Scientists discover fungus that degrades plastic

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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Hokulea completes the circumnavigation of the Earth

The Hokulea has successfully completed the three-year voyage around the world.

It's like going back in time. The voyaging canoe arrived home, and thousands of proud Hawaiians converged at Honolulu's Ala Wai Boat Harbor to welcome the historical sailing craft.

The Hokulea traveled more than 40,000 nautical miles around the globe, and the crew used only ancient navigating techniques based on the positioning of the sun, stars, winds, waves, and seabirds.

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Why shark finning should be banned

Did you know that fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global shark fin trade every year?

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), there are 14 species of shark threatened, vulnerable and endangered due to shark finning.

But why is this a problem? And why do hunters cut fins off a shark? The main reason might shock you. In many Asian countries, a shark fin soup is a luxurious delicacy. But the United States is also a client.

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