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It’s Raining Plastic, Everywhere
A short time ago, researchers found microscopic plastic fibers in the pristine snows of the Pyrenees. It seemed unlikely to be an isolated case, and indeed, reports from the Rocky Mountains and the Arctic now demonstrate the problem is probably ubiquitous across the planet. The Guardian explores the disturbing news from the Rockies: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/12/raining-plastic-colorado-usgs-microplastics The BBC informs regarding the Arctic: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49295051

Private Satellites Finger Greenhouse Gas Emitters 
As the fight against climate change gathers steam, new players are entering the fray. Now, private satellite networks are being tasked with identifying where methane gas emissions are happening. Tracking down the sources of the gas, and stopping them, stands to be of significant benefit; methane is reported to be 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in its greenhouse effects. Scientific American has the story: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/private-space-race-targets-greenhouse-gas-emitters/

Pesticides Said Driving “Insect Apocalypse” 
The long-term build-up of neonicotinoid pesticide residues is turning the American landscape itself toxic. That is the conclusion of a recent study involving four American research institutions. By their estimation, the agricultural landscape has become 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 25 years ago. The National Geographic elaborates: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/insect-apocalypse-under-way-toxic-pesticides-agriculture/

Western Oregon Conifers Still Show Drought Damage 
Despite our mild summer, a wide range of conifer species, damaged by our years of drought, are still struggling. Big trees need water, too, and you may need to irrigate yours. The Oregon State University Extension Service has been looking at the problem, as detailed in this Oregonian article: https://www.oregonlive.com/hg/2019/08/western-oregon-conifers-continue-to-show-damage-from-drought.html