Environment

New research finds more than three times as many fires occur in waste streams as a result of discarded batteries than was reported in 2021

Batteries left in discarded electrical appliances start more than 700 fires every year, report says

When you throw away your old gadgets after buying new gear for Christmas, you might want to think about removing the batteries first. Indeed, Material Focus research found that more than 700 fires have been started this year in garbage trucks and recycling centers by discarded electrical appliances. Batteries can be punctured by other elements …

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Discovered in the depths: is it the longest animal in the world?

In 2020, about 600 meters (2,000 feet) deep in an underwater canyon off the coast of Western Australia, scientists encountered a long, gelatinous creature suspended in a giant spiral. “It was like a rope on the horizon. You couldn’t miss it,” says Nerida Wilson of the Western Australian Museum. “It was so huge.” It was …

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How rare regent honeyeaters learn their mating song despite fears of extinction

How rare regent honeyeaters learn their mating song despite fears of extinction

The numbers of one of Australia’s rarest birds, the regent honeyeater, are so low that this breeding season conservationists have struggled to spot any in the wild. Key points: There are 250 to 350 regent honeyeaters left in the wild A study concluded that if nothing was done to help the species, it would be …

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Biden pledges to honor tribes with huge Nevada national monument

Biden pledges to honor tribes with huge Nevada national monument

The Washington Post Exclusive President Biden will pledge to ban development on hundreds of thousands of acres in southern Nevada around Spirit Mountain, a sacred tribal site. A broad coalition supports the move, but renewable energy companies have raised concerns. November 30, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. EST The night sky hangs over the Knob Hill …

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Why Christmas trees are rare and more expensive this year |  Radio-Canada News

Why Christmas trees are rare and more expensive this year | Radio-Canada News

If the pain of inflation is already curtailing your holiday gift plans, be prepared to pay more to decorate, too. The average cost of a Christmas tree is on the rise – like everything else this year – thanks to rising fuel, fertilizer and labor costs, climate change, rising rates of insurance and, according to …

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Discovered in the depths: is it the longest animal in the world?

In 2020, about 600 meters (2,000 feet) deep in an underwater canyon off the coast of Western Australia, scientists encountered a long, gelatinous creature suspended in a giant spiral. “It was like a rope on the horizon. You couldn’t miss it,” says Nerida Wilson of the Western Australian Museum. “It was so huge.” It was …

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Alpine villages produce their own electricity

Alpine villages produce their own electricity

Overall, this imbalance between the number of small factories and their overall production is similar. Small generating stations represent about 91% of all hydroelectric installations, but account for only 11% of hydroelectric production. And yet they’ve seen a global boom in recent years – along with a growing body of evidence from around the world …

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Air pollution linked to nearly a million stillbirths a year

Nearly one million stillbirths a year can be attributed to air pollution, according to the first global study. Research has estimated that nearly half of stillbirths could be linked to exposure to pollution particles smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), mostly produced by burning fossil fuels. The study looked at 137 countries in Asia, Africa and …

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A species of American bat devastated by a fungus is now classified as endangered

A species of American bat devastated by a fungus is now classified as endangered

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration declared the northern bat endangered on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to save a species driven to the brink of extinction by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease. “White-nose syndrome is decimating cave bat species like the northern myotis at an unprecedented rate,” said Martha Williams, director of …

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Canadians are ditching some plastic habits as nationwide ban looms, data shows - National |  Globalnews.ca

Canadians are ditching some plastic habits as nationwide ban looms, data shows – National | Globalnews.ca

Canadians appear to be slowly reducing their use of straws and plastic grocery bags ahead of a nationwide ban on these items taking effect next month, according to new statistics. The Canadian government is seeking to reduce indoor plastic pollution by the end of the decade as negotiations for a formal plastics management treaty begin …

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