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Plastic in fish highlights need for cleaner Thames

Up to three-quarters of fish sampled from the River Thames have been found to have plastic fibres in their gut.

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Even the Bottom of the Grand Canyon is Now Contaminated

Fish and other creatures in remote stretches of the Colorado River are contaminated with levels of mercury and selenium known to harm wildlife.

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Plastic: the wonder material filling our oceans and beaches

Since the 1950s, when mass production of plastics began in earnest, the world has embraced their ease of use and robustness. But with millions of tonnes of of plastic debris entering the world's oceans every year, their durability is also a curse, as Ann Jones reports.

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World Pollutionwatch: Wildfires can kill – far from the flames

Vancouver is normally one of the world’s cleanest cities but this July its air resembled that in Beijing due to smoke and ash from forest fires over 200 kilometres away. Further fires along the western side of the US and Canada have caused numerous health warnings especially at night when smoke ...

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By 2050, 99 percent of seabirds will have eaten plastic

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Plastic can already be found in the guts of the vast majority of seabirds.

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In Costa Rica, a turtle’s suffering puts spotlight on need to reduce use of plastics

August 20th, 2015 (EFE) The plight of a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle that biologists in Costa Rica rid of a plastic straw stuck in its nose highlights the need to reduce the use of the synthetic material, since 8 million tons of plastics are dumped in the oceans each year, biologist Nathan Robinson ...

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Is human noise pollution affecting our sharks?

Human made noise, also called anthropogenic noise, is rising in many environments due to the increase in transportation and the exploration for and exploitation of energy sources.

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Ban lifted on controversial 'neonic' pesticide

The government has temporarily lifted a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in certain parts of the country.

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Sardinian plant gets second life in biodegradable plastics

According to a recent study carried out by the University of Georgia, 275 million tons of plastic waste are produced each year around the world. Around 32 million tons of that plastic waste land on coasts and 8 million tons in the ocean — a major pollution and threat to biodiversity.

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Plankton has a plastic lunch

For the first time ever, scientists recorded a video of plankton feeding on tiny plastic pieces. And once its in the food chain, it's bad news all round.

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Ontario first in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

Farmers and the province have agreed to rules for reduction that begins July 1, while the manufacturer maintains the controversial insecticide is safe.

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Bee populations face another threat: aluminum

KEELE, England, June 5 (UPI) -- Researchers have found high concentrations of aluminum in bee populations, suggesting contamination by the silver-gray metal could be partially responsible for the insect's decline.

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New study blames oil spill for dolphin deaths in Gulf

BARATARIA BAY, La., May 20 (UPI) -- A new study by the NOAA concludes that the 2011 BP oil spill, the largest marine-based oil spill in U.S history, is to blame for the ongoing die-off of bottlenose dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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Spain issues alert over oil slick threatening islands

Spain's government has activated an environmental emergency alert over an oil spill that threatens pristine beaches on the southwestern Canary Islands.

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MPs call for inquiry into sheep dip poisoning scandal

A former environment minister and more than a dozen MPs from across the political spectrum have backed calls for an inquiry and parliamentary debate into whether farmers were misled over the use of a dangerous chemical.

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Plastics Choking Animals Targeted in G-7 Clean-Ocean Push

The biggest advanced economies plan to urge the world to clean up plastic shopping bags and bottles clogging oceans, prodded by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Evidence mounts that pesticides harm wild bees

NEWCASTLE, England, April 22 (UPI) -- The evidence against neonicotinoids is mounting. Two new studies -- both published this week in the journal Nature -- suggest the popular class of pesticides are decimating bee populations, both managed honeybees and wild bumblebees.

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Bees may get hooked on nicotine-linked pesticides

(Reuters) - Bees may be getting hooked on nectar laced with widely used nicotine-related chemicals in pesticides they cannot even taste, in the same way humans are addicted to cigarettes, new research has found.

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Pesticide Use May Threaten Global Freshwater Biodiversity

Pesticide use, while it's been tied to a decline in honeybee populations and other pollinators, now may also threaten global freshwater biodiversity, according to new research.

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Mediterranean Sea 'accumulating zone of plastic debris'

A survey found around one thousand tonnes of plastic floating on the surface, mainly fragments of bottles, bags and wrappings.

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UK drew wrong conclusion from its neonicotinoids study, scientist says

Reanalysis of a Food and Environment Agency study may provide first conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids pesticides are a key factor in bee decline, despite it originally being used to support the opposite view

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Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer

(Reuters) - Monsanto Co, maker of the world's most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer.

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Mercury pollution threat to Arctic bird

Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a breed of Arctic bird over the past 130 years, say scientists.

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'Biodegrabale' plastics not so biodegradable

LANSING, Mich., March 18 (UPI) -- A new study suggests common additives in plastics advertised as biodegradable don't actually help products break down any faster than their non-biodegradable counterparts.

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Agricultural insecticides pose a global risk to surface water bodies

Streams within approx. 40% of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides.

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Plastic-eating corals make reefs especially vulnerable to pollution

CAIRNS, Australia, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Researchers studying the Great Barrier Reef have found that corals there don't discriminate between real prey like plankton and faux food like microplastics.

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Plastic waste heading for oceans quantified

About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, say scientists.

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Pollutants threaten long-term survival of wandering albatross

Seabirds, aerial ocean predators, are known to amass harmful contaminants over their lifespan.

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Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy

NEW YORK, Jan 27 2015 (IPS) - The village of Dong Mai in Vietnam’s agricultural heartland had a serious problem.

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Industrial contaminants are weakening the penises of polar bears

AARHUS, Denmark, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Polar bears do more than just star in Coca-Cola commercials. Occasionally, they eat and mate (the two great joys of animals' lives). But according to a new study, mating has been getting a bit harder for polar bears in recent decades -- or more accurately, getti ...

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Africa: Insecticide Risk Map Exposes Threat to Aquatic Life

The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.

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Insecticide risk map exposes threat to aquatic life

The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.

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Mystery goo killing San Francisco birds

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in California say synthetic rubber or fuel additive might be to blame for the mysterious sticky goo killing and sickening birds in the San Francisco Bay.

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Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans

(Reuters) - There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans.

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Ban of vulture-killing drug in India is working

There's hope for India's imperilled vultures. There has been a big reduction in the use of veterinary diclofenac, a painkilling drug given to livestock that is deadly to vultures that dine on their carcasses.

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EU pesticide bans 'could hit UK crops'

The EU's decision to ban the use of some pesticides could threaten UK crops, increase food prices and hit farmers' profits, a report has claimed.

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Prozac may be harming bird populations, study suggests

Starlings who were fed same levels of antidepressant drug found in sewage earthworms suffered loss of libido and appetite

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Down the drain: Do surfactants harm the environment? Not likely, report finds

What happens to soap and detergent surfactants when they run down the drain?

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Pollution linked to lethal sea turtle tumors

Polluted urban and farm runoff in Hawaii has been linked to lethal tumors in endangered sea turtles

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Plastic rubbish from land, not ships, killing Australian sea life, say scientists

Research shows three-quarters of rubbish was plastic and debris concentrated near cities

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Pesticide Levels in Waterways Have Dropped, Reducing the Risks to Humans

The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on Thursday.

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Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

Mercury in the environment changes the way birds sing.

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Atop Food Chain, Ospreys Ingest Many Poisons, Revealing Environmental Dangers

Ospreys tell a story, and Elliott, Lee, and the other scientists who track the raptors are trying to decipher their message. For more than two decades in North America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, ospreys have revealed disturbing tales about DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pulp ...

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Over 60% of breads sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, tests show

Traces found in two in every three loaves as experts call for more research into impact on health

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'Stop using the bloody things': pesticides linked to bee collapse now blamed for bird declines

In recent years the evidence has piled up that neonicotinoids—a hugely popular group of pesticide—may be at least partly responsible for ongoing bee and pollinator collapse. But new research in the journal Nature find that these pesticides could also be taking a heavy toll on other species, in t ...

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Bird decline 'smoking gun' for pesticide's effects

The widespread use of a type of insecticide that has been blamed for honeybee deaths is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe, a report says.

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Syngenta seeks ‘emergency’ exemption to use banned insecticide on UK crops

Almost one-third of all oilseed rape in the UK could be treated with a banned insecticide if the government grants an “emergency” exemption from the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta, it has emerged.

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Chemical Pollution of European Waters Worse than Previously Thought

A recent study shows for the first time that toxic chemicals pose ecological risks to European waters, as levels are much worse than previously thought.

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IOC: Garbage having a 'severe impact' on marine life

The hunt for Flight MH370 has been hampered by objects that have turned out to be trash. But the search has also revealed a wider problem that is taking a heavy toll on wildlife

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Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico still suffering four years after BP oil spill: report

Environmental campaign group finds ongoing symptoms of oil exposure in 14 species – from oysters to dolphins

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