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Researchers filter microplastics from water using acoustics

WNM | Dec 10, 2019 at 11:49 AM

Microplastics caused by washing machines are hard to remove from the ocean. A promising new method to collect such microplastics has been devised using acoustics to gather them in water by researchers at Shinshu University.

Alaska’s glaciers melting at record pace

WNM | Dec 10, 2019 at 12:01 AM

Alaska will soon close a year that is shaping up as its hottest on record, with glaciers in the “Frontier State” melting at record or near-record levels, pouring waters into rising global seas, scientists said after taking fall measurements.

China drafts new rules to control rural plastic pollution

WNM | Dec 9, 2019 at 2:12 PM

China will tighten regulations on the use of plastic film by farmers to boost crop yields, which has become a major source of soil contamination throughout northern and western regions, according to a draft policy document.

World Bank’s China lending to decline over U.S. objections

WNM | Dec 6, 2019 at 11:14 AM

The World Bank adopted a plan to aid China with $1 billion to $1.5 billion in low-interest loans annually through June 2025. The new five-year plan calls for lending to “gradually decline” from the previous five-year average of $1.8 billion.

Coal power becoming ‘uninsurable’ as more insurers refuse cover

WNM | Dec 6, 2019 at 12:01 AM

The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal has more than doubled in 2019 as the industry’s retreat from the sector accelerates. Swiss Re and Zurich have withdrawn cover from both new and existing projects, as well as the companies operating in these sectors.