Coronavirus: world’s response has slashed CO2 emissions – here’s how to keep them down

How do you respond to a crisis? It’s obvious that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been dramatically different to anything provoked by repeated scientific warnings about climate change. The many organisations that declared climate emergencies throughout 2019 and 2020 have so far enacted nothing like the scale and speed of action to limit […]

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New species of soil bacteria can break down soil pollutants

Researchers at Cornell University discovered a new species of bacteria that can break down organic contaminants in the soil. The new species was named Paraburkholderia madseniana in honor of the late Gene Madsen, the microbiology professor who started the research. The species is particularly adept at breaking down aromatic compounds (ring-like molecules of carbon), a […]

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Fishermen want to address the problem of marine litter — and should be involved in cleaning programs

A new study analyzed the attitudes of fishermen towards marine litter (and plastic pollution in particular), finding that they are acutely aware that this issue is affecting them, their catch, and the general population. They also want to be a part of the solution, the study suggests. Marine plastic pollution has grown to a gargantuan […]

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Sustainable, edible straws made from wild grass are zero-waste alternative

After some Thailand supermarkets used leaves as packaging, south-east Asia is highlighting another innovation that could reduce plastic consumption: grass straws. Straws might not seem like much, but they’ve become so ubiquitous that they’re posing a serious problem. According to one estimate, the US alone is producing 500 million straws every day, most of which […]

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UN: Healing Ozone Layer Shows Why Environmental Treaties Matter

After decades of thinning, Earth’s ozone layer is slowing recovering, the United Nations (UN) said in a report released Monday, highlighting how international co-operation can help tackle major environmental issues. The ozone layer, which protects humans and other species from the sun’s highly hazardous ultraviolet radiation, has been declining since the 1970s due to the […]

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