Archive for the ‘Health’ 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…)

Jul22

Weed crops for a warming world

Wheat

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Rising temperatures, droughts and higher CO2 levels pose threats to the world’s food supply.  Grains like wheat and rice have been bred for centuries for productivity but are not well suited to a changing climate. (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…)

Jul01

Offshore wind turbines can slow hurricanes

Wind Turbine

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Wind power is welcomed by farmers and ranchers in the Great Plains for the income and economic activity it brings, but it has made much slower progress in the densely populated Northeast. Here, residents often object to wind turbines disrupting their views of formerly pristine ridge-lines, and offshore wind runs into objections from politically powerful owners of beachfront property. (more…)

Jun30

New EPA standards benefit our health

Salem Harbor Power Station

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a plan to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by the year 2030. This is excellent news for the environment, as power plant emissions cause global warming, acid rain, mercury poisoning in fish and wildlife, and ozone damage to crops and trees. (more…)

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