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Synthetic Clothes Shed Plastic Microfibers 
While sources like cosmetics or the break down of packaging have been pointed to as sources of the microplastics fouling aquatic environments, it turns out our clothes may be a major contributor as well. Researchers found that laundering a variety synthetic clothing produced differing amounts of microfibers, thought to be harmful to aquatic life. The Smithsonian explains: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pick-your-wardrobe-carefully-lives-clams-and-mussels-may-depend-it-180960761/?no-ist

Urban Trees Cut Air Pollution 
It would seem obvious, but now it’s official: Trees make cities healthier places to live. Of course, to make it official, you have to quantify it, which is what the Nature Conservancy did, in a report. In turn, the BBC provides coverage: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37813709

 

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