One Cool Thing: Mining Metal from Plants

One Cool Thing: Mining Metal from Plants

A new practice is giving traditional mining a run for its money, and it’s environmentally sustainable. “Phytomining” is the practice of producing metal from plants, and farmers worldwide are bringing the method to the forefront of resource-gathering innovation. There are 700 “hyper-accumulating” plants in existence that suck metal out of the soil. When farmers harvest and incinerate the plants, they […]

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McDonald’s Announces New Meatless “McPlant” Burger

McDonald’s Announces New Meatless “McPlant” Burger

This week, McDonald’s announced that it was launching the McPlant burger, a completely vegan burger created by the fast-food chain and Beyond Meat. The release is a part of the company’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint, 29% of which can be attributed to the sourcing of beef.

Why This Matters: Food production accounts for about 30% of global emissions. Beef is the most climate-damaging food on the planet, producing carbon emissions at every step of the supply chain.

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Climate Change is Transforming How Plants Grow

Climate Change is Transforming How Plants Grow

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer  Recently published research in the journals Nature and Current Biology suggest that climate change is changing when and how plants grow. Because of global warming, spring has been arriving earlier, which in turn has triggered plants to sprout ahead of schedule. These plants tend to have shorter lifespans because […]

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Hipsters fueling illicit cactus trade

Hipsters fueling illicit cactus trade

Cacti and succulents have rapidly grown in popularity in the past few years and it turns out that the insatiable demand to have the trendy plants adorn homes is driving poachers to dig them up from the wild and increasingly on public lands. The Guardian recently reported in its in-depth piece that “in the US […]

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