Rice ISN'T the best way to save a wet phone! Cat litter is

Daily Mail

There's nothing worse than the moment your phone slips out of your back pocket into the toilet. And whilst it's long been believed that putting the drenched device in a bowl of rice will miraculously bring it back to life, experts have discovered what they claim to be a much more effective method. According to Gazelle, who ran some rigorous tests, using cat litter is the best way to recover a phone that's been submerged in water. A team of testers discovered if you drop your phone in water, left, then cat litter will miraculously recover your device. The experts specifically recommend crystal kitty litter as the saviour of choice for a drenched handset.

American Is Infested With Rats and Some of Them Are the Size of Infants

Mother Jones

"Breeding usually slows down during the winter months," he said. But with shorter, warmer winters becoming more common--2016 was America's warmest winter on record--rats are experiencing a baby boom. "They have an edge of squeezing out one more litter, one more half litter," Corrigan said. One more litter or half litter makes a serious difference when a population boom is not only a nuisance, but a public health and economic crisis. Rats breed like rabbits; as this alarming Rentokil graphic shows, two rats in an ideal environment can turn into 482 million rats over a period of three years.

No more 'Filthadelphia'? City tackles its litter problem

FOX News

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia has been trying for decades to tackle its litter problem and shed itself of the nickname Filthadelphia. In June, the city and a number of citizen groups tackled one small piece of the big litter puzzle: the posting of illegal signs. Citizens collected over 8,500 signs from around the city in the action billed as the Bandit Signs Brigade. Nic Esposito is director of the City's Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet. He says such signs often end up as litter, and a littered community is bad for residents and bad for business.

Fly-tippers could be put on litter duty under new plans

BBC News

Fly-tippers could be forced to pick up other people's litter as part of their community service. Those convicted could be made to carry out the punishment in addition to being fined or jailed. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said it would help communities in England blighted by fly-tipping and help cut costs for councils. The measures are being announced as part of the government's new litter strategy. Councils reported 936,090 cases of fly-tipping in 2015-16, costing almost £50m to clear up.