News Stories relating to "trash"
Friday, August 17, 2012
Whales may sing in the shower
, but when they poop
, they drop huge turds which work with the ecology of the ocean, playing an enormous role in its nutrient and carbon cycles.
And as if there wasn't enough...
Monday, May 14, 2012
There are more than just cracks
in the ocean floor: While working on a research sailboat gliding over glassy seas in the Pacific Ocean, oceanographer Giora Proskurowski noticed something new: The water was littered with confetti-size pieces of plastic debris,...
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Research shows that so-called biodegradable products are actually doing more harm than good in landfills, because they are releasing a powerful greenhouse gas as they break down. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines call for products marked as “biodegradable” to decompose within "a reasonably short period of time" after...
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
There's so much trash
out there in space that it's getting in the way of astronaut operations. The solution? ZAP
it! The US military currently tracks about 20,000 items of space junk in low-...
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
There are millions of tons of trash floating in our oceans, much of it plastic (meaning it won't disappear anytime soon). Scientists are now trying to figure out how to clean it up. The largest "floating island" of plastic trash is in the North Pacific and covers an area twice the size of France. Other trash islands have been discovered...
Monday, April 5, 2010
In the same old places: the ocean and SPACE! - If there was a huge dump down the block in your neighborhood, wouldn't you ask your friends (or the local government) to help clean it up? Well, there's one spot in the Atlantic Ocean where plastic trash that's tossed into the sea accumulates. Will anyone do something about it? At...
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Astronauts returning from challenging long-duration missions face one more challenge when they get back to Earth: standing up and walking. And while they're IN space, they need to dodge some of the debris out there.
Monday, January 4, 2010
You can use it as biofuel! - As the New Year dawns and we finally finish opening our presents and see all the wrapping paper scattered around, a lot of us wish we could find a way to recycle all of it. Many cities recycle paper and plastic, but can we recycle fruit cake?
In Wired.com, Keith Barry quotes researcher...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Space is getting as crowded as a public beach in the summer, with everyone heading for the moon and leaving their trash behind. It's time to set up some international rules!
How best to cope with the rising tide of orbital space debris? What international rules of behavior are required? Can space travel go "green?"
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
We've written about the problem of trash on Mars, but the REAL problem is with trash in the ocean?especially non-biodegradable PLASTIC trash. Now researchers have come up with plastic that?s safe to dump in the sea.
Researchers have come up with a biodegradable plastic that dissolves into nontoxic components in salt water in about 20...