This is how The Ocean Cleanup's mission to clear the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is going

Beach Rubish
The world produces 300 million tonnes of plastic a year. There are 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean, and 90% of seabirds have swallowed plastic. The stats about ocean plastic are so stark and the problem so seemingly insurmountable, you could be forgiven for wondering what on Earth we're going to do about it. But Dutch inventor Boyan Slat thinks he has a solution: a giant floating barrier, or boom, that uses natural forces to passively s...
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India is using hundreds of drones to map the country in incredible detail

How do you map one of the largest countries in the world? One drone at a time, perhaps. That's exactly what the Indian government is doing, with the Survey of India (SoI) using a fleet of drones to map the country in incredible detail. One of the first areas being surveyed is the Ganges river basin, which is being mapped with an accuracy of 10 cm, according to Professor Ashutosh Sharma of India's Department of Science & Technology. "The basis...
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Blue Acceleration: our dash for ocean resources mirrors what we’ve already done to the land

Oil Rig
Humans are leaving a heavy footprint on the Earth, but when did we become the main driver of change in the planet's ecosystems? Many scientists point to the 1950s, when all kinds of socioeconomic trends began accelerating. Since then, the world population has tripled. Fertiliser and water use expanded as more food was grown than ever before. The construction of motorways sped up to accommodate rising car ownership while international flights took...
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A model of destination loyalty: integrating destination image and sustainable tourism

According to the United Nations, 68% of the world population is projected to live in the cities by 2050. China, India, and Nigeria collectively are projected to constitute 35% of total growth in urban population from 2018 to 2050, with China alone adding 255 million urban dwellers. Shanghai happens to be the most populated city in China as well as the world's third most populated city. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure the sustainability of Shan...
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Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but scientists are still learning how it harms wildlife

Plastic pollution is a growing global concern. Large pieces of plastic have been found almost everywhere on Earth, from the most visited beaches to remote, uninhabited islands. Because wildlife are regularly exposed to plastic pollution, we often ask what effects plastics have on the animals. Over time, macroplastics (plastic debris larger than five millimetres in size) break up into tiny particles called microplastics (smaller than five millimet...
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Bushfires: can ecosystems recover from such dramatic losses of biodiversity?

The sheer scale and intensity of the Australian bushfire crisis have led to apocalyptic scenes making the front pages of newspapers the world over. An estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq km) of land have burned since 1 July 2019. At least 28 people have died. And over a billion animals are estimated to have been killed to date. Of course, the actual toll will be much higher if major animal groups, such as insects, are included in these esti...
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Fighting Humanity's 'Great Derangement': How Art Can Help Us Solve Climate Change

In the many discussions and debates going on around the world about how we can fix climate change and leave a better world for our children, the subject often turns to education. The conventional wisdom that usually holds is that children (and adults too!) need to learn more science and economics, as these are the two academic disciplines that have played the largest role in increased carbon emissions, and play the largest role in proposing solut...
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Atmospheric river storms can drive costly flooding – and climate change is making them stronger

Atmospheric River
Ask people to name the world's largest river, and most will probably guess that it's the Amazon, the Nile or the Mississippi. In fact, some of Earth's largest rivers are in the sky – and they can produce powerful storms, like those currently soaking the Pacific Northwest. Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow bands of moisture in the atmosphere that extend from the tropics to higher latitudes. These rivers in the sky can transport 15 times the volu...
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Wildlife are exposed to more pollution than previously thought

Sometimes, pollution is blatantly obvious: the iridescent slick of an oil spill, goopy algae washing up on a beach or black smoke belching from a smokestack. But, more often than not, pollution is more inconspicuous. Our air, water, land and wildlife are tainted with thousands of chemicals that we cannot see, smell or touch. It may not come as a surprise then, that this unnoticed pollution isn't considered the important threat to wildlife that it...
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Why we’re involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects

Edible Insects
There is a wealth of indigenous knowledge about capturing and eating insects in sub-Saharan Africa. But the development of edible insects as a food industry has been very slow, despite its many potential benefits. Sustainability is one. Insects have a small carbon and water footprint. Studies show that insect farming emits less carbon and methane gas than large livestock like cattle and pigs. Much less water is needed to produce the same amount o...
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