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- 11 August 2017 | Environment
Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla will be forced to restore public access to Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay, California.
A State appeals court ordered the Indian-American businessman to unlock the gate of his $32.5 million property, and allow people to access the road that leads to the beach.
Martins Beach not only is a popular beach in Northern California but is also a well-known surf spot with spectacular wave riding characteristics. Khosla bought the 89-acre property in 2008 and shut down the public access to the beach a few months later.
- 13 July 2017 | Environment
One of the biggest icebergs ever recorded broke away from Antarctica.
Scientists have confirmed that an area of around 6,000 square kilometers - the equivalent to Delaware, Lake Erie, Bali or four times the size of London - has calved away from the region known as Larsen C ice shelf.
The one-trillion ton iceberg is 650 feet (200 meters) thick and will not move very far in the upcoming months, but it may become dangerous to cruise ships that navigate through.
- 29 June 2017 | Environment
A group of researchers from the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, has discovered a marine fungus that degrades microplastics.
According to the scientists, this is the first ecological solution ever to combat plastics in the oceans. The study was published in the Science of the Total Environment.
The fungus nicknamed Zalerion Maritimum not only manages to degrade the small plastic particles but also does it quickly and efficiently.
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