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Messed-up ozone layer is on the mend

9 Nov 18 - The entire ozone layer — even the highly damaged parts over the North Pole and South Pole — could be completely healed by 2060.

This crab could save your life - if humans don't wipe it out first

5 Nov 18 - The wellbeing of people might one day depend on a blue-blooded crab that looks like a cross between the facehugger from Alien and a gigantic louse.

MEATLESS MEAT: One major issue is what do we call it

31 Oct 18 - The debate around the regulation of cell-based meat has stepped up significantly with one of major issues being what to call the new product.

Jet makes historic flight on LanzaTech fuel

5 Oct 18 - One-time New Zealand company LanzaTech developed the fuel for a Virgin Atlantic jet which has just flown from Orlando to Gatwick powered by a blend of aviation fuel and ethanol produced from waste gases.

WASTE NOT: Dumped plastic can be worth its weight in gold

5 Oct 18 - Plastics are among the most valuable waste materials – it’s possible to convert all plastics directly into useful forms of energy.

Even fish can eat this latest replacement for plastic

3 Oct 18 - A new alternative to plastic has the possibility to “replace all the packaging we know,” because it is so safe that even fish can eat it.

Scientists have high hopes for solar-flow battery

2 Oct 18 - Scientists in the United States and Saudi Arabia have harnessed the abilities of both a solar cell and a battery in one device - a "solar-flow battery" that soaks up sunlight and efficiently stores it as chemical energy for later on-demand use.

Plastic-eating mushrooms are the new waste superheroes

2 Oct 18 - Mushrooms are capable of expediting the breakdown of plastic waste, says a new study from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London.

Changing climate is destabilising mountains

28 Sep 18 - It's not just the atmosphere and the oceans that are heating up. An ever-denser blanket of greenhouse gases is also sending warmer air and water deeper into the planet's rocky bones.

What happened to solar panels on roads?

28 Sep 18 - Four years ago, a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels.

Building walls on seafloor might help, say scientists

24 Sep 18 - Building walls on the seafloor might become the next frontier of climate science, as engineers seek novel ways to hold back the sea level rises predicted to result from global warming.

Sun-powered golden sandwich gives solar panels more bite

24 Sep 18 - Japanese scientists have developed a sun-powered golden sandwich: an experimental solar panel that they claim could be up to 11 times more effective than most equipment on the market.

Satellite will precisely track how ice is melting

24 Sep 18 - The world will soon have a much clearer picture of how quickly humans are melting Earth’s ice and expanding the seas, with data collected by a sophisticated satellite launched by Nasa.

Microplastics take to the skies by riding with flying insects

21 Sep 18 - Microplastic can escape from polluted waters via flying insects, research has revealed, contaminating new environments and threatening birds and other creatures.

Mexico strikes green gold with bioplastics

18 Sep 18 - Tequila, avocado and corn are proving their worth beyond Mexican fiesta staples as key components for a fast-growing bioplastics market.

Marine worms are dining out on plastic

17 Aug 18 - On land, earthworms eat dead leaves and fungi and poop out tiny bits of organic matter that enrich the soil. In the sea, it turns out that some marine worms chew on floating plastic and poop out...

Dimming the Sun has a dark side

10 Aug 18 - Solar geoengineering would ease heat stress, but also block vital sunlight for plants.

Ozone hole story reads like a best-seller

30 Jul 18 - The ozone hole is an environmental success story and an enduring global threat ... and the its headlines in recent months read like an international eco-thriller.

Scientists find climate-change secrets locked in troposphere

23 Jul 18 - Scientists studying the troposphere – the lowest level of the atmosphere – have found “powerful evidence” that climate change is altering seasonal temperatures.

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