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#113081
2017-05-29

Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain

There’s a big lie about plastic — that you can throw it away. But that’s not true; there is no “away.” Plastic bottles, plastic bags, snack wrappers, foam takeout containers, foam coffee cups, packing materials: these common, everyday items make up 85% of our waste stream. These items aren’t bio ...

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#113082
2017-05-29

Human-made chemicals found in higher quantities in deep ocean

Human-made chemicals are penetrating deeper into the North Atlantic, a new study has found.Remember CFCs? Production of the ozone-depleting chemicals was largely phased out globally in 1994.

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#113084
2017-05-29

A Third Of America's Bee Colonies Died Last Year And That's 'Good News'?

Bee populations around the world have been in decline for years due to a number of reasons that make it extremely difficult to fix the problem. Urban development, insecticides, fungicides, illness, climate change and many other factors have been determined to be responsible for the decline in be ...

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#113066
2017-05-26

A trash can for the ocean

Two Australian surfers are on a mission to stop plastic pollution in the ocean. They've developed a floating trash can that filters and collects garbage that has made its way into the sea.

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#113012
2017-05-23

Plastic For Lunch? An Ocean Garbage Solution in Wax Moth Caterpillars

The tiny Pacific Island of Henderson is in a bad spot. It sits at the point of a huge circular surface ocean current called a gyre

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#112949
2017-05-22

Plastic Waste Knows No Bounds

Despite the vastness of Earth’s oceans, human plastic pollution overwhelms even remote corners.It’s like the island of misfit toys, only less endearing. Way out in the South Pacific Ocean, more than 5000 kilometers away from any large land mass, tiny, uninhabited Henderson Island carries the hig ...

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#112931
2017-05-19

Prince of Wales: plastic in world’s oceans is a ‘growing human disaster’

Plastic in the world’s oceans is a ‘growing ecological and human disaster’ which needs an urgent solution, the Prince of Wales said last night, as he launched a prize to find ways to tackle the crisis.

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#112924
2017-05-18

Which European countries are the most polluted?

New data from the World Health Organization shows Eastern European and Balkan countries suffer the highest rate of air contamination and air pollution-related deaths throughout Europe.

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#112884
2017-05-16

Toxic timebomb: why we must fight back against the world's plague of plastic

It’s everywhere. From the Mariana Trench to the floor of the Arctic Ocean, on tropical beaches and polar coasts. It’s in wildlife, seafood, sea salt and even on the surface of Mars. The world is blighted by plastic. Up to 12m tonnes of the stuff enters the world’s oceans every year (that’s one n ...

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#112815
2017-05-10

Buddha's birthplace faces serious air pollution threat

The historic site of Buddha's birthplace in Nepal faces a serious threat from air pollution, scientists and officials have warned. Recent data collected from air quality monitoring stations in five places across the country show Lumbini is highly polluted.

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#112792
2017-05-09

Stream bugs suggest pollution recovery in North York Moors

A surprising diversity of bugs recorded in upland streams in northern England may indicate a recovery from past acid pollution, according to scientists at the University of York.

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#112742
2017-05-04

Red alert: Kofi Annan on the photos that capture our choking planet

We are running out of space. Fly over Africa at night and you will see mile after mile of fires burning red in the dark as scrub is removed to make way for human beings. Satellite images of nocturnal Europe or America show vast areas lit up like an enormous fairground. From Shanghai to Sydney, f ...

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#112727
2017-05-03

Shocking' levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

One of the UK's last killer whales was contaminated with "shocking" levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say. The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines.

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#112728
2017-05-03

Bumblebees: Pesticide 'reduces queen egg development'

Use of a common pesticide in spring could have an impact on wild bumblebees by interfering with their life cycle, a UK study suggests.The team, who looked at wild bumblebees caught in the English countryside, say the insecticide, thiamethoxam, reduces egg development in queen bees.

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#112721
2017-05-02

Shocking' levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

One of the UK's last killer whales was contaminated with "shocking" levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say. The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines.

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#112692
2017-05-01

How pollution is depleting the quality of life

Besides impacting our health, pollution is triggering major environmental changes. Global warming and variation in weather conditions are just a few examples that show how pollution is interfering with the function of 'Mother Nature'. The source of pollution may vary but each pollution type is c ...

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#112693
2017-05-01

Keep plastics out of oceans

The UN Environment Programme, UNEP, has cautioned that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, commented a UAE daily.

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#112695
2017-05-01

Light pollution has serious impact on coastal wildlife, research shows

Scientists have recognised for some years that light pollution from buildings, vehicles and streetlights is a growing phenomenon that impacts on the behaviour and success of many animals including migrating birds, hunting bats and the moths they try to capture.

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#112530
2017-04-13

How many pesticides have you eaten today?

A new report finds that about half the food consumed in Europe contains pesticide residues. The EU's food safety authority says there is no danger. Environmentalists aren't convinced.

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#112470
2017-04-06

Scientists identify cause of the 'sea fangle' phenomenon

Scientists say that the phenomenon of sea fans washing up on the coastline of the South West will continue unless more is done to prevent commercial and domestic plastic pollution from entering into the marine environment.

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#112424
2017-04-03

Sea near Mumbai among the most polluted in the world: Global study

The seas near Mumbai, Kerala and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are among the most polluted in the world, a global study that mapped marine pollution around the world has found.

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#112431
2017-04-03

Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel

Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world's oceans.

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#112401
2017-03-31

UN launches campaign to take out ocean trash

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a global campaign last month aimed at eliminating two of the chief sources of ocean trash by 2022: microplastics frequently used in cosmetics and single-use plastic products like shopping bags.

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#112373
2017-03-29

In London, a Grim Warning About Ocean Plastics

A public art piece sponsored by Greenpeace addresses the fact that by 2050 plastics will clog the guts of virtually all seabirds.In the near future, taking a dip in the ocean could be more like thrashing in the ball pit at McDonald’s. A conservative estimate puts more than 5 trillion pieces of p ...

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#112383
2017-03-29

Mount Everest climbers enlisted for canvas bag clean-up mission

The government of Nepal and Everest expedition organisers have launched a clean-up operation at 21,000ft to remove rubbish left on the world’s highest peak after a series of deadly avalanches.

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#112292
2017-03-22

Almond-crop fungicides are harmful to honey bees

March 21 (UPI) -- Almond growers face a dilemma. They need to keep their almond trees fungus free, but new research shows almond-crop fungicides harm honey bees, the nut tree's chief pollinator.

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#112258
2017-03-17

From entanglement to invasions of alien species—the harm caused by marine litter

Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities.

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#112218
2017-03-14

The west’s throwaway culture has spread waste worldwide

Packaging – much of it single-use food wrapping – has created a rubbish problem that now pollutes every corner of the world. Manufacturers got us into this mess, but it’s up to us to dig ourselves out – and here’s how

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#112156
2017-03-07

UN experts denounce 'myth' pesticides are necessary to feed the world

Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’ and ‘unethical marketing tactics’

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#112147
2017-03-06

Plastic pollution toll on wildlife expected to rise to 95 per cent, G20 to hear

More than half the world's turtles and two-thirds of some bird species along Australia's east coast are being found to have ingested plastics as the toll from pollution mounts, a leading CSIRO researcher said.

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#112124
2017-03-02

Indonesia pledges $1bn a year to curb ocean waste

Indonesia has pledged up to $1bn a year to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic and other waste products polluting its waters. The announcement was made by Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs at last week’s 2017 World Oceans Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali.

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#112105
2017-02-28

Belgium and France join war on plastics

UN Environment launched their global campaign #CleanSeas last Thursday, (23 February), with a goal to rid oceans of microplastics by 2022.

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#112053
2017-02-23

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

23 February 2017 – UN Environment launched today an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.

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#112031
2017-02-21

Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution

Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn.

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#111974
2017-02-17

Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches

A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets.

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#111980
2017-02-17

We're Trashing the Arctic. Literally.

Humanity’s trash has near-universal dominion in the ocean. It swirls in the waves in immense “garbage patches,” drifts downward where it’s eaten by whales and turtles, and lands on the deepest sea floor to make it look like a landfill exploded on the moon.

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#111952
2017-02-16

EU criticised for 'emergency authorisations' of banned bee-harming pesticide

Just under half of requests for exceptions to the neonicotinoids ban were filed by industry not farmers, legal analysis shows

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#111935
2017-02-15

From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish

Eight million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it - and then we do. How bad is it for us?

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#111918
2017-02-14

Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean

Chemicals banned in the 1970s have been found in the deepest reaches of the Pacific Ocean, a new study shows.

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#111893
2017-02-10

Major breakthrough in search for environmentally friendly pesticide

A 'new generation' of environmentally friendly pesticides is a step closer as researchers make an important breakthrough in pest control efficiency thanks to an insect-killing fungus.

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#111853
2017-02-07

Oceans for fish, not plastic

Millions of Indonesians depend on oceans to feed their families. Fishermen, ferryboat drivers, tour guides and freight workers. When the ocean suffers, so do lives.

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#111816
2017-02-02

Sea Unworthy: A Personal Journey into the Pacific Garbage Patch

More plastic in the oceans, found at greater depths than thought, would mean a bigger threat to environmental—and possibly human—health

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#111817
2017-02-02

In Norway, zoologist find 30 plastic bags in stranded whale

COPENHAGEN -- Norwegian zoologists have found about 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste in the stomach of a beaked whale that had beached on a southwestern Norway coast.

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#111804
2017-02-01

Plastic waste is accumulating in UAE waters and threatening animals and birds, campaigners say.

Single-use plastic water bottles are among the most common items of debris, said Kathleen Russell, Professional Association of Diving Instructors course director at Desert Islands Watersports Centre on Sir Bani Yas Island and at Al Mahara Diving Centre in Abu Dhabi.

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#111623
2017-01-13

Europe should expand bee-harming pesticide ban, say campaigners

The threat posed to bees by neonicotinoid pesticides is greater than perceived in 2013 when the EU adopted a partial ban, new report concludes

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#111408
2016-12-13

Pesticides stop bees buzzing and releasing pollen, says study

Researchers find neonicotinoid insecticides harm ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out pollen to fertilise crops

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#111318
2016-12-07

Common pesticides are more harmful to 'good' insects than previously thought

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Not all insects are the enemies of crops. Many are beneficial. Ideally, insecticides should kill the bad insects without harming the good ones. Easier said than done.

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#111094
2016-11-25

Greenpeace urges UK microbead ban to protect ocean life

Environmental group Greenpeace is calling for a ban in Britain on plastic "microbeads", found in many cosmetics, which they warn pollute the oceans and poison marine life.

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#111105
2016-11-25

Health Canada proposes ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths

Canada's health regulator is planning to ban a controversial neonicotinoid pesticide, which it says has contaminated waterways and killed important aquatic insects.

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#111002
2016-11-22

Coal Mine Threatens Ecological Paradise in Chile’s Patagonia Region

SANTIAGO, Nov 22 2016 (IPS) - An open-pit coal mine in the southern island of Riesco, a paradise of biological diversity in Chile’s southern Patagonia wilderness region, is a reflection of the weakness of the country’s environmental laws, which are criticised by local residents, activists, scien ...

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