Remote South Atlantic Islands Are Flooded With Plastic

Found on Smithsonian on Thursday, 18 October 2018
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Now, reports Marlene Cimons at Nexus Media, that pollution is getting even worse. A new study in the journal Current Biology shows that plastic trash on the beaches and in the ocean has increased tenfold in the just the last decade and a hundredfold over the last three decades.

“Three decades ago these islands, which are some of the most remote on the planet, were near-pristine,” lead author David Barnes of the British Antarctic Survey says in a statement. “Plastic waste has increased a hundredfold in that time, it is now so common it reaches the seabed. We found it in plankton, throughout the food chain and up to top predators such as seabirds.”

If only it was possible to dump that junk onto those who created it. Instead, global politics fail so very hard at something so important as protecting the world everybody lives in.

Police Move to Clear Treehouse Protest Against Coal Mine in German Forest

Found on The New York Times on Friday, 14 September 2018
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Pushing their way into the heart of a forest that has existed for 12,000 years, where some 60 treehouses have been built over the past six years, thousands of police officers began cutting trees to reach a central community called “Oaktown.”

In recent weeks, environmentalists have drawn attention to the mine, which is operated by the energy company RWE in the Hambach Forest, east of the city of Aachen, in an effort to highlight the disparity between Germany’s pledges to reduce its carbon emissions and uphold its commitments to the Paris climate accord and the country’s heavy use of its only significant natural resource, soft coal, or lignite.

Politicians love to talk about how important green energy is to stop the climate change. Yet when it comes to the point where action is needed, they forget all those talks and promises and side with the energy industry, letting them destroy more and more nature to increase the CO2 levels and thus the global warming; and at the same time those politicans are wondering why people have lost faith and trust in them.

'Climate change moving faster than we are,' says UN Secretary General

Found on on Monday, 10 September 2018
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Mr Guterres painted a grim picture of the impacts of climate change that he says have been felt all over the world this year, with heatwaves, wildfires, storms and floods leaving a trail of destruction.

Despite the fact that the world agreed on a plan to tackle climate change in Paris in 2015, Mr Guterres said the world is way off track to achieve the modest goals of the pact.

Mr Guterres says he is committing himself and the UN to the effort of transforming the political landscape to tame the threat of climate change. He pointed to the forthcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on how to keep the world from warming by more that 1.5 degrees C, which he says will be a sobering assessment.

Earth will take care of it all by itself. Simply with a fever that takes care of the parasites which infected the host.

Plastic bags: Charge could rise to 10p and be extended to smaller shops

Found on BBC News on Thursday, 30 August 2018
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Since October 2015, customers have had to pay at least 5p for each single-use bag - with all retailers employing more than 250 people made to take part in the scheme.

Many of the seven major supermarkets have already stopped selling single-use carrier bags in their stores. Sainsbury's 5p bags are thicker and stronger, so they are not considered to be single use, while Tesco only sells 10p bags for life.

Excessive packaging should be fined. Some products are wrapped up in ridiculous amounts of plastic.

Recycled packaging 'may end up in landfill', warns watchdog

Found on BBC News on Monday, 23 July 2018
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The National Audit Office (NAO) says over half of the packaging reported as recycled is actually being sent abroad to be processed.

The NAO's report found only 25% of the firms most likely to misbehave over re-processing or exporting waste are inspected, while just 40% of planned compliance visits were actually carried out.

The problem is that too much waste is producted, and the industry and marketing are only making it worse. If you buy eg. 25g Nutella jars which contain just enough for one slice of bread, you are the biggest part of the entire problem and directly support the destruction of the nature and the world as it is.

China Won’t Solve the World’s Plastics Problem Any More

Found on Wired on Wednesday, 20 June 2018
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In the 1990s, Chinese markets saw that discarded plastic could be profitably recreated into exportable bits and bobs—and it was less expensive for international cities to send their waste to China than to deal with it themselves.

The European Union was the top exporter, followed by North America and Japan.

It's about time to make people realize that you cannot export your problem elsewhere.

Tourism is four times worse for the climate than we thought

Found on New Scientist on Tuesday, 08 May 2018
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To help stop global warming, cancel that round-the-world holiday. Tourism has expanded so rapidly that it now accounts for 8 per cent of the greenhouse gases we belch into the air. That is up to four times previous estimates.

The team’s new estimates are higher because, as well as direct emissions from air transit, they also included indirect emissions. These include emissions from food production for tourists eating lavishly while on holiday, hotel upkeep and maintenance, and souvenirs. In 2013 this added an extra 1 to 2 gigatonnes.

Good luck trying to make people stop travelling everywhere. They see it as "freedom" and ignore all the harsh facts.

Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

Found on The Register on Tuesday, 10 April 2018
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The 34-year-old was rushed to an emergency room in New York after developing "excruciating" pain from eating the Carolina Reaper, according to a report in the British Medical Journal this week.

According to Paul Bosland, professor of horticulture at New Mexico State University and director of the Chile Pepper Institute, has said the grub can theoretically cause death, but in most cases people's bodies "would react sooner and not allow it to happen".

Dragon's Breath was created by a farmer for the Chelsea Flower show and is so potent that it had to be kept in a sealed container when it went on display.

Up to a certain level chillis are good, but at some point they turn into an impossible feat.

Mount Etna is 'sliding towards the sea'

Found on BBC News on Saturday, 24 March 2018
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Scientists have established that the whole structure on the Italian island of Sicily is edging in the direction of the Mediterranean at a rate of 14mm per year.

This instrumentation is sensitive to millimetric changes in the shape of the volcanic cone; and with 11 years of data it is now obvious, he says, that the mountain is moving in an east-south-east direction, on a general track towards the coastal town of Giarre, which is about 15km away.

Better take a few pictures right now, because in the blink of an eye the vulano has run away.

2018 preview: Thousands of mystery lifeforms to be revealed

Found on New Scientist on Sunday, 24 December 2017
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It is hard to study these mystery microbes because most can’t be grown in labs. They need the conditions of their natural habitat – be it a hydrothermal vent or our intestines – to survive.

Metagenomics has already made big finds. In September, Philip Hugenholtz and his team at the University of Queensland, Australia, used it to identify 1749 novel microbial species. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2018 most likely more species will be eradicated than discovered.