CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 14.JUN.2014
Quirks and Quarks
Microplastics on Ice —
Researchers have discovered that Arctic sea ice is contaminated with tiny fragments of plastic that originated from run-off, dumped garbage, and fishing gear. As multi-year sea-ice disappears, this reservoir of frozen plastic is likely to be released back into the Arctic Ocean. Dr. Rachel Obbard explains why the ice naturally takes up the particles of plastic that enter the Arctic Ocean from the Atlantic and Pacific, and expresses concern that as global warming causes more ice to melt, sea life will be more and more impacted.
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Original Show Pub Date: 31.May.2014
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 07.MAY.2014
Living on Earth
State of the Air 2014 —
This year's State of the Air report from the American Lung Association shows a growing ground-level ozone problem. But the recent Supreme Court decision on interstate air pollution has clean-air advocates smiling. ~~ In a related story, Houston, Texas is home to the largest chemical hub in the Americas and is one of the smoggiest cities in the US. The city is working to clean up its air, but it still has a long way to go.
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Original Show Pub Date: 02.May.2014
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 05.MAY.2014
Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of California Drought —
California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.
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Original Show Pub Date: 29.Apr.2014
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