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Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

Credit – David Jones

Published on the BBC News website on the 16th April 2018 By Mary Halton Science reporter, BBC News

 

Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics.

PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to […]

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Published on The Guardian website on the 18th October 2017 Damian Carrington, Enviromental Editor

 

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on […]

Earth Overshoot Day Calculator

Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year. This year Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 2nd 2017, the earliest date yet.

The costs of this global ecological overspending include deforestation, drought, fresh-water scarcity, soil erosion, biodiversity loss, and the buildup of carbon dioxide […]

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