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plane pollution

Getting rid of airplane contrails could help save the planet

February 16th, 2020

When it comes to vehicles that have a serious impact on the environment, we all immediately think of gas-burning cars and trucks, but passenger aircraft can have a significant impact on the environment as well. One way that passenger jets can impact our planet is in producing those wispy white lines called contrails that we …

e-scooter emissions

E-scooters aren’t as green as you think

August 2nd, 2019

E-scooters have a very environmentally-friendly image. Tiny and battery-powered, they seem like a convenient, responsible alternative to making short trips in a car, but new research suggests that the big picture is a lot more complicated. A team of researchers from NC State took an in-depth look at the overall environmental impact of the e-scooter …

china pollution

Mysterious ozone-destroying pollution has been traced to China

May 22nd, 2019

Last year, a report surfaced that suggested someone, somewhere was producing a huge amount of an ozone-destroying chemical which had already been banned worldwide way back in 2010. Scientists knew it was being pumped into the air, but they didn’t know where it was coming from or who was doing it. Now, scientists report that …

baby octopus

Behold this adorable baby octopus that lived in human trash

October 27th, 2018

Cleaning up trash is not a glamorous job, and you’d have to imagine that cleaning up ocean trash is no different. Slowly plucking someone else’s refuse and placing it in a bag where it should have been in the first place is something that scientists working in the field tend to do because they feel …

plastic-eating bugs

Nature throws humanity a softball, provides bugs that digest plastic

April 24th, 2017

Mother Earth is one seriously gracious host. Humanity has done little else to the planet that produced us than completely destroy it at every turn. We dump toxic oil into oceans, irreversibly alter the climate, drive species into extinction, and pile heaps of trash everywhere we can find space for it. Nature owes us nothing, but it still …