Americans Eat and Inhale Over 70,000 Plastic Particles Each Year According to a New Analysis — TIME

Plastics have for years been used to make nearly everything that surrounds us. But along the way, they escaped the confines of packaging and objects and settled in the environment, the food we eat and the air we breathe. Americans are consuming and breathing in a lot of plastic, finds a new analysis…

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Is the #Helium Shortage hurting birthday parties – or is it yet another canary in the #environmental coal mine?

Helium is not only used for balloons. It’s a critical material in the pharmaceutical industry — a field that’s taking a hit with the ongoing shortage of this non-renewable element. The shortage has already hurt the party industry. Party City announced last Thursday it was closing 45 stores, citing in part the increasing scarcity of helium…

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New study shows human development is destroying the planet at an unprecedented rate — TechCrunch

“We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.” That’s the word from Sir Robert Watson, the chair of a massive multinational research effort to survey the impact of human development on the natural world. In the most comprehensive effort undertaken to date…

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Whale Found Off Norway With Camera Mounts Was ‘Trained by Russian Military,’ Researchers Say — KTLA

Fishermen off Norway’s northern coast were astonished last week when they spotted a beluga whale wearing a harness, complete with mounts for a camera. And according to marine experts, the mammal’s backstory may be even stranger: They believe it was trained by the Russian military. Fishermen Joar Hesten was the first to encounter the whale,…

via Whale Found Off Norway With Camera Mounts Was ‘Trained by Russian Military,’ Researchers Say — KTLA

More Than 141 Million Americans Are Breathing Unhealthy Air as Pollution Worsens — TIME

More than 141 millions Americans lived in areas with unhealthy air pollution levels in 2015 to 2017 — an increase over the previous two years, as ozone pollution worsened across much of the country, according to a new report released Wednesday. The 2019 State of the Air report by the American Lung Association assessed pollution…

via More Than 141 Million Americans Are Breathing Unhealthy Air as Pollution Worsens — TIME

Rescue team en route to help entangled whale near #DanaPointHarbor — Orange County Register

A young gray whale entangled in line was spotted off Dana Point, the second sighting in a week’s span off the Orange County coastline, though it’s unclear if it’s the same whale. Rescuers were en route Saturday afternoon to try and remove the line, wrapped around its tail and fluke area, said Justin Greenman, assistant…

via Rescue team en route to help entangled whale near Dana Point Harbor — Orange County Register