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#107110
2016-02-05

Plastic debris crossing the Pacific can transport more species with the help of barnacles

The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step in.

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#107103
2016-02-04

Failure to ban toxic ammunition putting bird lives at risk

Birds in Europe will continue to be put at risk from lead poisoning, as the European Commission today announces it will continue allowing the chemical's use in ammunition.

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#107007
2016-01-28

Toxic pollutants found in fish across the world's oceans

A new global analysis of seafood found that fish populations throughout the world's oceans are contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants, collectively known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

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#106927
2016-01-20

Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans, says report

The world's oceans will contain more plastics than fish by 2050 as plastic – mostly packaging – enters the seas at the rate of one garbage truck-load a minute, a new report has warned.

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#106902
2016-01-19

More plastic than fish in oceans by 2050

There will be more plastic than fish in terms of weight in the world's oceans by 2050, the World Economic Forum warned Tuesday.

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#106839
2016-01-14

UK’s last resident killer whales 'doomed to extinction'

The UK’s last pod of killer whales is doomed to extinction, with new research revealing western European waters as a global hotspot for the lingering legacy of toxic PCB pollution.

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#106807
2016-01-12

Bayer revises position to propose extra protections for bees from pesticides

The pharmaceutical giant had initially accused the EPA of overstimating the impact of pesticide on pollinators but now admits report is ‘scientifically sound’

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#106766
2016-01-07

EU scientists begin review of ban on pesticides linked to bee declines

The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) has begun a review that could pave the way for rolling back a pioneering EU-wide ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides, that are thought to have ravaged European bee populations.

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#106388
2015-12-04

Herbicide drift affects adjacent fields, delays flowering

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- In field tests, researchers at Pennsylvania State University found a class of herbicides called dicamba regularly drift onto plants in neighboring fields, affecting both the plants and pollinators.

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#106362
2015-12-01

Independent scientists warn over Monsanto pesticide

Two major agencies disagree over whether the world's most-used pesticide, glyphosate, is safe. As the European Union debates the topic, nearly 100 scientists from around the world have urged it to heed safety warnings.

News Headlines
#106206
2015-11-23

EU drops food waste and marine litter reduction targets, leak reveals

Weakened draft regulations omit a new law that would have obliged countries to reduce waste by 30% by 2025

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#106141
2015-11-18

Biodegradable plastics are not the answer to reducing marine litter, says UN

17 November 2015 – Widespread adoption of products labelled “biodegradable” will not significantly decrease the volume of plastic entering the ocean or the physical and chemical risks that plastics pose to marine environment, accord to a United Nations report released today.

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#106099
2015-11-16

Debate rages over herbicide's cancer risk

European and UN bodies reach very different conclusions about safety of ubiquitous herbicide glyphosate.

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#106089
2015-11-13

World’s largest ocean cleanup operation one step closer to launch

Real life trials of a groundbreaking array designed to clean up the vast plastic island in the Pacific are due to begin next year after successful tests of a prototype in the Netherlands

News Headlines
#106016
2015-11-05

The great tit bird is less attractive due to exposure to heavy metals

Heavy metals, the result of contamination, may be toxic for animals to the extent of affecting their reproduction and physiology.

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#105843
2015-10-28

Neonicotinoids: new warning on pesticide harm to bees

Consensus builds among scientists though review of evidence also finds there is not enough data on whether pesticide causes population decline

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#105664
2015-10-15

Could contaminated land actually be good for trees?

New research shows trees grown to decontaminate land can be better at fending off natural predators

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#105507
2015-10-01

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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#105038
2015-08-31

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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#105039
2015-08-31

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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#105045
2015-08-31

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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#105051
2015-08-31

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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#104959
2015-08-21

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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#104787
2015-08-06

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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#104634
2015-07-23

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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#104548
2015-07-14

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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#104534
2015-07-13

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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#104264
2015-06-12

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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#104192
2015-06-05

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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#103913
2015-05-20

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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#103622
2015-04-27

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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#103626
2015-04-27

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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#103629
2015-04-27

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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#103589
2015-04-22

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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#103564
2015-04-21

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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#103480
2015-04-15

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.

News Headlines
#103342
2015-04-02

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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#103289
2015-03-26

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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#103275
2015-03-25

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.

News Headlines
#103188
2015-03-18

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.

News Headlines
#103195
2015-03-18

'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.

News Headlines
#102932
2015-02-25

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.

News Headlines
#102914
2015-02-24

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.

News Headlines
#102780
2015-02-13

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.

News Headlines
#102600
2015-02-03

Pollutants threaten long-term survival of wandering albatross

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

News Headlines
#102539
2015-01-28

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.

News Headlines
#102520
2015-01-27

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 ...

News Headlines
#102506
2015-01-26

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.

News Headlines
#102481
2015-01-22

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.

News Headlines
#102456
2015-01-20

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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