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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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Microplastics stunt growth of worms, study finds

The damaging effect of plastic waste in the ocean is well-documented but new research shows this polluting material could also make soils significantly less fertile.

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No-spray zones divide French farmers from anxious neighbors

When tractors laden with pesticides and other chemicals start spraying the vineyards that produce fruity Bordeaux wines, Marie-Lys Bibeyran's phone starts to ring.

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Germany: Draft bill to ban plastic bags on the way

The use of plastic bags is on the decline in Germany, but the 64% decrease since 2015 doesn't go far enough for Environment Minister Svenja Schulze. Her department has drafted a bill to ban them completely.

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Seven tonnes of marine plastic pollution collected on remote Arnhem Land beach

Water bottles, cigarette lighters and fishing nets were among garbage found on Djulpan beach, Sea Shepherd says

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Plastic food packaging was most common beach trash in 2018

A million volunteer-strong beach clean-up effort spanned 120 countries; it also turned up an artificial Christmas tree and a typewriter.

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Golf’s championship takes a swing at single-use plastics

The small Scottish seaside town of St Andrews is replete with a rich history which includes a castle and Scotland’s oldest university, founded in 1413.

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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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Experts aim to improve assessment of global chemicals management

UK hosted workshop to create quantifiable process for measuring progress

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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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'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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Bees threatened by indiscriminate use of pesticides

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

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Tiny magnets could help rid the ocean of harmful microplastics

An army of tiny magnetic coils could dissolve microplastics from water, and possibly help us clean up waterways and oceans.

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The demand for luxury shellfish is polluting the ocean with plastic

The federal government has taken action recently to reduce the amount of plastic waste found on land and in oceans, rivers and lakes.

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It's raining plastic: microscopic fibers fall from the sky in Rocky Mountains

Discovery raises new questions about the amount of plastic waste permeating the air, water, and soil virtually everywhere on Earth

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This Irish teenager may have a solution for a plastic-free ocean

(CNN)A teenager from Ireland may have found a way to rescue our oceans from the growing plastic pollution problem.

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Whose fault is plastic waste in the ocean?

Rich countries with good recycling infrastructure hold Southeast Asia responsible for plastic waste polluting the sea. A fact-check shows that's not fair.

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Henderson Island: the Pacific paradise groaning under 18 tonnes of plastic waste

Rubbish has been washing up on its isolated beaches in the Pitcairn chain at a rate of several thousand bits of plastic a day

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Active pharmaceutical ingredients can persist in the environment

Homeowners who rely on private wells as their drinking water source can be vulnerable to bacteria, nitrates, and other contaminants that have known human health risks.

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Costa Rica to completely ban polystyrene due to environmental impact

President says his countrymen must make changes ‘in our minds but also in our actions’

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Thousands of sharks and rays are likely entangled in plastic polluting Earth’s oceans

New research finds that thousands of sharks and rays could be entangled in the plastic polluting Earth’s oceans.

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Smart wastewater management can help reduce air pollution

“Walk along the Bagmati river in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, and you are hit by a pervasive stench, underlining the fact that poor wastewater management worsens air pollution,” says Birguy Lamizana, a UN Environment specialist on wastewater and pollution.

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Making waves: Female round-the-world crew to fight ocean plastic

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 300 women will join a round-the-world voyage launching in October to highlight the devastating impact of plastic pollution in the oceans and conduct scientific research into the escalating crisis.

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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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Environmentalists have removed nearly 40 tonnes of trash from the Pacific

The sailing cargo ship Kwai docked in Honolulu last month after a 25-day voyage with 40 tonnes of fishing nets and consumer plastics aboard, gathered from what has become known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Morocco Launches Campaign to Promote Plastic-free Beaches

The Mohammed VI Foundation for the Environment has launched its 2019 beach cleaning campaign, under the hashtag “#b7arblaplastic” (“#beacheswithoutplastic”).

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Plastic bans proliferate in 2019 as planet drowns in trash

When the EU finally committed to banning an array of single-use plastics in March, it became part of a growing plastic-free movement that is seeing similar bans imposed from Vanuatu to Canada and Tanzania.

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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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Taking the fight to the frontline: Island states unite to end pollution

Washington DC, 13 June 2019 – Twenty-seven Small Island Developing States have come together in a bid to manage and eliminate toxic chemicals and waste in some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems under a new initiative announced today in Washington DC.

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G20 to tackle ocean plastic waste as petrochemical producers expand in Asia

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan wants to make reducing the glut of plastic waste in the oceans a priority at the Group of 20 summit it is hosting this month as governments around the world crack down on such pollution.

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DDT still affecting lake ecosystems 50 years after it was banned

June 12 (UPI) -- The highly potent pesticide DDT was banned more than a half-century ago, but the toxic chemical persists in lake ecosystems and continues to impact freshwater food chains, according to a new study.

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Microplastic pollution adds to oceans’ problems

[SÃO PAULO] The harmful effects of microplastics on the marine environment are widely documented.

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Straws: UK government to bring in new controls on plastic

In a bid to limit ocean pollution, the UK government will introduce new controls on single use plastic items next year.

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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

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Pathways to tackling the plastic waste problem

BERLIN - Is the human species becoming a cancer on the planet? This question arises from the grim findings of a new United Nations study that human actions are irremediably altering natural ecosystems and driving increasing numbers of plant and animal species to extinction.

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Mariana Trench: Deepest-ever sub dive finds plastic bag By Rebecca Morelle

An American explorer has found plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive.

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Japan plans microplastics reduction in marine environments by 2020

Voluntary actions so far have seen success

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The plastic in our bodies

Nobody, it seemed, had thought to look before.

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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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Not so starry night: light pollution spoils the view for stargazers

Light pollution is hindering a starry view of the night sky for more than half of people across England, a census has found. Fifty-seven per cent of stargazers struggled to see more than 10 stars, while just 2% of participants said they experienced “truly dark skies” enabling them to count more ...

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Plastic waste / Millions of tonnes of plastic ‘missing’ in the oceans

Humanity has been dumping millions of tonnes of plastic into the ocean every year – and one team of researchers may have figured out where it all went.

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Tracking the sources of plastic pollution in ocean

Plastic pollution in the world's oceans is now widely recognised as a major global challenge — but we still know very little about how these plastics are actually reaching the sea. A new global initiative, led by the University of Birmingham shows how focussing on rivers and river mouths can yie ...

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Pesticides and antibiotics polluting streams across Europe

Pesticides and antibiotics are polluting streams across Europe, a study has found. Scientists say the contamination is dangerous for wildlife and may increase the development of drug-resistant microbes.

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West Coast waste will end up in deep sea canyon, scientist warns

Some of the rubbish spilling out into the Tasman Sea from an old rubbish dump on the West Coast will not be able to be collected, scientists say.

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Plastic drinks bottles are now the biggest plastic threat for our waterways

Drinks bottles are the most prevalent form of plastic pollution in European waterways, it has been revealed.According to the Plastic Rivers report from Earthwatch Europe and Plastic Oceans UK, plastic bottles make up 14 per cent of all identifiable plastic litter items found in European freshwat ...

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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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Will the ocean benefit from the battle of the microbeads bans?

I close my eyes and instead of falling asleep I see this: "Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Polyethylene…" – one of the thousands of product ingredient lists I had meticulously combed through. This particular one came from a make-up product and stood out to me because it raised so many excellent ...

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Marine plastic pollution costs the world up to $2.5tn a year, researchers find

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans costs society billions of dollars every year in damaged and lost resources, research has found.

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Egypt Red Sea province to ban single-use plastic

Egypt's Red Sea Governorate is to introduce a ban on single-use plastics that are destroying marine life, the province's top official said Wednesday.

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What does air pollution do to our bodies?

The countdown has begun to the launch of one of the world's boldest attempts to tackle air pollution. From next Monday, thousands of drivers face paying a new charge to enter central London.

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