Archive for the ‘Air and Water’ Category

Jul29

Illinois microbead ban

Great Lakes

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Last month, Illinois became the first state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing plastic microbeads. (more…)

Jul17

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic from the Pacific Ocean

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The Pacific Ocean hosts the largest trash dump on Earth.  It is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it’s at least as big as Texas but might be much larger.  Estimates are that it holds more than 3.5 million tons of garbage and at least 80% of it is plastic. (more…)

Jul14

The warm Pacific caused our weird winter

pacific ocean

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Last winter was one of the coldest on record in the American Midwest.  Northeastern cities were buried in snow.  Meteorologists kept talking about the “polar vortex”.  And meanwhile, western states were unseasonably warm and were stricken by drought.  By all accounts, it was a weird winter. (more…)

Jul11

Cleaning up with fungus

Abandoned Industrial Site

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Dealing with contaminated soils in industrial and former industrial sites is a continuing problem for society.  People employ a variety of methods for removing or remediating persistent organic chemicals in these places.  Techniques such as capping, excavation, and even incineration have all been used at one point or another.  All the methods have their problems and most are quite expensive. (more…)

Jul10

Ecosystems need predators

salt marsh

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Salt marshes are extremely important ecosystems.  They shield coasts from flooding, they remove pollutants from water, and they are the baby nurseries for many kinds of fish.  In recent years, salt marshes in places like the coastlines of New England have been dying off. (more…)

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