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Americans May Be Ingesting Thousands of Microplastics Every Year

June 7th, 2019

Via: Smithsonian Magazine: Microplastics are everywhere in our environment: oceans, soils, the air, the bodies of animals. It’s hardly surprising, then, that the tiny fragments have also been found in humans. But a new study is shining troubling light on the quantity of microplastics Americans are consuming each year—as many as 121,000 particles, per a […]

Towing an Iceberg to South Africa

June 6th, 2019

Via: Bloomberg: “To make it economically feasible, the iceberg will have to be big,” Sloane says. Ideally, it would measure about 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) long, 500 meters wide, and 250 meters deep, and weigh 125 million tons. “That would supply about 20% of Cape Town’s water needs for a year.” Sloane has already assembled […]

Carnival Cruise Lines Hit With $20 Million Penalty For Environmental Crimes

June 5th, 2019

A $20 million fine isn’t even a slap on the wrist for Carnival. On revenue of $18.8 billion, I wonder, in which column on their spreadsheet this will go? Chicken Feed? Pocket Lint? F-U-We’ll-Do-It-Again? Via: NPR: The cruise line giant Carnival Corporation and its Princess subsidiary have agreed to pay a criminal penalty of $20 […]

High Radiation Levels Found in Giant Clams of Marshall Islands Near U.S. Nuclear Dump

May 28th, 2019

Via: Los Angeles Times: Researchers have found high levels of radiation in giant clams near the Central Pacific site where the United States entombed waste from nuclear testing almost four decades ago, raising concerns the contamination is spreading from the dump site’s tainted groundwater into the ocean and the food chain. The findings from the […]

Astronomers Concerned About Starlink Light Pollution

May 27th, 2019

Well, it’s not just me. Via: Forbes: SpaceX had kept the logistics of each satellite under wraps prior to the launch, but following the launch it was revealed that each satellite had a relatively large solar panel, perfect for not only gathering but reflecting sunlight back to Earth. This means anyone looking up at the […]

Rare Earth Metals: China’s ‘Nuclear Option’ In The Trade War

May 27th, 2019

Via: A simple visit to an obscure factory by Chinese President Xi on Monday is all it took to raise the specter that China could be contemplating cutting off supply of critical materials to the U.S. and potentially crippling large swathes of its industries. Also, fueled by political innuendo in Xi’s recent call for […]

Dome Covering Nuclear Waste in Marshall Islands Is Beginning to Crack

May 23rd, 2019

Via: Independent: Beginning in 1977, 4,000 US servicemen began collecting an estimated 73,000 cubic meters of tainted surface soil across the islands, according to the Marshall Islands’ government. The material was then transported to Runit Island, where a 328-foot crater remained from a May 1958 test explosion. For three years, the American military dumped the […]

Monsanto ‘Compiled Dossier’ on Political Opponents

May 13th, 2019

Via: BBC: French officials are investigating after revelations that agro-chemicals firm Monsanto compiled a potentially illegal file on critics on chemicals and genetically modified crops. The document was made by a PR agency working for Monsanto, which makes the controversial weed killer glyphosate. Marketed as Roundup by Monsanto, the weed killer has come under fire […]

The Secret Tactics Monsanto Used to Protect Roundup, Its Star Product

April 29th, 2019

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Exposing Australia’s Recycling Lie

April 28th, 2019

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