Costa Rica aims to become the first country to ban all single-use plastics

August 7, 2017 by  
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Costa Rica is taking a stand against the plastic waste flooding our oceans and clogging up our landfills: the country is poised to become the first in the world to eliminate all single-use plastics . This isn’t just a ban on plastic bags or water bottles. Using a multi-prong approach, Costa Rica will eliminate plastic forks, lids and even coffee stirrers. And as if that wasn’t a lofty enough goal, they plan to do this by 2021. Plastic is one of the most dramatic problems that the environment is facing. There is so much plastic trash in the ocean that it is difficult to even comprehend, and we are constantly discovering more . By 2050, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. In Costa Rica, 4,000 tons of solid waste is produced every day, and 20 percent of that never makes it to a recycle center or landfill, ending up in the Costa Rican rivers, beaches and forests. Related: Costa Rica ran almost entirely on renewables in 2016 Costa Rica has taken environmental protection seriously. The country plans to be carbon neutral by 2021, in part by ditching fossil fuels . They are also dedicated to restoring their forests and protecting wildlife .  In order to move away from single-use plastic, the country will utilize both public and private sectors to accomplish five actions. The country will offer incentives and issue requirements for suppliers, in addition to investing in research and development and other initiatives that will move it closer to its goals. It will also replace single-use products with innovations like cellulose acetate-based materials. Via Costa Rica News Images via Deposit Photos ( 1 , 2 )

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This beautiful but toxic weed could make you go blind

July 26, 2017 by  
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Be careful before you pick that pretty wildflower . Giant hogweed, which can grow up to twenty-feet-tall and produce attractive white flowers, is a beautiful but dangerous plant. The plant produces a clear sap capable of causing third-degree burns or even blindness in humans who touch it. Native to the Caucasus in Central Asia , giant hogweed has become a wide-ranging invasive species in the Northern United States, Southern Canada, and Western Europe. Those who encounter the toxic flora are advised to admire from a distance. Like Japanese knotweed and other invasive, noxious plant species, giant hogweed was first introduced to the United Kingdom and other countries as an ornamental plant. Its white flowers reveal its familial origins as a member of the carrot family, like its similar though diminutive and less-toxic relative known as Queen Anne’s Lace. Hogweed flowers can be up to two feet across and are popular among pollinators. Related: Could Lasers Be The New Way to Kill Weeds? Hogweed’s curse is its phototoxic sap, which causes skin, eyes or whatever it touches to become highly sensitive to UV light. If the affected skin is exposed to sunlight, it can quickly become red and irritated. Affected areas will rapidly deteriorate if exposure is continued and the sap is not washed off. In North America, giant hogweed usually blooms in July. If possible, it is important to eliminate the plants before they flower and reproduce. “You want to have it eradicated before it does go to seed,” said Barbara Ashey, Town Administrator for Northport, Maine . “There are thousands of these seeds.” On the bright side, pigs and cows seem able to consume giant hogweed without harm and may be used as a biocontrol solution in the fight against the invasive species . Via Bangor Daily News/WGME Images via Nature Photos/Flickr and debs-eye/Flickr

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Send your loved one’s ashes to space – on one of Elon Musk’s rockets

May 17, 2017 by  
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Sending a deceased family member or loved one’s ashes into space may seem like an impossibly grand gesture, but San Francisco-based Elysium Space makes it possible. They’ve offered interstellar burials for a few years now, but yesterday they announced their Elysium Star II memorial spacecraft will hitch a ride on none other than one of Elon Musk’s rockets. And it costs less than the average cost of a funeral with a price tag of $2,500 . Elysium Space partnered with launch company Spaceflight in November, and yesterday announced ashes will be aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission. They’ll blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. According to Elysium Space, the memorial spacecraft – their dedicated satellite containing cremated remains – “will be deployed in a Sun-synchronous orbit, ensuring it will pass over every location in the world.” Related: The moon can be your final resting place for just $12,000 A loved one’s ashes are placed in a capsule, which is marked with their initials. The capsules and personal messages are also included in the memorial spacecraft. The satellite containing ashes will voyage among the stars for around two years before reentering the atmosphere and burning up – like a shooting star, according to Elysium Space. For those two years loved ones will be able to track the spacecraft in real time on a free app. 100 participants are booked, according to the company, and among them are United States military veterans and aerospace enthusiasts. CEO Thomas Civeit said in a statement, “We are honored to assist families in achieving their dreams, riding on one of the greatest rockets in the world. The historical launch provides the perfect conditions to make this memorial spaceflight an exceptionally meaningful experience for all participants.” Via CNBC and Elysium Space Images via Good Free Photos and Elysium Space Facebook

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New Jersey’s beloved walking bear "Pedals" may have been killed by hunters

October 17, 2016 by  
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Beloved New Jersey bear Pedals is said to be dead. A Facebook fan page for the American black bear who ambled around on two legs reported Pedals dead on Friday, possibly killed by hunters . Fans of Pedals are calling out for justice for the bipedal bear. Locals began to post about the upright bear on social media in 2014. It was unclear if Pedals had a congenital defect or suffered an injury; Lisa Rose-Rublack, who started a petition for the walking bear, reported he was “missing one front paw and the other is permanently injured.” Related: Criminal charges possible in Cincinnati Zoo gorilla Harambe’s death Many people were attempting to get help for Pedals and send him to The Orphaned Wildlife Center in New York. A GoFundMe page had amassed over $22,000, and over 300,000 signatures had been attached to Rose-Rublack’s petition petition calling on Governor Christie and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to send Pedals to the sanctuary, paid for by those who donated to the GoFundMe page. But Pedals may have been killed during a five-day black bear hunting season which took place last week. According to The New York Times, 487 bears were killed during the hunt. A Facebook page for Pedals posted, “PEDALS is dead…PEDALS is at peace now because his beautiful soul left his body when he was killed.” The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife responded with a statement that said, “While the Division appreciates the concern for the bear, it has no way of verifying the identity of any bear that has not been previously tagged or had a DNA sample previously taken.” A spokesperson for the Division told The New York Times they had snapped photos of a bear with injuries that may or may not have been Pedals, and that they planned to release the photos some time this week. One Facebook page for Pedals asked fans to sign this petition to stop New Jersey’s “bear hunt” and write on Governor Christie’s Facebook page ” as he is the only guilty one .” Via The New York Times Images via RIP Pedals The Walking Bear Facebook

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Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

May 2, 2015 by  
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In Milan, the New Holland’s Earth Screening pavilion raises skepticism about big-ag and sustainable farming

May 2, 2015 by  
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What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

November 20, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Guide to an Energy Efficient Home

November 20, 2014 by  
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With Old Man Winter knocking at the door, households around the world are bracing for the inevitable spike in energy bills – but making your home more energy efficient could dramatically cut down on your heating costs. To help get you started, Heiton Buckley created an infographic that could help you save over a thousand dollars with over a dozen easy ways to conserve energy. Click through to see how leaks in your home are costing you money – and for a few recommended starter projects that could save big on your energy and heating bills. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Guide to an Energy Efficient Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , energy bills , energy efficient home , heating bills , Heiton Buckley , infographic , reader submitted content , save on energy

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See Astonishing Photos of Iceland’s Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

September 10, 2014 by  
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Wuhan Park Place Lifestyle Project Merges Urban Farming and High-Density Living in China

September 10, 2014 by  
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