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International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

7 September 2022, New York, United States of America

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#135521
2022-08-01

Air pollution boosts cloud cover but reduces rain, study finds

Researchers have found that aerosol particles in the atmosphere have a bigger impact on cloud cover than previously thought, despite a smaller effect on cloud brightness than expected.

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#135453
2022-07-26

Plastic in the Depths: how pollution took over our oceans

By now, it is well known that the oceans swirl with plastic. More than 8m tonnes pour into the seas every year, spewed out via rivers, dumped along coastlines or abandoned by fishing vessels.

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#135465
2022-07-26

Effect of environmental contaminants on the health of pet cats

Companion animals are in close contact with human surroundings, and there is growing concern about the effects of harmful substances on the health of pet cats.

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#135406
2022-07-21

A third of Wellington’s kākā parrot chicks found to have lead in their blood

Lead has been detected in nesting native kākā chicks in Wellington, but unusually, the birds look to have developed a tolerance to the toxin, a study has found.

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#135373
2022-07-20

Old cars forced off road as Europe’s clean air zones nearly double

The number of clean air zones across Europe has risen 40% since 2019, forcing older and more polluting vehicles off the road, according to new research based on EU data.

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#135377
2022-07-20

Offshore fish farms: a new wave of food production … or the ‘wild west’ of ocean pollution?

The enclosures stretch the length of an Olympic-size swimming pool, but from above they appear as floating dots scattered across the ocean. Inside, fish mill about as the submerged pens sway to the currents of the open sea.

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#135291
2022-07-11

What’s worse for the planet than millions of vans delivering shopping? Millions of vans delivering air

Technically, it has been around since bananas came with skin and coconuts with shells. More recently, it has become less good, though.

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#135204
2022-07-05

Recycling is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff

Plastic Free July has rolled around again and we'll all be hearing about reducing plastic use in our daily lives. Much of the messaging is targeted toward young people through school and youth-focused messaging.

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#134963
2022-06-14

Plastitar: mix of tar and microplastics is new form of pollution, say scientists

The discovery came as a team of researchers were combing the shores of the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canaries. Time and again, set against the sparkling waters that lapped the Playa Grande, they spotted clumps of hardened tar, dotted with tiny, colourful fragments of plastic.

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#134933
2022-06-08

Air pollution may increase freezing rain in northern hemisphere

Freezing rain is a typical weather disaster in winter and early spring over many regions of the world, even tropical areas. It develops as supercooled water (below 0 °C) in the air and freezes immediately after depositing on cold surfaces. In southern China, freezing rain mainly happens in the m ...

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#134937
2022-06-08

Examining the microplastics in the Indian Ocean

They may be tiny, but they pose a global problem for humans and the environment: microplastic particles. These are plastic particles with a diameter between one micron and five millimeters.

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#134893
2022-06-07

Noise pollution spooks whales the way predators would, study finds

Generally, the word pollution conjures images of billowing smokestacks, oily water and trash-filled highway medians. But for whales, dolphins and porpoises, a subtler and perhaps more sinister source of pollution also poisons their realm: human-made sound.

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#134898
2022-06-07

The dead shellfish littering our beaches tell you a lot about safety and secrecy in Britain

With every passing week, it looks more like a cover-up. The repeated mass strandings of crabs and lobsters on the coast of north-east England, and the ever less plausible explanations provided by the government, are the outward signs of an undersea disaster and a grim new politics.

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#134845
2022-06-02

A systems perspective is key to tackling the health effects of pollution

The Lancet Planetary Health released the report, “Pollution and health: A progress update,” on 17 May 2022. The report finds that pollution is responsible for approximately nine million deaths per year, corresponding to one in six deaths worldwide, making it the world’s largest environmental ris ...

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#134774
2022-05-31

Tobacco industry has ‘devastating’ environmental impact, WHO says

The tobacco industry is a far greater threat than many realise as it is one of the world’s biggest polluters, from leaving mountains of waste to driving global warming, the WHO charged Tuesday.

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#134775
2022-05-31

Low emission zones: Most-polluting cars to be barred from city centres

Restrictions prohibiting the most-polluting vehicles from the centres of four Scottish cities have moved a step closer following the introduction of low emission zones.

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#134532
2022-05-18

Pollution responsible for one in six deaths across planet, scientists warn

Pollution is killing 9 million people a year, a review has found, making it responsible for one in six of all deaths. Toxic air and contaminated water and soil “is an existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardises the sustainability of modern societies”, the review conc ...

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#134507
2022-05-17

Light pollution falling amid soaring energy prices, star survey finds

Light pollution has decreased as a result of fears over soaring energy costs, a survey by the countryside charity CPRE has suggested.

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#134357
2022-05-11

Micro and nano plastics in the atmosphere are polluting oceans! Here’s how

As the plastic particles can travel to the regions of the planet that are still largely untouched and remote could affect the surface climate and the health of the local ecosystem.

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#134358
2022-05-11

Experts call for global strategy to monitor effect of airborne plastic pollution on oceans

An international team of experts has called for the creation of an observation network to monitor the effect of airborne plastic pollution on oceans.

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#134159
2022-04-25

Nano state: tiny and now everywhere, how big a problem are nanoparticles?

In 2019, Ikea announced it had developed curtains that it claimed could “break down common indoor air pollutants”. The secret, it said, was the fabric’s special coating. “What if we could use textiles to clean the air?” asked Ikea’s product developer, Mauricio Affonso, in a promotional video for ...

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#134127
2022-04-20

Thousands of satellites are polluting Australian skies, and threatening ancient Indigenous astronomy practices

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples worldwide have observed, tracked and memorised all the visible objects in the night sky.

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#134028
2022-04-13

How Much Garbage Does The Usa Dump In Our Oceans?

In a recent study, the researchers estimated that there would be between 1 and 2 million people living in poverty. There would be 13 million to 2 million people.

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#133993
2022-04-12

Sunscreen chemicals accumulating in Mediterranean seagrass, finds study

Chemicals found in sunscreen lotions are accumulating in Mediterranean seagrass, a study has found.

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#133995
2022-04-12

An ocean of noise: how sonic pollution is hurting marine life

We were whaling with cameras, joining a flotilla of a dozen other tourist boats from harbours all around the Salish Sea. It was one of my first trips to the area, in August 2001.

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#134009
2022-04-12

Aerosol Pollution: Destabilizing Earth’s Climate and a Threat to Health

Aerosols are fine particulates that float in the atmosphere. Many are natural, but those haven’t increased or decreased much over the centuries. But human-caused aerosols — emitted from smokestacks, car exhausts, wildfires, and even clothes dryers — have increased rapidly, largely in step with g ...

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#133978
2022-04-11

Microplastics in the Cauvery River may be harming fish

Pollutants like microplastics may be causing growth defects in fish, including skeletal deformities, in the Cauvery River, a new study reveals. Published in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, the study was led by Upendra Nongthomba, Professor at the Department of Molecular Repro ...

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#133917
2022-04-06

Toxic rat poison killing growing number of England’s birds of prey

A highly toxic rat poison is killing increasing numbers of birds of prey, figures show, as wildlife campaigners call for its use to be banned outdoors.

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#133936
2022-04-06

Earthworms like to eat some plastics, but side effects of their digestion are unclear

Earthworms are a welcome sight for gardeners and farmers because the wriggling invertebrates recycle nutrients from soil, making them more accessible to plants. As worms burrow, they consume almost everything in their path, including microscopic plastic pollution.

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#133953
2022-04-06

Do you toss biodegradable plastic in the compost bin? Here's why it might not break down

Over one-fifth of all plastic produced worldwide is tossed into uncontrolled dumpsites, burned in open pits or leaked into the environment. In Australia, 1.1 million tonnes of plastic is placed in the market, yet just 16% (179,000 tonnes) is recovered.

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#133916
2022-04-01

Microplastics found deep in lungs of living people for first time

Microplastic pollution has been discovered lodged deep in the lungs of living people for the first time. The particles were found in almost all the samples analysed.

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#133857
2022-03-31

Plastic Pollution Is a Global Problem – Here’s How to Design an Effective Treaty To Curb It

Plastic pollution is accumulating worldwide, on land and in the oceans. According to one widely cited estimate, by 2025, 100 million to 250 million metric tons of plastic waste could enter the ocean each year.

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#133871
2022-03-31

Raw sewage discharged into English rivers 375,000 times by water firms

Water companies discharged raw sewage into English rivers 372,533 times last year, a slight reduction on the previous year.

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#133891
2022-03-31

Hunting toxic chemicals in the Arctic

At first, it was a simple question: what exactly did oil pollution do to gray seals off the coast of Norway?

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#133781
2022-03-08

Bottles, cans, batteries: octopuses found using litter on seabed

Whether it’s mimicking venomous creatures, or shooting jets of water at aquarium light switches to turn them off, octopuses are nothing if not resourceful.

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#133726
2022-03-07

Does the air pollution on the London Underground harm your health?

On any given weekday, the London Underground sees up to five million passengers hopping on and off its network. Its 11 lines serve 272 stations, and at peak times there can be over 500 trains hurtling around beneath the streets of London.

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#133742
2022-03-07

Oil spill at sea: who will pay for Peru’s worst environmental disaster?

More than a month after Peru’s worst ever environmental disaster on its coastline there are few signs of reckoning for Repsol, the Spanish energy company that manages the refinery where more than 10,000 barrels of crude oil spewed into the Pacific Ocean after a routine tanker discharge went awry.

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#133646
2022-03-02

Quantifying traffic noise pollution levels: a cross-sectional survey in South Africa

Despite the alarming increase in environmental noise pollution, particularly road traffic noise, in developing countries, there seems to be no awareness regarding the long-term impacts of noise, specifically traffic noise, on the health outcomes of individuals exposed to excessive noise.

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#133647
2022-03-02

Air pollution deaths up 2.5 times in India in 2 decades

Deaths attributable to PM 2.5 pollution in India have increased by 2.5 times over the last two decades, according to a new report by the Centre for Science and Environment.

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#133565
2022-02-28

In a biodiversity haven, mining drives highest ever recorded levels of mercury

Years of artisanal mining along the Madre de Dios River and its tributaries have left their marks, both seen and unseen. Miners, swarming to the region in a modern-day goldrush, have cleared away pockets of this sliver of the Peruvian Amazon.

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#133521
2022-02-25

PFAS pollution led to contamination of US drinking water wells, study finds

Pollution by toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” in America’s aquifer system has led to widespread contamination of private and public drinking water wells, data from a new study by the US Geological Survey finds.

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#133466
2022-02-23

Caffeine: Emerging contaminant of global rivers and coastal waters

Whether it’s found in a cup of hot joe, a chunk of chocolate, or an energy drink, caffeine is one of our favorite tipples — but alas, all the mild psychostimulant contained in those daily “pick me ups” has to go somewhere.

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#133421
2022-02-22

Only nine percent of plastic recycled worldwide: OECD

Less than 10 percent of the plastic used across the world is recycled, the OECD said Tuesday, calling for "coordinated and global solutions" ahead of expected talks on an international plastics treaty.

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#133423
2022-02-22

Plastic recycling shouldn't be an end in itself

Wanting to keep plastics in circulation is currently en vogue. According to Magdalena Klotz, however, high collection rates are of little use if recyclate only replaces virgin material to a limited extent.

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#133375
2022-02-21

Flipflopi sets sail on expedition to map impact of marine litter in the Western Indian Ocean

There is limited data on the extent and impact of marine litter in the Western Indian Ocean region; Flipflopi and partners will map the extent of marine litter in the ocean and around the UNESCO heritage site of the Lamu archipelago; the baseline study will be used to inform potential interventi ...

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#133322
2022-02-18

Plastic pollution is bad, but how exactly is it linked to climate change?

From bags caught in hedgerows to bottles bobbing in the ocean, the visible signs of our single-use plastic addiction are everywhere. We all know that plastic pollution is a big problem. But what is less talked about is exactly how plastic contributes to global warming.

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#133241
2022-02-16

From mountains to oceans: Plastic pollution exceeds Earth's safe limit

Scientists have warned that 14 million tonnes of plastic end up in oceans every year and only less 10 per cent of the world's plastic waste is recycled

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#133252
2022-02-16

How poisonous mercury gets from coal-fired power plants into the fish you eat

People fishing along the banks of the White River as it winds through Indianapolis sometimes pass by ominous signs warning about eating the fish they catch.

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