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Agricultural insecticides pose a global risk to surface water bodies

Streams within approx. 40% of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides.

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Plastic-eating corals make reefs especially vulnerable to pollution

CAIRNS, Australia, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Researchers studying the Great Barrier Reef have found that corals there don't discriminate between real prey like plankton and faux food like microplastics.

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Plastic waste heading for oceans quantified

About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, say scientists.

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Pollutants threaten long-term survival of wandering albatross

Seabirds, aerial ocean predators, are known to amass harmful contaminants over their lifespan.

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Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy

NEW YORK, Jan 27 2015 (IPS) - The village of Dong Mai in Vietnam’s agricultural heartland had a serious problem.

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Industrial contaminants are weakening the penises of polar bears

AARHUS, Denmark, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Polar bears do more than just star in Coca-Cola commercials. Occasionally, they eat and mate (the two great joys of animals' lives). But according to a new study, mating has been getting a bit harder for polar bears in recent decades -- or more accurately, getti ...

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Africa: Insecticide Risk Map Exposes Threat to Aquatic Life

The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.

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Insecticide risk map exposes threat to aquatic life

The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.

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Mystery goo killing San Francisco birds

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in California say synthetic rubber or fuel additive might be to blame for the mysterious sticky goo killing and sickening birds in the San Francisco Bay.

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Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans

(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.

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Ban of vulture-killing drug in India is working

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.

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EU pesticide bans 'could hit UK crops'

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.

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Prozac may be harming bird populations, study suggests

Starlings who were fed same levels of antidepressant drug found in sewage earthworms suffered loss of libido and appetite

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Down the drain: Do surfactants harm the environment? Not likely, report finds

What happens to soap and detergent surfactants when they run down the drain?

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Pollution linked to lethal sea turtle tumors

Polluted urban and farm runoff in Hawaii has been linked to lethal tumors in endangered sea turtles

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Plastic rubbish from land, not ships, killing Australian sea life, say scientists

Research shows three-quarters of rubbish was plastic and debris concentrated near cities

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Pesticide Levels in Waterways Have Dropped, Reducing the Risks to Humans

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.

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Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

Mercury in the environment changes the way birds sing.

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Atop Food Chain, Ospreys Ingest Many Poisons, Revealing Environmental Dangers

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 ...

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Over 60% of breads sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, tests show

Traces found in two in every three loaves as experts call for more research into impact on health

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'Stop using the bloody things': pesticides linked to bee collapse now blamed for bird declines

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 ...

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Bird decline 'smoking gun' for pesticide's effects

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.

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Syngenta seeks ‘emergency’ exemption to use banned insecticide on UK crops

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.

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Chemical Pollution of European Waters Worse than Previously Thought

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.

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IOC: Garbage having a 'severe impact' on marine life

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

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Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico still suffering four years after BP oil spill: report

Environmental campaign group finds ongoing symptoms of oil exposure in 14 species – from oysters to dolphins

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A series of oil spills sully Caribbean paradise, coating mangroves and wildlife

On December 17th, officials first discovered a massive oil spill in the Caribbean-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Air Pollution from Asia Affecting World's Weather

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.

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Pesticide exposure leading to smaller, less-capable worker bees

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.

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Study links BP oil spill to dolphin disease

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.

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The Sickest Places in the World

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.

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EU wants plastic out of marine stomachs

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.

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Nations adopt landmark mercury pollution convention

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.

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Plastic waste threatens lakes as well as oceans

Pollution with plastic waste is not confined to the oceans but poses a growing threat to lakes as well.

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Climate change could increase diarrheal disease in Botswana Amphibians evolve resistance to popular pesticide

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.

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Bees' foraging for flowers 'hampered by diesel exhaust'

Honeybees' ability to find flowers could be hampered by a chemical in diesel exhaust, say scientists.

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vernment rejects the science behind neonicotinoid ban

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.

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Farming a Toxin To Protect Crops, Pollinators and People

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

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Virus to Control Potato Moth

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.

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Pesticides Contaminate Frogs from Californian National Parks

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 ...

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China’s coal plant water grab – and why it’s bad news for Australia

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 ...

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EU and China to look at developing environmental agreement including waste

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 ...

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Study: Brains of arctic polar bears show signs of environmental toxins

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.

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WIPO Committee To Decide Fate Of Treaties To Protect TK, Genetic Resources, Folklore

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.

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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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