(Reuters) - There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans.
There's hope for India's imperilled vultures. There has been a big reduction in the use of veterinary diclofenac, a painkilling drug given to livestock that is deadly to vultures that dine on their carcasses.
The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report has claimed.
Starlings who were fed same levels of antidepressant drug found in sewage earthworms suffered loss of libido and appetite
What happens to soap and detergent surfactants when they run down the drain?
Polluted urban and farm runoff in Hawaii has been linked to lethal tumors in endangered sea turtles
Research shows three-quarters of rubbish was plastic and debris concentrated near cities
The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on Thursday.
Mercury in the environment changes the way birds sing.
Ospreys tell a story, and Elliott, Lee, and the other scientists who track the raptors are trying to decipher their message. For more than two decades in North America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, ospreys have revealed disturbing tales about DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pulp ...
Traces found in two in every three loaves as experts call for more research into impact on health
In recent years the evidence has piled up that neonicotinoids—a hugely popular group of pesticide—may be at least partly responsible for ongoing bee and pollinator collapse. But new research in the journal Nature find that these pesticides could also be taking a heavy toll on other species, in t ...
The widespread use of a type of insecticide that has been blamed for honeybee deaths is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe, a report says.
Almost one-third of all oilseed rape in the UK could be treated with a banned insecticide if the government grants an “emergency” exemption from the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta, it has emerged.
A recent study shows for the first time that toxic chemicals pose ecological risks to European waters, as levels are much worse than previously thought.
The hunt for Flight MH370 has been hampered by objects that have turned out to be trash. But the search has also revealed a wider problem that is taking a heavy toll on wildlife
Environmental campaign group finds ongoing symptoms of oil exposure in 14 species – from oysters to dolphins
On December 17th, officials first discovered a massive oil spill in the Caribbean-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
Jan. 21, 2014 — Extreme air pollution in Asia is affecting the world's weather and climate patterns, according to a study by Texas A&M University and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers.
LONDON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Individual bees produced by a colony exposed to a widely used pesticide hatch out at a smaller size and grow less, British researchers say.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. government study links the BP oil disaster to Gulf of Mexico dolphin disease, but a spokesman for the oil and gas giant said the study proved nothing.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 5 2013 (IPS) - Parts of Indonesia, Argentina and Nigeria are among the top 10 most polluted places on the planet, according to a new report by U.S. and European environmental groups.
Marine biologists are finding more plastic particles in the stomachs of dead birds and fish. The EU plans to help by reducing plastic bag use by 80 percent. A few member states have already provided the blueprint.
Nations have begun signing a legally binding treaty designed to curb mercury pollution and the use of the toxic metal in products around the globe.
Pollution with plastic waste is not confined to the oceans but poses a growing threat to lakes as well.
Climate change may increase the incidence of diarrheal disease in Botswana, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Honeybees' ability to find flowers could be hampered by a chemical in diesel exhaust, say scientists.
The government says it accepts the EU ban on the use of some pesticides linked to bee deaths, but it rejects the science behind the moratorium.
Genetically modified crops that produce the pest-killing toxin Bt increase yields and reduce the use of noxious chemical insecticides. But like any powerful tool, they must be used responsibly
July 29, 2013 — New biological insecticides have emerged in recent years which make use of so-called "entomopathogenic" viruses that are harmful to insects, in particular the baculovirus.
Pesticides commonly used in California's Central Valley, one of the world's most productive agricultural regions, have been found in remote frog species miles from farmland. Writing in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, researchers demonstrate the contamination of Pacific Tree Fogs in remot ...
Greenpeace has released an expose detailing an extraordinary “water grab” by the world’s biggest coal company, Chinese state-owned giant Shenhua Group. The culprit is a controversial coal-to-liquids plant the company is operating in Inner Mongolia. The report Thirsty Coal 2: Shenhua’s Water Grab ...
Brussels -- For the EU-China Environmental Policy Dialogue, Zhou Shengxian, Minister of Environment Protection of the People’s Republic of China, and Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Environment, met in Beijing on 19 July 2013. They exchanged views on the latest progress in the field of ...
AARHUS, Denmark, July 23 (UPI) -- Danish scientists say studies have shown environmental toxins are entering the brain tissue of polar bears, suggesting they can cross the blood-brain barrier.
World Intellectual Property Organization committee members will decide by tomorrow whether to recommend WIPO move to final high-level negotiations on the protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore.
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.
The algae, which can suffocate marine life, is thought to be caused by pollution from agriculture and industry
Agricultural pesticides have been linked to widespread invertebrate biodiversity loss in two new research papers.
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).
The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) is planning a project for the eco-restoration of the heavily polluted Pampa river and Karamana river.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Sharp reductions in short-lived airborne pollutants could significantly slow sea level rise before 2100, a new study finds.
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.
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.
Welsh government publishes draft plan for turning around dwindling bee populations