What’s the most sustainable toothbrush? Study finds a surprising answer

You probably don’t think much about your toothbrush, but the one you choose actually makes a big difference to the environment. A group of researchers carried out the first lifecycle assessment of toothbrushes to measure their environmental footprint, with electric ones not doing too well. Healthcare is a major emitter of environmental pollutants that adversely […]

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These surfers use sensors in their board fins to monitor ocean warming

By Harry Kretchmer Who better to study the sea than a surfer? That’s the big idea behind Smartfin, a U.S.-based non-profit that’s giving data-collecting “smart” surfboard fins to surfers. The fins collect a range of data, including temperature and location. The fins are needed because scientists need more data about the warming of our ocean. Since […]

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Renewable energy expands in the UK, leads to lower emissions, lower costs

Renewable energy is expanding fast in the United Kingdom, slashing carbon emissions and electricity costs across the board, according to recently published government figures. Carbon emissions from UK electricity production dropped by more than a third during the coronavirus lockdown, as the expansion of renewables continues. The carbon intensity of the energy grid reached 21 […]

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Children in greener urban areas have a higher IQ and fewer behavioral issues

Children living in urban areas with a higher percentage of green space have higher intelligence and fewer behavioral problems, according to a new study. The findings bring yet another piece of evidence regarding the importance of green areas for children’s cognitive development. A group of researchers from Belgium assessed the intelligence of over 600 children […]

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