Jeans (Jason Leung on Unsplash)

Recycling of cotton clothing made possible

WNM | Aug 4, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Clothing made of cotton is usually incinerated or it ends up in the landfill. Now it can be recycled several times to contribute to greater sustainability in fashion.

Shark (Andrea Bohl from Pixabay)

Sharks almost gone from many reefs

WNM | Jul 31, 2020 at 8:40 AM

A massive global study of the world’s reefs has found sharks are ‘functionally extinct’ on nearly one in five of the reefs surveyed.

Dead old-growth beech trees in the forest of the University of Würzburg in the Steigerwald, 2019 (Martin Wegmann/University of Würzburg)

Climate extremes will cause forest changes – study

WNM | Jul 30, 2020 at 8:37 AM

No year has been as hot and dry as 2018 since climate records began. Central European forests showed severe signs of drought stress. Mortality of trees triggered in 2018 will continue for several years.

Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Markus Rex, CC-BY 4.0

Sea-ice extent in the Arctic at a historical low

WNM | Jul 28, 2020 at 8:11 AM

The Arctic sea-ice extent is as low as it has never been for the month of July. The sea-ice retreat is especially pronounced off the Siberian coast, as a result of which the Northeast Passage was ice-free by mid-July.

Upper Grindelwald Glacier and Schreckhorn (FAU/Christian Sommer)

Glaciers in the European Alps are dwindling

WNM | Jul 27, 2020 at 10:07 AM

Models suggest a potential loss of most glacial areas by the end of this century. 17 percent of the entire volume of the ice has been lost since the start of the new millennium.

Tires (Magda Ehlers from Pexels)

MIT chemists make tough plastics recyclable

WNM | Jul 23, 2020 at 3:51 PM

Chemists have developed a way to modify thermoset plastics with a chemical linker that makes it much easier to recycle them, but still allows them to retain their mechanical strength.