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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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Popular weed killer may disrupt bee gut bacteria, increase death risk

Popular weed killer may disrupt bee gut bacteria, increase death risk

The world's mostly widely used herbicide, glyphosate, may also be expediting the loss of bees around the globe, according to a new report. Glyphosate is used to kill weeds and is the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, a product widely used in the United States. A newly published study reveals evidence that the same ingredient may also be harming bees in a way that contributes to declining bee populations.

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Insanely angry Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters

Insanely angry Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters

Canadian crabs are causing chaos in coastal waters where they have migrated, according to scientists. This variety of green crab comes from Nova Scotia and is described as incredibly aggressive, devouring soft-shell clams and even being willing to fight humans who get too close. Unfortunately, this brutal nature is causing big problems in the ecosystems the crabs inhabit.

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Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

Massive 1,000ft spider web appeared overnight in Greece

A spider web spanning nearly 1,000ft has appeared in Greece, where locals say unusually high mosquito activity took place before the web appeared. This isn't an ordinary spider web, not even a very large one -- it covers green landscape in a think blanket of webbing, giving a creepy wake-like appearance.

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World’s first hydrogen fuel cell trains enter service in Germany

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell trains enter service in Germany

The world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered trains have entered service in Germany, Alstom, the company behind it, has announced. Called the Coradia iLint, the new trains feature fuel cells that utilize oxygen and hydrogen for electricity, this resulting in a zero-emissions experience that is friendly to the environment. The Coradia iLint trains boast low noise levels and speeds up to about 86MPH.

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Virgin Atlantic will use ‘green’ fuel for commercial flight to London

Virgin Atlantic will use ‘green’ fuel for commercial flight to London

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to conduct its first commercial flight using a sustainable aviation fuel produced by LanzaTech. The flight will take place next month and involve one of Virgin's 747s, the entire trip serving as a demonstration of low carbon technology that may help combat climate change. The flight will span from Orlando to London.

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