Tag: waste

  • Past climate change: A warning for the future?

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    A new study of climate changes and their effects on past societies offers a sobering glimpse of social upheavals that might happen in the future. The prehistoric groups studied lived in the Amazon Basin of South America hundreds of years ago, before European contact, but the disruptions that occurred may carry lessons for our time, […]

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  • ‘Significant suffering’: experts call for national plan to save wombats from mange

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    The incoming environment minister has a clear opportunity to tackle this debilitating disease. Wildlife carers and conservationists want it to be a priority Last month Grasso wasn’t doing well. The bare-nosed wombat, dubbed Fatso in Italian, was infected with mange. The devastating skin disease caused by parasitic mites had left his skin crusted, bleeding and […]

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  • How you’re recycling plastic wrong, from coffee cups to toothpaste

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    1. Your coffee cup probably isn’t recyclable Items composed of different kinds of materials present a big challenge for recyclers. The billions of single-use coffee cups discarded each year are a classic example: a thin, plastic coating inside the cup may prevent leakage, but it’s extremely difficult to separate it from the paper cup itself. […]

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  • Oil companies double down on plastics as public outcry grows

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    The oil and gas industry is ramping up petrochemicals — building blocks of plastics —right as the global outcry intensifies over plastic waste. The big picture: Most people associate oil companies’ products mainly with gasoline. But they also generate plastics that are interwoven into all facets of our lives. This durable material is, more and […]

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  • 7 millionaires reveal their favorite Father’s Day gifts

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    What do you give a dad who has it all for Father’s Day? We asked these millionaires and Advisors in The Oracles about the best gifts they’ve given or received. Their unique ideas will inspire you — and maybe even make you rethink gifting altogether. 1. Experiences “My dad died when I was 10, so […]

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  • Trudeau’s ‘plastic ban’ won’t help the environment. It could actually harm it instead

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    Opinion: Alternatives have a significantly higher total impact on the environment, while inflating costs for consumers This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government will seek to ban many single-use plastics starting in 2021. Although the final list of banned items is still undetermined, it will likely include plastic bags, takeaway containers, cutlery and […]

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  • Why is the soil so contaminated, and where do the contaminants come from?

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    Air and water pollution rightfully get a lot of attention. The danger is serious, and everyone can easily grasp the ramifications of toxins in something that all of us use directly every day. However, the issue of soil contamination carries equal weight, even if its effects aren’t as immediately obvious. Even if you never step […]

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  • Zero Waste: The Global Plastics Crisis

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    Plastic pollution is everywhere, it litters beaches, clogs up oceans, chokes marine life, is ingested by seabirds that then starve to death, and has even been discovered embedded in Arctic ice. It’s in the air we breathe, the water we drink (bottled and tap), and last year plastic was found in human stools for the […]

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  • Most alternatives to single-use plastics are worse for the environment

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    While banning single-use plastics may seem like a “strong environmental move,” contrary to popular belief, the alternatives are seemingly worse. One of the alternatives is biodegradable plastic. It delivers convenience and returns the waste to the earth after use, but the concept isn’t as utopian as it seems. Biodegradable plastics put the entire compost system […]

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  • Do we have a moral responsibility to recycle our phones?

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    Smartphones have become very cheap, and this is why people can afford to toss out their phones after just a short period of use. Many people would not even be bothered to sell their phones and might just choose to throw them along with their other trash. This e-waste usually ends up in landfills, especially […]

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