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Africa has shown world how to tackle plastics

At the recently concluded 17th Ordinary session of the Africa Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), all 54 African countries committed to address the key environmental challenges of our time including climate change, land degradation, loss of biodiversity and plastic pollution.

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Science & Policy Must Remain Partners in Mercury Challenge

GENEVA, Nov 25 2019 (IPS) - It has been more than two years since the Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force.

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Europe-banned insecticide ‘threatens Africa’s food security’

[CAPE TOWN] Scientists are calling on African policymakers to act urgently to control the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which threaten the wider ecosystem and food security, and have been banned by the European Union.

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New danger for corals in warming oceans: Metal pollution

Metal copper from agricultural runoff and marine paint leaching from boat hulls poses an emerging threat to soft coral sea fans in the waters around Puerto Rico.

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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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The haunting reality of ocean plastics

While most of us might not think about ghosts again until next Halloween, the same can’t be said for ocean activists and fishers. According to a new report by Greenpeace, abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) — commonly known as "ghost gear" — makes up about 10 percent of t ...

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How to see stars and tackle light pollution in your own backyard

The dark skies of the great outdoors help people to see the wonders of space, either with the naked eye or using telescopes. That's why observatories are usually placed in high altitudes or remote locations, where there's often outstanding natural beauty and little light pollution.

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Huge amounts of abandoned fishing gear litter the world's oceans

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear litter the world’s oceans. In some areas, this gear accounts for 30 per cent of the catch, trapping turtles, seabirds and whales as well as commercially fished species.

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Oil spill threatens vast areas of mangroves and coral reefs in Brazil

Hundreds of kilometres of mangroves and coral reefs, as well as humpback whale breeding grounds, are under threat from an oil spill that has polluted more than 2,400km of Brazil’s north-eastern coast in the last two months.

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Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan, according to an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds of homes and revi ...

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Venice gondoliers dive into murky canals for nocturnal clean-up

Venice's gondoliers have been swapping boating hats for scuba helmets and diving into canals in a clean-up operation of the UNESCO city that has turned up everything from washing machines to bicycles.

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Seeing the light: new moves to tackle night sky pollution

Light pollution has knock-on effects that impact whole ecosystems. From delaying wallaby pregnancies to mass-death of possums, light pollution is a threat to biodiversity that should be thought of as ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back’ in ecosystems already under stress, says Dr Therésa Jones.

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High pesticide concentrations continue to enter Great Barrier Reef

The combined toxicity of 22 of the most common pesticides found in waterways flowing into the Great Barrier Reef is in many cases not meeting pollution reduction targets.

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Living Planet: It's snowing microplastics

If synthetic clothing gives off microplastics when we wash it, how far do these tiny particles travel after leaving our homes? Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute found some surprising answers to where these plastic bits end up and how they get there.

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Companies’ solutions to global plastic crisis miss the mark: Report

A new report from the environmental organization Greenpeace warns that large companies are only deepening the world’s plastic crisis, even as they voice support for supposed solutions.

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Lake Maracaibo: polluted by a permanent black tide

Smelling like an oil refinery, the vast expanse of Lake Maracaibo has become polluted by its own reserves of crude as Venezuela's economic collapse has left wells and pipelines in ruin.

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Island reveals rising tide of plastic waste

A remote island in the southern Atlantic Ocean has helped reveal the scale of the problem of plastic waste facing our seas. Some 75% of bottles washed ashore on Inaccessible Island, in the South Atlantic, were found to be from Asia - with most made in China.

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Coral bleaching disease triggers closure of access to Cozumel reefs

Some of the most popular reefs around the island of Cozumel will be closed to the public due to white band disease, which is killing the coral. The Natural Protected Areas Commission (Conanp) will restrict access to much of the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park beginning in October.

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Plastic teabags release microscopic particles into tea

Many people are trying to reduce their plastic use, but some tea manufacturers are moving in the opposite direction: replacing traditional paper teabags with plastic ones. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology have discovered that a soothing cup of the brewed beve ...

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Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk: UN

Indonesian forest fires are putting nearly 10 million children at risk from air pollution, the United Nations warned Tuesday, as scientists said the blazes were releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases.

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Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Becoming benthic

From the Great Pacific garbage patch to inland rivers, plastics are among the most widespread contaminants on Earth. Microplastics—particles of plastic smaller than five millimeters—are especially pervasive. As they build up in Earth's waters, microplastics are also becoming a permanent part of ...

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Heartbreaking Images That Show the Impact of Plastic on Animals in the Ocean.

These heartbreaking photos reveal the devastating impact of the plastic crisis that is blighting the planet's oceans. The images, which have been taken by photographers around the world, show everything from turtles trapped in fishing nets to dead whales with their bellies full of debris.

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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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