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Researchers discover plastic-eating bacteria

Researchers discover plastic-eating bacteria

Plastic waste floats around the ocean as massive islands of garbage, it kills wildlife and destroys environments. Scientists have been scrambling for a solution to the growing problem, and now a team of Japanese researchers may have found a solution: plastic-eating bacteria. The researchers discovered a type of bacteria that feeds on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics, one of the most commonly used varieties around the globe.

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GE creates ‘sunrotor’ system to store, generate clean energy

GE creates ‘sunrotor’ system to store, generate clean energy

GE researchers have developed a new technology that uses CO2 to generate a substantial amount of clean energy, and it doubles as an energy storage solution for solar panels. CO2, of course, is one big cause of climate change, and the irony isn’t lost on GE. By using the technology, solar storage and clean energy could be made more efficient while simultaneously reducing the amount of fossil fuels needed to power homes and dealing with harmful CO2 pollution wrecking the environment.

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Choetech 19w dual-port solar charger mini review

Choetech 19w dual-port solar charger mini review

Spring is nearly upon us, and that means shedding one's bulky winter clothes, leaving the claustrophobic confines of one's winter domicile, and heading out into nature. If you're taking your gadgets with you, you'll need a way to charge them, of course, and a portable solar charger is one of the most popular ways to do this. Enter Choetech's dual-port 19W portable solar charger -- it promises to keep your phone juiced up, but how does it fare during real-world use? Read our review to find out!

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IKEA to use biodegradable mushroom-based ‘foam’

IKEA to use biodegradable mushroom-based ‘foam’

IKEA will soon start using more environmentally-friendly packaging in place of the polystyrene that is currently being used. The new packaging is made from mushrooms by Ecovative, a U.S.-based company. This packaging is made using mycelium, the white fibrous ‘roots’ from which mushrooms grow. Dubbed fungi packaging, the new eco-friendly packaging aims to cut down on waste by decomposing quickly once thrown away.

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China bans ‘weird’ buildings, seeks green alternatives

China bans ‘weird’ buildings, seeks green alternatives

In addition to working on decreasing its pollution levels, China has announced a ban on ‘weird’ architecture, and is instead seeking buildings that are, among other things, environmentally friendly. The announcement was made by China’s State Council this past weekend, and it likewise bans architecture the government considers “oversized” and “xenocentric.” Buildings that are “suitable” and “economic” as well as green are acceptable, however.

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Porter Ranch gas leak patched, perma-fix underway

Porter Ranch gas leak patched, perma-fix underway

For more than three months, a well near Porter Ranch in California has been leaking massive volumes of gas into the environment, forcing residents to be evacuated to leased houses and hotels. The incident has been called an environmental disaster, but now, finally, a fix has been put in place. According to Southern California Gas Co., the first step in a solution to the problem has been implemented and was successful. It is being described as a temporary fix, but the process of permanently blocking it is now underway.

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NY’s Perch apartment complex sheds 90% of energy burden

NY’s Perch apartment complex sheds 90% of energy burden

In New York, in Harlem’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood, there’s an apartment complex in the works called Perch that is the first of its kind. Built to “Passive House” standards, the complex is being designed to use between 80% and 90% less energy than the same sort of structure built to common standards. It will do this while providing the same sort of urban living structure city dwellers have come to expect, however.

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What you need to know about hydrogen fuel-cell cars

What you need to know about hydrogen fuel-cell cars

When it comes to selling a green vision, hydrogen power has an advantage: a glass of pure water the only thing spilling from your tailpipe. Despite that, fuel-cell based cars have been slow to reach the market, but your options in the US are set to double - to, admittedly, two models - by the end of the year.

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Adidas and Parley for the Oceans unveil running shoe made from ocean trash

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans unveil running shoe made from ocean trash

Last summer Adidas showed off a running shoe that had an upper made from trash found floating in the oceans. Adidas and Parley are back for a new running shoe with a sole and upper that is made from trash found floating in the oceans. The running shoe is made with a 3D printed ocean plastic midsole.

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China’s on red alert after smog reaches record high

China’s on red alert after smog reaches record high

China has issued its first ever red alert in Beijing related to smog levels, doing so as the levels of pollution in parts of China reach all time highs. According to a state run news organization, this is the first time China has had to issue a red alert in the city, which is the highest warning possible. In this case, the warning has been issued due to the anticipated high levels of smog set for coming days; presently, the smog levels right now are touch lower than they were last week. It is anticipated smog levels will reach severe levels for three or more days.

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Washington D.C.’s sewage is generating 10MW of electricity

Washington D.C.’s sewage is generating 10MW of electricity

It’s more conventional than drinking water harvested from human waste, but no less interesting: generating electricity from raw sewage. Researchers have given the subject ample attention over the years and especially lately, with the technology promising a future where waste is put to good use and its effect on the environment is lessened. Washington D.C. is one such place testing the technology.

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Researcher creates synthetic material that separates water using sunlight

Researcher creates synthetic material that separates water using sunlight

In the plant world, photosynthesis uses sunlight to create the food that plants need to survive. A researcher from Florida has made a discovery that mimics plants using a synthetic material that uses sunlight to produce oxygen. Jose L. Mendoza-Cortes, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Florida State University, discovered the material.

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