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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles | Environment | The Guardian
Damian Carrington. The Guardian. 16 April 2018

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.
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2 days ago by asfaltics
Is Ornamenting Solar Panels a Crime? - e-flux Architecture - e-flux
We’re Solarpunk because the only other options are denial or despair. —Adam Flynn1 By now, dystopia may have become a luxury genre. Indulging in miserable future scenarios is not something everyone has time for.
additivism  anthropocene  apocalypse  energy  environment  power  reading  solarpunk  sustainability  stream 
8 days ago by therourke
The swiftness of glaciers: language in a time of climate change | Aeon Ideas
Language bends and buckles under pressure of climate change. Take the adjective ‘glacial’. I recently came across an old draft of my PhD dissertation on which my advisor had scrawled the rebuke: ‘You’re proceeding at a glacial pace. You’re skating on thin ice.
additivism  anthropocene  art  climate  change  environment  global  warming  ice  language  stream 
14 days ago by therourke
Two degrees no longer seen as global warming guardrail
Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius will not prevent destructive and deadly climate impacts, as once hoped, dozens of experts concluded in a score of scientific studies released Monday. A world that heats up by 2C (3.
additivism  anthropocene  catastrophe  climate  change  environment  stream 
14 days ago by therourke
An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried - Motherboard
Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.
additivism  anthropocene  extinction  future  humans  list  posthumanism  progress  reading  sci-fi  stream 
14 days ago by therourke
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29 days ago by hockendougal
Tourists are swarming Antarctica to see it before it’s gone | The Outline
“Join our team on this special voyage that equips leaders with resources and actionable solutions to become a part of a global force of change.” This isn’t the description for Doctors Without Borders. It’s for a luxury Antarctic vacation expedition through the company Explorer’s Passage.
additivism  antarctica  anthropocene  climate  change  environment  global  warming  tourism  travel  stream 
5 weeks ago by therourke

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