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Yes, we're all familiar with cork - wine bottles, cork boards, flooring etc. But how we'll do we know the real benefits of it? And how does that apply to yoga? Eco-Friendly Abundant in the Mediterranean region, the cork oak trees are what produce this renewable resource. The tree is able to regenerate the outer bark (which is made up of cork) and can be harvested, if done correctly, for over 150. Plus, harvested trees require absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to regenerate its lost bark. Anti-Microbial Naturally, it has anti-microbial properties meaning that you'll have a lot less germs and bacteria...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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