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Lego Builds Big in Its Search for Sustainable Plastics

The Danish toy company is set to invest massive amounts of cash to help find greener materials for their products.

Image by Benjamin Esham via Flickr

Go into almost any home with children, and you’re likely to find Legos. Maybe the kids put together one of the brand’s many specialty sets, recreating a scene from Star Wars. Or maybe they just followed their imaginations, building something strange and unique. Perhaps the pieces are just scattered all over the floor, and as you step unassumingly into the room, you stumble on the bricks’ trademark pointy corners, howling in a familiar pain that takes you back to the heady, magically creative days of your own childhood. In any case, there’s a lot of Lego out there—according to ‎Tim Brooks, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability at Lego, there are more than 90 times as many Lego pieces as there are human beings on Earth. So it’s a relief to hear that the company is investing one billion kroner (over $150 million) to sustainably replace the oil-based plastics used to make the ubiquitous toy bricks.

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The Battle to Save the Arctic from Drilling is Heating Up

Greenpeace’s oil-rig occupation may be over, but the struggle to preserve a pristine Alaskan environment is far from finished.

Photo © Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace via Twitter user @zoevirginia

If you happened to be drifting in the Pacific Ocean last Monday, 750 miles northwest of Hawaii, you might have seen what looked like the opening sequence of an action movie—a rigid-hulled, inflatable boat skipped along the high seas. Briny wind and ocean spray whipped across the occupants of the craft as they sped towards their target: an Arctic-bound oil rig being hauled toward a Seattle port. When they reached the steep side of the rig, the climbers mounted it using ropes and climbing gear.

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There's Less Summer Sea Ice in the Arctic Than Ever (So Now We're Drilling There)

What do we do when we realize that temperatures in the Arctic are rising four times faster than the global average? We drill!

What do we do when we realize that temperatures in the Arctic are rising four times faster than the global average, causing Arctic ice to recede to record-low levels?

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From Boing Boing comes this video, by Al Jazeera, which offers one look at a legal battle between a resident of the polluted Niger Delta and Royal Dutch Shell. It's not surprising that the people with the least means—like this fisherman whose pond was destroyed by an oil spill—both suffer the most and have the lowest chances of successful recourse against titans of industry. What might be surprising is that, according to The Guardian, more oil is spilled each year in Nigeria than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico.

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