Category: Science

Scientists Warn: Earth is Facing its 6th Mass Extinction

In a recent study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists are warning that the Earth may be facing its sixth mass extinction due to detrimental human activities. To date, we have had five other extinctions of this caliber, during which a large number and wide variety of species rapidly perished. The distinguishing factor with the latest phenomenon is that the catastrophe is not being caused by natural causes (i.e. volcanic eruptions, meteor strikes), but by human-led activities such as deforestation, overpopulation, and pollution. The study analyzed 27,600 vertebrae species, including a detailed analysis of 177 species of...

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Iceberg The Size of Delaware Breaks Off Ice Shelf in Anarctica

A one trillion ton iceberg broke off of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica earlier this week. Over 2,200 miles long — the size of Delaware — this iceberg is one of the largest ever recorded. It is expected to be called A68. NASA/USGS Landsat satellites have recorded the growth of the splintering since its beginning in 2006 until its eventual calving just days ago. Monitored by scientists of Project MIDAS as the rift began to develop, the iceberg was calved from Larsen C between July 10 and July 12.  According to Project MIDAS, the break reduced Larsen C’s...

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These Amazing Caterpillars Actually Eat Your Plastic Garbage

They range in color and size; some are hairy, others smooth. And with more than 20,000 variations of species and counting, it’s safe to say, these multi-legged herbivores are not leaving anytime soon. Caterpillars, also known by the scientific name larva, are more than just crop-eating invaders that can transform into flying insects. In fact, they could be the solution to conservationists’ concerns of plastic waste polluting bodies of water and the environment. Just ask the researchers at Cambridge University. Scientist Federica Bertocchini discovered this phenomenon after removing caterpillars that fed on beeswax and placing them in a plastic bag....

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Right Now, Climate Change is Affecting Your Health

Extreme temperatures, catastrophic weather events, and deadly droughts are a just few things that can occur when climate change pervades a geographical area. Ecosystems are affected, and human life is exposed to the aftermath. Gradual effects are associated with climate change. But these changes are closer than you think and are happening now in your state as you read this article. And as a result, coastlines are affected and your body is exposed to health risks. The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (MSCCH), reported which parts of the United States are currently affected by specific climate change...

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Plastic Pollution in Antarctica Five Times Worse Than Anticipated

The Southern Ocean was thought to be immune from contamination from microplastics, but a new scientific study from the University of Hull and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) reveals levels of microplastics in the Antarctic marine system five times worse than supposed. According to Dr. Catherine L. Waller, lead author of the study and scientist from University of Hull: “Antarctica is thought to be a highly isolated, pristine wilderness. The ecosystem is very fragile with whales, seals and penguins consuming krill and other zooplankton as a major component of their diet. “Our research highlights the urgent need for a co-ordinated...

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Bioplastics: A Natural Weapon In The War On Plastic Pollution

You’ve probably seen the horrifying photos of oceans full of plastic bottles bobbing about. Other pictures show birds and fish stuck in plastic or eating it. There are several especially heartbreaking and disturbing photos of deceased birds depicting their insides filled with plastic and other trash. Our deadly and immense plastic pollution problem needs to be addressed and resolved immediately. Bioplastics are plastics in which all carbon is derived from renewable feedstock. Some bioplastics are biodegradable, but the ones containing fossil-fuel-based carbon are not. Among the feedstock used to create bioplastics are wood cellulose, corn, rice, potatoes, tapioca, palm fiber,...

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 Mott’s is Being Sued for Toxic Pesticides in their ‘Natural’ Applesauce

To push for greater safety and clarity for consumers, a national environmental health organization is now suing Mott’s for false and misleading labeling of their products. Mott’s tags a number of its applesauce products with “All Natural Ingredients” and “Natural” labels. However, residue from the pesticide acetamiprid has been found in their sauce — and acetamiprid is not natural. It is a neonicotinoid insecticide that has been linked to harming the development of unborn babies and children’s brains. Neonics have also been singled out as contributing to the alarming  decline in the honeybee population. According to Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, “People are looking for food products that are healthy for...

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