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Air pollution will lead to mass migration, say experts after landmark ruling

Air pollution does not respect national boundaries and environmental degradation will lead to mass migration in the future, said a leading barrister in the wake of a landmark migration ruling, as experts warned that government action must be taken as a matter of urgency.

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Air pollution: through the smog darkly - archive, 1965

I’ve put my baby down for the night. He’s coughing, spluttering, feverish, and miserable. In the morning his eyelids will be stuck together, he’ll be apathetic and off his food. Diagnosis – bronchitis. Treatment – the red drops from the doctor. He’ll soon be over it but he’ll get it again and again.

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Amazon shareholders to vote on revealing retailer’s plastic footprint

Amazon is under pressure to reduce its plastic footprint, as shareholders prepare to vote on Wednesday on a resolution calling for it to disclose how much of its plastic packaging ends up in the environment.

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Among world's worst polluters, ASEAN vows to tackle ocean waste

With Southeast Asia awash with rubbish, from plastic-choked whales to trash-clogged canals, leaders are planning to push through a deal to fight maritime debris at a regional meeting this weekend.

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An Ambitious Project To Clean Up the Ocean's Garbage Patch Isn't Working

The ocean holds hundreds of millions of tons of plastic, and none of it is going anywhere anytime soon.

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An eco-friendly plastic substitute from Germany

Disposable plastic is terrible for the environment. Alternatives are needed – and they do exist. Plastic that’s more sustainable is being developed in Germany. The result is biodegradable packaging that decomposes without polluting nature.

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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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Ancient Mesopotamian marshes threatened by Iraqi sewage, pollutants

In southern Iraq, putrid water gushes out of waste pipes into marshes reputed to be home to the biblical Garden of Eden, threatening an already fragile world heritage site.

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Another Solution for The Ocean Plastic Problem: Cell-Free Biomanufacturing

Waste-strewn beaches and sea creatures entangled in plastic debris are the most visible forms of ocean plastic pollution, but waste mismanagement is only part of the crisis. The other part consists of microscopic particles of plastic that collect in ocean habitats and concentrate in food chains.

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Antidepressants polluting the water can change fish behavior

The Monash scientists who found that pharmaceutical pollutants in waterways altered reproductive behavior, anxiety levels, activity and antipredator responses of fish have now discovered for the first time that such toxicity is also having a disturbing impact on the social behavior of fish.

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Aquatic insects are sensitive to light pollution

Light pollution—too much artificial light in the wrong place at the wrong time is one reason for the decline in insect numbers worldwide. New research from the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) shows that current strategies for reducing the impact of light pollut ...

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Are forests now playing a role in air pollution?

A study suggests that as forests change, higher levels of nitrogen oxides are to be expected, making it more difficult for some regions to meet national air quality standards.

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Are plastics and microplastics in the ocean on the increase?

That is the question that Prof. Alan Deidun, resident academic within the Department of Geosciences of the Faculty of Science, along with a cohort of high-profile co-authors, posed within a study recently published in the Microplastics and Nanoplastics journal. Specifically, the study overviews ...

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Are we being kept safe from ‘forever chemicals’ injected into fracking sites?

Not willing to rest their laurels on the theft of the future, the fossil fuel industry is now salting the earth with forever chemicals. In a bombshell exposé from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and the New York Times last week it was revealed that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances ...

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As Guinea-Bissau records mass vulture deaths, poisoning is main suspect

Around 1,000 vultures have been found dead in Guinea-Bissau in the last two weeks, believed to have been poisoned.

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As world drowns in plastic waste, U.N. to hammer out global treaty

At the end of February, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) will tackle a challenging task: the creation of a landmark treaty to control plastic pollution worldwide.

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Asia's Great Rivers: Climate crisis, pollution put billions at risk

The year is 2100. The glaciers of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region—the world's "Third Pole"—are vanishing as the planet warms, the ice that once fed the great rivers of Asia is all but lost, and with it much of the water needed to nurture and grow a continent.

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Bacteria-sized bots break down plastics in their path

Microplastics are fragments of plastic less than half a centimetre long, often contained in toiletries or shedding from polyester clothing. They pose a particularly serious threat to marine ecosystems and can absorb heavy metals and pollutants, whilst also travelling up food chains to humans wit ...

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Balloons the number one marine debris risk of mortality for seabirds

The data showed that a seabird ingesting a single piece of plastic had a 20 per cent chance of mortality, rising to 50 per cent for nine items and 100 per cent for 93 items.

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Bangladesh to ban use of single-use plastic in hotels and restaurants

Bangladesh’s High Court on Monday ordered the government to ban single-use plastics in coastal areas and in hotels and restaurants in one year to combat pollution.

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Banned pesticide blamed for killing bees may be approved for fish farms

The Scottish government appears ready to approve a banned insecticide blamed for destroying bee populations for use in Scottish salmon farms, according to internal documents seen by the Guardian, as MEPs warn of its potentially “devastating” impact on aquatic life.

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Beach bots, sea 'raptors' and marine toolsets mobilised to get rid of marine litter

Often quickly disposed of but lasting in the environment for tens to hundreds of years, plastic litter pollutes our seas worldwide, creating a serious threat to wildlife and contributing to climate change as they break down.

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Beaches are banning sunscreens to save coral reefs

Many families will soon escape the winter to seek warmer, sunnier climes. Swimsuits and sunglasses will invariably find their way into suitcases, but one common item might be giving people a little more pause than it once did: sunscreen.

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Bee-harming pesticides exported from EU despite ban on outdoor use

Thousands of tonnes of pesticides that seriously harm bees are being exported from the EU despite a ban on their outdoor use within the bloc.

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Bees threatened by indiscriminate use of pesticides

Even pesticides considered harmless to some bee species might be toxic for others

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Bees threatened by indiscriminate use of pesticides

[SÃO PAULO] With an estimated 75 per cent of human food dependent on the action of pollinating insects, bees are vital for global food production. But their very existence is under threat as they face chronic decline around the world.

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Big step-up in ambition can open door to crucial pollution cuts from homes and workplaces worldwide

Dramatic improvements in the way the world’s buildings are built, designed and operated are urgently needed if the vast, globally significant building and construction sector is to play its part in meeting international goals under the Paris Agreement.


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Boat made of old flip-flops flies flag for cleaner African seas

It was 6pm when an unusual rainbow-coloured boat, made of recycled plastic waste and discarded flip-flops gathered from beaches and roadsides, dropped anchor off the beach at Mtwapa, near Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa.

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Bolivian bees under threat from coca pesticides

High up in the Bolivian cloud forest, a woman tends to her bees, smoker in hand, working from hive to hive under a canopy of leaves to delicately gather panels of honeycomb. It's a bucolic scene that experts say won't last, for the bees are dying.

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Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel have high levels of toxic chemicals

Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel are being polluted with dangerous levels of toxic chemicals from pesticides and industrial waste, a study has warned.

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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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Brûler les déchets verts est nocif pour la santé et l’environnement

Brûler les déchets de jardin peut paraître un geste anodin. C'est pourtant interdit par la loi, car néfaste pour l'environnement comme pour votre santé. Explications.

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Bugs across globe are evolving to eat plastic, study finds

Surprising discovery shows scale of plastic pollution and reveals enzymes that could boost recycling

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COVID-19 hazard: 1.56 bn masks polluted oceans in 2020, claims study

These masks will take as long as 450 years to break down and all the while serve as a source of micro plastic and negatively impact marine wildlife and ecosystems, says a new report by OceanAsia

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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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Cameroon’s Mangrove Forests Are Choking on Plastics

Large amounts of plastic—bottles, cups, bags, plates, and other debris of various shapes and colors—washed up on the nearby boat ramp as we sat down to breakfast at a waterfront restaurant on our first morning in Youpwe, a neighborhood on the Wouri Estuary in Douala, Cameroon.

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Can Our Individual Plastic Footprint Stop The Ocean Of Waste From Submerging Us?

Plastic production will increase by 20,000% in 40 years if we keep things how they are. Plastic is everywhere. Over the years it became one of the most used material, and it got to a point where the cars and planes we travel on are made at 50% by plastic, or where it is more common for clothes t ...

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Can we really clean up the plastic waste fouling our oceans?

The oceans have become the easy option for dumping of plastic and other waste. It has been estimated that we are adding perhaps 10 million tonnes every year.

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Canada rejects outright ban on bee-killing pesticides

Canada's health agency announced Wednesday restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in agriculture to protect aquatic insects, backtracking on a proposed outright ban prompted by a massive bee die-off.

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Canary island airports reopen as haze clears

All eight airports on Spain's Canary Islands reopened on Monday a day after a sandstorm shrouded the archipelago, forcing their closure, the transport ministry said.

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Cape Town launches new ocean cleaning initiatives

In a determined effort to reduce the amount of waste that makes its way into our oceans, the City of Cape Town has partnered with several key players to remove garbage from local rivers.

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Carbon emissions to soar in 2021 by second highest rate in history

Carbon dioxide emissions are forecast to jump this year by the second biggest annual rise in history, as global economies pour stimulus cash into fossil fuels in the recovery from the Covid-19 recession.

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Caribbean nations rally around pollution-free future

Trinidad and Tobago, 27 August 2019 – Caribbean Island States signalled their commitment to achieving a pollution-free future today, with representatives of nine Caribbean nations gathering to launch the Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island Developing States ...

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Ce « mur vivant » qui filtre le plastique dans le port de Sydney est un espoir contre la pollution

En collaboration avec Reef Design Lab et le Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Volvo a conçu une innovation qui pourrait ramener de la biodiversité tout en combattant la pollution marine. Baptisé Living Seawall (la digue vivante), ce mur se compose de tuiles faites en béton marin dont la struct ...

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Chemical cocktail’ polluting English rivers - MPs warn

Raw sewage, microplastics and slurry are coursing through all of England's rivers, putting health and nature at risk, a parliamentary report concludes.

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Chemical pollution has passed safe limit for humanity, say scientists

The cocktail of chemical pollution that pervades the planet now threatens the stability of global ecosystems upon which humanity depends, scientists have said.

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China moves on takeout containers in bid to reduce plastic waste

China will ban plastic bags in major cities and single-use straws from restaurants by the end of this year in a bid to cut down on waste.

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Clean air zones to tackle traffic pollution delayed or on hold

Measures to tackle illegal air pollution, which kills tens of thousands of people a year in the UK, are being delayed or shelved despite growing evidence of the health risks.

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