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The World Was Ranked On Environmental Sustainability & Canada Sucked

Colin Leggett, Narcity -- In Canada, we like to take pride in all of our natural beauty. With all of that beauty, Canada's environmental ranking should be one of the best in the world, right? Well, not according to some data. Recently, the Global Wildlife Travel Index, a study conducted by True Luxury Travel, ranked Canada 17th out of 20 for environmental sustainability, and dead last in the field of environmental prosperity.What do those two metrics mean? According to the study, environmental prosperity refers to "the quality of the natural environment, environmental pressures, and preservation efforts." The data, collected from Legatum Prosperity Index, put Slovenia in first place, and Canada in 18th. Ouch.So why does Canada rank so low in...

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Thailand falling behind in global battle with plastic waste

By George Styllis, Asia Nikkei Review -- BANGKOK -- "Beating plastic pollution" has been set as the theme for World Environment Day on June 5, but Thailand is falling behind Asian and European countries in the fight against plastic waste. The issue has been brought into focus after a dead whale was found last month to have swallowed 80 plastic bags.The whale, found in Songkhla province, served as a reminder of Thailand's problem with plastic, and the abject failures of the government and retail industry to bring the nation's environmental consciousness in line with the rest of the world.Thailand is the world's sixth biggest contributor of ocean waste, while China is the largest. Thailand generates 1.03 million tons of plastic...

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Scientists stumbled upon a plastic-eating bacterium—then accidentally made it stronger

By Neel V. Patel, Popular Science -- The natural world is rapidly becoming a giant pile of plastic waste. There are literally six—six!—ungodly large garbage patches swelling in the ocean. Even areas as far removed from us as the Arctic are not safe. We're slowly suffocating a lot of natural ecologies with our trash. Fish, birds, and other animals all unwittingly consume the five trillion tons of plastic (and counting) strewn about the ocean, and doing so can kill them.Scientist are trying to come up with novel solutions to remedy the plastic pollution crisis, and they're thinking small—in a good way. In a new study to be published in the Proceedings of of the National Academy of Sciences this week,...

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Switzerland Boosts CO2 Reduction Target After Climate Report

By Leonard Kehnscherper, Bloomberg -- The Swiss government aims to make the country climate neutral by 2050, stepping up its efforts to cut carbon emissions to fight global warming.Switzerland now plans to reduce its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 to meet the target of limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to a statement on Wednesday. The country had previously planned to reduce emissions by 70%–85% by 2050 as part of the Paris Agreement.The government said it’s responding to a 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report stating “global warming of 1.5 degrees could also lead to serious changes in ecosystems and that a net emission balance of zero would have to be...

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The Bentley EXP 100 GT Showcases a Plan to Make EVs Luxurious

By Mike Duff, Car and Driver --Anniversaries give automakers the chance to reflect on past glories and hint at future ones, and the transition to three digits is a particularly good age to do both. Bentley is celebrating its centenary this week by showing this stylish concept, the EXP 100 GT, as the brand's look at the "grand tourer of 2035." We're told to see it as confirmation of both Bentley's commitment to electrification and autonomous operation, but also showing the design direction we can expect forthcoming models to take in the shorter term.The EXP 100 is pure electric, with Bentley claiming that developments in battery technology and the arrival of solid-state cells will enable a car this large and grand...

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