The dream of recycling crashes into reality

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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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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Ethiopia plants 350 million trees in one day, breaking record

It's part of the nation's massive reforestation campaign that aims to plant 4 billion trees in 2019.

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  • Ethiopians planted 353,633,660 seedlings on Monday, likely breaking a world record for the most trees ever planted in a single day.
  • Ethiopia has suffered rapid deforestation over the past half-century.
  • On a broader scale, reforestation might be one of the most effective ways to curb climate change.
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Elephants are now being hunted for their skin, being turned into 'ruby'-like jewelry

With the ivory trade on the decline, poachers have been capitalizing on a new, disturbing trend.

Beads made from elephant skin. Image courtest of Elephant Family
  • At the start of 2018, China banned all ivory products within its borders. As one of the largest markets for ivory, this represented a significant win for conservationists.
  • However, just as the ivory trade declined, a new demand for elephant skin emerged.
  • The skin is used in medicine and to make jewelry. What options are there for combating this dangerous new trend?
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Cheese energy could power hundreds of UK homes

Cheese is one of the latest products to be used to create biogas.

The Wensleydale Creamery makes one of England's best-loved varieties of cheese, but it also produces waste.

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