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Baby Black Rhino Born at Michigan Zoo on Christmas Eve

The birth of the yet-to-be-named male calf marks a milestone for conservationists trying to save the critically endangered species

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-black-rhino-born-michigan-zoo-christmas-eve-180973864/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20191227-daily-responsive&spMailingID=41430539&spUserID=NzQwNDU2MjA3OTES1&spJobID=1662464573&spReportId=MTY2MjQ2NDU3MwS2

Plastic pollution: Grass ‘could be used for packaging’

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Bangor University researchers are working with leftover farming materials to create trays for fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs. They say the research could also provide an extra source of income for farmers in African countries such as Uganda. Plant fibres are being mashed up and pressed into shallow trays similar to plastic ones already in use in supermarkets

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50394607?intlink_from_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fscience_and_environment&link_location=live-reporting-story

Quoting ‘The Lorax,’ Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail

In a decision filed Thursday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., a three-judge panel declared the U.S. Forest Service “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources” when it issued permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to build through parts of the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests and a right of way across the Appalachian Trail. … The judges cited Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: “We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.'”

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/14/676950106/quoting-the-lorax-court-pulls-permit-for-pipeline-crossing-appalachian-trail

How Libraries Won Over The Hearts Of Millennials

That’s the main finding of a new report from Pew Research Center, which reveals that more millennials use their local libraries than other adult generations. Pew’s data, collected in a survey administered during fall 2016, found that 53% of millennials said they’d used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months.

Read more:  https://education.good.is/articles/this-is-generation-uses-libraries-most?utm_source=thedailygood&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailygood

California Adds Herbicide Used By Monsanto To List Of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

The listing is the latest legal setback for the company, which has faced increasing litigation over glyphosate since WHO said that it was “probably carcinogenic.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-glyphosate-cancer-causing-chemical-list_us_5951ed4ae4b05c37bb78fc20?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

The small Scottish isle leading the world in electricity

 

Solar panels provide a boost to Eigg’s other sources of power

In 2008, Eigg became the world’s first community to launch an off-grid electric system powered by wind, water and solar – and this group of residents largely taught themselves how to do it. Before that, without access to a national grid, residents relied on noisy, expensive diesel generators that only ran for a few hours a day. The electrification scheme made 24-hour power available to residents for the first time.

Read more:   http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170329-the-extraordinary-electricity-of-the-scottish-island-of-eigg