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Meat

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Planktonium

The wondrous (tiny) world of plankton.

Phytoplankton (small plant-like cells) are producing half of all oxygen on earth by photosynthesis, like plants and trees do on land. Zooplankton are forming the base of the food chain of aquatic life. Plankton are also playing an important part in the global carbon cycle. The plankton are threatened by climate change, global warming and acidification of the oceans.

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The History and Future of Everything — Time

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Octopuses, crabs and lobsters to be recognised as sentient beings

Octopuses, crabs and lobsters will receive greater welfare protection in UK law following an LSE report which demonstrates that there is strong scientific evidence that these animals have the capacity to experience pain, distress or harm.

The UK government has today confirmed that the scope of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill will be extended to all decapod crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs.

by LSE

More like this, please.

I believe the EU (or some members of) already had similar laws. I am not sure if they go as far, though.

We have to rethink the food industry. And these laws help go into the right direction.

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Ocean Plastic

Seeing it summarised like this, is quite depressing.

Definitely time for humanity to act, ban one-use anything, stop dumping trash left and right, or exporting it to poor countries.

There’s some hope with ongoing projects that attempt to catch (bigger) plastic before they reach the oceans, or fish it out when floating in patches — but it does feel a bit like “too little, too late”. And that won’t help with the microplastics and beads that are generally too small to catch.

A million (!) animals die very year, just because of plastic. Let alone the effects on the surviving animals, and us, humans.

I’ll be donating to The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, through my employer, that’ll match my offer.