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Philippines whale died after eating 88lbs of plastic garbage

Philippines whale died after eating 88lbs of plastic garbage

Earlier this month, workers with the D'Bone Collector Museum in the Philippines recovered the remains of a beaked whale that had appeared near Davao City. In its most recent update about the deceased animal, the museum revealed the whale's cause of death: the ingestion of approximately 88lbs of plastic. The materials were primarily composed of plastic bags, including shopping bags and rice sacks.

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Australia may have no more winter by 2050

Australia may have no more winter by 2050

Depending on where you live, winter can either be a time to escape the heat for a bit or a sad string of months spent buried in snow with bitter cold. If you are in Australia, a new tool created by Dr. Geoff Hinchliffe and Associate Prof. Mitchel Whitelaw from the School of Art & Design with help from the ANU Climate Change Institute predicts you may only have a few more decades to worry about winter. According to the tool, there will be no more winter in Australia by 2050.

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Study finds global fisheries shrinking due to climate change, overfishing

Study finds global fisheries shrinking due to climate change, overfishing

The effects of climate change have been well proven in areas like weather patterns and animal habitats, but a new study highlights how the same problems are found in our oceans, with rising sea temperatures having a significant impact on the world's fisheries. Led by Rutgers, the research shows that critical fisheries have seen at least a 4% drop in populations since 1930, with certain areas experiencing as much as a 35% decline.

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Scientists make coal from CO2 in climate change alchemy

Scientists make coal from CO2 in climate change alchemy

Scientists have revealed a new process that turns carbon dioxide back into coal, offering a potential way to capture the greenhouse gas and sequester it from the atmosphere. This is the first time researchers have developed a way to transform carbon dioxide into solid carbon particles, adding it to the list of existing technologies and breakthroughs involving carbon capture and storage.

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NASA says an iceberg twice the size of NYC is about to break off

NASA says an iceberg twice the size of NYC is about to break off

NASA has revealed that an Antarctic ice shelf that has been observed for decades is about to have a large iceberg break free. This chunk of ice has about twice the area of New York City with a visible crack that scientists have monitored using aerial images. Human presence on the Brunt Ice Shelf, which is where the cracks are located, was first established back in 1955, according to NASA.

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World’s largest bee rediscovered after two samples appeared online

World’s largest bee rediscovered after two samples appeared online

After nearly four decades, researchers have rediscovered the world's largest bee which, until now, was believed to be extinct. Called Wallace's giant bee, this creature is about the size of a human thumb, black in color, and was first discovered in the mid-1850s. Scientists last saw the bee alive in 1981, but that changed recently thanks to a team of researchers in northern Indonesia.

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It’s official: Climate change killed a mammal

It’s official: Climate change killed a mammal

Australian government officials made it official this week: this little creature is extinct. A statement was released by federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, changing the government's status for Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) from endangered to extinct. This is the first time in history a mammal was made extinct due directly to human-made climate change. It's a little mouse and it's dead now because of us.

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Seeing Climate Change: This map shows your city’s hot future

Seeing Climate Change: This map shows your city’s hot future

A new interactive map aims to push an understanding of the near-future in climate change here in the United States. What once was difficult to comprehend for the average person can now be visualized with great ease. Not that you wouldn't be able to understand climate change otherwise - it's just a whole lot more visceral once you can visualize what it'll be like to live in your city in the near future with climate change in play.

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New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

One of the biggest problems facing the Earth's environment right now is the abundance of plastic waste. An estimated 5 billion tons of plastic is collecting in landfills or filling the oceans, and if not addressed, it will plague the decades to come by degrading into toxic chemicals, polluting the land and sea and destroying the habitats of wildlife. As scientific research looks for a solution, one possible option is trying to turn the waste into a usable fuel source.

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Green and blue ocean colors may intensify as temperatures rise

Green and blue ocean colors may intensify as temperatures rise

A new study warns that the blue and green colors presented by the world's oceans will intensify as Earth heats up. This transition will be caused by shifts in phytoplankton populations, which are experiencing major changes driven by climate change. According to the study, these color changes may impact more than half of the planet's oceans by the year 2100.

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This unmanned Chinese submersible just launched a weather rocket

This unmanned Chinese submersible just launched a weather rocket

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has announced the successful launch of a weather rocket from an unmanned semi-submersible vehicle. This is the first time a rocketsonde has been launched from an autonomous watercraft of this kind, according to the institution, which says the vehicle was designed and developed entirely within China. The vehicle can be used to launch these meteorological rockets when in "severe sea conditions," according to the project's lead author Chen Hongbin.

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KFC vows to reduce plastic packaging waste by 2025

KFC vows to reduce plastic packaging waste by 2025

KFC is the latest franchise to announce plans regarding plastic waste, stating that it will eliminate non-reusable/recoverable plastic packaging by 2025. Following Nestle earlier this week and Starbucks before it, KFC will work at transitioning to alternative products in a bid to eliminate its use of plastic bags, straws, cutlery, and cup lids.

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