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The World’s Most Common Litter Is Horrible for Plants - Cigarette filters are made from cellulose acetate, a type of plastic


The researchers placed cigarette filters, both used and unused, in planters growing clover and grass. They found that the filters dramatically reduced the health of these plants, which normally can grow just about anywhere. The butts reduced the stem length, root weight, and germination rates significantly.

Exactly why the cigarette butts have this effect is unknown. The researchers think the actual plastics in the butts are doing this, having found the same effect from both smoked and unsmoked filters. There’s also the possibility that some of the additives in the filters, which make them more flexible, could be leaching out.

More research is needed, but in the meantime — don’t litter your butts!

See https://modernfarmer.com/2019/08/the-worlds-most-common-litter-is-horrible-for-plants/
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In a city this polluted, the sprawling Chapultepec Park is a lifeline to nature and clean air.
Mexico City 'green lung' wins Large Urban Park Gold Award
#LatinAmerica #Mexico #Environment
 
Trocatintas - 2019-08-17 15:58:27 GMT

Arctic News: The changing face of planet Earth



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The inhabitants of planet Earth are in the process of destroying the habitability of their world through the perpetration of the largest mass extinction of species since 66 million years ago, when a large asteroid impacted Earth, and 55 million years since the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) reaching 5–8°C. The late Holocene-Anthropocene climate change represents an unprecedented event, triggering a fast shift in climate
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For most people in Mexico, eating bugs has become normal and vendors seem to always have new recipes to offer. #LatinAmerica #Mexico #Environment #Food
 
The record heat continues to bring problems for some regions in the world. #Weather #Environment #US&Canada #UnitedStates
 
Pacific leaders criticise Australia over lack of action on 'existential threat' posed by global warming, rising seas. #Environment #AsiaPacific #Australia #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange
 
Over the last decade, Norway has donated more than $1.2bn to the Amazon Fund, which protects the Brazilian rainforest. #Environment #Brazil #Norway #LatinAmerica
 
High up in the French Alps, the climbers who spend their days on the rocks and glaciers have come to a grim conclusion: the mountains are crumbling around them
Alpine climbing routes crumble as climate crisis continues
#Climatechange #Worldnews #Sport #Rockclimbing #Glaciers #Environment #Science #Travel #France
 

Victron Energy Listens! They added my local currency to their energy savings reports and shows a 45% energy bill savings from my solar


I noticed the reports only showed Euros, Pounds and Dollars and because of their strength the max was a "2" whilst our cost is South African Rands was R2.29 per kWh. So I logged a request and Victron Energy said they'd look at it and low and behold there sits ZAR alongside Dollars, Euros and Pounds with the scale increased to a 4.

It validates my reason for upgrading from my previous Victron PV system to another Victron system. They do listen to their community and their products have open-sourced software which makes it easier for 3rd parties and home automation users to integrate.

We're still in Winter and our Summer days are a lot longer so I'm expecting way better savings as we get into Spring. I'm planning to add a few more batteries which will see me right through the night on sunshine power instead of now where the 60% cut off kicks in at around 11pm.

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Firefighters optimistic they will tame giant blaze on Thursday, as winds die down. #Greece #Europe #Environment
 
The government is serious about tackling China’s waste problem. #AsiaPacific #China #Environment
 

Fracking in U.S. And Canada Linked to Worldwide Atmospheric Methane Spike


#environment #pollution #climate

Thank you, assholes.
 
#environment #science #plastics #pollution #waste
 
Nuclear energy and alternatives old and new | Letters
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/14/nuclear-energy-and-alternatives-old-and-new
#Energy #Nuclearpower #HinkleyPointC #Nuclearwaste #EDFEnergy #Waste #Renewableenergy #Environment #Europe #Worldnews
 
We're living in a microplastic world.
Plastic was the furthest thing from Gregory Wetherbee’s mind when he began analyzing rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains. “I guess I expected to see mostly soil and mineral particles,” said the US Geological Survey researcher. Instead, he found multicolored microscopic plastic fibers.

#Plastics #MicroPlastics #Pollution #Environment
 
The face of a new generation of eco-activists is taking her message aboard a zero-emissions yacht, bound for New York. #ClimateSOS #Environment #UnitedNations #Europe #US&Canada
 
Game birds subject to 'cruel' conditions, undercover footage shows
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/14/game-birds-poland-undercover-footage
#Environment #UKnews #Europe #Animalwelfare #Animals #Poland #Farming #Worldnews #Birds
 
Innovative floating farms are proving to be a sustainable solution for poor farmers where land is often submerged by floodwaters. #Asia #Bangladesh #Environment
 
The glaciers of Iceland seemed eternal. Now a country mourns their loss | Andri Snær Magnason
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/14/glaciers-iceland-country-loss-plaque-climate-crisis
#Glaciers #Iceland #Europe #Worldnews #Polarregions #Environment #Climatechange #Science
 
What do you do with a derelict Center Parcs? Map out a waste-free world | Holly Dicker
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/14/center-parcs-waste-free-bluecity-rotterdam-circular-economy
#Ethicalandgreenliving #Cities #Worldnews #Netherlands #Environment #Recycling #Europe #Waste
 

#Alaska's sea #ice has completely melted away


Source: https://mashable.com/article/alaska-sea-ice-melt-2019/
The #Arctic's warming is especially amplified by the #ocean. When reflective, white sea ice vanishes, the darker ocean absorbs solar energy, rather than reflecting it back into space. To boot, this warmth then mixes around with other waters, #warming them too,...
#CLIMATE #CHANGE #environment #earth #future #news
 
Environmentalists say polar bears and arctic seals could be among those at risk from the new regulations. #US&Canada #UnitedStates #Environment
 
It is a fragile success story. Their status went from 'critically endangered' for years to now 'endangered'. #Africa #Rwanda #Environment
 
Near a bustling port exporting phosphates lies a graveyard of trawlers, rotting boats of the fisherman whose livelihoods were destroyed by the chemicals washing into the bay. #Africa #Tunisia #Environment
 
Rosatom says five staff died in accident that caused radiation levels to spike in Arkhangelsk

Russia’s nuclear energy agency has said an explosion that caused radiation levels to spike in the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an accident during a test of an “isotope power source for a liquid-fueled rocket engine”.

In a statement released late on Friday, Rosatom said five of its employees had died as a result of the accident and three more were being treated for burns.
Russian nuclear agency confirms role in rocket test explosion
#Russia #Nuclearpower #Nuclearweapons #Energy #Environment #Europe #Worldnews
 
Climate change is threatening the world's food supply, according to a UN panel. #ClimateSOS #GlobalWarming #Environment #Humanitariancrises #UnitedNations
 
Outdoor smoking ban escalates war over Barcelona's restaurant terraces
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/aug/09/outdoor-smoking-ban-escalates-war-over-barcelonas-restaurant-terraces
#Cities #Spain #Europe #Barcelona #Smoking #Airpollution #Environment #Society
 
anonymiss - 2019-08-08 01:45:46 GMT

'It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie'



A top #climate scientist quit #USDA, following others who say #Trump has politicized #science.
Lewis #Ziska, a 62-year-old #plant physiologist who’s worked at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service for more than two decades, told POLITICO he was alarmed when department officials not only questioned the findings of the #study — which raised serious concerns for the 600 million people who depend on #rice for most of their #calories — but also tried to minimize #media coverage of the paper, which was published in the journal Science Advances last year.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/05/ziska-usda-climate-agriculture-trump-1445271

#usa #future #humanity #environment #agriculture #earth #co2 #politics 'It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie'
 
Desertification or land degradation already affects more than 500 million people in the world's poorest countries. #LatinAmerica #Peru #Environment
 
Desertification or land degradation already affects more than 500 million people in the world's poorest countries. #Environment #Humanitariancrises #Science&Technology #Business&Economy #Europe
 
Months of rain have just ended but weather experts say it was not enough to prevent worsening food and water shortages.
Kenya drought: More than a million people face starvation
#Africa #Kenya #Environment
 
A Bayaka elder, an American biologist, and an eco-guard study and protect elephants in CAR until conflict strikes. #WildAnimals #CentralAfricanRepublic #War&Conflict #Seleka #Environment #Africa
 

'It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie'


A top #climate scientist quit #USDA, following others who say #Trump has politicized #science.
Lewis #Ziska, a 62-year-old #plant physiologist who’s worked at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service for more than two decades, told POLITICO he was alarmed when department officials not only questioned the findings of the #study — which raised serious concerns for the 600 million people who depend on #rice for most of their #calories — but also tried to minimize #media coverage of the paper, which was published in the journal Science Advances last year.
Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/05/ziska-usda-climate-agriculture-trump-1445271

#usa #future #humanity #environment #agriculture #earth #co2 #politics
 

'It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie'


A top #climate scientist quit #USDA, following others who say #Trump has politicized #science.
Lewis #Ziska, a 62-year-old #plant physiologist who’s worked at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service for more than two decades, told POLITICO he was alarmed when department officials not only questioned the findings of the #study — which raised serious concerns for the 600 million people who depend on #rice for most of their #calories — but also tried to minimize #media coverage of the paper, which was published in the journal Science Advances last year.
Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/05/ziska-usda-climate-agriculture-trump-1445271

#usa #future #humanity #environment #agriculture #earth #co2 #politics
 
Experts, locals and activists deplore World Bank-funded dam project in Bisri Valley, rejecting council's assurances. #Environment #MiddleEast #Lebanon
 

“CLIMATE CRISIS: THE UNSUSTAINABLE USE OF ONLINE VIDEO"


Source: https://theshiftproject.org/en/article/unsustainable-use-online-video/
We live in a #world where only one form of digital use, #online #video, generates 60% of of world data flows and thus over 300 million tons of #CO2 per year.
#news #environment #climate #change #streaming #netflix #entertainment #media #internet #energy #movie #problem #YouTube #climate #eart
“Climate crisis: the unsustainable use of online video”: Our new report on the environmental impact of ICT
 

“CLIMATE CRISIS: THE UNSUSTAINABLE USE OF ONLINE VIDEO"


Source: https://theshiftproject.org/en/article/unsustainable-use-online-video/
We live in a #world where only one form of digital use, #online #video, generates 60% of of world data flows and thus over 300 million tons of #CO2 per year.
#news #environment #climate #change #streaming #netflix #entertainment #media #internet #energy #movie #problem #YouTube #climate #eart
“Climate crisis: the unsustainable use of online video”: Our new report on the environmental impact of ICT
 
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