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#Plasticfree: how to handle the scary plastic threat on our own backs

Doing the laundry for a family of four every week has always been tedious, but now it is burdened by knowing that almost every item we wash is releasing hundreds of thousands of tiny synthetic fibers into our waterways and the ocean beyond.

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'Banned' bee-harming pesticide approved for use, despite expert advice

Emergency use of a product containing the chemical thiamethoxam has been authorised in England because of a virus which affects sugar beets.

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'Bee-killing' pesticide now will not be used on UK sugar beet fields

A pesticide which reduces bee populations and was to be used in England’s sugar beet fields this year will not be used after recent cold weather killed off virus-transmitting aphids.

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'Biodegradable' plastic bags survive three years in soil and sea

Plastic bags that claim to be biodegradable were still intact and able to carry shopping three years after being exposed to the natural environment, a study has found.

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'Biodegradable' plastic will soon be banned in Australia—that's a big win for the environment

To start dealing with Australia's mounting plastic crisis, the federal government last week launched its first National Plastics Plan.The plan will fight plastic on various fronts, such as banning plastic on beaches, ending polystyrene packaging for takeaway containers, and phasing in microplast ...

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'Find a solution,' say residents as smog blankets Pakistan's Lahore

The Pakistani city of Lahore was declared the most polluted city in the world by an air quality monitor on Wednesday, as residents choking in acrid smog pleaded with officials to take action.

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'Ghost gear,' plastic entangled 1,000 sharks and rays since 2009: study

Over the last 10 years, hundreds of sharks and rays have become entangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans, U.K. researchers said.

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'Invisible killer': fossil fuels caused 8.7m deaths globally in 2018, research finds

Air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil was responsible for 8.7m deaths globally in 2018, a staggering one in five of all people who died that year, new research has found.

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'It's killing us': Delhi's smog-choked roads take their toll

Stinging eyes, an unrelenting cough and chronic lung disease have taken their toll on Bhajan Lal, an auto rickshaw driver navigating the Indian capital's chaotic roads and poisonous air.

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'Lost' ocean nanoplastic might be getting trapped on coasts

As plastic debris weathers in aquatic environments, it can shed tiny nanoplastics. Although scientists have a good understanding of how these particles form, they still don't have a good grasp of where all the fragments end up.

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'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish?

You sort your recycling, leave it to be collected – and then what?

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'The smell of death'. Peruvians race to rescue animals as oil spill spreads

Peruvians are racing to save animals caught up in a devastating oil spill that has been blamed on a volcanic explosion near Tonga. Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez has said that some 6,000 barrels of oil were spilled in the incident, which has left oil on 21 beaches.

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'We're getting Europe's waste?' US hit by plastic debris lost from UK ship

Brightly coloured plastic debris from the UK has been washing up along the coast of Maine in the US after a shipment bound for incineration fell into the sea.

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100% of Sea Turtles in Global Study Found With Plastics in Their Bellies

A new study of sea turtles in three oceans and seas drove home the point, green campaigners said Wednesday, that the world's governments and corporations are not doing enough to reduce plastic pollution—and marine life is suffering as a result.


15th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

10 - 14 November 2003, Nairobi, Kenya


16th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

22 - 26 November 2004, Prague, Czechia

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188 Environmental Groups Call For An End To Single Use Products

Disposable products have a detrimental impact on the natural environment, wildlife, human health, and vulnerable communities. Single use products, from packaging to food containers, to disposable cups and cutlery, are a key contributor to the 2 billion tons of waste that humans produce every year.


23rd Open-Ended Working Group Meeting

7 - 11 July 2003, Montreal, Canada


34th Meeting of the Implementation Committee

2 July 2005, Montreal, Canada

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4 Million Pounds of Microplastics Found in Corals, Causing Tissue Necrosis in Fishes

Harmful to ocean and aquatic life, microplastics make up the nearly three percent toxic pollutants in shallow, tropical waters where corals flourish. These toxic chemicals bring huge detrimental impact on reef health, and a new study reveals 4 million pounds of them may be stored in coral skelet ...

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414 million pieces of plastic found on remote island group in Indian Ocean

Debris on Cocos (Keeling) Islands was mostly bottles, cutlery, bags and straws, but also included 977,000 shoes, study says


53rd (bis) session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (IPCC-53bis)

22 - 26 March 2021, Electronic and written session, Geneva, Switzerland

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