…

Three nations plan 500% increase in global offshore wind

Thanks;Sami Grover Sami Grover (@samigrover) Published;June 12, 2017 When governments put their minds to it, big things can happen. Offshore wind advocates cheered recently at news that a German wind farm is going to be built entirely without government subsidy. That said, however, it seems likely that government support—whether in the form of direct subsidies…

Paris agreement or not, solar employment looking brighter than coal

Thanks;Andrea Riquier Published: June 2, 2017 1:20 p.m. ET Nearly 400,000 people are employed in solar, more than double the number of coal workers Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a sign supporting coal during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. As he introduced President Donald Trump in…

How ‘guerilla’ start-ups can make the world a better place

Thanks; @IBGC_Fletcher & Word Economic Forum REUTERS/Thomas Peter At the Stockholm Tech Fest this year, Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström issued a rare and refreshing call to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their next startup idea. As founder of Skype, he knows a thing or two about opportunity-spotting. The UN goals involve complex problems, but…

Engines of the Future: How Tiny Bacteria Could Power Your Smartphone

A team of scientists has discovered that bacteria could power micromachines such as smartphones by harnessing energy from its movement. (Photo : Flickr/Creative Commons/NIAID) Thanks;Monica Antonio  Jul 12, 2016 07:15 AM EDT Can you imagine your phone being solely powered by microscopic bacteria?A team of scientists from Oxford University has devised a way to harness energy…

Biodegradable Plastic Won’t Help Ocean Pollution

Thanks; Sarah T  Published ;May 25, 2016 01:17 AM EDT Even the biodegradable plastics are not the best solutions for plastic litters in the ocean.  (Photo : Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Biodegradable plastic does not mean a perfect solution to ocean waste problems, according to an environmental scientist. A United Nations environmental scientist warned the public…