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Its densely populated coastline combined with its limited connection to the Atlantic Ocean makes the Mediterranean Sea a hot spot for plastic pollution.

But how much plastic is actually floating in the sea, and where does it end up? A new study published in Frontiers in Marine Science this month used a model to determine that there are around 3,760 metric tons (approximately 4,144.7 U.S. tons) of plastic in the Mediterranean.

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As more and more fashion houses rush to ban fur and showcase their dedication to sustainability, luxury brand Chloé has taken it a step further by obtaining the coveted B Corporation status. Chloé, owned by Richemont, is the first major luxury brand to achieve this status.

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Solar panels can provide electricity for decades, and they have few maintenance needs compared with other energy generation systems. However, regular solar panel cleaning is important to ensure they remain productive. When dust and debris accumulate on the surface of photovoltaic cells, they block sunlight, and less electricity is produced.

The best solar panels come with a power production warranty of 25 to 30 years. Like any device, they lose performance capacity over time. High-quality modules will only lose around 0.5% of their capacity each year, but this is only true for solar panels that are cleaned regularly. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, soiling can reduce panels' annual electricity output by up to 7% in some parts of the U.S.

Rain can naturally wash away dirt and particles from the surface of solar panels, especially if they are tilted. So if you live in a place with regular rainfall, your panels will be less affected by soiling. However, solar panel cleaning services are still recommended two to four times per year to make sure your system stays productive.

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Solar panels can provide electricity for decades, and they have few maintenance needs compared with other energy generation systems. However, regular solar panel cleaning is important to ensure they remain productive. When dust and debris accumulate on the surface of photovoltaic cells, they block sunlight, and less electricity is produced.

The best solar panels come with a power production warranty of 25 to 30 years. Like any device, they lose performance capacity over time. High-quality modules will only lose around 0.5% of their capacity each year, but this is only true for solar panels that are cleaned regularly. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, soiling can reduce panels' annual electricity output by up to 7% in some parts of the U.S.

Rain can naturally wash away dirt and particles from the surface of solar panels, especially if they are tilted. So if you live in a place with regular rainfall, your panels will be less affected by soiling. However, solar panel cleaning services are still recommended two to four times per year to make sure your system stays productive.

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Global shipping accounts for around 90 percent of world trade and around three percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Houseboats sit in a narrow section of water in a depleted Lake Oroville in Oroville, California on Sept. 5, 2021. JOSH EDELSON / AFP via Getty Images

California just concluded its driest "water year" in nearly a century.

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"Save the bees!"

You've heard this call to action before, but what's the buzz really about? Turns out, bees are incredibly important in nature and in human food production.

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We know we need fiber, but why? Our bodies cannot digest fiber, and that's exactly why we need it. It passes through us undigested and helps us regulate sugars, keeping hunger in check.

There are two types of fiber: insoluble fiber doesn't dissolve in water and moves food through the digestive system, helping to prevent constipation. Soluble fibers dissolves in water and lowers glucose levels and blood cholesterol. Both types are valuable to our health, reducing risk of heart disease, diabetes, and diverticulitis. One study even showed fiber reducing the risk of breast cancer.

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From bamboo utensils to bamboo toothbrushes, household products made from bamboo are becoming more popular every year. If you have allergies, neck pain or wake up constantly to flip your pillow to the cold side, bamboo pillows have the potential to help you sleep peacefully through the night.

In this article, we'll explain the benefits of bamboo pillows and how they can help you on your journey to better sleep. We'll also recommend a few of the best pillows on the market so you can choose new bedding that's right for you.

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A new study has found that chemicals known as phthalates (PFAS) found in plastic food packaging and other consumer goods are killing 91,000 to 107,000 older adults in the U.S. each year.

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A leatherback sea turtle, the worlds largest turtle. Owen Humphreys / PA Images via Getty Images

California is taking extra steps to protect its official state reptile.

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Some of the youth petitioners who appealed to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for protection against climate change and its effects attended the global climate strike in Sept. 2019 in New York. Michael Rubenstein / EarthJustice

In a "stunning" and upsetting decision, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child refused to hear the case of 16 youth from around the world who are threatened by the climate crisis.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) leaves the U.S. Capitol following a vote on Aug. 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images
Climate change is driving increasing flooding in West Virginia, overwhelming aging infrastructure and dumping raw sewage into waterways, The New York Times reports, and West Virginians will suffer disproportionately as climate change continues to worsen.
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