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This Is Why Electric Car Sales Are Blowing Up In The UK

Well, there are a few reasons why electric car sales are exploding in the UK, where they now account for nearly 10% of auto sales. I think awareness still hasn’t caught up to the many benefits of an electric car or the potential for financial savings compared to a “similar” fossil-fueled car, but consumers are waking up to these matters. On the latter topic, I’ll try to do my part again to bring some insight to this matter to more Brits

Recycling

Amazon and ERI Launch an Innovative Recycling Bin Program

Everyone should recycle as much as they can both at home and the office. Landfills are overflowing across the nation and each day more trash is generated. The Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership estimates that each US resident generates around 42 pounds of e-waste each year. Only 25 states have laws that mandate electronics recycling. Only […]

The battle to stop global warming is increasingly being fought in the courtroom – The Japan Times

LONDON/WASHINGTON/GENEVA – Climate change may be having its day in court. With the slow pace of international climate negotiations, lawyers from Switzerland to San Francisco are increasingly filing lawsuits demanding action. And they are getting creative — using new legal…

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Sneaky salmonella finds a backdoor into plants

Researchers have discovered that bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria have a backdoor to take advantage of humans’ reliance on leafy greens for a healthy diet. They found that wild strains of salmonella are delivering foodborne illnesses by circumventing a plant’s immune defense system, getting into the leaves of lettuce by opening up the plant’s tiny breathing pores.

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Gold mining restricts Amazon rainforest recovery

Gold mining significantly limits the regrowth of Amazon forests, greatly reducing their ability to accumulate carbon, according to a new study. The researchers warn that the impacts of mining on tropical forests are long-lasting and that active land management and restoration will be necessary to recover tropical forests on previously mined lands.

A Winning Trifecta For Climate Science And Rationality

First, there was Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans, then came Bjorn Lomborg’s False Alarm, and now Michael Schellenberger’s Apocalypse Never. All three authors sound the common theme that the hyper-green environmental activists who have captured, politicized, and monetized the…

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Nanoplastics accumulate in land-plant tissues

As concern grows among environmentalists and consumers about micro- and nanoplastics in the oceans and in seafood, they are increasingly studied in marine environments. But little was known about nanoplastics in agricultural soils. Researchers now have direct evidence that nanoplastics are internalized by terrestrial plants.

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Oil forecasting technique adapted for spreadsheets may cut shale operator costs

Porous rock containing oil and natural gas are buried so deep inside the earth that shale operators rely on complex models of the underground environment to estimate fossil fuel recovery. These simulations are notoriously complex, requiring highly-skilled operators to run them. These factors indirectly impact the cost of shale oil production and ultimately, how much consumers pay for their fuel.