San Diego Edition

Archive of: Global Brief and NAPC

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Heave Ho

Heave Ho

More than 640,000 tons of traps, crab pots, nets and other fishing gear litter the ocean floor worldwide, trapping and killing marine life.

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Free Fuel

Free Fuel

Scientists in Sweden and the United States are making rapid progress in “water splitting” to produce liquid hydrogen fuel from ordinary water.

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Veggie Tales

Veggie Tales

Listen well. Australian scientists have found that plants communicate underground through series of clicks, sometimes in frequencies audible to the human ear.

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Watch the Birdie

Watch the Birdie

In 2014, 49 people were killed while taking selfies of themselves with wild animals; peacocks and dolphins are among the animals that also died as the result of clumsy photo attempts.

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Fungus Among Us

Fungus Among Us

A Penn State plant pathologist has received federal approval for gene-altered mushrooms that don’t brown as rapidly when sliced and exposed to oxygen.

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Repurposed Pallets

Repurposed Pallets

The two billion pallets in use in the U.S., which eat up 50 percent or our annual hardwood harvest, are being converted into furniture by an enterprising Fort Worth company.

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Laundry List

Laundry List

By using cold water, natural stain removers and line drying, we can turn out sparkling clean clothes in a planet-friendly fashion.

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Protecting Pollinators

Protecting Pollinators

After losing 60 percent of its beehives last year, Maryland has become the first state to pass a law severely restricting pesticide use.

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Airline Air

Airline Air

Contaminated air pumped back into passenger cabin areas that has mixed with some jet engine exhaust may be creating permanent disability and even death among airline employees and passengers.

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Eat Safer

Eat Safer

To help consumers know which drinks and foods are still being sold in cans lined with endocrine-disrupting BPA, the Environmental working Group’s website lists 16,000 BPA-tainted products.

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