Tag: pollution

Polluted Popsicle Art Sheds Light on Water Contamination

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Three Taiwan university students came up with a brilliant way to raise awareness about their polluted water reserves. By crafting real water samples into frozen popsicles that never melt because they fashioned them in resin. The dramatic array of colors and solids suspended in everyone’s favorite summer treat makes for an unsettling yet strangely…

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Radioactive Waste Flowing Freely into Columbia River Because There’s No Money to Stop It

By Vic Bishop A member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently informed the public that radioactive waste from the decommissioned Hanford nuclear power plant is ‘flowing freely’ into the Columbia river. The mighty Columbia river is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of America, flowing down from Canada, winding through eastern Washington…

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38 Million Pieces of Plastic Found on Uninhabited Island in the South Pacific

By Anna Hunt One would expect very little plastic, if any, on an uninhabited island. In reality, the opposite is true at Henderson Island in the South Pacific ocean. Marine scientists have discovered that this uninhabited coral atoll is one of the most polluted, and 99.8 percent of the debris is plastic. Tons of Plastic Found…

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Alarming Study: Pharmaceutical Factory Pollution Accelerating Spread of Superbugs

By Annabelle Bamforth The issue of “pharmaceutical pollution” was recently highlighted in a study that points to inadequate waste management policies leading to the presence of both pharmaceutical products as well as drug-resistant superbugs in the waters of India. The study, published in the scientific journal Infection, focused on the environmental impact of drug production…

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Remarkable Beach Cleanup Removes 5.3 Million Kg of Trash, Transforms Coastline

By Anna Hunt This is one of the most dramatic beach makeovers, ever. Over a span of 85 weeks, resident volunteers in north western Mumbai, India, transformed Versova beach from one of the most littered to absolutely stunning. The beach cleanup removed 5.3 million kilograms of trash, which is over half of the daily garbage generated by…

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Hawaii Seeks a Ban on Chemical Sunscreens in Effort to Save Coral Reefs

By Vic Bishop Around the world oceans coral reefs are dying as a result of bleaching, water temperature increases, poor stewardship, vandalism, tourism, and pollution; and worldwide attention is needed to protect them. Now, in an effort to save coral reefs, Hawaii is making an effort to ban certain chemical sunscreens for the impact they…

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The Forgotten Island Destroyed by the Gulf Oil Spill

By Vic Bishop The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent massive oil spill has become old news, and very little consideration is given to what the disaster still means for wildlife and the sensitive ecosystems of coastal Louisiana. It’s long been back to business as usual for British Petroleum (BP), but for conservationists and locals…

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Brewery Develops Edible 6-Pack Rings to Save Marine Life, Reduce Plastic Waste

By Justin Gardner Delray Beach, FL – A Florida microbrewery has adopted a novel way to not only reduce plastic waste but also give a little something back to the environment. Saltwater Brewery, located on the Atlantic coast, uses barley and wheat leftover from the brewing process to produce biodegradable six-pack rings that serve as…

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