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UN climate change report gives damning warning: We’re not doing enough

UN climate change report gives damning warning: We’re not doing enough

A hotly-anticipated climate change report has issued an ominous warning on the rising global temperature, cautioning that the current pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are woefully inadequate if the Paris Agreement targets at to be achieved. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report measures the disparity between what the world needs to do to tackle climate change, and what's actually being done.

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Pizza Hut Incogmeato pizza launches with plant-based sausage

Pizza Hut Incogmeato pizza launches with plant-based sausage

Pizza Hut is the latest fast-food franchise to test plant-based meat on a food product. In this case, Pizza Hut has unveiled its new 'Incogmeato' sausage pizza, a pie that features the company's 'Garden Specialty' toppings; it is served in a special round 'box,' as well, that can be composted when it's no longer needed. The pizza is offered as part of a test that is currently live in one of the company's Phoenix stores.

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BioBag’s compostable biofilm uses corn starch to keep veggies fresh

BioBag’s compostable biofilm uses corn starch to keep veggies fresh

A variety of fresh food products are sold wrapped in polyethylene plastic wrap, which is good for helping keep the food fresh, but ultimately bad for the environment. In an effort to cut down on plastic waste, a newly developed product from BioBag Australia uses non-GMO corn starch and other plant-sourced substances to keep vegetables fresh without problematic plastics. The environmentally-friendly product is already being used in Australia.

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Delicate wash cycles are spewing microfibers into the environment

Delicate wash cycles are spewing microfibers into the environment

If you want to help protect the environment, stop using the 'delicate wash' cycle on your washing machine, a new study suggests. Researchers with Newcastle University found the delicate wash cycle offered on most washing machines results in more plastic microfibers than other cycle options. These microfibers are flushed out of the machine in the water, ultimately entering the environment.

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Climate change is putting the world’s vital wheat crops at risk

Climate change is putting the world’s vital wheat crops at risk

Wheat is one of the world's vital crops, joining corn and rice in feeding a vast number of people around the world. Experts have been raising the alarm bell about climate change and its potential impact on these crops for years, warning that multiple crop failures in different places during a single year could devastate food production and lead to widespread famine. The latest study on this matter paints a bleak picture.

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Climate change threatens fatty acid essential for brain health

Climate change threatens fatty acid essential for brain health

Global warming may lead to a drastic reduction in the availability of an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is needed for brain development in mammals, among other things. Docosahexaenoic acid, more commonly called DHA, is primarily acquired from eating seafood and fish, though it can also be acquired from fatty acid supplements. The production of DHA is mostly reliant on biochemical reactions that are very sensitive to temperature changes.

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Fast food scraps are giving city birds high cholesterol

Fast food scraps are giving city birds high cholesterol

It's no secret that fast food is unhealthy and that may be true for more than just humans. A new study has found that crows located in urban environments are suffering from high cholesterol as a direct consequence of fast food consumption, mirroring the same health condition observed in many humans who frequently eat this high-fat convenience food.

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Study finds that it’s snowing microplastics in the Arctic

Study finds that it’s snowing microplastics in the Arctic

Microplastics, the tiny bits of plastic that cover everything from glitter to fibers rubbed off larger products, can be found mixed in snow in remote places that include the Arctic, according to a new study. Researchers found more than 10,000 microplastics per liter of snow in the Arctic, a surprising number that reveals even the most remote places on Earth aren't protected from humanity's plastics problem.

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Tesla Megapack large-scale batteries to power utility-size projects

Tesla Megapack large-scale batteries to power utility-size projects

Tesla may be best known for its electric cars but an important part of that equation is the battery. And for Tesla to truly become a credible proponent of eco-friendly transportation, it can't settle for just any batteries but has to make its own. Developing sustainable energy sources not just for its cars but for other projects has become just as important for Tesla as making EVs and it as just announced it biggest battery yet. With the Megapack, the company is aiming to help power up utility-scale projects quickly, efficiently, and environment-friendly.

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LEGO Treehouse’s plant bricks are all plant-based

LEGO Treehouse’s plant bricks are all plant-based

In the year 2018, LEGO started making SOME brings out of sustainable materials, like plant-based polyethylene. They've not exactly pointed out every single bring that's been made with this new material, as it's far more sensible to start in gradually - wouldn't want a mad rush on old LEGO bricks because they'll never exist again, would we? Now, here in 2019, a new LEGO Treehouse set (from LEGO Ideas) will appear with "all 185 plants and leaves" made of "sustainable materials sourced from sugarcane."

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John Oliver: Mt Everest is polluted for want of selfie photos

John Oliver: Mt Everest is polluted for want of selfie photos

Over the last several months, the constant summiting of Mount Everest has popped up in the news - almost always for reasons rather negative. This week, the summiting of Mount Everest gained some major internet attention thanks to a feature on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Today we've got both that and this: A bunch of garbage facts that should deter you and your brethren from attempting the once-awesome, now-awful climb to the world's highest peak.

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Glowing dirt could help scientists develop new biofuels and super crops

Glowing dirt could help scientists develop new biofuels and super crops

A new way to explore some of the tiniest life on the planet could have a huge impact on efforts to replace fossil fuels with green alternatives, make crops resistant to drought, and even clean up the environment, researchers have announced. Dubbed BONCAT, the technique allows scientists to better investigate the mysteries of life right under our feet, in the very soil itself.

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