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Agricultural Nitrate: A Global Timebomb Revealed 
The nitrates used to grow crops have seeped into the soil and rocks that shelter our aquifers. The looming threat of contamination, and its environmental consequences, have caused researchers to label the problem the “nitrate timebomb”. The BBC provides the story: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41945650

Willamette Mussel Bed Not Reproducing 
The Oregonian provides insight into the news that the mussels in one of the Willamette’s largest beds are not reproducing. Needless to say, the ramifications are troubling: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/11/study_key_freshwater_mussel_no.html

A Call for a Ban on Glitter 
As awareness rises regarding the burgeoning, global plastics problem, some scientists are pointing to glitter as an overlooked, but significant contributor to the issue of microplastics. Cnet has the story (beware of autoplay): https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-ban-glitter-pollution-ocean-microbeads-microplastic/

Wind Energy Winning on Cost 
As the technologies driving the move to alternative energy sources refine and mature, they are giving conventional sources a run for their money. Wind, in particular, has seen its costs dwindle to where it offers utilities a compelling choice. Ars Technica explains the nuances: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/economics-working-against-coal-as-cost-of-wind-solar-power-drops/