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We have the tools, but there isn’t the political will to use them. That’s the main takeaway from the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that details the steps needed to avoid the worst consequences of global warming.
Cover from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sixth assessment report
A team of researchers at Rice University have found a way to take one of our most pressing environmental problems—plastic pollution—and have it address another issue—greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They were able to make plastic waste capture carbon.
Pores in this micron-scale particle, the result of pyrolyzing in the presence of potassium acetate, were able to sequester carbon dioxide from streams of flue gas. | Credit: Tour Group/Rice University
Cargo ships are illegally dumping oily and toxic wastewater into the oceans with potentially devastating effects on ecosystems. An investigation by the nonprofit group Lighthouse Reports with nine news outlets, including the German public news organization Deutsche Welle, showed that ship crews use different methods to bypass safeguards and avoid monitoring equipment by governments.
Credit: kees torn
We’ve all been there. You reach into the freezer to grab a bowl of your favorite ice cream, and ugh, it’s full of ice crystals. What happened?
Adding cellulose nanocrystals prevents the small ice crystals (bottom left) from growing into the large ones (top left) that can make ice cream (right) unpleasantly crunchy. Scale bar = 100 μm | Credit: Tao Wu