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Remember That $20 Million Ocean Cleanup Project? It Isn’t Working.

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Thu, 01/03/2019 - 5:54pm

Organizers for The Ocean Cleanup, which launched the project in September, already had their work cut out for them—the floating garbage patch is made up of an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, which has coalesced into a field of debris twice the size of Texas, weighing in at 88,000 tons (that’s the equivalent of 500 jumbo jets, yikes).

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Chuck Todd Refuses To Give Air Time To Climate Deniers: ‘The Science Is Settled’

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Thu, 01/03/2019 - 1:57pm

In a special “Meet the Press” episode dedicated to global warming, NBC’s Chuck Todd said he wouldn’t indulge anyone who ignored the facts.

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Catastrophic fires are a reckoning for Californians and their ‘new normal.’ Has the state reached a tipping point?

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Thu, 01/03/2019 - 1:49pm

In 1860, a young botanist raised in New York and schooled in Connecticut found himself on the payroll of the newly formed California Division of Mines and Geology. His job: Roam the vast, new state, taking samples and observations of plants and animals.

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How mountains of U.S. plastic waste ended up in Malaysia, broken down by workers for $10 a day

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Sun, 12/30/2018 - 12:42pm

In a derelict warehouse complex plastered with “For Rent” signs an hour from the Malaysian capital, four women squatted on upturned buckets. Their fingernails were cracked and nubby, their headscarves dampened with sweat.

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New Tesla director Larry Ellison is a friend of Elon Musk. Will he stand up to the mercurial CEO?

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Sun, 12/30/2018 - 12:28pm

Big decisions at Tesla tend to spark controversy. That was the case Friday, when the company named Oracle’s Larry Ellison to its board of directors.