Lighthouse Eco

Striving for a sustainable Lifestyle

Month: May 2022

Six Decades on From Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Birds Facing ‘Inexorable Decline’

Birds may face more threats than any other animal group because they live in — or migrate through — every habitat on Earth.

Unusual strandings of bronze whaler sharks in Eastern Cape leave scientists puzzled

Shark researchers and scientists are trying to understand why there have been mass strandings of bronze whaler sharks along the Eastern Cape coastline.

Rivers can suddenly change course – scientists used 50 years of satellite images to learn where and how it happens

Throughout history, important cities around the world have flourished along river banks. But rivers can also be destructive forces. They routinely flood, and on rare occasions, they can abruptly shift pathways.

Air pollution linked to deadly heart rhythm disorder

Life-threatening arrhythmias are more common on days with highly polluted air, according to new research.

Grains vs Biodiversity: Germany’s new, greener govt stages balancing act

Alarmed by the prospect of global food shortages due to the conflict in Ukraine, the EU wants to get as much land in Europe as possible turned over to grains, even at the cost of biodiversity.

Lab grown wood could mean no more deforestation, say scientists

Tables and chairs grown in a lab could help to slow deforestation, according to a study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

‘No excuses’: limited conservation efforts could save at least 47 Australian animals from extinction

Scientists hope Albanese government addresses extinction crisis as new research shows 63 vertebrates face annihilation by 2041

Sugar Found In Ocean Bed Equivalent to “32 Billion Cans Of Coke”: Study

Seagrass meadows are extremely efficient at capturing carbon, and are one of the worlds top carbon capturing ecosystems.

Researchers Develop Clean Method to Get Lithium From Water

Centuries ago, alchemists thought they could turn lead into gold. Today, the prospect of coaxing valuable materials from abundant resources guides scientists who have seen a golden opportunity.

Plastic-eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste

An enzyme variant created by engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin can break down environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days.

Wild mammals are making a comeback in Europe thanks to conservation efforts

Hunting and habitat loss drove many large mammals in Europe close to extinction. But, the continent’s mammal populations are flourishing again thanks to conservation programs and more productive agriculture.

You Eat a Credit Card’s Worth of Plastic Every Week

What is our hidden consumption of microplastics doing to our health?