The world needs carbon-neutral flying. Here’s how to bring it one step closer.

We need electric planes, sustainable aviation fuels, and hybrid propulsion now, not later.

In the year when the Swedish word "flygskam" (flight-shaming) hit the news in Europe, public concern about carbon emissions from aviation is endangering the sector's social license to operate.

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Why American towns are more selective than ever about what they recycle

An ecological silver bullet is missing the target altogether.

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  • The seeming success of worldwide recycling depended on China's now abandoned role.
  • Municipalities are starting to limit the materials they'll recycle, and landfills are growing.
  • The real solution to our waste problem may lie in our past.
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'It is raining plastic': Microplastics found in Colorado rainwater

The startling discovery comes from researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey.

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  • About 90 percent of rainwater samples collected from the Denver-Boulder area of Colorado contained microplastics.
  • Researchers aren't exactly sure how the plastic ended up in the rainwater.
  • Microplastics have invaded nearly every part of the environment, but scientists still aren't sure how these plastic bits might be affecting human health.
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Report: Chipotle, Sweetgreen bowls contain cancer-linked 'forever chemicals'

The synthetic chemicals — called PFAS — never break down naturally.

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  • The results don't suggest that eating from any of these restaurants poses a serious health risk.
  • The Food and Drug Administration allows a certain amount of PFAS to exist in food containers.
  • Still, the science behind the health and environmental effects of PFAS remains largely unclear.
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Vodka for your post-apocalypse wingding

It's made from Chernobyl water and rye. What could possibly go wrong?

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  • 33 years later, parts of the exclusion zone may be ready to be reclaimed.
  • The beverage similar to Ukrainian vodka will soon be available.
  • Raise a glass to the renewable Earth.
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