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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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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’

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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 ...

News Headlines
#110946
2016-11-18

Circle of Poison

A look at the powerful pesticide industry, its effect on the developing world and how small farmers are fighting back.In recent decades, harmful pesticides spread around the world's less developed nations have caused immeasurable damage to populations and ecosystems.

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#110936
2016-11-17

Understand pollution, environmental impacts from food in 6 charts

The food manufacturing sector encompasses a massive range of small and large businesses throughout the United States, and a growing population guarantees strong demand. Barely dented by the 2008 recession, the industry has enormous untapped potential for saving money and regulatory compliance co ...

News Headlines
#110938
2016-11-17

Plastic on the menu as marine pollution spreads

Ten million tonnes of plastic are entering our oceans every year, and environmental experts believe that by 2050, plastic will actually outweigh fish in the sea.

News Headlines
#110900
2016-11-16

The Plastic Polluting the Oceans Smells Like Lunch to Marine Life

Think all birds find dinner using their eagle-eye vision? Not so for many seafaring bird species, which rely on an acute sense of smell to locate swarms of tiny krill and fish swirling in currents on the ocean surface.

News Headlines
#110903
2016-11-16

Canada's First Nations clean up latest fuel spill mess

British Columbia, Canada - On the morning of October 13, Tracy Robinson, a hunter and fisherwoman living in the Heiltsuk First Nation community of Bella Bella, British Columbia, was preparing to go out on to the ocean, when the news reached her: An American tugboat and oil barge transiting Canad ...

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#110789
2016-11-10

Agriculture and Pollution: Tackling a burning problem with technology

There is virtual unanimity — at least among scientists and aware farmers — that the ultimate solution to the recurrent problem of paddy stubble burning at this time of the year lies in the ‘Happy Seeder’ developed by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in 2002.

News Headlines
#110793
2016-11-10

Chemical clue to why seabirds eat plastic

Plastic pollution in the sea gives off a smell that attracts foraging birds, scientists have found. The discovery could explain why seabirds such as the albatross swallow plastic, causing injury or death.

News Headlines
#110707
2016-11-02

Combatting marine plastic debris

Marine plastic debris has moved up high on the international environmental agenda — and for good reason.

News Headlines
#110624
2016-10-28

Microplastics in agricultural soils: A reason to worry?

Microplastics are increasingly seen as an environmental problem of global proportions.

News Headlines
#110485
2016-10-18

Japan lagging behind global move to restrict microbeads to protect planet’s oceans

Japan is lagging behind growing international moves to restrict microbeads, the tiny synthetic particles that have become a major source of pollution in the world’s oceans.

News Headlines
#110429
2016-10-14

Tackling plastic waste in oceans with 'wooden message in a bottle'

Scientists investigating plastic waste in seas are throwing 100,000 wooden blocks into German waters - and asking members of the public to get involved. The goal: to track down and tackle sources of plastic waste.

News Headlines
#110412
2016-10-13

Impact of pesticide on bumblebees revealed by taking experiments into the field

A study in which free-foraging bee colonies were placed in the field has shown that pesticide exposure can affect colony development.

News Headlines
#110359
2016-10-11

The dirty news about ‘clean’ hydropower projects

Canada’s hydropower producers cheered in June when the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico committed their countries to raising the portion of continental electricity generated by clean-energy sources to 50 per cent by 2025, from the current 37-per-cent level.

News Headlines
#110342
2016-10-07

Great Pacific Garbage Patch aerial survey yields bad news

"The initial findings of the expeditions again underline the urgency to tackle the growing accumulation of plastic in the world’s oceans," said Ocean Cleanup CEO Boyan Slat.

News Headlines
#109788
2016-09-01

Seabirds eat debris that looks like natural prey

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- As pollution piles up in the ocean and on shore, seabirds are paying the ultimate price.

News Headlines
#109728
2016-08-26

Microplastics discovered in the deep, open ocean

A unique study by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will provide valuable new insights into the concentrations of microplastics in the open ocean from surface to the sea bed.

News Headlines
#109664
2016-08-22

Toxic chemicals in food raise health concerns in Cambodia

To meet growing demand for food, Cambodian farmers have been increasingly resorting to the use of chemical fertilizers and some banned pesticides. But many are concerned about their negative effect on public health.

News Headlines
#109609
2016-08-16

Insecticides Threaten Bee Biodiversity, Long-Term Study Shows

Every few weeks or months the last few years, there is a scientific paper warning us that bees are disappearing or dying in large numbers, usually as a result of some human action or another. And giving credence to the usual short-term studies, a new study that used 18 years of data linked the u ...

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