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pollution

ocean mercury

The deepest parts of Earth’s oceans are packed with toxic mercury

November 17th, 2020

New research suggests that the deepest reaches of Earth’s oceans are being contaminated by mercury created by human activity. The mercury is likely being soaked up by fish close to the surface, the scientists say, and then when those fish die, they carry the toxic substance deep to the bottom of the oceans. This is …

coronavirus updates

The coronavirus pandemic has cleaned up the air on the East Coast

April 12th, 2020

Air pollution on the East Coast of the United States has dropped by as much as 30% according to data from NASA satellites. A side-by-side comparison of air pollution levels from 2015-2019 and 2020 reveals the extent to which the coronavirus lockdown has improved air quality. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Modern life has …

plastic pollution

LEGO bricks last just about forever in the ocean, and that’s bad news

March 17th, 2020

LEGO bricks have the potential to last for up to 1,300 years if they end up in Earth’s oceans.  The plastic toys are incredibly durable, but that makes them an absolute nightmare when it comes to ocean pollution.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. LEGO bricks last for centuries if discarded into the ocean, contaminating …

ocean pollution

Plastic smells like food to sea turtles, scientists say

March 10th, 2020

Plastics in the ocean smell like food to sea turtles, a new study published in Current Biology reveals.  Plastic waste catches microorganisms and algae, becoming indistinguishable from food.  Sea turtles are often found with plastic waste in their stomachs, and this study reveals why.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Sea turtles gravitate toward waste …

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 …

forest migration

Humans have messed up the planet so rapidly that trees are migrating

May 18th, 2017

As the evidence that human activity and pollution are quickly warming our planet continues to pile up, researchers are now noticing a particularly shocking side effect. We normally think of migration as the movement of animals (including humans) between two locations, but ecologists from Purdue University have discovered that the effects of climate change — called global …