Washing your clothes is causing plastic pollution, but a simple filter could help

(CNN)Tiny plastic particles are polluting our oceans, where they can stay for centuries, harming sea life and making their way into the human food chain. That may not sound like much, but when you multiply it by every household wash, it adds up. It is estimated that around half a million metric tonnes of microfibers enters our oceans this way every year. Although microplastics can be dangerous to some marine life, the health risk to humans is still relatively unknown. Wastewater treatment plants catch some of these fibers, trapping them among a semi-solid gunk known as sewage sludge. But in many countries this sludge is spread on fields as a fertilizer. From here, the fibers may run off into streams, …

Europe prepares for scorching heat wave with public cooling rooms, mist showers and health warnings

(CNN)Europe is bracing for an “exceptional” heat wave, with authorities activating emergency plans that include setting up public cooling rooms and extending hours at swimming pools. Heat waves are becoming more frequent and more severe because of the climate crisis, scientists say. The frequency of such events is expected to double by 2050, Météo-France said. Heat records could fall in France France could see temperatures that exceed those of the historic and lethal 2003 European heat wave. A record-setting mark of 44.1 Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) was measured that August in France, and more than 14,000 mostly elderly people died. Such temperatures are far above average across Central and Western Europe, hiking the potential danger, CNN senior meteorologist Brandon Miller …