International

"'Pacific Garbage Patch' Expedition Finds Plastic, Plastic Everywhere"

"Scientists who returned to the Bay Area this week after an expedition to the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" brought piles of plastic debris they pulled out of the ocean — soda bottles, cracked patio chairs, Styrofoam chunks, old toys, discarded fishing floats and tangled nets."

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 09/02/2009

"As Hybrid Cars Gobble Rare Metals, Shortage Looms"

"The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements .... That makes Toyota's market-leading gasoline-electric hybrid car and other similar vehicles vulnerable to a supply crunch predicted by experts as China, the world's dominant rare earths producer, limits exports while global demand swells."

Source: Reuters, 09/02/2009

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - International