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‘Toilet of Europe’: Spain’s pig farms blamed for mass fish die-offs

Pollution from hundreds of intensive pig farms may have played a bigger role than publicly acknowledged in the collapse of one of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoons, according to a new investigation.

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‘The sea was milky white’: how the Southern Water sewage scandal unfolded

The town of Whitstable sits on the north Kent coast, home to the oysters that have brought it worldwide fame from waters that are some of the most protected in Europe.

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‘Oil spills of our time’: experts sound alarm about plastic lost in cargo ship disasters

Container ship accidents at sea should be considered the “oil spills of our time”, warned environmental organisations that found a toxic mix of metals, carcinogenic and other harmful chemicals on plastic washed up on Sri Lanka’s beaches after a cargo ship fire.

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‘Nurdles are everywhere’: how plastic pellets ravaged a Sri Lankan paradise

When Adnan Sheikh took his family on holiday to Sri Lanka last October, he booked them into a hotel for two weeks in Sarakkuwa beach, just off the coast from where the X-Press Pearl cargo ship caught fire and sank five months previously.

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‘No fish’: How dams and climate change are choking Asia’s great lake

For more than half a century, January meant prime fishing season for Pang Bin. He took his wooden boat out into Cambodia’s largest lake, his catches and their sales sustaining his family for much of the year.

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‘Forever chemicals’: what are PFAS and what risk do they pose?

PFAS are a family of thousands of human-made substances – nicknamed “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment – that have been widely used since the 1940s in a huge range of everyday consumer products and industrial processes.

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‘Deluge of plastic waste’: US is world’s biggest plastic polluter

At 42m metric tons of plastic waste a year, the US generates more waste than all EU countries combined

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‘Babies here are born sick’: are Bolivia’s gold mines poisoning its indigenous people?

Outside a small brick house shared by four families, Daniela Prada, who is heavily pregnant, gathers guava leaves to make a tea for her two-year-old son.

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Young porpoises in the UK ingesting toxic milk

Research shows that juvenile harbour porpoises are being exposed to a ‘toxic cocktail’ of chemicals when they feed from their mother.

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You might want to think twice before buying a woolly Christmas jumper this year

Wool has a damaging effect on the planet and is not sustainable, according to a new report released this week.

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You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.

Since the early 1950s, there has been an estimated 8.3 billion tons — and counting — of plastic produced on the planet, according to a 2017 study published in the Science Advances journal. The United Nations Environment Program reports that roughly 60% of that lump sum has made its way to landfi ...

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World’s soils ‘under great pressure’, says UN pollution report

The world’s soils, which provide 95% of humanity’s food, are “under great pressure”, according to a UN report on soil pollution.Soils are also the largest active store of carbon, after the oceans, and therefore crucial in fighting the climate crisis.

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World's deepest waters becoming 'ultimate sink' for plastic waste

The world’s deepest ocean trenches are becoming “the ultimate sink” for plastic waste, according to a study that reveals contamination of animals even in these dark, remote regions of the planet.

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Wood burners emit more particle pollution than traffic, UK data shows

Wood burning in homes produces more small particle pollution than all road traffic in the UK, according to revised government data.

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Without commuter traffic, pandemic-era drivers are speeding up, increasing noise pollution

As pandemic lockdowns went into effect in March 2020 and millions of Americans began working from home rather than commuting to offices, heavy traffic in America's most congested urban centers—like Boston—suddenly ceased to exist. Soon afterwards, the air was noticeably cleaner.

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With a pinch of salt: How reliable are existing studies on microplastics in table salt?

Just as environmentally conscious scientists predicted, our excessive use of plastics is coming back to bite us. Microplastics (MPs), plastic particles smaller than a few millimeters, can now be found everywhere, but more so in seawater. As expected, MPs are harmful to both environment and healt ...

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Will the ocean benefit from the battle of the microbeads bans?

I close my eyes and instead of falling asleep I see this: "Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Polyethylene…" – one of the thousands of product ingredient lists I had meticulously combed through. This particular one came from a make-up product and stood out to me because it raised so many excellent ...

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Widen ban on single-use plastic bags to save environment

Kenya marked four years since the ban on single-use plastic carrier bags last month. It is important that as the world enters into discussions around a global plastic treaty, we review three important takeaways from our own country’s efforts.

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Why ocean pollution is a clear danger to human health

Ocean pollution is widespread, worsening, and poses a clear and present danger to human health and wellbeing. But the extent of this danger has not been widely comprehended—until now. Our recent study provides the first comprehensive assessment of the impacts of ocean pollution on human health.

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Whose fault is plastic waste in the ocean?

Rich countries with good recycling infrastructure hold Southeast Asia responsible for plastic waste polluting the sea. A fact-check shows that's not fair.

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What’s worse for the planet than millions of vans delivering shopping? Millions of vans delivering air

Technically, it has been around since bananas came with skin and coconuts with shells. More recently, it has become less good, though.

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What’s the true cost of shipping all your junk across the ocean?

Walmart and other retail giants import millions of goods on polluting cargo ships. Take a look around your home and you’ll likely find plenty of goods that traveled by cargo ship to your doorstep. A set of IKEA plates made in China. A dresser full of pandemic-era loungewear, ordered on Target an ...

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What role for ASEAN in the fight against plastic pollution?

Southeast Asian nations are among the worst offenders when it comes to sending plastic pollution straight into the ocean. With four of the world’s biggest culprits also members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, environmental advocacy and research groups are calling on ASEAN to play ...

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What happens to wildlife swimming in a sea of our drug residues?

Fish hooked on meth? It's a catchy headline that made the rounds a few weeks ago, but it represents a serious and growing problem. Our rivers and streams have become a soup of hundreds of drugs — mostly pharmaceuticals — that come from the treated water released from wastewater facilities.

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What does air pollution do to our bodies?

The countdown has begun to the launch of one of the world's boldest attempts to tackle air pollution. From next Monday, thousands of drivers face paying a new charge to enter central London.

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What Happens to Wildlife Swimming in a Sea of Our Drug Residues?

Wastewater exposes plants and wildlife to hundreds of chemical compounds. Researchers are learning about potential side effects and solutions.

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West Coast waste will end up in deep sea canyon, scientist warns

Some of the rubbish spilling out into the Tasman Sea from an old rubbish dump on the West Coast will not be able to be collected, scientists say.

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Welcome to the ‘plastisphere’: the synthetic ecosystem evolving at sea

Plastic bottles dominate waste in the ocean, with an estimated 1m of them reaching the sea every minute. The biggest culprit is polyethylene terephthalate (Pet) bottles.

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We tested tiger snake scales to measure wetland pollution in Perth. The news is worse than expected

Australia's wetlands are home to a huge range of stunning flora and fauna, with large snakes often at the top of the food chain.Many wetlands are located near urban areas. This makes them particularly susceptible to contamination as stormwater, urban drainage and groundwater can wash metals—such ...

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We Are Polluting The Oceans So Much That 92 Percent Of All Salt Brands Contain Tiny Plastic

A new report jointly published by the Incheon National University in South Korea and Greenpeace East Asia says our plastic problem isn’t a distant worry at all. It focused on testing 39 table salt brands, including 28 sea salt brands, across the world. Among those, 36 of them contained traces of ...

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Watch how air pollution moves across Europe

This is what pollution looks like on a European scale.The animation shows the concentration and movement through the atmosphere of nitrogen dioxide. NO₂ is a problem gas that is produced primarily by vehicle exhausts and industrial activity via the burning of fossil fuels.

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Wall of sand engulfs Chinese town

A towering wall of sand rushed over factories and apartment blocks in northwestern China's Gansu province as seasonal sandstorms barrelled across the country, causing air pollution and traffic accidents.

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WHO cuts guideline limits on air pollution from fossil fuels

The World Health Organization has cut its recommended limits for air pollution and urged nations to tackle dirty air and save millions of lives.

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Virus lockdown makes big dent in Paris air pollution: report

France's stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus outbreak have produced a 20 to 30 percent decline in overall air pollution levels in Paris, according to a report from the region's air quality monitoring agency.

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Vexing Nemo: Motorboat noise makes clownfish stressed and aggressive

Hormonal changes caused by motorboat noise cause clownfish to hide, skip meals and attack their neighbours—putting damselfish in distress.

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Venice gondoliers dive into murky canals for nocturnal clean-up

Venice's gondoliers have been swapping boating hats for scuba helmets and diving into canals in a clean-up operation of the UNESCO city that has turned up everything from washing machines to bicycles.

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VN to reduce 75 per cent ocean plastic waste by 2030

Việt Nam aims to reduce plastic waste discharged into the sea and ocean by 75 per cent. The country also wants to totally end the usage of disposable plastic products in coastal tourist attractions and resorts as well as the disposal of fishing gear into the sea by 2030.

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Urban populations in south-east at greatest risk from air pollution

More than one in 19 deaths in Britain’s largest towns and cities are linked to air pollution – with people living in urban areas in south-east England more likely to die from exposure to toxic air, according to a new study.

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UNEP- Sri Lanka: New collaboration to fight plastic pollution in rivers

With new research showing the major role that rivers play in bringing plastic pollution to the oceans, countries are looking for ways to tackle the root causes of the problem in their own waterways. In response, the Sri Lankan government is set to partner with the UN Environment Programme’s (UNE ...

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UNEP Says A Global Agreement is Needed to Address Plastic Pollution

This month is Plastic Free July which is celebrated across the globe. It encourages millions of people to be part of the solution to the single-use plastic waste problem at home, work, school, and even at restaurants. So, we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

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UK plastic waste being dumped and burned in Turkey, says Greenpeace

UK plastic waste is being exported to Turkey and then illegally dumped and burned, according to a report. Greenpeace said about 40% - or 210,000 tonnes - of the UK's plastic waste exports were sent to Turkey last year.

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UK beach clean: disco ball and pink pants among oddest items found

A full-size disco ball, a plastic Christmas tree and a double mattress were among the more unusual objects found by volunteers cleaning up the UK’s beaches this autumn.

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Tumble dryers found to be a leading source of microfibre air pollution

A single tumble dryer could be responsible for releasing 120m micro plastic fibres into the air each year, a study has found. Tumble dryers are one of the main sources of microfibre pollution in the atmosphere, according to research by Prof Kenneth Leung, director of the State Key Laboratory of ...

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Trees should be planted without plastic guards, says UK study

Planting trees without plastic tree guards should be standard practice, a UK study has found, as leading conservation charities and landowners seek sustainable alternatives to reduce plastic waste.

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Trash trap gets to work removing plastic waste from Vietnam's Red River

Removing the vast amounts of plastic waste already polluting our oceans is going to need tackling in a number of ways. But the flow of plastic from rivers also needs to be stopped, and that's what Vietnam's trash traps are designed to do.

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Tracking the sources of plastic pollution in ocean

Plastic pollution in the world's oceans is now widely recognised as a major global challenge — but we still know very little about how these plastics are actually reaching the sea. A new global initiative, led by the University of Birmingham shows how focussing on rivers and river mouths can yie ...

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Tracking The Movement Of All Plastic Litter In The Ocean Is Crucial

At the end of October the European Parliament approved EU’s plans to ban, by 2021, throwaway plastics, which make up over 70% of the marine litter. This is part of the newly launched EU’s plastics strategy and of speeding up global action on marine plastics pollution. The G7 summit in Canada in ...

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Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate indoor air at worrying levels, study finds

Toxic PFAS compounds are contaminating the air inside homes, classrooms and stores at alarming levels, a new study has found. Researchers with the University of Rhode Island and Green Science Policy Institute tested indoor air at 20 sites and detected the “forever chemicals” in 17 locations.

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Toxic waste dumping in the Gulf of Guinea amounts to environmental racism

Toxic waste and electronic waste (e-waste) is generated from a wide range of industries—such as health, hydrocarbon or manufacturing—and can come in many forms, such as sludges or gas. E-waste is used electronic items that are nearing the end of their useful life, and are discarded or given to b ...

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Toxic rat poison killing growing number of England’s birds of prey

A highly toxic rat poison is killing increasing numbers of birds of prey, figures show, as wildlife campaigners call for its use to be banned outdoors.

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