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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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Ice age wolf pup found preserved in melting Canadian permafrost

Ice age wolf pup found preserved in melting Canadian permafrost

Melting permafrost around the world continues to reveal surprises and treasures, the most recent of which is the incredibly well-preserved remains of an ice age wolf pup. The specimen was found in 2016 in Canada's Yukon territory, it also joined by the mummified remains of a caribou calf. Researchers estimate that both specimens are more than 50,000 years old.

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10,500-year-old extinct Great Irish Elk skull and antlers found in lake

10,500-year-old extinct Great Irish Elk skull and antlers found in lake

A fisherman in Ardboe, a small village in Ireland, discovered the skull and antler remains of an extinct Great Irish Elk, a creature that hasn't roamed the Irish landscape in thousands of years. Though this isn't the oldest Great Irish Elk discovery -- that distinction goes to one dated around 14,000-years-old -- it is far more notable: the massive skull and antlers are completely intact.

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