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The World Needs A More Sustainable Supply of Technology Minerals

29 Mar

A research team at the University of Delaware argues that we need to develop a more sustainable supply of technology minerals.

A recent international study shows that many materials that are necessary for technology ranging from cell phones to hybrid or electric cars are hard to come by and poorly documented. “There are treaties on climate change, biodiversity, migratory species and even waste management of organic chemicals, but there is no international mechanism to govern how […]

Scientists Will March on Washington on Earth Day

20 Mar

Scientists are going to march on Washington on Earth Day. But will their protest strengthen or dilute the message of Earth Day, and does it matter?

Earth Day isn’t just for planting trees anymore. On Saturday, April 22, scientists across numerous disciplines, from all over the country, will march for science in Washington, D.C. “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter,” the March for Science […]

Wild Bee Populations are Dropping, but Pollination Demand is Rising

6 Mar

Populations of wild bees are declining, but the demand for pollination is increasing.

Wild bees are responsible for pollinating a lot of crops in the United States, some of which rely on the bees, while others simply benefit from their actions. But a study from the University of Vermont has found a “worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand” around the country. They […]

New Computer Model Predicts Location of Ocean Garbage Patches

24 Feb

ocean garbage patches

Garbage patches form in the world’s oceans when debris starts collecting in one area. It’s a phenomenon that we’ve known about for some time, but are only just starting to understand it. Researchers at the University of Miami Rosentiel School have developed a computer model which can help to explain how debris gets pulled into […]

Sundrop Farms Produces Tomatoes Using Solar Energy, Desalinated Water

13 Jan

Sundrop Farms produces tomatoes using solar energy and desalinated water.

Sundrop Farms has just made history. The Australian company is the first agribusiness to grow tomatoes using solar power and desalinated water. This marks a major turning point in sustainable agriculture. It proves that crops can be harvested on a mass scale with minimal environmental impact. It’s a story of faith, resilience, and unwavering determination. […]

Forest Service Reports Over 100 Million Dead Trees in California

7 Dec

There are now more than 100 million dead trees in California, due in large part to drought.

California now has 102 million dead trees, a number that increased 62 million just in 2016 alone, according to the U.S. Forest Service. This is because the state has been in a severe drought for the last five years, with some parts of California not having seen rain in over 95 days. There has also […]

Could Eating Bugs Replace Eating Beef?

2 Dec

Eating bugs is a more sustainable way to get protein than eating meat.

Though it tends to get ignored in favor of the more dramatic (and obvious) dangers posed by fossil fuels, the meat industry is a huge contributing factor in global climate change. This happens in a couple of ways. For one, animals like cows produce a lot of methane, which doesn’t stay in the atmosphere as […]

The (Once Slow) Decline of Atmospheric Oxygen

4 Nov

Atmospheric oxygen has been decreasing at a relatively rapid rate.

Oxygen is not only important to life, it has a great impact on evolution. Previous eras in the Earth’s history have had more atmospheric oxygen than we do now, and that contributed to the life that formed. Dinosaurs, for example, lived in an era with more oxygen, which contributed to their ability to grow so […]

Food Waste May Be a Way to Store Energy

5 Oct

food waste may be a new sustainable way to store energy.

Alternative energy sources have been growing in popularity in recent years, especially solar and wind power. However, excess energy still needs to be stored for when days are overcast or the air is still. To keep up with an increasing trend of generating electricity from renewable resources, use of battery and flywheel energy storage has […]

Plan In Place to Restore 1 Million Corals Over 15 Years

3 Oct

Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy will work together to restore coral reefs.

Coral reefs are not just beautiful, they’re an essential part of the coastal ecosystems in which they occur. They harbor extensive biodiversity, and provide a lot of resources for people living near them. However, overfishing, increasing ocean acidification, and increasing ocean temperatures threaten those reefs. In a lot of ways, coral reefs can be looked […]