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Mysterious ozone-depleting CFC emissions source finally discovered

Mysterious ozone-depleting CFC emissions source finally discovered

Around this time last year, a study was published revealing that at least one entity somewhere in the world was likely engaging in the production of a banned ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon gas called CFC-11. Scientists had discovered that CFC-11 levels were rising despite its ban in 2010, indicating that it was still being used somewhere in the world, though no one could definitely point toward the source at that time.

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Unchecked climate change may cause 6.5ft ocean rise by 2100

Unchecked climate change may cause 6.5ft ocean rise by 2100

If climate change is allowed to continue at its current rate, the world may face a 6.5ft rise in ocean levels by the year 2100. The warning comes from nearly two dozen ice sheet experts who were quizzed on plausible sea level rise (SLR) based on anticipated ice sheet melting under global temperature increase projections. Such a drastic ocean level increase would be catastrophic for many coastal cities around the world.

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Milk carton of the future shows exact expiration with QR code

Milk carton of the future shows exact expiration with QR code

Food scientists are developing a milk carton suitable for a future in which most people own a smartphone, Cornell University has announced. The cartons would reduce food waste by helping consumers tell whether their milk (and, presumably, other beverages) are still in good quality and suitable for consumption. In comparison, existing 'Best by' dates are often imprecise.

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Burger King brings Impossible Whopper to another three cities

Burger King brings Impossible Whopper to another three cities

Fast food chain Burger King has expanded sales of the Impossible Burger into another three cities, the company has announced. The plant-based patty is used to offer a vegetarian version of the company's Whopper burger, which is appropriately called the 'Impossible Whopper.' The company first tested sales of the product around St. Louis before announcing plans to expand them nationwide.

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New type of plastic can be recycled indefinitely without quality loss

New type of plastic can be recycled indefinitely without quality loss

Berkeley Lab scientists have announced the development of a new plastic that can be recycled many times over again, including in different shapes and colors, without experiencing quality loss. According to an announcement from the lab, the new material is called poly(diketoenamine), aka PDK, and it can be broken down at the molecular level for reassembly into new things.

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Niantic players helped collect 145 tons of trash for Earth Day 2019

Niantic players helped collect 145 tons of trash for Earth Day 2019

Pokemon GO developer Niantic announced that for its second global cleanup effort, teams around the world collectively removed 145 tons of trash from the environment. The cleanup included 17,000 players who contributed 41,000 hours of their time. The company had 46 NGP partners for this year's cleanup, which spanned 41 countries across six continents.

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Research shows Greenland ice loss has accelerated rapidly

Research shows Greenland ice loss has accelerated rapidly

New data from research published this week focuses on the ice mass in Greenland. Greenland is the home to the second largest ice sheet in the world, and new research shows ice loss is accelerating rapidly. The study used information that was based on nearly 50-years of data.

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Popular pesticide leaves honey bees vulnerable to deadly mites

Popular pesticide leaves honey bees vulnerable to deadly mites

A commonly used class of pesticides may be preventing bees from properly grooming themselves, leaving them vulnerable to deadly mites, according to a new study out of the University of Guelph. This milestone research is the first to associate the behavioral change with neonicotinoid pesticides, highlighting yet another concerning issue that may influence future limitations on the product's use.

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Oil-eating bacteria has been discovered in the deepest part of the ocean

Oil-eating bacteria has been discovered in the deepest part of the ocean

Researchers with the University of East Anglia have reported a unique discovery: bacteria that eats oil in one of the most mysterious parts of our planet. The microscopic critters were discovered in the Mariana Trench, the deepest ocean trench in the world. According to the study, the Mariana Trench has the highest proportion of oil-eating bacteria on Earth.

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Pregnant whale dies after consuming nearly 50lbs of plastic trash

Pregnant whale dies after consuming nearly 50lbs of plastic trash

Last week, a dead sperm whale was discovered washed up near the shore of a popular tourist spot in Italy. The whale was pregnant at the time of its death, according to officials, and a necropsy revealed almost 50lbs of plastic waste in its stomach. News of the death comes only days after a whale near the Philippines was found deceased with similar stomach contents.

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Earth Day with Pokemon GO: A chat with Niantic about Civic & Social Impact

Earth Day with Pokemon GO: A chat with Niantic about Civic & Social Impact

In 2019, Niantic's got another Earth Day campaign planned. In a manner similar to 2018, Niantic and masses of gamers - Pokemon GO and Ingress included - will head out and clean up the planet. In 68 events and with "countless NGOs" taking part in the celebration, 6.5 tons of garbage were collected - and presumably put into landfills, mostly - but still, progress!* Here in 2019 we had a chat with Niantic's Civic & Social Impact Manager, Yennie Solheim Fuller, to see what the future holds.

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The Deliverator compact EV brings green deliveries to cramped cities

The Deliverator compact EV brings green deliveries to cramped cities

Arcimoto has launched pre-orders for the Deliverator, a three-wheeled electric vehicle designed specifically for deliveries. The vehicle has a 100-mile range and a top speed of 75mph, making it more substantial than the small autonomous delivery buggies some other companies have introduced. The model offers better efficiency than traditional delivery trucks, however.

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