Bottlenose dolphins spotted in Canadian Pacific waters for the first time

April 20, 2018 by  
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Bottlenose dolphins typically reside in tropical or warm-temperate waters around the world — but researchers recently glimpsed a group of around 200 of the dolphins and around 70 false killer whales off northern Vancouver Island’s west coast in Canada. They said this sighting is “the only occurrence of common bottlenose dolphins recorded in Canadian Pacific waters” — and a warming trend could be to blame. In July 2017, Halpin Wildlife Research , working with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Department of Environment and Climate Change , documented the dolphins and whales. In research published this month in the journal Marine Biodiversity Records , the three researchers involved said the sighting “is the most northerly record” for common bottlenose dolphins “in the eastern North Pacific .” Related: A beluga whale living with dolphins learned to “speak their language” Lead author Luke Halpin said in a statement , “The sighting is also the first offshore report of false killer whales in British Columbia. To see the two species traveling together and interacting was quite special and rare. It is known that common bottlenose dolphins and false killer whales seek each other out and interact, but the purpose of the interactions is unclear.” Warming in eastern North Pacific waters between 2013 and 2016 could be the reason for the presence of the dolphins and whales. Halpin said he’s documented warm-water species in British Columbia waters since 2014, including a loggerhead turtle and a swordfish . He said, “With marine waters increasingly warming up, we can expect to see more typically warm-water species in the northeastern Pacific.” + BioMed Central + Marine Biodiversity Records Images via Gregory “Slobirdr” Smith on Flickr and the National Park Service

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: Recycling and Waste Reduction

April 19, 2018 by  
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This Earth Day, take a fresh look at paper

April 18, 2018 by  
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Sponsored: Recycled paper, if sourced correctly, can help to reduce the overall environmental impact of offices and businesses.

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P&G’s circular economy strategy now includes water and (yes) diapers

April 16, 2018 by  
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Will the giant consumer packaged goods company place itself head and shoulders above the rest?

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How customer demand influences sustainability innovations

April 16, 2018 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. On this episode: McDonald’s engages consumers to be part of the solution to end waste.

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Clean Energy Deal Tracker: Facebook, Microsoft and L’Oreal shape strong quarter

April 16, 2018 by  
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The pace of deal-making in corporate renewables is faster than ever.

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Recycling Mystery: Clothes Hangers

April 13, 2018 by  
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A company in Ghana is turning plastic bags into roads

April 6, 2018 by  
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Only two percent of plastic trash in Ghana is recycled , according to a video from the World Economic Forum (WEF) – but one local company is hoping to change that statistic. Nelplast Ghana Limited , which focuses on industrial processing, is turning plastic bags into pavement blocks that can be used to build roads. And it’s not just plastic bags than can be utilized, but just about any kind of plastic garbage. On the road to a cleaner environment. Learn more: https://t.co/5ioC4M7lsc pic.twitter.com/yioef3AK5j — World Economic Forum (@wef) March 29, 2018 Thanks to Nelplast, plastic bags can now have a new life as part of a road. Nelplast shreds the bags and mixes them with sand to create what WEF describes as “a new form of asphalt .” This asphalt requires fewer natural resources to create, lasts a long time, and is resilient to boot. And it’s not just plastic bags that can be utilized, but just about any kind of plastic garbage . Related: UK tests cheaper, longer-lasting roads made with recycled plastic Network engineer Nelson Boateng is behind Nelplast; online publication Konbini said he developed the asphalt, which is comprised of 60 percent plastic and 40 percent sand. He created his own recycling machine using scrap metal  and started the company to recycle around 4,400 pounds of plastic junk. The Nelplast website says Boateng possesses “over 20 years of experience in the recycling industry.” WEF’s video said Ghana’s Ministry of Environment already has the paving blocks in one district, and it wants to help Nelplast scale up. In addition to helping clean up the environment , Boateng has created jobs; the company directly and indirectly employs over 230 people. ? Nelplast aims “to seek the interest of the environment first in all [their] processes.” For example, the company also sells plastic roofing tiles and offers consulting in launching recycling companies. Their objectives include recycling “about 70 percent of plastics waste generated by the country daily into useful products that can be used for a lifetime.” + Nelplast Ghana Limited Via World Economic Forum on Twitter and Konbini Image via Depositphotos

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Recycling Mystery: Blister Packs

April 6, 2018 by  
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