Record concentration of microplastics found in Arctic

Image copyright Alfred Wegener Institute/ R.Stein Image caption Plastic particles end up in sea ice floating in the Arctic Record levels of microplastics have been found trapped inside sea ice floating in the Arctic. Ice cores gathered across the Arctic Ocean reveal microplastics at concentrations two to three times higher than previously recorded. As sea ice melts with climate change, the plastic will be released back into the water, with unknown effects on wildlife, say German scientists. Traces of 17 different types of plastic were found in frozen seawater. Their…

U.S. Cities Race To Keep Up With Small Vehicle Shares : NPR

A man rides a LimeBike in Washington, DC. AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP/Getty Images A man rides a LimeBike in Washington, DC. AFP/Getty Images From San Francisco to Washington, D.C., e-scooters and dockless bikes have become the latest transportation trend to grip urban spaces — and local governments are struggling to keep up. The concept is simple: Riders download an app, find and unlock a scooter or bike, and leave it when they’re done. Many cost as little as $1, and fans of the services tout them as…

Rotten egg gas around planet Uranus

Image copyright NASA Image caption The discovery confirms a long-held idea about Uranus’ atmosphere The planet Uranus has clouds made up of hydrogen sulphide, the gas that gives rotten eggs their unpleasant smell. The possibility of this gas being present in the atmosphere of the seventh planet had long been debated, but has now been confirmed for the first time by observations at a telescope on Hawaii. The malodorous gas was detected high above the giant planet’s cloud tops. The findings could shed important new light on how the outer…

Flint Activist Wins Major Environmental Prize : The Two-Way : NPR

LeeAnne Walters, a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, was key in exposing the crisis of lead-laced water in Flint, Mich. Michael Gleason/The Goldman Environmental Prize hide caption toggle caption Michael Gleason/The Goldman Environmental Prize LeeAnne Walters, a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, was key in exposing the crisis of lead-laced water in Flint, Mich. Michael Gleason/The Goldman Environmental Prize A Flint activist who worked to expose the Michigan city’s lead crisis is being hailed as an environmental hero. She’s one of the winners of the 2018 Goldman Environmental…

For 50 Years, Deep-Water Trawls Likely Caught More Fish Than Anyone Thought : The Salt : NPR

Deep-sea trawling can include bycatch and harm coral, so some activists want it banned. Monty Rakusen/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption toggle caption Monty Rakusen/Getty Images/Cultura RF Deep-sea trawling can include bycatch and harm coral, so some activists want it banned. Monty Rakusen/Getty Images/Cultura RF Long before it lands on a restaurant menu, Chilean sea bass takes quite a journey to arrive on land. To catch these deep-sea dwellers, fishers usually drag nets along the ocean floor a quarter of a mile, or more, beneath the ocean’s surface — a form…

Environment prize goes to Flint water activist

Image copyright Goldman Prize Image caption Lead levels in Ms Walters’ home were found to be seven times acceptable limits The founder of a citizens’ movement that helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is one of the recipients of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. Nearly 100,000 residents of Flint were left without safe tap water after lead began leaching into the supply. Mother of four LeeAnne Walters led a citizens’ movement that tested the tap water to expose the health threat. Tests showed lead levels in her water…

‘Welcome to my plastic bottle castle’

“Plastic King” Robert Bezeau has built the world’s first plastic bottle castle. The Canadian’s four-storey fortress on Panama’s Bocas del Toro island shows how plastic waste could be made into low-cost sustainable housing. He’s also building an eco-village using the same method. Robert was the first foreigner to win the Environmental Excellence Award in Panama for his project, which educates children and creates incentives for them to pick up plastic waste. Video journalist: Hannah Gelbart Source link

Climate change: Michael Bloomberg offers $4.5m for Paris deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Bloomberg says he hopes the US will rejoin the climate agreement Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he will pay $4.5m (£3.2m) to cover the lapsed US financial commitment to the Paris climate accord. He said he had a responsibility to help improve the environment because of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal. The withdrawal was announced last June and sparked international condemnation. It will make the US in effect the only country not to be part of the…