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Monterey Bay is filled with microplastic from bottles and other trash

Monterey Bay is filled with microplastic from bottles and other trash

A concerning new study published in Scientific Reports reveals that Monterey Bay on the California coast is full of tiny plastic particles known as microplastics. The news comes only hours after a different study warned that Americans are consuming thousands of these tiny particles in food and water every year. The latest research indicates the same may be true for fish.

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Americans consume thousands of microplastic particles every year

Americans consume thousands of microplastic particles every year

Americans consume thousands of microplastic particles every year, according to a new study. Unlike the larger bits of plastic you may find in products, such as microbeads used in exfoliants, microplastic particles are very tiny, typically microscopic, and they often result from larger plastic products that have started to degrade or shed. The health effects of consuming these tiny plastic particles remain unclear.

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Nestle will launch plant-based ‘Awesome Burger’ in US this year

Nestle will launch plant-based ‘Awesome Burger’ in US this year

Nestle is about to launch a competitor for the Impossible Burger, and it's called 'Awesome Burger.' The awfully similar name aside, Nestle's plant-based burger targets vegetarians, eco-conscious consumers, and anyone who wants to reduce their personal meat consumption. The product will be launched in the United States later this year, and it'll be a bit different than classic veggie meats.

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NASA gives climate change skeptics the melting ice data to crunch themselves

NASA gives climate change skeptics the melting ice data to crunch themselves

NASA has announced the availability of ICESat-2 global data containing height measurements for regions around the globe, including measurements of the sea ice around Antarctica and glaciers in Greenland. The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) was launched in September 2018; it uses 10,000 laser pulses per second to take height measurements in what NASA calls 'unprecedented detail.'

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Antibiotics found in rivers at up to 300 times over ‘safe’ levels

Antibiotics found in rivers at up to 300 times over ‘safe’ levels

A new study warns that antibiotics levels in rivers around the world are at levels up to 300 times higher than what is considered safe. The research involved the 14 most commonly used antibiotics, which were found at 65-percent of monitored rivers across 72 countries. An antibiotic called metronidazole, which is commonly used for bacterial infections, was found in the highest concentrations.

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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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