23 May This Week in Environmentalism
Temperature Reaches 123.8℉ in Delhi, India
Climate change is likely to blame for India’s drought and extreme temperatures, which researchers predict will only get worse. More heat and less water threatens crop yields, human, and animal health. On Saturday, many Indians suffered from diarrhea or dehydration.
New York Times
Air Pollution Creating Ocean Dead-zones in the Pacific
Increased atmospheric nitrogen is being absorbed into oceans due to East Asian air pollution. Phytoplankton thrive off the excess nitrogen, later being consumed by deep sea anaerobic bacteria, depleting oxygen levels in the ocean. This results in large dead zones (places with so little oxygen that sea animals can’t survive) along currents thousands of miles away from the original pollution source. Deep sea oxygen is difficult to replenish which could add to decreasing ocean health.
Biodegradable and Edible Six Pack Rings
Saltwater Brewery in Florida has developed edible and biodegradable six pack rings. The product will help prevent harm to sea animals by using non-plastic materials. It is made from barley and wheat remnants, byproducts of the beer making cycle and completely safe to be eaten by sea animals or biodegrade naturally.
One Third of Australia’s Sea Level Researchers to be Laid Off
275 members of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation are to be laid off, especially sea level rise researchers. There has been serious backlash within the scientific and environmental world, but the Australian government has not backed down on the decision.
New York Times
Former Farmers Suing Monsanto After Developing Cancer
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide may be to blame for similar cancers among farmers.