Grimple and the team have been trawling the web and news papers to bring you their top 3 green stories this week.
Check out our summarised accounts of those stories below:
Technology – Electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, and our mobile phones are one of the biggest contributors to it.
When we upgrade our phones, we normally upgrade the full device and not just the part that is needed. So the clever people at www.phoneblocs.com have devised a device that is made of replaceable blocks, so if you need a bigger memory or a new battery then just replace that specific block of the phone. We think it’s a great idea that will slow down mobile phone waste by up to 90%.
Nature – An Oarfish measuring over 18ft, that’s 5.5m, has been found off the coast of Southern California.
Jasmine Santana, a marine science instructor spotted the massive carcass glimmering in the water when she was snorkelling off Santa Catalina island. It is believed to have died from natural causes and it took 15 people to help drag it back to shore.
Click here to see the video of the news report.
Environment – The World Health Organization has classed the pollutants in the air we breathe as a leading environmental cause of cancer.
Sources of pollution include power stations, car exhausts, heating in people’s homes and emissions from agriculture and industry. The WHO say that the evidence was clear that they cause lung cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of WHO , has now classed air pollution in the same category as tobacco smoke, UV radiation and plutonium.
It is suggested that around 223,000 lung cancer deaths were caused by air pollution. Most of them coming from countries like China and others in East Asia. Rapid industrialisation has led to smoggy cities such as Beijing.
However this has been raised as a global problem with concerns raised in Europe again this week. “There’s a lot we can do as individuals to lower our chances of developing the disease such as being more physically active and adopting a healthier diet.” Says Dr Julie Sharp, from Cancer Research UK.