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Seagrass: A natural barrier against heavy metal pollution in Australia's waters

Seagrass: A natural barrier against heavy metal pollution in Australia's waters

In a significant ecological discovery, seagrass meadows in Australia's Spencer Gulf have been found to trap thousands of tons of heavy metals, safeguarding marine environments.

Clare Watson reports for Hakai Magazine.

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Chemists have found a new way to recycle wind turbine blades

Recycling wind turbine blades when they reach the end of their lives is paramount if wind power is to be sustainable. Turbine blades however, are made of materials that cannot currently be recycled.

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Researcher enlists San Luis Valley residents in exploring how drought affects aquifer health

A University of Colorado professor is partnering with community water groups to learn about metal contamination in water – an issue of increasing concern in the Mountain West.
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There’s lithium in them thar hills – but fears grow over US ‘white gold’ boom

Lithium is critical for electric vehicles and could help slow global heating, but locals worry about the harmful extraction near tribal land.

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Europe’s energy crisis forces factories to go dark

Manufacturers are furloughing workers and shutting down lines because they can’t pay the gas and electric charges.
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Reducing aerosol pollution has led to more hurricanes in the North Atlantic, study shows

As the US and Europe worked for decades to reduce air pollution for the sake of public health and the planet, scientists found an unintended and challenging consequence: an increase in tropical storms in some regions.

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More metals in Upper Snake River due to climate change

A first-of-its-kind study suggests that warmer weather and less snowpack are causing higher concentrations of rare earth elements in the river.