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The Keystone pipeline that carries heavy Canadian tar sands oil to American refineries has ruptured in northeast Kansas, dumping over 588,000 gallons. Bloomberg reports that the spill is among the largest onshore oil leaks in over ten years, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency—and the total release could end up being more.
Bill Pannbacker surveys damage to his land from Keystone pipeline leak near Washington, Kansas | Credit: Fred Knapp, Nebraska Public Media
The COP15 conference that started last week in Montreal may be more important than the recently concluded COP27 talks on climate change. That's because the meeting will determine the fate of the entire living world, which is threatened by the loss of biodiversity and species extinction.
Tree cutting can result in the loss of habitat for plant and animal species. | Credit: Reijo Telaranta/Pixabay
Agrivoltaics is the practice of growing crops under solar panels—particularly in hot regions where there’s less water. However, today’s solar panels take all the sunlight when, according to a new study, they only need part of the spectrum—that being the blue light to generate electricity.
Blue spectrum agrivoltaic tomato test | Credit: Andre Daccache, UC, Davis
When our underwear are past their prime, it’s not likely we’ll take them to a consignment shop, donate them, or hand them down to a younger sibling. When their life is over, our skivvies go under into landfills—adding to our climate and pollution woes. But what if you could compost them?
Gossypium barbadense, commonly known as Pima cotton, is today cultivated in many of the major cotton-growing regions of the world. This luxury cotton, highly valued on the global market, is still harvested in Northern Peru where its origins can be found. | Credit: Forest and Kim Starr/Creative Commons
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