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European Union bans insecticide said harmful to bees

BRUSSELS, July 16 (UPI) -- The European Union says farmers will be legally banned from applying a widely used insecticide blamed for declining bee population to their crops.

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China's largest algal bloom turns the Yellow Sea green

The algae, which can suffocate marine life, is thought to be caused by pollution from agriculture and industry

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Pesticides Spark Broad Biodiversity Loss

Agricultural pesticides have been linked to widespread invertebrate biodiversity loss in two new research papers.

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Pesticides Significantly Reduce Biodiversity in Aquatic Environments

June 17, 2013 — The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Salvation in sight for rivers, ponds

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) is planning a project for the eco-restoration of the heavily polluted Pampa river and Karamana river.

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In Southern Tunisia, Pollution No Longer Swept Under the Rug

GABÈS. Tunisia, Jun 7 2013 (IPS) - The story of Gabès and the local phosphate industry follows a plot that is all too familiar: an underdeveloped town located in an industrial region boasts one major lucrative industry with high output and export values, but the local population and surroundings ...

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Shrinking Ganga Continues To Battle Pollution

VARANASI: Even as the world gets set to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on May 22, the Ganga continues to be threatened by pollution.

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Shipping chemical 'unsafe for birds'

Wildlife charities are calling for tighter regulations to protect seabirds from a group of chemicals that caused hundreds of seabirds to be washed up off the south coast of England.

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Heat, sewage pollution caused fish kill

The mass mortality of fish reported from the stretch of the Karamana, near the Thiruvallam and Pallathukadavu ghats last week, could have been caused by the unusual rise in water temperature, reduction in flow and a surge in the concentration of sewage pollution.

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Fish in Gulf of Mexico showing long-term oil spill effects

DAVIS, Calif., May 2 (UPI) -- Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill sickened an important fish species in the Gulf of Mexico for at least a year after the disaster, researchers say.

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Bees need Europe's pesticide ban, whatever the UK says

Yesterday the European Commission decided to impose a ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in the European Union. These chemicals will now be banned for two years for crops that attract bees. All EU nations, even the UK and the others that voted against this move this week, must impose the ...

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Want to Slow Sea Level Rise? Curb 4 Pollutants

Sharp reductions in short-lived airborne pollutants could significantly slow sea level rise before 2100, a new study finds.

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Industrial waste polluting ecosystem of Sundarbans: Report

Industries located along the Gangetic delta in Haldia, Kolkata and its outskirts are polluting the fragile ecosystem of Sundarbans, home to 40 lakh people and the Royal Bengal Tiger, a latest study says.

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Plastic pollution invades Great Lakes

NEW ORLEANS, April 9 (UPI) -- Floating plastic debris, like that in the infamous "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in the Pacific Ocean, has become a problem in the Great Lakes, scientists say.

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Pesticide powers 'must be devolved'

Welsh government publishes draft plan for turning around dwindling bee populations

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Ban pesticides linked to bee deaths, say MPs

The UK government should suspend the use of a number of pesticides linked to the deaths of bees, a committee of MPs has said.

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Fish deformities linked to oil pollution in U.S. and Alberta

A renowned Alberta water scientist is urging the federal government to take action after he discovered deformities in fish in the Athabasca River downriver from oil sands developments bear a striking resemblance to ones found in fish after spills in U.S. waters.

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Antarctic Island Heavily Trashed

In early 1995, I led a Greenpeace expedition to Antarctica during which, among other things, we stopped off at King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands just off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, to pay an official but cordial visit to some of the bases there.

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Pesticides said harming bee brains

DUNDEE, Scotland, March 27 (UPI) -- Some pesticides may be damaging the brains of bees, inhibiting the ability to learn and remember floral smells in their search for food, British scientists say.

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After decades of turning a blind eye, Peru declares state of emergency due to oil contamination in Amazon

The Peruvian government has declared an environmental state of emergency after finding elevated levels of lead, barium, and chromium in the Pastaza River in the Amazon jungle, reports the Associated Press.

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UK blamed for “cop-out” on EU ban on pesticides linked to bee decline

The UK and other European Governments have been accused of a "cop-out" after the European Parliament failed to reach a majority vote on Friday on a ban on pesticides that have been linked to a decline in the bee population.

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EU states undecided on pesticide ban to protect bees

(Reuters) - European Union governments failed to reach a decision on Friday on whether to ban three widely-used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, the European Commission said

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Tanzania: Experts Want Viable Action to Tackle Environmental Pollution

Mwanza — ILEMELA District Civil Societies Network with local authorities have conducted a meeting to promote a dialogue on issues related to climatic change, environmental pollution.

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Plastic waste problem persists

Despite efforts to reduce and recycle plastic, the planet is still awash with wayward wrappers, bottles and bags.

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Drug residues 'alter fish behaviour'

Psychiatric drugs taken by humans to cope with anxiety are being excreted and flushed into waterways where they are probably affecting fish behaviour.

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EU pushes ban on pesticides linked to bee downfall

Following a flood of damning research on the longterm impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on bee colonies, the EU is proposing a two year ban on the popular pesticides for crops that attract bees, such as corn, sunflower, oil seed rape, cotton.

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EU wants pesticide restrictions

BRUSSELS, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- European Union regulators say member states should consider restricting use of certain pesticides suspected of killing off bees.

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Resistant weeds said threat to U.S. crops

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. health advocacy group Monday urged limiting the use of herbicides on genetically engineered crops, saying the technology is unsustainable.

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Common pesticides 'can kill frogs within an hour'

New research suggests the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the global decline of amphibians

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Nations agree on legally binding mercury rules

More than 140 countries have agreed on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution, at UN talks.

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Environmental Impact of Insecticides On Water Resources: Current Methods of Measurement and Evaluation Show Shortcomings

Jan. 14, 2013 — Common practice for the monitoring of insecticides in water resources reveals shortcomings.

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Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees, report finds

Campaigners say the conclusion by the European Food Safety Authority is a 'death knell' for neonicotinoid pesticides

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Oil Sands Industry in Canada Tied to Higher Carcinogen Level

OTTAWA — The development of Alberta’s oil sands has increased levels of cancer-causing compounds in surrounding lakes well beyond natural levels, Canadian researchers reported in a study released on Monday. And they said the contamination covered a wider area than had previously been believed.

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Insecticide regulators ignoring risk to bees, say MPs

A parliamentary inquiry has uncovered evidence that links widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides to decline in bees

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Killing rats is killing birds

Law-makers in Canada and the United States are making moves to restrict the use of rodent poisons based on blood thinners, as studies show that the toxins accumulate in birds of prey and other animals.

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Long-billed vulture numbers recover in Pakistan after diclofenac ban

The drug was banned across south Asia in 2006 after it was found to be responsible for catastrophic population declines

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The buzz about pesticides

Bees, the most important pollinators of crops, are in trouble. All over the world, their populations are decreasing and scientists and farmers want to know why.

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Invisible Plastic Particles in Seawater Damaging to Sea Animals

ScienceDaily (Sep. 20, 2012) — Plastic nanoparticles in seawater can have an adverse effect on sea organisms

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Pesticides could cost sub-Saharan Africa $90bn in illness bill, UN warns

Use of hazardous chemicals also on the rise in Asia, causing severe damage to both environment and health of people

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UNEP calls for better chemical management

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A U.N. agency called on world leaders to incorporate sustainable management of the chemicals industry into their economic and environmental policies.

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Caffeine flushed into Pacific Ocean stresses marine life

Caffeine has become a significant pollutant in the ocean off the U.S. Pacific Northwest, according to a university researcher.

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Chemical confuses, threatens breeding fish

ST. PAUL, Minn., July 12 (UPI) -- A chemical used in plastics is causing fish to court members of other species, resulting in interbreeding and loss of biodiversity, U.S. researchers say.

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Dead Zone Pollutant Grows Despite Decades of Work

One theory is that more fertilizer is washing into the watershed because corn acreage has skyrocketed. But some old nitrate could be bubbling up from contaminated groundwater

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Human rubbish is causing a spike in deaths and injuries in the animal kingdom.

A turtle with a fish hook in its gut, an owl with a broken wing, a little penguin sliced by a propeller - all injuries caused by the most dangerous animals of all, humans.

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Lead Poisoning Blocks Recovery of California Condor Population

ScienceDaily (June 25, 2012) — A comprehensive study led by environmental toxicologists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows that California condors are continually exposed to harmful levels of lead, the principal source of that lead is ammunition, and lead poisoning from ammunitio ...

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Meat-Eating Plants Getting "Full" On Pollution

Carnivorous plants in Sweden are so stuffed on nitrogen pollution that they're able to eat fewer bugs—and that may not be a good thing for the plants, a new study says.

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After damning research, France proposes banning pesticide linked to bee collapse

Following research linking neonicotinoid pesticides to the decline in bee populations, France has announced it plans to ban Cruiser OSR, an insecticide produced by Sygenta.

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Sequoias, earth's oldest life, smothered by smog

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — On a clear day, the view from Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park extends west for 105 miles across the patchwork of crops in California's agricultural heartland to the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond

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INDIA: Threat of plastic bags bigger than atom bomb: Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The supreme court on Monday said the threat of plastic bags, which is choking lakes, ponds and urban sewer system, is bigger than the atom bomb for the next generation.

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Gulf Spill Pictures

Ten New Studies Show Impact on Coast

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