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Researchers Make Batteries From Hemp

Researchers Make Batteries From Hemp

Researchers at Bemp Research Corp. have developed a lithium-sulfur battery that is more cost-effective, has a higher performance and is more recyclable than lithium-ion batteries thanks to a helpful material: hemp. The company uses carbonized hemp rather than heavy metals like cobalt or nickel, making batteries that are lightweight and durable. While many researchers globally […]

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    Soil Health 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Soil Health 101: Everything You Need to Know

    While healthy soil’s role in food and the environment was (and still is) no secret to Indigenous communities, there has been a public rise in conversations about soil health over the last two decades due to its ability to be more sustainable and to help fight climate change.  

    Plastics Increase Acidity of the World’s Oceans, Study Finds

    Plastics Increase Acidity of the World’s Oceans, Study Finds

    The trillions of pieces of plastic that end up in Earth’s oceans each year are wreaking havoc on the hundreds of thousands of marine organisms who live there. Mammals like whales and smaller organisms like fish ingest plastic particles, which contain toxins that stay in the animals’ bodies and are passed along to the organisms […]

    Student Creates Ecovado, a More ‘Low-Impact’ Avocado Alternative

    Student Creates Ecovado, a More ‘Low-Impact’ Avocado Alternative

    Spread on toast, diced over rice and veggies, or eaten straight up with a spoon, avocados are a popular fruit that provide healthy unsaturated fats into our diets. But avocado crops are hard to sustain. A single avocado requires 320 liters of water, and increasing demand has caused more land clearing to make way for […]

    2022 Summer Drought Was Made 20x More Likely by Climate Change, Scientists Say

    2022 Summer Drought Was Made 20x More Likely by Climate Change, Scientists Say

    The widespread extreme heat that fueled drought across the Northern Hemisphere this summer would have been “virtually impossible” without the effects of climate change, an analysis released Wednesday by World Weather Attribution finds. The findings illustrate how the impacts of climate change — in this case, extreme heat and historic droughts in parts of Europe, the […]

    Wax Worm Saliva Can Degrade Stubborn Plastic Within Hours, Scientists Find

    Wax Worm Saliva Can Degrade Stubborn Plastic Within Hours, Scientists Find

    What began as an infestation could be a surprising nature-based solution to the plastic pollution crisis.  In 2017, scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini found some unwanted intruders in one of her hives, wax-moth larvae that feed on beeswax. She took the worms out of her hive and placed them in a plastic bag. However, […]

    5 Big Threats to Rivers

    5 Big Threats to Rivers

    By Tara Lohan If we needed any more motivation to help save our ailing rivers, it should have come with the findings of a recent study, which revealed that “Nowhere is the biodiversity crisis more acute than in freshwater ecosystems.” Rivers, lakes and inland wetlands cover 1% of the Earth but provide homes for 10% of […]