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McDonald’s McPlant plant-based burger test kicks off in US next month

McDonald’s McPlant plant-based burger test kicks off in US next month

We've known for a while now that McDonald's is testing its own plant-based burger offering called the 'McPlant,' but it has thus far been unavailable for consumers in the US to try. That changes starting early next month when McDonald's will begin testing the McPlant at select restaurants across the nation. Because this is only a test run, the burgers will be available for a limited time.

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Plant-based Impossible Nuggets are heading to Burger King

Plant-based Impossible Nuggets are heading to Burger King

Fast-food company Burger King will expand its plant-based food menu by offering Impossible Nuggets, a meat-free alternative to traditional chicken nuggets. According to Burger King, it will be the first fast-food restaurant chain to offer Impossible Nuggets as a menu item, though only some stores will offer them initially.

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YouTube targets climate change deniers as part of wider crackdown

YouTube targets climate change deniers as part of wider crackdown

While climate change denial videos can remain on YouTube, they'll no longer rake in advertisement dollars. The company has announced plans to strip ads from climate change denial videos amid a larger crackdown on misinformation. The decision appears to have been largely driven by YouTube's partners that don't want their products appearing alongside these videos.

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Largest coral reef study offers hope amid climate change destruction

Largest coral reef study offers hope amid climate change destruction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as multiple partners, has published a new report titled "The Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2020." This is, according to the scientific agency, the latest analysis of coral reef health across the globe ever published, revealing that while rising sea temperatures remain a problem, there is hope.

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Giant eagle Kodiak is on the loose in Pittsburgh after aviary escape

Giant eagle Kodiak is on the loose in Pittsburgh after aviary escape

A giant eagle measuring around four feet tall is on the loose in Pittsburgh after managing to escape from a local aviary. The eagle has been living the free life for around a week, though it continues to make the occasional appearance around the aviary, his home for many years. Humanely capturing the eagle has proven tricky.

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NOAA shares dramatic Hurricane Sam video recorded on ocean’s surface

NOAA shares dramatic Hurricane Sam video recorded on ocean’s surface

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has shared a dramatic high-quality video of Hurricane Sam as experienced while floating on the ocean's surface. The video was captured by a 'saildrone,' which is a type of floating drone that resembles a sailboat, only with a bright orange coating and a large solar panel.

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Domesticated cats hunt for primal reasons, not because they’re hungry

Domesticated cats hunt for primal reasons, not because they’re hungry

It's no secret that domesticated cats kill a vast quantity of wildlife when allowed outdoors, including everything from insects and rodents to birds. Cat owners are also aware that their pets tend to leave their kills behind rather than eating them, and there's a good reason for that: they get most of their food from humans and seemingly prefer it that way.

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Trendy microgreens offer nutrition security as climate concerns grow

Trendy microgreens offer nutrition security as climate concerns grow

Microgreens, a trendy 'gourmet' source of nutrients, may play an important role in nutritional security as the climate changes and during emergency situations, according to researchers. These leafy greens are, as the name suggests, tiny in size, but they offer a large number of nutrients without the space, time, and fertilizer demands of full-grown crops.

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Major UK festival resulted in drug-laced urine threatening rare eels

Major UK festival resulted in drug-laced urine threatening rare eels

Researchers with Bangor University in Wales report that high concentrations of illegal drugs, including MDMA and cocaine, found in a river threatened wildlife in southwestern England. What caused the drugs to appear in this river? It runs through Somerset close to where the Glastonbury Festival was held -- and, more to the point, where partygoers were urinating in public.

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Beyond Meat’s plant-based ‘chicken’ tenders are heading to grocery stores

Beyond Meat’s plant-based ‘chicken’ tenders are heading to grocery stores

Beyond Meat has announced plans to release its plant-based 'chicken' tenders in grocery stores across the US. The announcement comes seemingly in lockstep with competitor Impossible Foods, which plans to release its own plant-based chicken nuggets through retailers in the near future. As you'd expect, the chicken tenders won't actually include any chicken meat.

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Impossible Foods’ plant-based pork is heading to select restaurants

Impossible Foods’ plant-based pork is heading to select restaurants

You'll soon have the opportunity to enjoy your favorite pork recipes without breaking your plant-based diet. Impossible Foods, the company best known for its Impossible Burger, has announced plans to bring its plant-based pork alternative to some restaurants in the coming months. This new plan comes only weeks after the company's faux chicken nuggets arrived in restaurants.

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MIT’s latest glowing plants pave the way for passive lighting in smart cities

MIT’s latest glowing plants pave the way for passive lighting in smart cities

Cities of the future may be powered by light-emitting plants rather than street lamps and other sources of lighting. The concept has been presented repeatedly over the past few years, including by a team of engineers at MIT. Those researchers are back with an update on the glowing plant project they introduced back in 2017, revealing their second-generation plants glow more brightly than the first-gen version.

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