Environment

  1. Langoustine claws
    Chemistry

    How seafood shells could help solve the plastic waste problem

    Chitin and chitosan from crustacean shells could put a dent in the world’s plastic waste problem.

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  2. Odaw River
    Ecosystems

    Many of the world’s rivers are flush with dangerous levels of antibiotics

    Antibiotic pollution can fuel drug resistance in microbes. A global survey of rivers finds unsafe levels of antibiotics in 16 percent of sites.

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  3. Sinclair Lake
    Environment

    Some Canadian lakes still store DDT in their mud

    Yesterday’s DDT pollution crisis is still today’s problem in some of Canada’s lakes.

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  4. microplastics
    Oceans

    Tiny plastic debris is accumulating far beneath the ocean surface

    Floating trash patches scratch only the surface of the ocean microplastic pollution problem.

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  5. compostable food containers
    Environment

    Chemicals in biodegradable food containers can leach into compost

    PFAS compounds from compostable food containers could end being absorbed by plants and later eaten by people, though the health effects are unclear.

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  6. Pteris vittata ferns
    Environment

    How one fern hoards toxic arsenic in its fronds and doesn’t die

    To survive high levels of arsenic, a fern sequesters the heavy metal in its shoots with the help of three proteins.

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  7. air quality station
    Environment

    Emissions of a banned ozone-destroying chemical have been traced to China

    Since 2013, eastern China has increased its annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon by about 7,000 metric tons, a study finds.

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  8. golden toad
    Life

    1 million species are under threat. Here are 5 ways we speed up extinctions

    One million of the world’s plant and animal species are now under threat of extinction, a new report finds.

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  9. flamingo lagoon
    Earth

    The search for new geologic sources of lithium could power a clean future

    Futuristic clean-energy visions of electric vehicles are driving the hunt for lithium.

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  10. Chiasson, Ricci and Snorkel
    Agriculture

    Can Silicon Valley entrepreneurs make crickets the next chicken?

    Entrepreneurs are bringing automation and data analysis to insect agriculture to build a profitable business that helps feed the planet.

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  11. a photo of the Pyrenees Mountains
    Climate

    Tiny microplastics travel far on the wind

    Airborne bits of plastic that originated in cities ended up in pristine mountains at least 95 kilometers away, a study finds.

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  12. vinyl flooring
    Chemistry

    Why kids may be at risk from vinyl floors and fire-resistant couches

    Children from homes with all vinyl floors and flame-retardant sofas show higher levels of some synthetic chemicals in their bodies than other kids.

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