Ocean and coastal waters around the world are beginning to tell a disturbing story. The seas, like a sponge, are absorbing increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so much so that the chemical balance of our oceans and coastal waters is changing and a growing threat to marine ecosystems.
Every year, the world makes 21 million tons of polystyrene, the kind of plastic found in styrofoam cups, take out containers, CD cases, and packing peanuts.
Most of that ends up in landfills, in waterways, and on the streets — and stays there. Styrofoam isn’t biodegradable, meaning that it can’t be broken down or decomposed by bacteria or other organisms the way other trash can.
It’s estimated that the world yields 110 million tons of citrus fruits annually, with oranges accounting for more than half of that production volume. Given that not every part of the fruit is put to use, that’s a lot of waste.
The spherical refrigerator by Dutch designer Floris Schoonderbeek is buried underground, keeping food cool without using electricity.
We now know that climate change is a lot more complicated than the world just getting hotter or colder. It will have all kinds of effects, and scientists studying the African savanna think they’ve found one of them.
Looking for a way to stretch your food dollars? Would an extra $30 per month for each person in your household help? That’s about $370 per person per year, or almost $1,500 for a family of four. That’s the amount of money USDA estimates the average American spends on food that’s not eaten. It is the equivalent of approximately 2 months’ worth of groceries in a year. – See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/10/20/how-can-we-support-affordable-nutritious-diets-reduce-wasted-food/#sthash.ZlWXeEez.dpuf