New Reusable Sponge Material Could Revolutionize Cleanup After Oil Spills

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nsnbc : Researchers at Argonne National Lab have developed a sponge material that could revolutionize the cleanup of oil spills, reduce the adverse environmental effects and make it possible to clean up spills more quickly and cheaply – and maybe reduce the need to use toxic chemical solvents. The new material can soak up 90 times its own weight More...

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Popular tourist destination Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, is regularly covered in waste, most of it plastic that washes ashore during the rainy season. This picture was taken on February 15, 2016. Wira Suryantala/Antara/Reuters
By nsnbc On Thursday, March 9th, 2017
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Indonesia vows to tackle marine pollution

Thomas Wright (TC) : It is wet season in Bali, Indonesia, a popular tourist destination for Australian, Russian, German, Chinese and Japanese visitors. Popular tourist destination Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, More...

Er… excuse me? Claudia Wascher, Author provided
By nsnbc On Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
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Animals know when they are being treated unfairly (and they don’t like it)

Claudia Wascher (TC) : Humans beings appear to be hardwired to have a sense of fairness. This is puzzling from an evolutionary perspective, which you would have thought would mean we were predisposed to seek advantage More...

Belgium's plagued Tihange NPP
By nsnbc On Saturday, February 18th, 2017
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Belgian FANC Considers to Allow Restart of Tihange Reactor 1 – Dirty Bombs

nsnbc : Belgium’s Federal Nuclear Agency (FANC), said that new tests will have to be conducted before Tihange 1 nuclear reactor can re-enter service. In other words, FANC still considers to permit that the More...

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By nsnbc On Saturday, February 11th, 2017
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Belarus to Increase Reforestation, Green Economy and Export in 2017

nsnbc : Belarusian Forestry Minister Mikhail Amelyanovich to the press that reforestation, improvement of the woodworking practices, and export growth will be among the priorities of Belarus’ forestry policy More...

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By nsnbc On Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Belarus to Launch Peatland Restauration Project

nsnbc : In September Belarus will launch a $4.3 million peatland restoration project, said, Nikolai Svidinsky, the head of the biological and landscape diversity department at the Belarusian Ministry of Natural More...

The main cause of coral bleaching – the disappearance of the coral’s colour, revealing the white skeleton – is heat stress. Shutterstock
By nsnbc On Monday, January 16th, 2017
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Coral reefs off Tanzania’s coast are being destroyed, most beyond repair

TC : If current trends continue and countries fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world’s coral reefs will suffer severe bleaching on an annual basis, according to a new United Nations environment More...

Mexico has a lot of natural beauty to save – or squander. Xhuanx/Wikimedia, CC BY-NC-SA
By nsnbc On Saturday, December 17th, 2016
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Are Mexico’s new nature reserves a real conservation effort or empty political gesture?

Adán Echeverría-García (TC) : At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (COP13) in early December 2016, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that his government was creating four new nature More...

Wildlife in the Athi-Kaputiei ecosystem with new development in the background. Flickr/Kamweti Mutu
By nsnbc On Sunday, November 27th, 2016
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Development has devastated wildlife in lands south of Nairobi

Joseph Ogutu (TC) : The Athi-Kaputiei ecosystem covers about 2,200 square kilometres of Kenya’s Kajiado County, south of Nairobi. It is also home to Nairobi National Park – the world’s only game reserve within More...

Workers walk in front of the Vedanta Aluminium factory in Lanjigarh, Odisha. Reinhard Krause/Reuters
By nsnbc On Thursday, November 10th, 2016
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In India, local people bear the cost of high-profit mining ventures

Jeemol Unni (TC) : While India has enacted progressive laws to protect the environment and indigenous tribal communities, the mining industry and financial capital are able to evade them with huge costs to the environment More...