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Smell of Plastic Makes Seabirds Think It's a Meal

Turns out, the scent is similar to krill

(Newser) - Scientists think they've figured out why so many seabirds feast on plastic floating in the ocean, often with deadly consequences. It turns out that the plastic smells an awful lot like the small crustaceans known as krill that are a staple of the birds' diet, reports New Scientist . The... More »

Cleaner Air Causing Sea Ice to Melt Away

Sulfur dioxide actually protected ice from the sun: study

(Newser) - Sulfur dioxide is a bad thing, right? Indeed, it's been linked to acid rain, crop failures, and respiratory problems—but scrubbing it from the atmosphere has also apparently caused Arctic sea ice to melt, the Anchorage Daily News reports. According to a new study from Environment Canada, recent reductions... More »

EPA's New Rule Will Make Gas Pricier, Earth-Healthier

Oil refiners will need to cut gasoline's sulfur content some 60%

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency is today putting in place a new rule to drastically cut sulfur from gasoline, a measure it says will ultimately save lives, the New York Times reports. Sulfur in gasoline renders vehicle pollution control systems less effective, boosting smog-causing emissions associated with heart and lung disease,... More »

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