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Plastic is clogging Earth and recycling is barely helping

Plastic is clogging Earth and recycling is barely helping

Despite the push to "go green," plastic waste is growing in quantity at an alarming rate, and current recycling efforts simply aren't keeping up. That's the ominous conclusion from a breakthrough study exploring the use - and re-use or disposal - of plastic materials since the 1950s, and published today. In fact, as of 2015, a mere 9-percent of waste plastic had been recycled, the researchers discovered.

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Blame coal mining for Appalachia’s salty rivers

Blame coal mining for Appalachia’s salty rivers

Forget sipping fresh mountain spring water -- Appalachia has a salty river problem and coal mining is to blame. The salt leaches into the streams and rivers from crushed rock and coal that gets deposited in valleys from mountaintop-removal mining. The leeching then causes consistently higher levels of salt in the water, damaging the ecosystems that lie downstream.

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This Chinese solar plant looks like a giant cartoon panda

This Chinese solar plant looks like a giant cartoon panda

Vast solar plants are becoming increasingly common around the world, but most of them aren't anything you'd go out of your way to see. The big exception is a new solar plant in China that was built in the shape of a giant cartoon panda. Anyone flying above the region in Datong, China, will be greeted with the sight of a happy panda smiling up at the sky; soon enough a second solar plant in the shape of another panda will be joining it.

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Alphabet X spin-off Dandelion sucks energy from your yard

Alphabet X spin-off Dandelion sucks energy from your yard

This week the company known as Dandelion spun off from Alphabet's X group. For those readers not familiar with Alphabet, it's essentially Google's overarching catch-all company (which also catches Google). Dandelion was once part of Alphabet as a startup company - now they're on their own with a cool $2-million in seed round investment to "kick-off its sales and operations."

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France is banning gas and diesel car sales to push EVs

France is banning gas and diesel car sales to push EVs

France has announced an aggressive plan to ban the sale of all gas and diesel cars in the country, aiming to promote EVs and and other green vehicles. The move is part of the French government's attempt to meet the emissions targets it has committed to for the Paris climate accord, the pact by most in the global community to voluntarily reduce their contribution to climate change. However, unsurprisingly the switchover won't happen overnight.

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iClever BoostCel Portable Solar Charger Review with 8000mAh battery

iClever BoostCel Portable Solar Charger Review with 8000mAh battery

Summer is upon us and with it comes trips out into the wilderness. No doubt you'll be taking at least one gadget with you on your next camping trip, and that means you have keep charging in mind. While a large power bank will keep you up and running for a day or two, you'll need to get a solar panel if you need something more substantial. iClever has released a new solar panel product for this summer, one with an 8,000 mAh battery built into the case. How does it hold up? Read on to find out!

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Solar paint could turn buildings into green hydrogen generators

Solar paint could turn buildings into green hydrogen generators

Solar-powered paint capable of generating clean hydrogen fuel could turn houses and office buildings into green power stations, new research has teased. The handiwork of a team at the RMIT University in Australia, the key is a new compound that unexpectedly acts as a catalyst in a chemical reaction. First, the paint absorbs water; then, it splits that water up into hydrogen and oxygen.

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Antartica’s Larsen C ice rift grew 17 miles in a single week

Antartica’s Larsen C ice rift grew 17 miles in a single week

Remember the massive ice rift in Antarctica that grew more than 6 miles this past January? That news was shocking, but now pales in comparison to the latest update: the rift grew another 17 miles last month, with the entire change happening in a single week. According to Project MIDAS, the Larsen C Ice Shelf is now being held in place by only 8 miles of ice; the calving of this chunk of ice is expected to happen any day now.

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Refind and Energizer tackle battery waste with ‘reverse vending machine’

Refind and Energizer tackle battery waste with ‘reverse vending machine’

Rechargeable batteries are, thankfully, becoming increasingly common to the point that few devices still use ordinary single-use alkalines. Some common home gadgets still use these kinds of batteries, though, such as remote controls and smoke detectors, not to mention various loud kids toys. Though these disposable batteries shouldn't be thrown into the garbage, people do that anyway...and more often than not it is due to the relative difficulty of recycling the batteries.

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Tesla solar roof tile defeats hail ‘cannonball’ in new slow-motion video

Tesla solar roof tile defeats hail ‘cannonball’ in new slow-motion video

Since being announced, some skeptics have expressed concern over the durability of Tesla's solar roof tiles. Elon Musk himself addressed those worries during the product's unveiling, but some remain skeptical, wondering what would happen if something big and heavy -- let's say a big ball of ice -- were to crash down onto the tiles. Tesla has once again addressed that concern, this time in the form of a slow-motion video.

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Tesla opens up solar roof pre-orders today [UPDATE]

Tesla opens up solar roof pre-orders today [UPDATE]

After revealing its solar roof to the world back in October, Tesla is now ready to open the flood gates. In the wee small hours of this morning, Elon Musk said that Tesla will be opening up pre-orders for its solar roof this afternoon. More information followed later, with Musk giving us an idea of just what to expect when pre-orders actually become available.

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U.S. wildlife regions are getting louder and humans are to blame

U.S. wildlife regions are getting louder and humans are to blame

When you think of quiet, you probably think of somewhere far away from the city: a dense national park, a wildlife preserve, or somewhere similar. While it's true that a weekend spent in a cabin in some remote place will likely be more peaceful than a night in a big city, it's unlikely you'll experience a true lack of human noise. This is becoming an increasingly concerning reality, and one that doesn't show any signs of reversing. A newly published study has found that humans have doubled the background noise volume in 63-percent of the nation's protected wildlife regions.

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