Plastic Piles Up Around the World After China Refuses to Recycle It

January 17, 2018 at 4:44 pm




Inundated with more plastic than it can recycle, China says its done being the “world’s garbage dump,”  causing backups and chaos at recycling plants across Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia

Recycling is piling up at Rogue Waste System in southern Oregon. Employees say their only option for now is to send it to a landfill. Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix

For the last 2o years, China recycled about half of the world’s plastics and paper products. While this helped supply its manufacturing boom, the country says it has had enough.

Norway Outlaws Fur-Farming

January 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm




A year after Europe’s largest-ever anti-fur march, Norway is banning the practice of farming animals for fashion

Why It’s Time to Un-Potty-Train Ourselves

January 14, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Toilets waste massive amounts of water and essential nutrients that could be used in place of chemical fertilzers




 

An article in I F**king Love Science encourages people to pee in their showers to save water and the planet “just a little bit.”

They calculate the average American uses around 4000 gallons of water flushing pee down the toilet per year, peeing an average of 7 times per day.

Study Shows Roundup and Fungicide Attract Bees, Then Kill Them

January 14, 2018 at 1:27 am





Scientists Worry About Implications for Global Food Supply

 

With hundreds of North American bee species on the verge of extinction, a new study brings us closer to the culprits —  fungicide and herbicide that attract them and then kill them.

Scotland Becomes First Country to Outlaw Plastic-Stemmed Cotton Swabs

January 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm




Plastic stems from cotton swabs collected on a beach in Scotland. Credit: BBC

Scotland just cut it’s contribution to ocean plastic pollution in half by banning the sale of plastic-stemmed cotton swabs.

Mushrooms Can Eat Plastic, Petroleum and CO2

January 11, 2018 at 3:16 am




Mushrooms have a solution for just about every man-made problem

In the midst of global warming, global desertification, deoxygenating oceans and Earth’s sixth mass extinction crisis, mycologist and author Paul Stamets gives us seven reasons to hold out hope, and they all involve mushrooms.

In a still-relevant 2008 Ted Talk, he says mushrooms contain the solution to just about every major problem humans have created, from global warming, to oil spills, to plastic pollution.

“First World” Countries are Using Africa as a Dump for Old Electronics

January 9, 2018 at 5:52 pm




Tens of millions of tons of toxic, trashed electronics from America and Europe are quietly, illegally dumped in Africa every year

If Americans and Europeans had to store their own electronic garbage, they might not consume it so quickly. They might get their dishwashers, dryers and washing machines repaired instead of tossing them out for the latest model. They might make due with their iphones and laptops until they were truly unusable before upgrading.

States Vow to Fight Trump’s Offshore Drilling Proposal

January 9, 2018 at 2:30 am




President Trump’s plan to open up more than 90 percent of U.S. continental shelf to offshore drilling is being opposed by the governors of all coastal states except Maine.

We’re in the Middle of Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction Event, Scientists Warn

January 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm




More than half of all animal species have disappeared in the last 50 years… Scientists warn humans could be next if we don’t make major changes


Earth’s 5th mass extinction was 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs and countless other species disappeared. Humans could go out with the 6th, if they don’t make some major changes quick… but no one seems to care or even notice that it’s happening.

“Earth’s sixth mass extinction event is underway,” the headlines of dozens of major newspapers warned last summer.

Warming Oceans Are Losing Oxygen at Breathtaking Rates, Threatening Mass Extinction of Marine Life, Scientists Warn

January 7, 2018 at 6:59 pm




Zero-oxygen “dead zones,” where marine life cannot survive, have quadrupled in size since 1950, new study finds

A fisherman Chile wading in dead sardines, a result of algae blooms that suck oxygen out of the water. Credit: Felix Marquez, Associated Press

Global warming and agricultural pollution have drastically reduced oxygen levels in the ocean over the last 70 years.

Coastal dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, while the number of very low oxygen sites have multiplied tenfold, a new study published in the journal Science finds.