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Please recycle responsibly – recycling contamination is approaching unsustainable levels

Only place items that can be recycled in your blue recycling bin. This is the strong message we are sending to residents as the level of contamination in recycling bins continues to rise. As well as putting bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, and other recyclable materials in their recycling bins, some residents are putting in black …

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‘Greenwashing’: A new climate misinformation battleground

Their green strategies “are dominated by pledges rather than concrete actions”, concluded the study, under lead author Mei Li of Tohoku University in Japan. “Until actions and investment behavior are brought into alignment with discourse, accusations of greenwashing appear well-founded.” A search on the Facebook pages of big oil and gas firms and the social …

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Is There Any Way to Measure Whether a Laptop Is Truly ‘Sustainable’?

Shopping for a laptop that doesn’t suck can be a confusing experience. And it’s even more baffling if you’re trying to find a more “sustainable” option. Laptop manufacturers make hundreds of claims—carbon-neutral, ocean-bound plastics, carbon offsets, planting trees—and it’s difficult to sort out which of those are just greenwashing and which approaches actually reduce the …

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MIT proposes using a space bubble shield the size of Brazil to cool the Earth

A team of MIT researchers is investigating a radical method for countering the effects of climate change, a press statement reveals. They propose to use a fleet of “space bubbles” to reflect sunlight away from Earth. As we all know, such crazy ideas wouldn’t even be on the table if humans had drastically curbed their …

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California drought: Malibu residents asked to cut water usage by 30%

MALIBU, Calif. (KABC) — The city of Malibu is asking its residents to cut back their water usage by at least 30%. Like the rest of Southern California, the city of 10,000 residents is dealing with drought conditions. “Southern California is in deep trouble,” said Malibu Mayor Paul Grisanti. “Our sources of water have been …

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Postcard from Yellowstone: ‘Floods have devastated the landscape but Mother Nature will bounce back’ | Travel

I have been a naturalist guide in Yellowstone National Park since 2007, and the reason for that is the visitors. I feel pure joy sharing this place with folks who have never experienced it — you can walk out into pristine wilderness alone, feel a light breeze and warm sun on your back, and witness …

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Bodies of 20 migrants found in Libyan desert two weeks after last contact

TRIPOLI, June 29 (Reuters) – The bodies of 20 migrants who got lost in the Libyan desert near Chad have been found, the ambulance service said on Wednesday, showing pictures of them lying around a black pick up truck on the sand. The bodies were discovered by a truck driver traveling through the desert and …

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These macro images bring endangered insects to life

The Lord Howe Island stick insect might look more lobster than bug. Nicknamed the “land lobster,” this critter can grow up to seven inches long and gleams like polished obsidian among tree trunks and twigs, blending into the forest environment. For decades, Lord Howe Island, a small volcanic isle just north of Sydney, Australia, was …

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Abegweit First Nation investing in food security, sustainability with new greenhouse

Officials with Abegweit First Nation in PEI say a greenhouse in the community will increase food security, promote nutrition and help members learn more about living off the land. Construction is underway now on the geothermal greenhouse in an open field near the community’s daycare centre. Gerard Gould is Director of Health with Abegweit First …

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