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  • Polar bears inspire novel heat insulating material

    Polar bears inspire novel heat insulating material

    For polar bears, the insulation provided by their fat, skin, and fur is a matter of survival in the frigid Arctic. For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic materials that might lock in heat just as well as the natural version.

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  • Food delivery apps drowning China in plastic

    Food delivery apps drowning China in plastic

    Scientists estimate the online takeout business in China was responsible for 1.6 million tonnes of packaging waste in 2017, a ninefold jump from two years before and for 2018 grew to an estimated 2 million tonnes. People in China still generate less plastic waste, per capita, than Americans, however, more plastic enters world’s oceans from China than from any other country.

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  • Light pollution may harm amphibians: Study

    Light pollution may harm amphibians: Study

    Exposure to light at night has the potential to make amphibians more susceptible to the effects of additional stressors, like road salt and parasites. The light at night on itself might not have too much negative effect, however, since wildlife rarely encounter just one stressor in their natural habitat, its combination with additional stressors may have negative impacts.

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  • Melting glaciers may add 10 inches to sea levels by 2100: Study

    Melting glaciers may add 10 inches to sea levels by 2100: Study

    Melting glaciers worldwide could result in almost 10 inches of sea level rise by the end of this century, a study warns. The research, published in the Journal of Glaciology, indicates that the smaller glaciers could play a much larger role in sea level rise than researchers had previously thought.

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  • Youths rally in climate protest before EU vote

    Youths rally in climate protest before EU vote

    At least 5,000 students boycotted classes and demonstrated at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate in what was expected to be one of the largest of protests planned in more than 120 countries. Large crowds also gathered in Hamburg, Frankfurt and other German cities, mirroring protests across Europe and the world.

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  • 414 million plastic pieces found on Indian Ocean islands: Study

    414 million plastic pieces found on Indian Ocean islands: Study

    An estimated 414 million pieces of plastic - including nearly one million shoes and 370,000 toothbrushes - have been found washed ashore on the beaches of remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean, according to a study. Plastic pollution is a well-documented threat to wildlife and its potential impact on humans is a growing area of medical research.

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