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Mar
2019

California has finally been declared drought-free after experiencing 7 years of alarmingly arid conditions – and it has resulted in a surge of butterflies and wildflowers. According to recent reports from the U.S. National Drought Mitigation Center, California has been experiencing some form of drought since December 20th, 2011 – which is 376 consecutive weeks in total. California conditions have been improving since 2017 when experts ... MORE

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Mar
2019

Plastic pollution is becoming a major problem for ocean wildlife. Organisms that ingest plastics are subject to hormone disruption and issues with reproduction that affect their overall health, a new study finds. Wildlife around the world is exposed to plastic pollutants called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Not much is known about how these chemicals affect marine environments, though scientists have been studying them for years. ... MORE

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Mar
2019

Instead of letting misfit cereal go to waste, Kellogg’s is turning their rejected cereal flakes into beer. The food company’s new “Throw Away IPA” is being brewed with 70% wheat and 30% corn flakes that were too small, big, or undercooked to make it onto supermarket shelves from their UK manufacturing locations. Additionally, 10 pence from every can sold will be donated to Fareshare, a food poverty charity. The English beer is being made ... MORE

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Mar
2019

Ever feel the need to crush things before you recycle them? Well, it’s often the right instinct, as it conserves space and is more efficient for pick-up by recyclers. Plastic bottles, for instance, are generally best crushed (and left with caps on) when thrown in the recycling bin. Aluminum cans, however, are a rare exception, as Popular Science noted last week. It turns out that if cans are crushed or flattened, you’re often making the jobs ... MORE

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Mar
2019

The EPA estimates Americans recycle about 90 million tons of material a year. But these days the stuff we recycle has to be purer than Ivory soap. That's because China, the world's largest importer of recycled materials, instituted strict new standards on the quality of the products they'll buy, and the impact is being felt near and far. "In the Greater Boston area, 80 to 90 percent of our material had gone to China," says Gretchen Carey, ... MORE