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China Passes Landmark Law Protecting the Yangtze – One of China’s ‘Mother Rivers’

The Yangtze, one of China’s two “Mother Rivers,” is about to receive a salve of environmental protections aiming to restore the polluted waterway and its tributaries. With 96 separate provisions for the river system spread across nine chapters of legislation passed by a Standing Committee meeting, it is the largest environmental protection bill the rivers […]

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Soil health is as environmentally important as air and water quality, say microbiologists

(Microbiology Society) Healthy, sustainably managed soil is a critical ecosystem for continuous sustenance of plants, animals and humans globally. While the concept of ‘soil health’ still continues to evolve, the versatility of the concept allows its adoption by many stakeholders.

Scientists developed energy saving ceramic phosphors for high power LED systems

(Far Eastern Federal University) Materials scientists of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), in collaboration with an international research team, have advanced the design of composite ceramic materials (Ce3+:YAG-Al2O3), i.e. solid-state light converters (phosphors) that can be applied in ground and aerospace technologies. The LED systems based on the developed materials to save 20-30 percent more energy compared to commercial analogues. A related article was published in Materials Characterization.

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Biden’s Regressive Energy Policy Is A Nasty War On The Poor

Joe Biden’s transportation secretary nominee, Pete Buttigieg, was all over the map at his confirmation hearings. According to MarketWatch, emphasis mine: Speaking at his confirmation hearing with his husband sitting nearby, Buttigieg pointed to a “generational opportunity” to create new jobs,…

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Biden’s Regressive Energy Policy Is A Nasty War On The Poor

Joe Biden’s transportation secretary nominee, Pete Buttigieg, was all over the map at his confirmation hearings. According to MarketWatch, emphasis mine: Speaking at his confirmation hearing with his husband sitting nearby, Buttigieg pointed to a “generational opportunity” to create new jobs,…

Dramatic increase in microplastics in seagrass soil since the 1970s

Large-scale production of vegetables and fruit in Spain with intensive plastic consumption in its greenhouse industry is believed to have leaked microplastic contaminants since the 1970s into the surrounding Mediterranean seagrass beds. This is shown in a new study where researchers have succeeded in tracing plastic pollution since the 1930s and 1940s by analyzing seagrass sediments.

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New route to chemically recyclable plastics

As the planet’s burden of rubber and plastic trash rises unabated, scientists increasingly look to the promise of closed-loop recycling to reduce waste. A team of researchers announces the discovery of a new polybutadiene molecule – from a material known for over a century and used to make common products like tires and shoes – that could one day advance this goal through depolymerization.

New route to chemically recyclable plastics

As the planet’s burden of rubber and plastic trash rises unabated, scientists increasingly look to the promise of closed-loop recycling to reduce waste. A team of researchers announces the discovery of a new polybutadiene molecule – from a material known for over a century and used to make common products like tires and shoes – that could one day advance this goal through depolymerization.

Microbes fuelled by wind-blown mineral dust melt the Greenland ice sheet

Scientists have identified a key nutrient source used by algae living on melting ice surfaces linked to rising sea levels. They discovered that phosphorus containing minerals may be driving ever-larger algal blooms on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Dinosaur embryo find helps crack baby tyrannosaur mystery

(University of Edinburgh) They are among the largest predators ever to walk the Earth, but experts have discovered that some baby tyrannosaurs were only the size of a Border Collie dog when they took their first steps.