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Starbucks 2020 single-use straw ban targets plastic waste

Starbucks 2020 single-use straw ban targets plastic waste

Starbucks has announced plans to phase out single-use straws, helping address the issue of plastic waste impacting the environment. The ban won't take place until 2020, after which point Starbucks stores will switch to a type of plastic lid that has a built-in spout. The new straw-less lids are recyclable and will contribute to the elimination of more than a billion plastic straws annually.

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Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans to build the world's largest vertical farm, a growing method that reduces water usage, among other things. These vertical farms have cropped up in various cities, primarily in repurposed old warehouses and industrial buildings, enabling communities to grow their own local produce. Soon, Dubai will be home to a 130,000sqft facility that grows thousands of pounds of leafy goods.

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Sunday meteor fireball was visible over 10 US states

Sunday meteor fireball was visible over 10 US states

If you live in or near the Midwestern United States, you may have noticed a streaking fireball yesterday evening. The blazing line was spotted streaking across the sky by people in ten states, according to witness reports. The brief event was caused by a meteor blasting past a little before sunset, etching a bright line in the dim evening sky.

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Sunscreens that kill coral: Hawaii’s chem-ban now law

Sunscreens that kill coral: Hawaii’s chem-ban now law

When last we spoke about Hawaii and their plans to ban some sunscreens, proposed law SB 2471 wasn't yet live. As of this week, and thanks to Governor David Ige's final signature, that law is in full effect. The law's writing says that there's a layover until January 1st, 2021*, at which point none of a certain set of sunscreens can be sold in or transported to Hawaii's chain of islands - the entire state, that is.

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Wasp species with massive stinger found lurking in the Amazon

Wasp species with massive stinger found lurking in the Amazon

A new wasp species with a giant stinger has been discovered in the Amazon, according to researchers in Finland. The species, called Clistopyga crassicaudata, was found to exist in the range between the Amazonian lowlands and the Andes mountains. The insect's most notable element is its giant stinger, which it uses to both inject venom into its victims and lay eggs.

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Solar cell with E. coli generates energy in low light conditions

Solar cell with E. coli generates energy in low light conditions

Researchers have created a type of solar cell that can convert light into energy even in overcast conditions. Unlike commonly used solar products, these newly developed solar cells feature living organisms, making them "biogenic." According to researchers, their new biogenic solar cells are both sustainable and relatively inexpensive.

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Spider flight mystery solved: electric fields make bug balloonists

Spider flight mystery solved: electric fields make bug balloonists

Spiders are capable of flying using their silk, a well known ability known as ballooning. The action involves producing silk that, after reaching a few inches in length, lifts the spider into the air and carries it to a new location. The actual mechanism behind ballooning, though, has remained a mystery, with some speculating that it involves air currents. A new study has provided the answer.

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Nestle launches wind turbine farm as part of renewable energy plan

Nestle launches wind turbine farm as part of renewable energy plan

Nestle, a company heavily criticized for its freshwater practices, has announced the launch of a wind farm with nine turbines. This new wind farm is part of the company's renewable energy effort, which has already resulted in a substantial part of Nestle's energy usage being accounted for. The new wind turbine project is located in Scotland.

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Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

In May, Hawaii passed a bill that would ban sunscreen products that cause harm to coral reefs, a move to address the growing number of dying coral. At the heart of the matter are two chemicals used within certain sunscreen products, both that have been found to cause damage to coral. According to a new report, Hawaii's Governor will sign the bill into law some time this week, concerns about potential fallout aside.

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2020 Tokyo Olympics will use 100% renewable energy

2020 Tokyo Olympics will use 100% renewable energy

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be powered entirely by renewable energy, the organizing committee behind the event has announced. In addition, the organization has committed to using services that will ultimately result in 99-percent of goods from the games being either reused or recycled. Assuming these ambitious goals are fully met, it will be an unprecedented change for the Olympics.

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Slow San Andreas Fault movements may trigger big California earthquakes

Slow San Andreas Fault movements may trigger big California earthquakes

A new study warns that slow movements on the San Andreas fault line could trigger bigger earthquakes. The research was detailed in a newly published study out of Arizona State University, where a pair of geophysicists found that so-called "slow earthquake" activity can result in larger -- and potentially destructive -- earthquakes.

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Volvo just made a huge recycled plastic promise

Volvo just made a huge recycled plastic promise

Volvo plans to dramatically increase the green credentials of its cars, promising to use at least 25-percent recycled plastics from 2025. The push will see the Swedish automaker offset its use of new plastic - both in the cabin and elsewhere in the construction of its vehicles - by introducing a greater percentage of reused materials.

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