• Solar-powered water harvester could help in arid climates

    As reported by Science magazine, a new spongelike, solar-powered device can collect water vapor from the air even in regions of low humidity, and can produce 2.8 liters of water a day for every kilogram of the spongy absorptive material it contains. Once improved, the device could potentially bring relief to billions of people living in the driest of climates. […]

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  • Wax Moth Caterpillar Could Help the Plastic Crisis

    Quite by chance, researchers recently discovered that the greater wax moth caterpillar –  known as a pest in Europe that eats beeswax from honeycombs – is able to biodegrade polyethylene, the material used in plastic shopping bags. This fortunate discovery came about after scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini of Spain’s IBBTEC institute picked some of the parasitic […]

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  • Maryland Fracking Ban is Huge Win for People Power

    It’s official: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law a statewide fracking ban. The bill was passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature, and Maryland is now the third state to ban fracking. This historic achievement is a true testament to the power of grassroots organizing, and believing that even when the odds […]

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  • Pipeline Leak Caused Deadly Colorado House Explosion

    Investigators recently announced that a deadly April 17 explosion in Firestone, Colorado was caused by an abandoned leaking pipeline that was still connected to a natural gas well owned by Anadarko Petroleum. The 1-inch pipeline was cut about 10 feet from the recently-built home where two men died and one woman and her son were severely injured, […]

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  • ‘Shocking’ Levels of PCB Chemicals in UK Killer Whale Lulu

    The BBC is reporting that a killer whale, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines. But tests now reveal her body contained among the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, ever recorded.

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  • Block Island Now Powered by Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm

    Lorraine Chow of Ecowatch is reporting that Block Island, the smallest town in the country’s smallest state, is now powered by Rhode Island’s Deepwater Wind, the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

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  • Huge Crowds Attend March for Science in NYC, Worldwide

    Newsday is reporting that Tens of thousands of scientists and their allies marched through Manhattan Saturday to protest President Donald Trump’s approach to science, including his job picks for top regulatory posts and proposed funding cuts to research and enforcement. The March for Science, coinciding with Earth Day, was set for more than 600 locations […]

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  • Food Waste: A Problem We can Solve

    FOOD WASTE: A PROBLEM WE CAN SOLVE About half the food that is grown around the world is never eaten. Much of that waste occurs on farms, processing plants, and supermarkets.  On average, every one of us throws away 23 pounds of food per month—close to 25% of what we buy, adding up to 1,365 pounds or […]

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