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An all-female scientific expedition will take on the plastic problem.

”Women by nature have a nurturing instinct and are compelled to protect.”

Each year, we produce so much plastic that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish - provided we don’t slow down. To tackle the problem, an all-female expedition will set out to make sure this doesn’t happen by “raising awareness of, and explore solutions to, the devastating environmental and health impacts of single-use plastics and toxics in the world’s ocean.”

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The world has a massive plastic problem. Currently, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch between California and Hawaii is twice the size of Texas and is in no signs of shrinking.

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Scientists just used rabbit DNA to create a new kind of powerful, air purifying plant.

It cleans the air five times as efficiently as normal plants.

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Looks like Rabbit Air, the company behind this sleek-looking Air Purifier, has some stiff—and very weird—competition. Scientists added mammal DNA to a houseplant to create a new kind of air purifier—one with the added benefit of beautifying your home and providing something for your cat to knock over. What mammal’s DNA did they use, you ask? A Rabbit’s.

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Rural Americans’ Struggles Against Factory Farm Pollution Find Traction In Court

It’s a breakthrough after years of government failure to protect rural communities from farms housing many animals in close quarters.

A barn that can hold up to 4,800 hogs outside Berwick, Pennsylvania. The state says the farm is in compliance with regulations, but residents have gone to court seeking relief from odors. Photo by Michael Rubinkam/AP Photo.

As U.S. livestock farming becomes more industrial, it is changing rural life. Many people now live near concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) — large facilities that can house thousands of animals in close quarters. Neighbors have to contend with noxious odors, toxic emissions, and swarms of insects, and have had little success in obtaining relief — but this could be changing.

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