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18Feb 20
How To Clean Up An Oil Spill

How to clean up an oil spill

There’s a new method for removing oil contaminating bodies of water. The process involves skimming the oil with water-repellant leaves or textiles. These materials don’t absorb the oil but act as an adhesive. They transport the oil into clean containers. And the oil can be reused. As of February 2020,…

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10Feb 20
30 Years Later: The Lasting Impact Of The Chernobyl Meltdown

30 years later: The lasting impact of the Chernobyl meltdown

In April 1986, the most catastrophic nuclear accident the world has ever seen happened in the former USSR, near the city of Chernobyl. A nuclear reactor exploded and burned, spreading radiation as far away as Sweden. More than 300,000 people were eventually evacuated, and an exclusion zone was established around…

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09Feb 20
Toxic Tea: Another Way Plastic Pollution Is Taking A Toll

Toxic tea: Another way plastic pollution is taking a toll

Discarded plastics don’t just wash up on beaches and interfere with marine life. They also steep in our oceans, creating a toxic brew that harms the bacteria responsible for generating 10 percent of our oxygen. A new study shows that plastics with chemical additives are the worst offenders. Researchers hope…

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Note: Each post links to a current event story related to this 12-Story Library book. Our editors hand-select each story and write each post.

Largest Oil Spills Affecting U.S. Waters Today

A Walk Around Chernobyl

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WWF’s Accidents at Sea

Alaska 20 Years After Exxon Valdez

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