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These are some of the events trending for week ending November 10, 2017

  • The Earth's Ozone Hole Is Shrinking And Is The Smallest It Has Been Since 1988

Here's a rare piece of good news about the environment: The giant hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer is shrinking and has shriveled to its smallest peak since 1988, NASA scientists said. The largest the hole became this year was about 7.6 million square miles wide, about two and a half times the size of the United States, in September. But it was still 1.3 million square miles smaller than last year, scientists said, and has shrunk more since September.

  • Plastic Bottles, Toothbrushes, Chip Bags Make Up Huge Floating Garbage Site In Caribbean

Just off the Caribbean island of Roatan lies a massive pile of floating garbage. 

It spans kilometers of ocean and consists of everyday plastic items like chip packets, cutlery and Ziploc bags and even thongs. The emergence of this rubbish patch is likely due to recent hurricanes that struck the region, one of Australia's top scientists has said.

  • One Step Beyond Organic Or Free-Range: Dutch Farmer's Chickens Lay Carbon-Neutral Eggs

There's the much-criticized battery hen egg, and then the pricier organic and free-range varieties. But for the truly ethically committed, how about the carbon-neutral egg, laid in what has been billed as the world's most environmentally friendly farm?

  • European Nation Set To Be 100% Renewable In Two Years  

Last week, Ireland's Citizens' Assembly met to debate how the country could establish itself as a world leader in the fight against climate change. During the gathering, members heard how the nearby European nation of Scotland has managed to get on track to supply 100 percent of its electricity via renewables by 2020.

  • China Is Developing Rice That Grows In Saltwater

More than half the global population relies on rice to survive, but meeting that demand is difficult due to the increasing scarcity of freshwater, which is required for rice cultivation. To get around the problem, an 87-year-old Chinese scientist named Yuan Longping is developing a new high-yield strain of rice that grows in saltwater.

  • Ikea Is Turning Recycled Bottles Into Kitchen Cabinets

As if Ikea couldn't make us love them more, the Swedish furniture retailer announced at its Democratic Design Dayevent that it's launching a cabinet line that will be made from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic bottles. According to its 2015 Sustainability Report, the company aims to source 100 percent of its wood, paper, and cardboard from sustainable sources by August 2020-and this new cabinet line is just one of the first steps.

  • There Are Plans For One Of The World's Most Polluted Streets To be Traffic-Free Bt 2018

Today Transport for London proposed plans to eliminate vehicles on Oxford Street, one of the busiest and most polluted boulevards in London, by next year. The proposals are open for public comment until 17 December, and they hope to take a decision in spring 2018. At the moment buses and taxis use Oxford Street, but under the proposal, "Access by taxis, private hire vehicles and freight and servicing vehicles would all be restricted."

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The home plastic recycling machine

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