Shannon R.

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Recycling: how corporate Australia played us for mugs | Jeff Sparrow

McDonalds and Coca-Cola together produced almost one in five rubbish items dumped in Victoria in 2013.<p>Recycling plastic is to saving the Earth what hammering a nail is to halting a falling skyscraper. Matt Wilkins<p>The announcement by China earlier this year that they would no longer purchase …

Sustainability

How a painting of the Ku Klux Klan is causing a stir in Texas

When Vincent Valdez began painting The City, a 30ft panorama in which a dozen Ku Klux Klansmen assemble against the backdrop of a moonlit metropolis, Donald Trump had recently announced his intention to run for president. Through that fall, as Valdez toiled away in his San Antonio studio inside a …

Art Galleries

What Is (And Isn't) Scientific About The Multiverse

The Universe is all there ever was, all there is, and all there will ever be. At least, that’s what we’re told, and that’s what’s implied by the word “Universe” itself. But whatever the true nature of the Universe actually is, our ability to gather information about it is fundamentally limited.<p>It’s …

Dark Matter

Second World War bomber touches down on Canadian soil

It was a landing most people have only seen in old war movies.<p>A massive B-29 bomber, nicknamed Fifi, touched down on Canadian soil this week as part …

Remote Controls

Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet | John Harris

It was just another moment in this long, increasingly strange summer. I was on a train home from Paddington station, and the carriage’s air-conditioning was just about fighting off the heat outside. Most people seemed to be staring at their phones – in many cases, they were trying to stream a World …

Gear & Gadgets

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks bottles tumble from the back of a truck on to a conveyor belt before disappearing slowly inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Oslo.<p>As a workman picks up a few Coke bottles that have escaped, Kjell Olav Maldum looks on. “It is a system that …

Sustainability

A Typeface Designed To Thwart NSA Surveillance

Worried about spying eyes? Here’s a typeface created with the government’s prying computers in mind.<p>Long before Edward Snowden leaked the Prism documents, Sang Mun served two years of mandatory service for the Korean military, gathering intelligence under the NSA. He didn’t choose to publish any …

Surveillance

Lost rivers could heat London to cut capital's emissions

Boris Johnson’s team wanted to uncover them for Londoners. The Environment Agency explored turning them into wildlife paradises.<p>Now campaigners are targeting London’s lost rivers, water courses that have been gradually buried over the centuries, as a source of fossil fuel-free heat.<p>Rivers better …

England

Mysterious source of illegal ozone-killing emissions revealed, say investigators

A mysterious surge in emissions of an illegal ozone-destroying chemical has been tracked down to plastic foam manufacturers in China, according to an on-the-ground investigation published on Monday.<p>The chemical, trichlorofluoromethane or CFC-11, has been banned around the world since 2010 and is a …

Pollution

National Trust buys two wildflower sites to protect wildlife

Hundreds of acres of flower-rich farmland have been bought by the National Trust to throw a lifeline to declining wildlife.<p>The £2.15 million deal to buy 186 hectares (460 acres) of land in the Peak District – an area equivalent to 260 football pitches – is the biggest farmland acquisition by the …

National Trust

Great Barrier Reef Imperiled as Heat Worsens Die-Offs, Experts Say

SYDNEY, Australia — Scientists have again sounded the alarm about Australia’s imperiled Great Barrier Reef, saying that by the 2030s it could see devastating mass bleachings as often as every two years unless greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced.<p>“This would effectively sign the death …

worsens

Russia is blanketed in sunlight nearly 24-hours a day this time of year — here's what it looks like at every hour

I was very excited to visit Russia this year for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but my favorite part of the trip ended up being something I didn't plan on.<p>When I arrived in St. Petersburg two weeks ago, I found that the city was experiencing the so-called "White Nights" phenomenon. Located on the Bay of …

Time I

In the shadow of Canada’s biggest city, the piping plover struggles to survive

Endangered they may be, but, this summer, two piping plovers are raising a family of tiny chicks on a Toronto beach where the species has not successfully nested in more than 80 years – all within sight of downtown skyscrapers, hungry predators and airplanes taking off overhead.<p>Starting on June 20, …

Birds

Reporting for duty in London: Royal Canadian Air Force guards the Queen

For years, military forces throughout the Commonwealth have been invited on occasion to serve public duties in the U.K. for the Queen. The Royal …

Buckingham Palace

Full ‘invisibility cloak’ is possible in the real world: scientists

Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak might not be so fantastical after all.<p>A team of researchers in Montreal claims to have successfully rendered an …

Coast Guard

China’s “debt trap” is even worse than we thought

An egotistical president, an influx of foreign cash, and a massive pile of debt led to Sri Lanka handing over an entire port to China in December 2017, on a century-long lease.<p>That handover gave China a strategic foothold just 100 miles from its rival India, akin to how the Soviet Union’s foothold …

Sri Lanka

'There is no oak left': are Britain's trees disappearing?

England is running out of oak. The last of the trees planted by the Victorians are now being harvested, and in the intervening century so few have been grown – and fewer still grown in the right conditions for making timber – that imports, mostly from the US and Europe, are the only answer.<p>“We are …

Forests

The plastic bag ban is not going to kill us. Here's why Andrew Bolt is so wrong | Gay Alcorn

Throwing a cotton bag in the washing machine, or wiping down a green one is something we’ll get used to<p>It’s part of a culture change, with more and more people asking questions about the cost of convenience<p>We try to do our bit. Our household has an overflowing cupboard of reusable shopping bags, …

Pollution

The unromantic, untold story of the great US divorce spree of 1946

The end of World War II marked the beginning of beautiful love stories for thousands of US couples, as sweethearts who’d deferred marriage during the war rushed to wed in peacetime.<p>But 1946 is also the year of a demographic blip often overlooked in the history of postwar America: an unprecedented …

Great Depression

US judge throws out climate change lawsuits against big oil

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge who held a hearing about climate change that received widespread attention ruled Monday that Congress and the president were best suited to address the contribution of fossil fuels to global warming, throwing out lawsuits that sought to hold big oil companies …

San Francisco

A Gallery Owner Was Arrested After Leaving a 10-Foot Heroin Spoon Sculpture Outside OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma

A Connecticut gallery owner was arrested after dropping a 10-foot-long sculpture of a heroin spoon in front of Purdue Pharma’s headquarters on Friday …

Medicine

Canadian government announces measures to help save key whale species

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced $167.4 million to support the recovery of three key whale species in Canada, particularly B.C.'s …

After Decades of Losing Ice, Antarctica Is Now Hemorrhaging It

Global warming has already cost the continent 2.7 trillion tons of mass.<p>Climate change has not been kind to Antarctica. According to a comprehensive new study, global warming has already bled the frigid continent, which is larger than Europe, of about 2.7 trillion tons of ice. This enormous amount …

Leonardo's earliest surviving work? Self-portrait as Archangel Gabriel unveiled

A small square tile with the profile image of a beautiful angel has been claimed not only as the earliest surviving work by Leonardo da Vinci, but as his own self-portrait as the Archangel Gabriel.<p>If genuine the tile has survived miraculously unbroken for more than 500 years, since the 18-year-old …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Here’s what global warming looks like month by month for 137 years

The Earth is warmer now than at any time since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, and we're continuing to warm at an accelerated rate. In fact, …

The world will finally have to confront its massive plastic problem now that China won’t handle it

Since the 1950s, when the world was first introduced to the flexible, durable wonder of plastic, 8.3 billion metric tons of it has been produced. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, so technically, all of that tonnage is still sitting someplace on the planet. And a lot of it is in China.<p>That’s because when …

Pollution

Trump just erased an Obama-era policy to protect the oceans

President Trump on Wednesday ended an eight-year-old policy to protect oceans, which was created as hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from a broken well, covering more than 65,000 square miles, killing untold numbers of wildlife and devastating fisheries in …

Oil & Gas Industry

Report finds industrial chemicals more toxic than thought

WASHINGTON (AP) — A family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than once realized, according to a government report released Wednesday.<p>The …

China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and …

Pollution

Holograms, Lasers, and Optical Illusions: Installation Artist Matthew Schreiber is a Master of Light

The Brooklyn-based artist is coming to Australia for Dark Mofo.<p><i>This article is supported by Baron Samedi Spiced. In</i> <b>this series</b> <i>, Dark Arts, we profile artists who celebrate the night in their practice.</i><p>Matthew Schreiber built his first laser at seven years old, and his first installation at fifteen. …