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Viruses survive in fresh water by ‘hitchhiking’ on plastic, study finds | Plastics

Dangerous viruses can remain infectious for up to three days in fresh water by hitchhiking on plastic, researchers have found. Enteric viruses that cause diarrhoea and stomach upsets, such as rotavirus, were found to survive in water by attaching to microplastics, tiny particles less than 5mm long. They remain infectious, University of Stirling researchers found, …

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Australia’s emissions climbed in Coalition’s final year as transport and fossil fuels wiped out gains during Covid | Greenhouse gas emissions

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2021 as the country wound back Covid-19 lockdowns without taking significant steps to maintain a fall in carbon pollution recorded during the pandemic. National emissions rose 0.8% – 4.1m tonnes of carbon dioxide – in the final full year of the federal Coalition government, according to government data released …

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Great white shark named Crystal believed to be headed to the Bay of Fundy region

Researchers say the most recent shark visitor to our waters has appeared near Grand Manan. Crystal is a great white shark with her sights set on Nova Scotia. The non-profit organization Ocearch tagged Crystal as their 84th shark in the North Atlantic White Shark Study. Bob Hueter, the chief scientist for Ocearch, said Crystal was …

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Glastonbury festival 2022 ‘saves more carbon emissions than it produces’

Glastonbury festival, which creates a makeshift city of more than 200,000 people in the Somerset countryside, has a net positive impact on the climate, new analysis has found. Despite producing more than 2,000 tons of waste, Glastonbury saves nearly 600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to analysis by the environmental advisory group The Eco …

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Portland bureaus hope to lower carbon footprint with new cement

Workers use low-carbon cement to re-build the Washington Park reservoir in Portland. It performs as well as conventional cement, but the Portland Water Bureau is not expecting low carbon cement to cost more as it becomes more widely used. City of Portland Engineers at the city of Portland have adopted a plan to use cement …

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Delhi Airport is India’s 1st to Run on Green Energy with Solar & Hydro Power

The Indira Gandhi International Airport has become the first in India to run completely on solar and hydropower. This is a step towards the Airport’s goal of becoming a Net-zero carbon emission Airport by 2030. The old solar power panels in the airport were providing around 6 per cent of the electricity requirement of the …

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