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#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.

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#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.

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#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 ...

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#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 ...

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#110707
2016-11-02

Combatting marine plastic debris

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

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#110624
2016-10-28

Microplastics in agricultural soils: A reason to worry?

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

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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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#109596
2016-08-15

The woman turning rubbish into homes in Pakistan

Latif has been using plastic to create shelters, reservoirs and mobile toilets. Now, she wants the world to take notice.

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#109497
2016-08-09

We’re trashing the oceans — and they’re returning the favor by making us sick

Six years ago, in a bracing 18-minute TED talk, coral reef scientist Jeremy Jackson laid out “how we wrecked the ocean.” In the talk, he detailed not only how overfishing, global warming, and various forms of pollution are damaging ocean ecosystems — but also, strikingly, how these human-driven ...

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#109500
2016-08-09

Hotspots of pollution hidden under the sea

Twelve percent of the continental U.S. coastline may be particularly vulnerable to ocean pollution carried by freshwater seeping through the ground, according to an analysis published last week in Science.

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#109468
2016-08-05

Scientists turn plastic bottles into clean fuel without harmful byproducts

Researchers have come up with a solution for the problem of too much plastic waste and insufficient, reliable clean energy for the masses. By turning the tons of discarded plastic bottles into fuel, we could kill two birds – or, rather, save two seabirds – with one stone.

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#109452
2016-08-04

Antarctic sea-ice bacteria could be contaminating seafood with a dangerous form of mercury

Pollution in the Antarctic may not turn many heads, but seafood lovers must beware of mercury-tainted fish from the southern seas finding its way onto their plates. New research shows how a certain type of sea-ice bacteria may be converting existing mercury into an even more potent neurotoxin th ...

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#109454
2016-08-04

Take responsibility for electronic-waste disposal

The world is producing ever more electrical and electronic waste. The quantity of dumped computers, telephones, televisions and appliances doubled between 2009 and 2014, to 42 million tonnes per year globally1, 2.

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#109339
2016-07-27

Leading insecticide cuts bee sperm by almost 40%, study shows

Discovery provides possible explanation for increasing deaths of honeybees in recent years, according to scientists

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#109106
2016-07-08

Metals from cigarette butts may pose potential threat to marine environment

Almost 5 trillion butts littered annually; contaminants may enter food chain

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#109103
2016-07-06

Air pollution impedes bees' ability to find food

"The more we can understand about what factors are affecting their decline in numbers, the more equipped we will be to intervene if needed," said researcher Jose D. Fuentes.

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#108948
2016-06-21

Man-made pollutants found in Earth's deepest ocean trenches

Toxic chemicals are accumulating in marine creatures in Earth’s deepest oceanic trenches, the first measurements of organic pollutants in these regions have revealed.

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#108828
2016-06-06

EU Fails to Get Sufficient Majority in Vote to Extend Glyphosate Use

Reauthorizing weed killer ingredient faces opposition amid conflicting data on whether it causes cancer

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#108806
2016-06-03

Fish eat plastic like teens eat fast food, researchers say

Young fish become hooked on eating plastic in the seas in the same way that teenagers prefer unhealthy fast food, Swedish researchers have said.

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#108687
2016-05-23

Biodegradable plastic 'false solution' for ocean waste problem

UN’s top environmental scientist warns bottles and bags do not break down easily and sink, as report highlights the ubiquity of plastic debris in oceans

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#108658
2016-05-19

Glyphosate: Will Europe ban controversial weed killer?

The EU is about to vote on whether to relicense the world's most used pesticide, as debate continues to rage over whether it poses a risk of cancer.

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#108440
2016-05-02

Cattle drug threatens thousands of vultures

A veterinary drug blamed for driving vultures to the brink of extinction on the Indian subcontinent could cause thousands of bird deaths now that it is being used in Spain.

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#108408
2016-04-27

Banned pesticides 'not equally harmful' to bees

The largest field study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees.

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#108160
2016-04-15

Hundreds of baby dolphin deaths linked to BP oil spill

Between 2010 and 2014, more than a thousand common bottle-nosed dolphins washed ashore on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

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#108167
2016-04-15

Pollutants in fish diminish human defenses against toxins, study says

SAN DIEGO, April 15 (UPI) -- The risks of eating polluted fish include a negative feedback loop. According to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, pollutants in fish undermine the human body's ability to naturally rid itself of toxins. In other words, pollutants in fish render ...

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#108027
2016-04-11

Two-thirds of Europeans support ban on glyphosate, says Yougov poll

Concerns remain chemical widely used in agriculture as a herbicide can kill all plants, algae, bacteria and fungi in a crop’s vicinity, affecting biodiversity

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#108017
2016-04-08

Benign by design: how chemists aim to end pharmaceutical pollution of the environment

From antibiotics to hormones and pain killers - residue from drugs is found in wastewater, rivers, fish, and even in polar bear fat. But chemists say they may know how to end this environmental pollution.

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#108021
2016-04-08

Two widely used pesticides likely to harm 97% of endangered species in US

Malathion and chlorpyrifos are each likely to harm most of the 1,782 mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act

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#107920
2016-04-04

Pesky plastic: The true harm of microplastics in the oceans

Pollution is evidently a major concern when talking about environmental protection in light of human development, but waste that ends up in the oceans is oftentimes overlooked.

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#107635
2016-03-14

Pesticides affect bees' ability to locate flowers, drink nectar

GUELPH, Ontario, March 14 (UPI) -- Bumblebees exposed to even low levels of pesticides have trouble acquiring the pollination skills necessary to retrieve nectar from some wildflowers -- especially those with complex shapes.

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#107611
2016-03-11

Researchers discover plastic-loving bacteria in recycling plant

Scientists found a bacterium that will consume one of the most common forms of plastic. Is it the first step toward a solution for plastic pollution?

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#107332
2016-02-23

Damaged Peru pipeline leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into Amazon region

Jungle covered in black sludge after a landslide caused the country’s main oil pipeline to rupture, polluting rivers relied on by eight native communities

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#107311
2016-02-22

From asthma to Zika, UN tackles links between environment and health

19 February 2016 – The list of health conditions that can be linked to environmental pollution and degradation is long and growing, including skin cancer, lung cancer, asthma, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, malaria, Ebola and Zika, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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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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