Scientists find bug that feasts on toxic plastic

A bacterium that feeds on toxic plastic has been discovered by scientists. The bug not only breaks the plastic down but uses it as food to power the process. The bacterium, which was found at a waste site where plastic had been dumped, is the first that is known to attack polyurethane. Millions o

Dogs can detect heat with 'infrared sensor' in their nose, research finds

Dogs have a type of infrared sensor in the tip of their nose which enables them to detect minute changes in temperature such as when other animals are nearby, according to new research. Scientists at Sweden’s Lund University and Hungary’s Eotvos Lorand University say the discovery can h

Plastic pollution: Snowdon research is a 'wake-up call'

The discovery of microplastic pollution near the top of the highest mountain in Wales is a "scary wake-up call", environmentalists have said. Traces of plastic have been found in samples collected from Llyn Glaslyn - a remote lake near the summit of Snowdon. The tiny particles are "most likely" to

Super-Size Solar Farms Are Taking Over the World

As costs come down, developers are going for even more scale–like 550 football fields of scale.All of a sudden, solar energy is huge. As many of the world’s major governments and corporations move to transition the global power supply away from fossil fuels, developers are transforming

World needs to prepare for ‘millions of refugees’ due to climate change - UN

, Davos, Switzerland - The world needs to prepare for a surge in refugees with potentially millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate change, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday . Speaking to Reuters at the World Economic Forum, Filippo G

China moves to phase out single-use plastics

China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, the state planner said on Sunday, as it seeks to tackle one of the country’s biggest environmental problems. Vast amounts of untreated plastic waste are buried in landfills or dumped in rivers. T

Can Secondhand Shopping Dent Fast Fashion’s Environmental Damage?

Americans chucked more than 21 billion pounds of clothing and other textiles into landfills in 2015, according to the latest available estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, a steep increase from 12.5 billion pounds in 2000 and 4.6 billion pounds in 1980. And that growing trash pile is

In Yemen, surging climate losses make life even harder

SAWIA VALLEY - The torrential floods and brutal droughts of recent years have left their mark on this valley in southeast Yemen. A road that links Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout province, with its remote rural villages has been almost wiped out by repeated landslides. Giant boulders lie strewn a

NOAA`s 2019 Arctic Report Card :Climate change hitting top US fishery in the Arctic

WASHINGTON - Reuters news agency reported that US federal government scientists said in in its 2019 Arctic Report Card on Tuesday that Climate change is causing chaos in the Bering Sea, home to one of America’s largest fisheries, an example of how rising temperatures can rapidly change ec

New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance

LONDON – Conflicts over water are likely to flare up in Iraq, Mali and India in the coming year, according to the developers of an app launched on Thursday which aims to help prevent violence by flagging up potential flashpoints. They said the “groundbreaking” early warning tool,

Losing Nemo: clownfish ‘cannot adapt to climate change’

The star of Pixar’s blockbuster “Finding Nemo” may be about to vanish again — this time for good — as its peculiar mating habits put it at risk from climate change, scientists said on Tuesday. They observed the vibrantly colored clownfish — which live in anemones

Europeans fear climate change more than terrorism or migration

BRUSSELS – Almost half of all Europeans fear climate change more than losing a job, migration or of a terrorist attack, a study by the European Investment Bank (EIB) showed on Thursday 11-28-2019 as EU lawmakers declared a “climate emergency”. The symbolic vote by lawmakers was de

Afghans battle pollution that is killing more people than war

KABUL- Afghanistan is facing a “colossal” battle to cut air pollution in its capital city which is claiming tens of thousands of lives a year. Figures have revealed that more than 26,000 Afghans died from pollution-related illnesses in 2017 alone, thousands more than were killed in the

Climate change playbook is a threat to the conservation cause

As preparations get underway for a landmark UN-sponsored conference on bio-diversity in China next year, a leading conservationist has given warning that the issue needs to be seen as separate to the climate change agenda. Razan Al Mubarak, the head of the Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fu

UAE pushes for green revolution in the desert

DUBAI - Fenced off by a wall of trees, about 20 km from the high rises towering over Dubai's city centre, there lies a small solar-powered settlement aiming to become a green oasis in the desert. Renowned for its glitzy skyscrapers, air-conditioning-blasting shopping malls and indoor skiing facilit

'Alarming' loss of insects and spiders recorded

By Helen BriggsInsects and spiders are declining in forests and grasslands across Germany, according to new research. Scientists have described the findings as "alarming", saying the losses are driven by intensive agriculture. They are calling for a "paradigm shift" in land-use policy to preserve

Plant protein: Processing giant looks to fava beans

One of the world’s biggest pea processors is considering expanding into fava beans as the boom in alternative proteins fuels demand for special crops.France’s Roquette Freres SA is exploring processing the beans as consumers increasingly turn toward plant-based meats as well as substit

3 of the coolest things we’ve seen at GITEX Tech Week in Dubai

Flying motorbikes… cooking robots… it’s just another day in Dubai… GITEX Technology Week is back for its 39th edition and there’s plenty of exciting and innovative projects to see and explore. The exhibition is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre until Thursday

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