A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR). As part of the university’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory educational program, designed to engage undergraduate students in discovery-based research, the group searched for plants and cultured the micro-organisms within their tissue.
Could be hugely significant environmentally, but how real a prospect is there of plastic munching funghi being part of the waste remediation process? Perhaps just too weak a signal - but one to keep watching. by Mar 16
Huichol people near Real de Catorce, Mexico, who are trying to stop a $100m mining project by First Majestic Silver Corp. Photograph: Christian Palma/AP The global mining , oil and gas industries have expanded so fast in the last decade they are now leading to large-scale "landgrabbing" and threatening farming and water supplies, according to a report by environment and development groups in Europe, Africa and India.
A big environmental issue, with a strong future-scenario relevance, but lieing outside the immediate purview of the partnership I guess. by Mar 16