Selfie-taking fern records own growth using plant power

Europe 07/02/19, 13:47

Conservationists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are attempting to harness plant energy to oversee remote ecosystems. They are working on a project that could enable a plant “to take a selfie.”  A maidenhair fern is hooked up to produce ...

Canada to ban single-use plastics by 2021

America 06/11/19, 08:45

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday, June 10, that Canada is planning to ban single-use plastics by 2021 in an attempt to curb plastic pollution. “I'm very happy to announce that as early as 2021 Canada will ban harmful ...

Biodegradable plastic made from seaweed organisms

News 06/07/19, 10:19

From bags to bottles, every year about 13 million tons of plastic flows into our oceans, according to a U.N. report published in 2018. If the situation continues, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Birds and other ...

Brazil reduces top environment council, trims independents

Enviroment 05/30/19, 10:47

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is slashing the size of a body that oversees environmental policy, effectively reducing the role of non-governmental organizations.The decree issued Wednesday cuts the size of the National Council of the Environment from 100 to 21. It ...

Cleanup resumes at former chemical plant site in Michigan

Enviroment 05/27/19, 10:06

Cleanup work has resumed at a former chemical plant in central Michigan that's become one of the country's costliest Superfund sites.An Environmental Protection Agency official, Thomas Alcamo, told MLive.com that it could still take another seven years to finish cleaning ...

Climate activists call for action in Latin America

Enviroment 05/24/19, 13:58

Climate change activists in Latin America rallied for action on global warming Friday, heeding a call by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to hold demonstrations across the world.In Rio de Janeiro, a small group of students gathered outside the state legislature ...

Home solar advocates push against proposed charge in Montana

Enviroment 05/23/19, 15:13

Renewable energy activists urged Montana regulators on Thursday to reject a utility's request to add a charge for homeowners who generate surplus electricity from their own solar panels.Over the past two decades, about 2,300 NorthWestern Energy customers in Montana installed ...

England to ban plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds

Europe 05/23/19, 08:11

The UK government is taking steps to curb plastic pollution. Starting April 2020 plastic straws, cotton buds, and plastic stirrers, will only be provided under strict guidelines, for medical or scientific reasons. As part of the government plan to cut plastic ...

Australian state leader intervenes to approve coal mine

Enviroment 05/22/19, 01:01

An Australian state government leader intervened on Wednesday to fast-track a proposed coal mine days after voters rejected tougher action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the country's general election.The Carmichael mine proposed by India's Adani Mining in Queensland state ...