Archive for the ‘Air and Water’ Category

Apr23

One word: Plastics

Danube

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Plastics, Mr. Robinson advises the young Ben Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the Graduate more than 40 years ago.  And, he was right: the production of plastics increased from 1.7 to 280 million tons per year during the past 60 years.  Plastics are found in nearly all products we buy, either as central components or in the packaging that contains them.   (more…)

Apr22

Scarce water

Water Scarcity

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Water poverty – the lack of access to clean, fresh water – is a much-discussed problem in the developing world.   However, problems with water scarcity are in no way limited to third-world countries. (more…)

Apr18

Progress in ocean energy

Tidal Power Station

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For over a decade, the annual Ocean Energy International conference has followed the steady but creeping progress of technologies to extract energy from the world’s oceans.  This year’s meeting in Providence, Rhode Island featured multiple announcements of major new projects.  The pace of commercialization of ocean energy is definitely quickening. (more…)

Apr15

Is the Atlantic a re-circulating bathtub?

atlantic ocean

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From the shore, we are likely to overlook the real dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean.  Surface and deep ocean currents stir its waters in a global circulation that each year carries more water than all the rivers of the world combined. (more…)

Apr14

Oil-palm in Africa

Oil Palm

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Palm oil is in demand. It’s found in nearly half of the processed foods in our supermarkets, from ice cream and cookies to canned soup and baby formula. But plans to cultivate the oil palm tree in its native Africa are raising concern about deforestation and the protection of primates. (more…)

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