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Microplastics Found to Litter Riverbeds 
It should come as little surprise to hear that researchers are finding heavy loads of microplastics in stream beds. Although this BBC article focuses on the UK, you can be sure the problem isn’t limited to Europe, or even the developed world. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43363545

Climate Science and Spin Hit the Courts 
The cities of San Francisco and Oakland are seeking damages from oil companies for costs expected to result from sea level rise. The premise is, that by actively campaigning to delay action on human inputs to climate change, the companies perpetrated consequential damages to the municipalities. While proceedings are just getting under way in federal court, Ars Technica has a brief look at how the arguments are shaping up. https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/in-court-oil-companies-accept-climate-science-but-rewrite-its-history/

Renewable Energy Pushes on Fossil Fuels 
While some still debate the merits of renewable energy, it continues to overtake more traditional sources. In other words, despite whatever the rhetoric, the market has decided: renewable is the future. Ars Technica provides some insight into the developments: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/renewables-conservation-start-pushing-fossil-fuels-off-the-us-grid/

Native Bees Take Hit From Feral Honeybees 
At the same time that neonicotinoid pesticides and habitat loss due to intensive farming techniques assail them, native bees are being hammered by an invasive species: feral European honeybees. The invaders decimate the food supplies the natives depend on, impacting their foraging success and their numbers. In Defense of Plants has the details of a study in California that illuminates the problem: http://www.indefenseofplants.com/blog/2018/2/13/california-bumblebee-decline-linked-to-feral-honeybees

 

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