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Letter: Beating climate change means tough choices on solar and EVs – Financial Times

Martin Sandbu is an optimist. He thinks that daily life will pretty much stay the same in our ongoing battle against global warming (Opinion, April 26). I like optimism, but I see tough choices ahead. First, from where do we…

Statement by John Englart on Synthetic Turf to Moreland Council

John Englart addressing Moreland Council on Synthetic Turf 14 April 2021 (Image courtesy Moreland Council) I made the following statement to Moreland Council on 14 April 2021 on Synthetic turf and its climate and environmental impact, although a few sections…

Literature Review: Synthetic Turf carbon footprint, environmental, health, microplastics and biodiversity impacts

Hosken Reserve: grass oval used for soccer training, informal reacreation, off-lead dog exercise (Photo by John Englart) Abstract:  The conversion of a grass oval to synthetic turf at Hosken Reserve, Coburg North, is about a failure in transparency and consultation…

Annotated Bibliography: Synthetic Turf and Climate, health, biodiversity and microplastics pollution issues

Increasing use of synthetic surfaces and synthetic turf is problematic for Several reasons.  Synthetic turf is: Derived from fossil fuel petrochemical industry Produces greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing and as it degrades Increases landfill at end of life Produces micro-plastic…

2021 Lyrid meteor shower: All you need to know

In 2021, the likely peak morning for the Lyrids is Thursday morning, April 22. But the mornings around that date might be good, too. The moon is waxing – staying out longer after dark each night – so you’ll want to watch the time of moonset carefully.

A Morning Cup of Coffee Not Only Charges You Up, But the Leftovers Have Reinvigorated Forests

A jolt of coffee in the morning sets the world’s workers right, but a new study shows that for trees, a bit of caffeine is just as good. Tropical forests can regrow much faster when running on the caffeine from coffee pulp, a waste product from coffee production. This was found in a direct case-control […]

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Billions of Brood X cicadas set to emerge in spring 2021

The cicadas are coming! The cicadas are coming! Billions of Brood X cicadas will emerge this spring, after 17 years underground, to fill the air with their buzzing mating calls. When they’ll arrive, and where.

ECOVIEWS: Could a coatimundi be in your neighborhood? – Tuscaloosa News

Q. I have heard that many kinds of animals native to one region in the country are moving farther north because of global warming. Is there a confirmed modern example in which individuals of any species have traveled an appreciable…

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Canada’s Tackling Plastics Recycling: Could the Same Ideas Help in the USA?

The Canadian government came up with a plan to eliminate plastic waste. By 2030, Canada hopes to achieve zero plastic waste. Right now, around 3 million tons of plastic waste are disposed of and less than 10% of that plastic is recycled. Much of it goes to the landfill, but an alarming 29,000 tons end […]

Pollinators are our secret weapon in the fight against global warming – New Scientist News

Pollinators have a critical, but largely unappreciated, role to play when it comes to climate change, says ecologist Jeff Ollerton Life | Comment 17 March 2021 By Jeff Ollerton Michelle D’urbano YOU would be forgiven for not knowing that there…