Organic farming methods favor pollinators

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by Isabel Rubio

Posted on September 18, 2018


Organic farming methods favor pollinators

Pollinating insects are endangered, with a particularly decline over the last 40 years. An extensive study from Lund University in Sweden has found that organic farming methods can contribute to halting the pollinator decline. This beneficial effect is due to both the absence of insecticides and a higher provision of flower resources. Organic farming is known to promote pollinator diversity in crop fields

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Spain creates Mediterranean Sea reserve for whale migration

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by Isabel Rubio

Posted on September 17, 2018


 Spain creates Mediterranean Sea reserve for whale migration

Spain is creating a marine wildlife reserve for the migrations of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea and will prohibit searching for fossil fuels in the area. The Spanish government announced that the protected reserve will cover 46,385 square kilometers (17,909 square miles) between the Balearic Islands and the mainland

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Record numbers of volunteers set to clean up UK beaches last weekend

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by Isabel Rubio

Posted on September 14, 2018


Record numbers of volunteers set to clean up UK beaches last weekend

The organizers of the annual Great British Beach Clean said they didn’t expect to see record numbers of volunteers at more beaches than ever before last weekend’s UK-wide event. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) had been running the four-day beach cleaning event for the last 24 years. In 2017, 6,944 volunteers attended beach cleans at 339 locations across the UK, from the north of Scotland to Cornwall, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands

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Type 1 diabetes drug has just been trialed on first human patients with no side effects

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by Isabel Rubio

Posted on September 13, 2018


Type 1 diabetes drug has just been trialed on first human patients with no side effects

Diabetes is a serious illness which produces a metabolic disorder. Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes. An estimated 415 million people had diabetes worldwide. Type 1 diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where blood glucose levels are too high because the body cannot make a hormone called insulin

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Istambul Metropolitan Municipality have a innnovative recycling idea

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by Isabel Rubio

Posted on September 11, 2018


Istambul Metropolitan Municipality have a innnovative recycling idea

Istambul has decided to install vending machines that recycle plastic in subway stations, this initiative tries to reduce the number of tonnes of waste. This idea can be beneficial for commuters, encourage people to recycle interchange plastic waste for free transportation.The city has installed at the moment 25 vending machines in the main stations

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The Ocean CleanUp project is about to start

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by Marina Morgó

Posted on September 3, 2018


The Ocean CleanUp project is about to start

An audacious young Dutch inventor named Boyan Slat and his 70-member team have entered the final preparations for a mission to deploy an experimental device they say can capture much of the plastic that fouls the world’s oceans. His Ocean Cleanup Project aims to use the oceans’ natural gyres (five circular currents in the oceans around the world – two in the Atlantic, two in the Pacific, and one in the Indian) to collect plastic waste. The stations would have large booms, rat…

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Indian man cooks for a village

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by Marina Morgó

Posted on August 30, 2018


Indian man cooks for a village

In India, a wiry, weathered man wearing a white lungi (a type of sarong) and no shoes, holds up an enormous steel tray of a hundred raw chicken legs for the camera filming him. He douses them with turmeric, red chili powder, garlic, and yogurt, and then sets a rusted wok over a fire built from hunks of bark. He fills the wok with a puddle of oil and sets the meat bubbling with spices over the roaring fire. Farm animals whistle and bark in the distance, and people mutter in Tamil offscreen

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Electric shock collars for pets to be banned in England

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 29, 2018


Electric shock collars for pets to be banned in England

The English government has just announced that they will be banning the use of electric shock collars on cats and dogs. Shock collars can deliver up to 6,000 volts of electricity, sometimes for as long as 11 seconds. Other collars can release noxious smelling chemicals as a means of dissuading pets from certain behaviors

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Disney offers to pay tuition for 80,000 hourly workers

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 28, 2018


Disney offers to pay tuition for 80,000 hourly workers

The Walt Disney Corporation has just announced that it will now be offering free tuition to all of their hourly part-time and full-time workers in the United States. Their program, which will be available to 80,000 employees nationwide starting in the fall, will help staffers pursue their high school diplomas, college degrees, or trade certifications for free. “The Walt Disney Company will cover 100 percent of tuition upfront and will also reimburse application fees and required books an…

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America’s largest grocery store chain is saying goodbye to single-use plastic bags

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by Ruxandra Helici

Posted on August 24, 2018


America’s largest grocery store chain is saying goodbye to single-use plastic bags

Kroger, America’s largest supermarket chain, has just announced that it will be phasing out all of its single-use plastic bags in favor of reusable alternatives by 2025! Kroger operates 2,800 stores across the country, as well as their additional subsidiary stores including Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, and Ralphs. Their QFC stores in the Pacific Northwest will be the first to eliminate single-use bags by their 2019 deadline, as they are already working around Seattle’s m…

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