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Scientists Just Discovered There Are 'Bees' in the Oceans

Scientists Just Discovered There Are 'Bees' in the Oceans | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
"That pollination by animals can occur adds an entirely new level of complexity to the system, and describes a very interesting plant-animal interaction that hasn’t really fully been described before."
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Why We Should Care About Marine Life Eating Plastic - The Daily Catch

Why We Should Care About Marine Life Eating Plastic - The Daily Catch | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Plastic has become one of the most ubiquitous materials in the world and is used to wrap just about every consumer item you can imagine. A
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Which is the world’s most wasteful city?

Which is the world’s most wasteful city? | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Mumbai produces 11,000 tonnes of trash per day, Cairo feeds garbage to pigs and China’s waste is growing twice as fast as its population – but it’s the wealthiest cities that throw the most away
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More Than $1 Billion Pledged for Ocean Science, Conservation

More Than $1 Billion Pledged for Ocean Science, Conservation | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
A daily news, jobs, rfp service of the Foundation Center. Philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.
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Soaring ocean temperature is 'greatest hidden challenge of our generation'

Soaring ocean temperature is 'greatest hidden challenge of our generation' | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
IUCN report warns that ‘truly staggering’ rate of warming is changing the behaviour of marine species, reducing fishing zones and spreading disease
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California Recycling Levels Fall Below 50% for First Time in Years

California Recycling Levels Fall Below 50% for First Time in Years | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
California’s overall recycling rate fell to 47 percent in 2015, below the
50 percent or better rates achieved since 2010, and far short of the 75
percent goal set by the legislature for 2020.

The newly-released data from California Department of Resources Recycling
and Recovery (CalRecycle) shows that disposal amounts increased by 2
million tons in 2015 compared to 2014, resulting in more waste, higher
costs and an additional 200,000 tons of direct greenhouse gas emissions.

“At a time when Governor Brown and State Policy Makers are receiving
deserved recognition for the adoption of many Nation-leading policies to
reduce pollution and protect the environment, the downturn in the State’s
recycling efforts stands out as an embarrassing blemish,” said Mark Murray,
Executive Director of the environmental group Californians Against Waste.

Contributing to the recycling drop are low commodity prices, closed
recycling centers and cheap disposal alternatives. The low commodity prices
for paper, plastics and metals are driven by low oil prices, which in turn
makes processing and producing virgin materials from natural resources
appear to be cheaper.

Low commodity prices have resulted in the closure of more than 662
recycling centers in California over the last 12 months, with potentially
hundreds more closing after July 1, unless urgency legislation is enacted
to restore recycler reimbursements to 2015 levels.  

In addition to low commodity prices, recyclers and composter must also
compete with artificially low priced disposal options that fail to
incorporate their true environmental and regulatory costs.

While new policies have been adopted in an effort to increase recycling
(including requirements for businesses to recycle and compost), sporadic
enforcement, under investment and slow implementation have undermined
program effectiveness and failed to offset increased consumer consumption
of disposables.

“It’s been more than a quarter century since California policy makers
committed to cutting waste disposal in half, and for most of that period
consumer support, manufacturer responsibility, and targeted investment all
contributed to achieve 50 percent or better recycling levels,” said Murray.

“But increased fracking and continued taxpayer subsidies for non-renewables
and cheap disposal have created an uneven playing field for market-based
recycling and composting efforts,” said Murray.

“California’s recycling future is at a crossroads. Greater attention and
investment, and updated regulatory scheme is needed to ensure that the
California does not backslide on the great environmental and economic
strides that have been made to conserve and recycle finite resources.

“It is time for Governor Brown and the legislature to come together to
develop a framework that puts California back on the path to sustainable
materials management. We have over a quarter century of experience to help
us identify which policies and programs have proven successful in the past
and should be replicated or expanded.

“We need to ensure that that the economic incentives and regulatory
requirements support the growth of recycling, composting, and recycled
material-based manufacturing or suffer the consequences increased disposal
and taxpayer costs, and a degraded environment.”
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Revealed: first mammal species wiped out by human-induced climate change

Revealed: first mammal species wiped out by human-induced climate change | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Exclusive: scientists find no trace of the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rodent that was the only mammal endemic to Great Barrier Reef
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Creating a Climate for Peace with Bill McKibben

Creating a Climate for Peace with Bill McKibben | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Thursday, March 3, 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Talbot Hall in Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland campus, 92 Bedford Street, Portland , Maine For more information: 207-773-5707; facebook.com/events/488420254691657/ Peace Action Maine presents Bill McKibben in a live-streaming video conference Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 7 pm, in Talbot [...] Maine news, sports, politics and election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
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Peru Straps GoPros to Hungry Vultures to Sniff Out Its Trash Problem

Peru Straps GoPros to Hungry Vultures to Sniff Out Its Trash Problem | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Vultures make me think of that dopey guy from Loony Tunes or crooked-bill predators circling a poor desert rat on the brink of death. But in Peru, the carcass-eating birds will soon be outfitted with cameras so they can help map Lima’s awful trash problem.
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Why do we need ocean?

Why do we need ocean? | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Fortunately, society is more concerned about the state of conservation of the environment due to human activities, both on land and at sea. In case there are still who think we do not need sea at a...
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Obama administration blocks new oil drilling in the Arctic

Obama administration blocks new oil drilling in the Arctic | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Interior Department cancels two future offshore leases in Chukchi and Beaufort seas and will refuse requests from oil companies to renew existing leases
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A Recycling or Contamination Crisis? an article series

A Recycling or Contamination Crisis? an article series | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Numerous mainstream media articles over the past year presented a national recycling crisis. In John Tierney's October 2105 New York Times
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World's largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica - BBC News

World's largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica - BBC News | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
After years of international negotiations, Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world's largest marine protected area.
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Colonial Pipeline Leak Exposes Weaknesses in Fuel Infrastructure on East Coast

Colonial Pipeline Leak Exposes Weaknesses in Fuel Infrastructure on East Coast | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
The Colonial Pipeline spill has sent gas prices reeling on the eastern Seaboard.
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'One Less Straw' campaign wants you to avoid straws during October

'One Less Straw' campaign wants you to avoid straws during October | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
It's time for disposable straws to go extinct, and here's an interesting campaign you can join to stay motivated. The question is, can you do it?
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Which Is Worse for the Planet: Beef or Cars?

Which Is Worse for the Planet: Beef or Cars? | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
By Jordyn CormierCars are often used as the golden standard of environmental destruction. We know that our driving is hurtful to the environment. But, what about a burger? We don't instinctually associate meat consumption with climate change, but does the dark side of the meat industry give cars
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June marks 14 consecutive months of record heat for the globe | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

June marks 14 consecutive months of record heat for the globe | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Average sea surface temperature was also record high
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Abnormal Arctic ice season may signal abrupt climate change

Abnormal Arctic ice season may signal abrupt climate change | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
Following record-breaking high global temperatures, both Arctic Ocean sea ice and Greenland’s massive ice sheet have responded with dramatic early seasonal melting.
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Glyphosate — The Endocrine Disruption Exchange

TEDX, founded by Dr. Theo Colborn, is an non-profit organization dedicated to compiling and disseminating the scientific evidence on the health and environmental problems caused by low-level exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors.
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Glass recyclables often end up in landfills in metro Atlanta

Glass recyclables often end up in landfills in metro Atlanta | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
When metro Atlanta residents set glass bottles in curbside recycling bins, they think they’ve done their part to clean up the environment.
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This is terrible, in addition to fueling the thoughts of those who think recycling is futile.
 
We need to encourage consumers and manufacturers to choose more sustainable packaging such as aluminum.
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Fish Face Grim Consequences from Climate Change - The Daily Catch

Fish Face Grim Consequences from Climate Change - The Daily Catch | Environmental issues | Scoop.it
As global temperatures rise, the resulting ocean acidification and warming may hurt the diversity and population of fish species across the globe.
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