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Multinationals polluting oceans with plastic in Philippines

Plastic washed up on Manila's beaches can be traced back to Western brands in cashing on Asia's "sachet economies," activists say.

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Ban ‘neonic’ pesticides. Our food supplies are at risk

The science of pesticide development and regulation is complex, so let's put things simply: Human beings rely on food to survive. Much of that food comes from insect-pollinated plants. Modern agriculture relies on pesticides to grow that food.

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Can technology save us as we drown in plastic waste?

New technology may soon fill the gap by launching a wave of “upcycling” that takes plastics now considered hard to recycle economically and turns them into something much more valuable.

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Commission readies further restrictions to neonicotinoids

The European Commission plans to propose further restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, an EU official told EURACTIV on Wednesday (20 September), amid a continuing tug of war between environmental groups and pesticide producers.

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Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury

Women of childbearing age from around the world have been found to have high levels of mercury, a potent neurotoxin which can seriously harm unborn children.The new study, the largest to date, covered 25 of the countries with the highest risk and found excessive levels of the toxic metal in wome ...

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The gross state of the world’s oceans, in one photo

It’s getting harder to tell stories about nature without noticing humanity’s role in disrupting it. The finalists of the London Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of Year competition were announced Sept. 12, and one of the images contains a stark sign of manmade pollution.

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Scary news about sea salt

The plastic is a result of litter in the oceans, which gets broken down and ends up in our food.Scientists have discovered that sea salt harvested from the planet’s oceans is contaminated with plastic.

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We are living on a plastic planet. What does it mean for our health?

Sometimes a single revelation opens our eyes to a whole new view of the world. The contamination of tap water around the world with microplastics, exposed on Wednesday in the Guardian, unmasks Earth as a planet pervasively polluted with plastic.

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The Making of Biodegradable Plastic Could Take Off With This New Technique

Plastic waste continues to pose one of the largest threats to Earth’s oceans and wildlife, to the point where it’s even in the seafood on our plate. The US recycles less than 22 percent of its garbage, which includes petroleum-based plastics that are nearly impossible to break down.

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The new Great Barrier Reef pollution plan is better, but still not good enough

he draft water quality improvement plan, released by the federal and Queensland governments this week, aims to reduce the pollution flowing from water catchments to the Great Barrier Reef over the next five years.

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New York's waterways are swimming in plastic microbeads

It's morning. Brush your teeth. A quick shower, shampoo. Going to the beach? Get on the sunscreen. OK, ready to roll. You've just sent countless microscopic plastic bits swirling down the drain, through the sewer system and into the nearest water body.

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New plastic dump in Pacific Ocean

Researchers who travel the globe documenting the presence and impact of plastics on the world’s oceans and all their marine life have discovered a new ocean “garbage patch” in the South Pacific which they say covers millions of square kilometres.

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World Bank sanctions loan of USD 1 billion for cleaning river Ganga

World Bank has sanctioned a loan of USD 1 billion for funding Institutional Development and for the construction of priority infrastructure projects for municipal waste water treatment and solid waste treatment on the main stem of Ganga in five Ganga basin states.

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Vast Amounts Of Toxic Mercury Accumulating In Arctic, Global Industrial Emissions To Blame

Enormous quantities of toxic mercury are now accumulating in the Arctic tundra as a result of industrial activity and emissions in the temperate parts of the globe, according to a new study from UMass Lowell.

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First global study of plastic waste is 'horrifying'

The mass production of plastics, which began six decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons – most of it in disposable products that end up as trash.

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River of plastic trash is flooding our oceans

Plastic is useful - for packaging, tires, clothing, and much else. But 2 percent of plastics produced end up in the ocean. It enters the food chain - even reaching us. A new analysis highlights the scale of the problem.

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Oh, great — another plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean

Capt. Charles Moore, the sailor who brought the giant vortex of plastic debris floating in the north Pacific ocean to our attention, now says there is another enormous plastic patch growing in the South Pacific.

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Our Oceans Are Becoming More Acidic – What it Means for Marine Life and What YOU Can Do

Oceans cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface and account for 97 percent of its water. They play a vital role in the natural carbon cycle and provides a home for over one million species of plants and animals, with another estimated nine million living in the depths left unexplored by humans. B ...

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Billions of tons of plastic trash accumulating on Earth

The world has a plastic problem. More than 9.1 billion tons (8.3 metric tons) of it have been produced on Earth, with most dumped into landfills or the oceans, US researchers said Wednesday.

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Why I’m Saying ‘Pants’ To Pollution

As with most things in life, peek under the surface and you’ll see what lurks beneath. And never has this been more true than when it comes to the world’s oceans.

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Oil Impairs Ability Of Coral Reef Fish To Find Homes And Evade Predators

Just as one too many cocktails can lead a person to make bad choices, a few drops of oil can cause coral reef fish to make poor decisions, according to a paper published today in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

A mariner who has spent years travelling "hundreds of thousands of nautical miles" to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a "raft" of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square miles (2.5m sq km) is concentrated in a region of the South Pacific. Capt Charles ...

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Deal with marine litter from dry land

Like many other coastal areas in South Africa, East London and Port Elizabeth are also important centres of industrial manufacturing and economic development.East London and Port Elizabeth, with three commercial ports in total, are intricately connected to, and dependent on, the surrounding ocea ...

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If you care so much, Coke, why aren't your bottles 100% recycled?

Coca-Cola’s grand announcement on plastic packaging is a lot of PR fizz. But when you look at the detail, it’s all a bit flat.

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Plastic to be phased out at 19 major American aquariums

Working to reduce the massive amount of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, 19 of the nation’s top aquariums on Monday will announce that they are phasing out most plastic products — from plastic bags to straws to plastic beverage bottles.

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Dirty laundry: Are your clothes polluting the ocean?

In an indoor "Manchester-drizzle-simulating" rain room at the University of Leeds, and in a laundry lab in Plymouth, research is revealing the unexpected environmental cost of the very clothes on our backs.

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A million plastic bottles a minute

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20 per cent by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.

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How your pile of laundry fills the sea with plastic pollution

Microplastic pollution is one of the newest environmental issues on the block. After decades of intense observation and campaigning by conservation groups, awareness has fortunately grown. There is now worldwide concern about the tiny pieces of plastic litter which are having such a number of ha ...

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Tackle UK's plastic bottle problem with money-back scheme, ministers told

The UK government is under growing pressure to introduce a money-back return scheme for plastic bottles, in order to tackle huge volumes of waste in a country where 400 bottles are sold every second.

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5.25 trillion pieces of plastic litter Earth's oceans

Close to eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the Earth's oceans each year, endangering marine and human life.An interactive map designed by New Zealand data firm Dumpark has revealed where in our ocen as the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic end up.

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Amazon coral reef at risk of damage if oil spills near Amazon river

Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill.

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The debate rages on: Are neonicotinoid pesticides killing bees?

New studies appear to confirm that neonicotinoid pesticides are killing bees, even as chemical companies continue to tout their safety. An EU-wide ban is looking increasingly likely.

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Fabien Cousteau: How to save the ocean

More than 635,000 tonnes of rubbish gets thrown in Earth's oceans every year. There's a collection of "garbage patches" in the Pacific Ocean that stretch from California to Japan. And plastic waste kills a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year.

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A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.

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UK risks becoming 'dumping ground' for plastic after Brexit

The UK risks becoming the “dirty man of Europe” after Brexit with no plan to deal with the millions of plastic bottles dumped by consumers every week, according to politicians and leading environmental campaigners.

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Plastic pollution in the Antarctic worse than expected

The levels of microplastic particles accumulating in the Antarctic are much worse than expected, a team of experts has warned.

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Microplastics found in waters off Qatar

A sample of microplastics found in waters off Qatar. The first evidence of prevalence of microplastics in Gulf seawater, specifically in the marine waters off Qatar, has been documented through a research study conducted by senior researchers from Qatar University Environmental Science Center (Q ...

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Air pollution is killing wildlife and people

On National Clean Air Day, Thursday 15 June, we’re calling for action to cut air pollution which threatens our native wildlife (Nature needs fresh air too, 2 June). The UK government’s air quality consultation, closing on 15 June, focuses on “tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities”.

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Ocean plastics from Haiti’s beaches turned into laptop packaging

What if pieces of plastic strewn across the world’s beaches ended up in brand new computer boxes, not floating in the middle of the ocean or lodged inside seabirds?That’s what computer company Dell has set out to do, testing a supply chain that sees litter picked up from Haiti’s beaches and work ...

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Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study

Plastic that is dumped in rivers and then ends up in the world's oceans is one of the major sources of marine pollution, a new study said this week, with Asian waterways the main culprits.

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Underwater noise pollution subject of World Oceans Day screening

Whales, dolphins, and fish are suffering from human noise pollution - and the effects are getting worse. Underwater noise pollution from things like shipping, seismic surveys and naval sonar is have an increasingly detrimental effect on marine wildlife, according to Dr. Lindy Weilgart, an expert ...

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Gambia: Pollution Affects Gunjur Bolongfenyoto Lagoon

Water Pollution is affecting aquatic and marine life, causing the death of many.Bolongfenyoto is the Lagoon that serves as a demarcation between the Gambia and Senegal, on the southern border of the country. It is used for fishing by tourists and natives alike, and many wild animals can be found ...

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NGOs alone will not turn the tide on ocean trash

A key focus of next week’s United Nation’s Ocean Conference, which will bring together up to 10,000 people from countries around the world, will be the crisis of trash and plastic polluting our ocean. Volunteers from over 100 of those countries are critical contributors to the 2016 International ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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