There’s Literally a Million Times More Microplastic in Our Oceans Than We Realized

If you pulled 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water out of the ocean, how many small bits of plastic would you expect to find? Ten pieces? One hundred pieces? How about 8.3 million pieces of what researchers call “mini-microplastic.” Such is the finding of an alarming new study. The amount of microplastic in our ocean—that is, pieces of plastic measuring smaller than 5 millimeters—is a…

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Here Are The Top 10 Most Googled Health Questions Of 2019

“What is keto” may not have been the most Googled “what is” question of 2019. No, that honor belonged “what is area 51,” followed by “what is a VSCO girl”, “what is momo”, “what is a boomer”, and “what is quid pro quo.” But “what is keto” did rank number two among all health questions asked of the popular Internet search engine since January 1, 2019….

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DON’T PUT WRAPPING PAPER IN RECYCLING BINS

The Niagara Region is reminding residents not to put holiday wrap into recycling bins. Catherine Habermebl the Region’s Director of Waste Management says it’s not just wrapping paper that needs to stay out of the blue bin. She says tissue paper, bows, foil wrap, ribbons and bubble wrap are all made of non-recycling material and must go into regular waste bins. If you’re doing a purge…

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Why do ocean animals eat plastic?

Whales with stomachs full of plastic have turned up around the world. Here’s what we know. Why would an apex ocean predator eat gloves? Or rope? Or plastic cups? How does a whale end up with more than 200 pounds of waste in its stomach? Last week, a ten-year-old whale was found dead on a beach in Scotland. A necropsy revealed 100 kg of plastic and other…

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What a Year! 10 Stories That Propelled Energy Storage in 2019

More batteries installed. More markets opening up. And grid storage making itself indispensable in unanticipated ways. For too long, the rhetoric around what storage can do for the grid vastly outweighed the actual doing. This year, the industry closed that gap more than ever before. Exceedingly few batteries actually live up to the vision of “storing clean power for when the sun isn’t shining.” Batteries…

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Why is an ocean current critical to world weather losing steam? Scientists search the Arctic for answers.

A conveyor belt of ocean water that loops the planet and regulates global temperatures could be heading for a tipping point. Sea ice over the Greenland Sea near northeast Greenland. Arctic sea ice this summer was the second lowest on record, and ocean changes in the Arctic could dramatically change the climate for much of the rest of the planet.  THE HIGH ARCTIC, ABOARD THE…

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How to Choose Healthy Food for Kids

Child obesity is a growing problem in India now. A recent report from the World Health Organisation shows India reporting around 22 per cent higher prevalence rate of childhood obesity over the past five years – the lifestyle disease is primarily affecting children and teenagers, aged between 5 and 19 years. Needless to say, to battle such lifestyle diseases and enhance the overall physical and…

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On the up! Food waste recycling proves successful across borough

MORE THAN 100 tonnes of food waste is now being recycled by residents of Wokingham Borough each week. Eight months after the launch of the scheme 3,343 tonnes of food waste have been collected and processed into energy or reused in other ways. That is equivalent to 30 blue whales — the heaviest animal on earth. The collections were introduced in April to help the…

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The Plastic Problem

By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. It’s an environmental crisis that’s been in the making for nearly 70 years. Plastic pollution is now considered one of the largest environmental threats facing humans and animals globally. In “The Plastic Problem: PBS NewsHour Presents”, Amna Nawaz and her PBS NewsHour colleagues look at this now ubiquitous material and how it’s impacting…

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Enel Builds New York City’s Biggest Battery, With a Twist

The city is a tough nut for storage developers, but Enel proved it has the cracker. Enel X has completed the largest battery storage project in New York City, using an unusual business model to break through in a tough market. New York City consumes a tremendous amount of electricity in a congested part of the grid, creating potential business opportunities for batteries to store…

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