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- 04 May 2018 | Environment
Thirty-five years later, the Kilauea volcano erupted, and lava start to flow into the local forest and through cracks in the road.
People who live in the nearby residential areas have been ordered to leave their homes. More than 10,000 residents fled their properties in Hawaii's Big Island.
At 8 pm, Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation for the territory. The Governor of Hawaii activated the Hawaii National Guard to provide support to county emergency response personnel to help with evacuations and security.
- 25 April 2018 | Environment
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is the largest accumulation zone of ocean plastic in the world.
It is located halfway between California and Hawaii. And it is getting worse, fast.
Scientists have been mapping plastic in the area since then the 1970s. However, the phenomenon started to grow, possibly, in the 1950s.
- 19 April 2018 | Environment
A team of scientists discovered an enzyme that that digests the most common plastics found in the environment.
According to the researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the discovery was nearly accidental.
They were studying the structure of a natural enzyme - PETase - which is thought to have evolved in a Japanese waste recycling center, allowing a bacterium to degrade plastic as a food source.