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Plastic Pollution

ocean debris found in seabirds

It’s no secret that plastic pollution in the ocean is a huge problem. The most visible sign of this is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This accumulation of debris is at least twice the size of Texas and can be seen from space. But now scientists have developed a new way to measure ocean trash – and it turns out there’s more than meets the eye.



Eiffel Tower Wind Power

Eiffel Tower

The recent retrofit of the Eiffel Tower – the first in 30 years – included the installation of two custom-designed wind turbines.   The 17-foot vertical-axis turbines look more like modern sculptures and are painted to blend in with the rest of the structure. Viewed from a distance, it would be very difficult to spot the additions to the 126-year-old Parisian landmark.



GMO Apples


In February, the first genetically engineered apples were approved for planting and sale in the US by the Department of Agriculture. Two varieties, known as the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden received the approval. They are genetically engineered to resist browning.



The Dirty Job Of E-Waste Recycling

Recycling eWaste

“Reduce, reuse, recycle” was a popular mantra of the 80s and 90s, encouraging citizens to separate paper, plastic, and aluminum from their trash. But with the exponential rise of electronics like cell phones, laptops, and tablets – recycling has become more complex.



Too Much Solar Power

Port of San Diego Solar Panels

California has been experiencing an unprecedented boom in solar energy in recent years. The state’s major utilities now get 6% of their power from solar installations and on top of that, nearly a quarter million homes have solar panels on their roofs. All of this clean energy is surely a good thing, but it also presents a unique problem.


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