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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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Nestlé will start eliminating packaged plastic straws next month

Nestlé will start eliminating packaged plastic straws next month

Nestlé has announced specific plans that will help it meet its previously stated goal of using 100-percent reusable and/or recyclable packaging by 2025. Among the first changes will be the phasing out of plastic straws from its products, a process that will begin starting next month. Instead of plastic straws, Nestlé plans to offer "innovative designs" and alternatives like paper materials.

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Polar vortex split means Winter is Coming

Polar vortex split means Winter is Coming

In the last week of 2018 on into the first of 2019, the polar vortex above the Arctic split, from one whirling beast into three. As a result of this disruption, this year's cold season may be one of the coldest we've seen in many a year. According to meteorologists watching the system, persistent and acute cold is likely to begin at around the end of this month, January of 2019.

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Breakthrough polymer paves way for truly sustainable bioplastics

Breakthrough polymer paves way for truly sustainable bioplastics

Scientists with Tel Aviv University have developed a new method for producing biodegradable polymers that don't require fresh water or plants. The technology paves the way for future biodegradable, sustainable plastics that don't use up vital -- and increasingly limited -- resources while also addressing the most pervasive pollutants. At the heart of the technology are microorganisms that feast on seaweed.

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Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

A study this week by a UN commission showed that our planet's ozone layer's holes seem to be healing. Healing extremely slowly, but still - on the mend. This is extremely good news for all living flora and fauna on this planet, but is especially welcome news for green activists. It is through the past two decades of work on planet-saving green initiatives that we've gotten to this point - but it's not necessarily permanent.

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Study warns climate change may bring major beer shortages

Study warns climate change may bring major beer shortages

A study published in Nature Plants warns that climate change could lead to beer shortages, and those beer shortages could then lead to big price increases. The issue stems from drought and excessive heat that could drastically reduce barley crop yields, a vital ingredient used to make beer. Instances of severe climate change could reduce the global beer consumption by 29 billion liters.

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Study warns US national parks are being hit hard by climate change

Study warns US national parks are being hit hard by climate change

A new study warns that US national parks are being hit particularly hard by climate change, the result being faster warming and less moisture. Changes within the parks due to the state of the environment have already been detected; the research found that by 2100, temperatures within them could increase drastically with major effects on plant and animal life.

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LEGO Vestas Wind Turbine set arrives with plant-based plastic bricks

LEGO Vestas Wind Turbine set arrives with plant-based plastic bricks

LEGO has launched a new set called Vestas Wind Turbine, a Creator Expert set featuring bricks made from plant-based plastic that is sustainably sourced. The set is designed to help raise awareness about renewable energy projects, such as the wind turbine featured in the kit, as well as sustainability. As its name suggests, the new kit was made in partnership with Vestas, a sustainable energy company.

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