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fukushima waste

Fukushima’s radioactive water may be pumped back into the ocean

October 18th, 2020

Media reports out of Japan suggest that the government is poised to announce a plan to flush the radioactive water used to cool the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant back into the ocean. The water would be treated and diluted before being reintroduced into the ocean. Many have pushed back against this plan, while some …

plastic rain

Tiny bits of plastic are now falling from the skies

June 15th, 2020

Scientists have found that plastics are invading protected regions of the United States in ways never before known. Tiny bits of plastics are raining down from the skies and floating freely in the air, with over 1,000 metric tons of the material being deposited into protected areas of the western US every year. These protected …

how long does plastic last

It takes decades for polystyrene to break down, even in direct sunlight

October 13th, 2019

Plastics are truly incredible. They’re typically cheap to make, safe for many applications, and they last just about forever. When they’re being used, they’re the perfect solution to many problems, but once discarded, the qualities that make them great quickly turn them into an environmental nightmare. Polystyrene, a wildly popular type of plastic, can withstand …

fully recyclable plastic

New breakthrough could yield the first 100% recyclable plastics

May 7th, 2019

We’re surrounded by plastics for much of our lives. Plastics are cheap and easy to make, they’re often incredibly durable, and they last just about forever. Unfortunately, those upsides are also terrible news for the environment, as plastic waste continues to pile up despite recycling efforts and public awareness campaigns. One of the biggest problems …