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#NoCongoNoPhone: Tech’s reliance on cobalt

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In a progressively health conscious society, we are more inclined to scrutinise the ingredients in our food than the components that make up our tech products. Probably because your phone won’t cause you to suffer an allergic reaction – but, what if I told you someone may have suffered to get you your phone? The …

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Florida approval for release of genetically modified mosquitoes

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Permission to release Recently, Florida officials granted permission for hundreds of millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes to be released locally. While at first this sounds like an experiment from Jurassic Park, the aim of the release is to reduce local mosquito numbers, specifically those species which transmit diseases such as dengue. The blame for transferring …

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China to be net zero by 2060: impressive or falling short of global needs?

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Last month at the United Nations General Assembly, China’s president Xi Jinping announced their new commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2060. Not only does this mean that more than one sixth of the world’s population has now pledged to achieve carbon neutrality within 40 years, but this accounts for a staggering third of the world’s CO2 output. …

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Watching the World Burn: Why are there so many wildfires in the US

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While it might seem like a long time ago, 2020 began with wildfires across Australia, burning over 72,000 square miles of land. While small bushfires are common in Australia during this period, the 2020 fires (also known as “Black Summer”) were particularly unusual due to its widespread nature, and it’s extended duration, along with the …

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Recycling: Are you actually helping the environment?

Recycling is typically recognised to be one of the easiest, most accessible ways in which to make a more sustainable decision in an everyday household. In fact it feels as though we are making a conscious effort to exercise an environmentally-friendly choice when we separate recyclables like cans, glass and cardboard from general waste. But …

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Snapshot: Mount Sinabung’s eruptions engulf local villages

Mount Sinabung, located on North Sumatra erupted again on 13 August 2020, making it the 8th time it has erupted according to Gulf News. The volcano, which had been dormant for 400 years, has been active since an eruption in 2010. The eruption released a large plume of dust and ash over 3 miles into …

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Snapshot: China’s air pollution halved during lockdown.

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NASA’S analysis saw a drastic reduction in nitrogen dioxide as a result of burning less fossil fuels due to a strict lockdown of the epicentre of the pandemic. China is known to be the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses, causing China’s use of fossil fuels to be central in tracking climate change.  With such …

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