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#115955
2018-02-14

Drugs and plastics threatening ocean and human health

In a series of presentations at the recent 2018 Ocean Science Meeting organised by the American Geophysical Union in Portland, Oregon, US scientists report that everything from Prozac to plastic microbeads and antibiotics are finding their way into the ocean at levels sufficient to cause harm. M ...

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#115970
2018-02-14

'Excess emissions' make significant contribution to air pollution

When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in August, industrial facilities in the state shut down, then reopened a few days later. In doing so, they produced nearly 2,000 tons of "excess emissions"—air pollutants in addition to what was allowed as part of their normal operation.

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#115924
2018-02-08

Plastic waste 'building up' in Arctic

Plastic waste is building up in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic, scientists say. Researchers are particularly concerned about huge concentrations of microplastic fragments in sea ice.

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#115913
2018-02-07

Coral Reefs Face another Major Risk: Plastic Waste

Experts warn that not only bleaching and global warming are killing off the world’s coral reefs. Plastic waste is as dangerous as those two for the overall well-being of the tiny marine animals.

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#115888
2018-02-06

Can the World Find Solutions to the Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

The world is using nitrogen fertilizer less and less efficiently. A greater proportion than ever before is washing into rivers and oceans. An environmental catastrophe looms, nitrogen scientists say, and the world urgently needs to develop strategies to prevent it.

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#115889
2018-02-06

Microplastics: No small problem for filter-feeding ocean giants

Plastic pollution has recently gained increasing attention for its effects on marine mammals, fish and birds. However, it is still not fully understood to what extent small pieces of plastic, known as microplastics, impact marine life and ecosystems.

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#115812
2018-01-26

Scientists to research fish stocks and pollution on east coast of Africa

Norway is helping South Africa manage its oceans economy‚ with a research ship setting sail from Durban to collect data on distribution and abundance of fish stocks‚ biodiversity‚ environmental conditions and occurrence of microplastics.

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#115815
2018-01-26

Billions of Pieces of Plastic Are Sickening the World’s Coral Reefs

Everybody knows that grocery bags, water bottles, and other plastics are polluting the oceans. Now scientists have discovered the damage that plastics have wrought on some of the world’s most vital coral reefs.

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#115760
2018-01-22

Inside Coke and McDonald's new war on waste

Two of the world’s most iconic food and beverage brands have launched ambitious initiatives aimed at significantly reducing waste and increasing the recycled and biobased content of their packaging. Together, they mark the acceleration of a yearslong war on waste.

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#115762
2018-01-22

Plastic Bottle Wastes Fast Outstripping Global Warming And Illegal Mining As A Threat To Our Planet And Its Inhabitants

Few decades ago, when Accra was littered with plastic water sachets, I surmised it was just a matter of time that they find their way to gutters, waterways and the sea, creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes and causing needless flooding.

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#115716
2018-01-18

Supermarkets under pressure to reveal amount of plastic they create

Supermarkets are coming under growing pressure from politicians and campaigners to reveal the amount of plastic they create, and pay more towards its safe disposal, following a Guardian investigation.

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#115718
2018-01-18

Researchers warn 'purified' Cape Town sea water will be contaminated

After the City of Cape Town spends at least half a billion rands to build desalination plants, the “purified” seawater these produce will have been cleared of little more than floating nappies and junk before it is declared safe to drink — despite the presence of organisms such as E. coli — Sout ...

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#115685
2018-01-16

Iceland pledges to go “plastic-free” on own brand packaging by 2023

The retailer claims a “world first” on eliminating plastic packaging as it responds to growing concern over harm to the world’s oceans.Iceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminate plastic packaging for all own brand products within five years to help end the “scourge” of pl ...

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#115680
2018-01-15

Plastic waste is visible, but ‘natural capital’ such as bees makes more difference to a sustainable future

The UK government’s pledge “to make ours the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it” is laudable, but it will require much more than the clean up operation on plastics that has dominated headlines.

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#115649
2018-01-11

Environment strategy aims to stop needless plastic waste

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. The commitment is part of the government's 25-year plan to improve the natural environment. "I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly," the PM ...

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#115635
2017-12-21

Poor nutrition and pesticides a double whammy for bees

Poor nutrition and pesticide exposure can work in a deadly combination to cut short the life of honeybees, joint research from the US and Italy has found.

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#115636
2017-12-21

How a Tiny Village Became the First Place in the World to Ban All Synthetic Pesticides

For hundreds of years, the people of Mals—a tiny village in the South Tirol province of northern Italy—had cherished their traditional foodways and kept their local agriculture organic.

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#115576
2017-12-18

It’s time to abandon our dirty status quo and embrace clean growth

Climate change is intangible, daunting and for certain people, even deniable. But pollution is indisputable. And it affects everyone. We all experience it in our lives daily, regardless of where we live. Yet, solutions that can beat pollution while creating profit exist. If only they were implem ...

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#115519
2017-12-08

Kenya Joins 40 Countries in Sea, Ocean Clean-Up Bid

Kenya has joined 40 other countries across the world in the fight against ocean and sea pollution as part of interventions to roll back the consequences of an increasingly polluted planet.

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#115531
2017-12-08

Some 6.5 million people dying from global pollution – report

The State of the Environment Report has revealed that 6.5 million people die annually due to pollution, while 6,000 children suffer brain defects due to toxics in paints.

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#115537
2017-12-08

Road salt is bad for the environment, so why do we keep using it?

Marshes, streams and lakes lie alongside many of the roads and highways that zigzag across North America. Plants and animals inhabit these water bodies and can be exposed to many of the substances we put on those roads, including road salt.

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#115497
2017-12-06

UN signals 'end' of throwaway plastic

The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped.

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#115508
2017-12-06

Day Three of the Environment Assembly: highlights

World governments called for “rapid, large-scale and co-ordinated action against pollution” on Wednesday, capping the United Nations Environment Assembly with a strong commitment to protect human health and our common environment from an existential threat.

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#115509
2017-12-06

Oceans are under the greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

The world's oceans are currently facing the greatest threat in history, Sir David Attenborough has warned. In the final episode of Blue Planet II, Sir David issues a warning to viewers over the state of our oceans which are being hugely damaged by climate change, plastic pollution and over fishing.

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#115456
2017-12-05

Tackling the growing challenge of soil pollution

Soils are the foundation of our food system, and the basis for many of the ecological processes on which we depend. The conservation and sustainable management of soils is essential to our goals of eliminating food insecurity and tackling climate change, while at the same time maintaining the re ...

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#115474
2017-12-05

UN seeks to tackle ‘ocean Armageddon’ of plastic pollution

Gutted fish spill plastic bottle tops from their stomachs. Turtles pounce on plastic film floating in the water, mistaking it for jellyfish. Seabirds spend days scouring oceans for food for their young – and bring back plastic instead. A UN environmental summit in Nairobi has brought to the surf ...

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#115475
2017-12-05

Antimicrobial resistance from environmental pollution among biggest emerging health threats, says UN Environment

Growing antimicrobial resistance linked to discharge of drugs and particular chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying health threats today, according to new research from UN Environment that highlights emerging challenges and solutions in the environmental space.

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#115478
2017-12-05

UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste

Nations have agreed that the world needs to completely stop plastic waste from entering the oceans. The UN resolution, which is set to be sealed tomorrow, has no timetable and is not legally binding.

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#115481
2017-12-05

Overuse of antibiotics in farming is a major new threat to human health, says UN

Antibiotics that has spilled from farms into the natural environment may be a bigger factor in spreading resistance to life-saving drugs than previously thought, report says

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#115426
2017-12-04

Kenyan sea turtle manages lucky escape from humanity's plastic binge

Gently, Kenzo the sea turtle is lowered onto a beach where a scattering of bottle caps, candy wrappers, yoghurt cups and discarded flipflops scar an otherwise idyllic setting.

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#115427
2017-12-04

Attenborough calls for action on plastic waste to save 'future of humanity'

Sir David Attenborough has called for action on plastic waste clogging up the world's oceans after a baby albatross was killed by a toothpick in his latest documentary series.

News Headlines
#115428
2017-12-04

Europe’s love of roses sends ripples through Kenyan lake

Kenya is one of the biggest exporters of cut flowers in the world but the booming industry has created a raft of environmental problems. Local producers are now coming up with new ideas to cut pollution while keeping their business profitable.

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#115410
2017-12-01

UN Environment Assembly lights the way towards a pollution-free planet

How do we curb the air pollution pushing millions into an early grave and fuelling climate change? How can we ensure man-made chemicals threaten neither people nor ecosystems? How to halt the tipping of vast quantities of waste into our rivers and oceans?

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#115411
2017-12-01

'Zero tolerance' plan eyed for plastic pollution

A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit. Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea.

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#115386
2017-11-30

Lobster Found with Pepsi Logo ‘Tattoo’ Fuels Fears Over Ocean Litter

Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw.

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#115387
2017-11-30

Almost all plastic in the ocean comes from just 10 rivers

Most of the plastic in our oceans doesn't get dumped there directly, rivers carry it to the sea. As it turns out, a very small number of them do most of the damage.

News Headlines
#115395
2017-11-30

Antidepressants from urine are making fish less afraid of predators

Antidepressants are making their way into our lakes and rivers—and they're making freshwater fish less fazed by predators.

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#115399
2017-11-30

How Starbucks' hometown is tackling plastic pollution

In June, actor and environmental activist Adrian Grenier appeared at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York City to promote his Lonely Whale Foundation’s campaign against plastic straws, a billion of which are used each day worldwide with an untold number ending up in the sea.

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#115372
2017-11-29

Sinister sparkle? Scientists warn glitter pollutes oceans

Whether you love to add a little sparkle to your skin, or you think glitter truly is the herpes of the craft world (once it's on you, it never comes off), some scientists are now claiming that glitter is a hazard to the environment.

News Headlines
#115374
2017-11-29

Common pesticide can make migrating birds lose their way, research shows

The world’s most widely used insecticide may cause migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss, according to new research.

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#115349
2017-11-28

Bird pulled from brink of extinction facing poisoning threat

The red kite has become more common in the past 30 years in the UK, thanks to conservation schemes. But, while numbers of the birds of prey are on the rise, scientists say human factors threaten to derail progress.

News Headlines
#115362
2017-11-28

Failure to end use of toxic herbicide glyphosate 'nothing short of scandalous'

A qualified majority of EU countries agreed the reauthorisation of Europe’s most used weedkiller, glyphosate, this week. After months of wrangling and a failure by EU nations to agree its fate, the Appeal Committee, consisting of experts from EU countries together with the European Commission, a ...

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#115326
2017-11-27

Light Pollution Poses A Growing Threat to Human Health and Biodiversity

Economic growth in South America, Africa, and Asia is boosting livelihoods, but it also could to be disturbing plant and animal life that evolved with a daily cycle of light and darkness.

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#115313
2017-11-24

‘Lost’ 99% of ocean microplastics to be identified with dye?

New research, led by Gabriel Erni-Cassola and Dr. Joseph A. Christie-Oleza from Warwick’s School of Life Sciences, has established a pioneering way to detect the smaller fraction of microplastics – many as small as 20 micrometres (comparable to the width of a human hair or wool fibre) – using a ...

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#115320
2017-11-24

France halts sales of two Dow pesticides over bee fears

A French court on Friday halted sales of two pesticides made by US chemicals giant Dow after an environmental group raised fears that the substances could be harmful to bees.

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#115288
2017-11-22

How We Can All Help Solve The Single-Use Plastic Waste Epidemic In Our Oceans

On Saturday I unexpectedly found myself live on the BBC News 24 channel to talk about the potential tax on single-use plastics that was rumoured to be announced in the UK budget the following week. I was also able to talk about our imminent launch, on 23 November, of a fun, but ultimately seriou ...

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#115249
2017-11-20

Is the tide turning for ocean plastics?

The new call for evidence on tackling plastic packaging is both welcome and a stark warning for businesses about the pace at which green issues can climb the political agenda The first thing to say about the government's imminent proposals for a new levy on plastic packaging is it is much too ea ...

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#115240
2017-11-17

Shame On All Of Us: Our Plastic Is Polluting Marine Life Found 36,000 Ft Below Ocean Surface

We’ve already reported that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic scattered across our oceans. They’ve already reached the North Pole, something that can occur thanks to the nature of ocean water currents. However, scientists have also made another worrying discovery.

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#115213
2017-11-16

Sea creatures in deepest parts of ocean found to have plastic fibres in their stomachs for first time

Scientists found traces of manmade fibres and plastics in the stomachs of sea creatures living at the bottom of the deepest ocean on Earth, in a concerning world first.

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#115199
2017-11-15

The good news about plastic waste

Waste plastics contaminate our food, water and air. Many are calling for a global ban on single-use plastics because throwing them “away” often means into our river systems and then into the world’s oceans.

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