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Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of

Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardousWhen the X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean in May, Sri Lanka was terrified that the vessel’s 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil would spill into the ocean, causing an environmental disaster for the country’s pristine coral reefs and fishing industry.Classified by the UN as Sri Lanka’s “worst maritime disaster”, the big...
Tags: Business, Environment, World news, Dolphins, Fish, South and Central Asia, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Travel and transport, Water transport, Un, Cetaceans, Coastlines, Sri Lanka

Fabrice Monteiro’s best photograph: a spirit emerges from a rubbish dump in Senegal

‘The model is holding a child’s doll, looking out over the wreckage. It represents the future generations we’re condemning to environmental catastrophe’Outside Dakar, Senegal’s capital, is a rubbish dump with its own name: Mbeubeuss. The land on which it sits was once flat swampland. It began as a landfill site in 1968; today, it is a mountain of rubbish. It has accumulated so much plastic waste from the city that to reach it you have to drive on a road of compacted trash.This is not the Africa ...
Tags: Photography, Africa, Environment, Senegal, Culture, Pollution, Art and design, Plastics, Dakar Senegal, Fabrice Monteiro

Ghost Ads / S.O.S Fantômes, épisode 3

THE ORIGINAL? –  2018 “Truly Scary” Click to enlarge Ag : Raydar (NZ) LESS ORIGINAL World Oceans Day – 2019 “Terror of the seas” Click image to enlarge Agency : Maianga (Portugal) LESS ORIGINAL Pollution Awareness – 2021 “The real horror” (Halloween ad) Click image to enlarge Agency : Boomerang (Morocco) [Author: Joe La Pompe]
Tags: Social, Halloween, Ghosts, Advertising, Environmental, Pollution, Bags, Plastic, Portugal, Ghost, Scary, Plastic Bag, Non-profit, Print & Outdoor, Joe La Pompe, Fantômes

‘I can’t see any positives’: return of cruise ships may bring a storm of protest to regional Australian ports

Post-Covid cruising industry wants picturesque towns on its itineraries, while locals fear the pollution and damage the ships can bringGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingAs a teenager, Dylan Boag couldn’t wait to move to the city, but when he finally arrived, all he could think about was getting back home to the pristine waters of Jervis Bay, 200km south of Sydney.Today the 30-year-old runs an eco-tourism company in the 102sq km-bay with his partner, Lara Hindmarsh. Continue re...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Pollution, Marine Life, New South Wales, Sydney, Jervis Bay, Tourism (Australia, Dylan Boag, Lara Hindmarsh Continue

South African rowing in peril as Roodeplaat dam gets choked by plant colonies

Poorly treated wastewater in Tshwane is to blame for the water hyacinth and cyanobacteria colonies The post South African rowing in peril as Roodeplaat dam gets choked by plant colonies appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, South Africa, Pollution, Sewage, E.coli, Main, Rhodes University, Cyanobacteria, Roodeplaat Dam, Top Six, Tshwane, City of Tshwane, Subs-only, Water Hyacinth, Bio-control, Julie Coetzee

Delhi schools shut indefinitely as smog worsens

On Saturday, the Delhi government had ordered schools to close for a week and banned construction work for four days The post Delhi schools shut indefinitely as smog worsens appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Pollution, Delhi, Smog, New Delhi, Openaccess

Soaring pollution has Delhi considering full weekend lockdown

Thick smog envelops Indian capital with pollution levels 20 times higher than deemed healthy by WHOIndia’s capital, Delhi, and several surrounding states have shut schools, imposed work-from-home orders and a full weekend lockdown of the city is being contemplated in an attempt to tackle the deadly levels of pollution that have yet again enveloped the region.Over the past weeks, in what has become a dreaded seasonal occurrence, Delhi has suffered pollution levels 20 times higher than the leve...
Tags: India, Environment, World news, Air Pollution, South and Central Asia, Pollution, World Health Organization, Delhi, WHOIndia

Authorities in India are planning a new lockdown not to combat COVID-19, but air pollution

India Gate in New Delhi, India, amid smog seen on November 15, 2021.Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Pollution levels in New Delhi, India, have been dangerously high these past two weeks. Schools were told to shut for a week from Monday and construction work was banned for three days. The New Delhi government plans to impose compulsory WFH and a weekend lockdown. Authorities in India plan to enforce a new lockdown to combat air pollution in New Delhi, the world's most polluted cap...
Tags: UK, Science, Supreme Court, India, Narendra Modi, Trends, Air Pollution, Pollution, News UK, Associated Press, Delhi, New Delhi, Reuters, New Delhi India, Times of India, NDTV

Canada: First Nation exposed to high levels of cancer-causing chemicals

Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Ontario finally wins access to data charting pollution from local petrochemical facilitiesA First Nations community in Canada has learned that levels of a cancer-causing chemical in its air are 44 times higher than is considered safe, after years of fighting for the data.Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Ontario is surrounded on all sides by petrochemical facilities, and members have long suspected that the facilities in “Chemical Valley” have exposed them to potentially da...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Canada, Pollution, Indigenous Peoples, Ontario, First Nation, Aamjiwnaang First Nation

Here’s something you can’t ignore, says tampon plastics activist

Ella Daish to hand Procter & Gamble giant Tampax applicator, made from 1,200 discarded contributionsA British environmental activist is stepping up her campaign against single-use plastics in period products by calling on the world’s bestselling manufacturer of tampons to make greener alternatives.Ella Daish, the founder of the #EndPeriodPlastic campaign, will go to the European headquarters of Tampax-maker Procter & Gamble in Geneva on Monday to present executives with a giant tampon applicator...
Tags: Europe, Business, Protest, Environment, Women, World news, Pollution, Marine Life, Oceans, Healthcare Industry, Procter Gamble, Geneva, Rivers, Environmental Activism, Menstruation, Plastics

Countries contributing the least to the climate crisis are feeling the worst of its effects

In this Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, a woman holds her daughter stands awaiting her husband who went to collect drinking water after flood waters enter their house following heavy monsoon rains in Gauhati, India. Anupam Nath, File/Associated Press More than 1 billion children are at extreme risk for weather disasters, a UNICEF report found. The majority of these kids live in countries that contribute the least to carbon emissions. High-risk countries are already facing extreme heat, water ...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, India, US, Trends, Global Warming, Ap, Earth, Pollution, Middle East, Carbon Emissions, Bangladesh, Kenya, South America, Associated Press, New Delhi

Human nature is driving us to a climate dead end | Letters

Readers Adam Manolson, Linda Marriott, Robin Bevis and Bob Taylor are not surprised at the findings of a survey which suggests many people don’t feel they need to do more to fight global heating The results of this survey are sad but unsurprising (Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds, 7 November). At the weekend, I took my 12-year-old son by bus across west London to his football match. While the world discusses how to address climate change, everyone in west ...
Tags: Energy, Europe, London, Germany, Environment, UK News, World news, Pollution, Fossil Fuels, Transport, Road transport, Bob Taylor, Climate Crisis, Adam Manolson Linda Marriott Robin Bevis

About 26,000 tonnes of plastic Covid waste pollutes world’s oceans – study

Increased demand for PPE has put pressure on an already out-of-control global problem, report findsPlastic waste from the Covid-19 pandemic weighing 25,900 tonnes, equivalent to more than 2,000 double decker buses, has leaked into the ocean, research has revealed.The mismanaged plastic waste, consisting of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, vastly exceeded the capability of countries to process it properly, researchers said. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, UK News, World news, Pollution, Oceans, Waste, Plastics, Coronavirus

The air in New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital, got even worse after people ignored a ban to fill the air with Diwali fireworks

A road shrouded in smog in Noida, India, November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis New Delhi is considered the world's most-polluted capital city. The toxicity of its air rose to dangerous levels this week, partly fuelled by fireworks. The festival of Diwali on Thursday prompted mass use of fireworks despite a ban. Air pollution levels in New Delhi, India's capital city, got even worse after people ignored a ban and held firework displays to mark the festival of Diwali.New Delhi ...
Tags: Science, India, Trends, Bbc, Air Pollution, Pollution, News UK, Fireworks, Delhi, New Delhi, Diwali, Reuters, New Delhi India, Noida, The World Health Organization, Sinead Baker

Pollution pods, machine learning, fermentation protein-producing microorganisms, Microsoft’s look at algae and fungi for green data centers and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 4th

Want to know what it’s like to breathe some of the world’s lowest quality air? “Pollution pods” in the UK are giving people that opportunity to draw attention to growing pollution impacts. And an alternative protein startup in California is building a pilot-scale facility for food-friendly proteins, using machine learning and fermentation to genetically engineer protein-producing microorganisms. In today’s Digest, these innovations of the week plus Microsoft looking to algae and fungi to constr...
Tags: UK, H&m, Microsoft, California, Pollution, Top Stories, Algae, Evonik, Top 8, Top 8 Innovations, Cultivated Meat, Biotextile

Radioactive material and pesticides among new contaminants found in US tap water

Analysis identifies 56 new chemicals in water supplies – including some linked to critical diseases Water utilities and regulators in the US have identified 56 new contaminants in drinking water over the past two years, a list that includes dangerous substances linked to a range of health problems such as cancer, reproductive disruption, liver disease and much more.The revelation is part of an analysis of the nation’s water utilities’ contamination records by the Environmental Working Group, a c...
Tags: Environment, US, Water, US news, Pollution, Environmental Working Group

‘We will be homeless’: Lahore farmers accuse ‘mafia’ of land grab for new city

The futuristic Ravi Riverfront City development, championed by Imran Khan’s government, has been met with determined oppositionIt has been called Pakistan’s answer to Dubai, a brand new multitrillion-rupee development of towering skyscrapers, futuristic domes and floating walkways.But Ravi Riverfront City, described as the “world’s largest riverfront modern city” also faces accusations of rampant land grabs by prime minister Imran Khan’s government, which has championed the project. Hundreds of ...
Tags: Environment, Cities, Pollution, Pakistan, Dubai, Global development, Imran Khan, Urbanisation, Land Rights, LAHORE, Ravi Riverfront City

South African cities must put green infrastructure firmly on the urban agenda

A green investment increases resilience and adapts cities to the harmful effects of climate change — and increases property prices and addresses issues such as health, water, sanitation and transport The post South African cities must put green infrastructure firmly on the urban agenda appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Health, Climate Change, Opinion, Urban, Maintenance, Water, Ipcc, Cities, Infrastructure, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Transport, Biodiversity, Property Prices, Sanitation, Food Security

Current approach to wildfires risks lives and wastes money, say experts

Researchers call for new firefighting techniques that focus on managing landscapes, as global heating sees increase in blazes‘It still gives me nightmares’: the firefighters on the frontline as the world burnsRead more in the Harmed by heat seriesA new approach is urgently needed to tackle global wildfires as current methods are no longer working, draining the public purse and placing lives at risk, according to experts.This summer saw some of the worst wildfires in history and underscored the d...
Tags: Health, Europe, Greece, California, Environment, World news, Pollution, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Wildfires, Biodiversity, Extreme Weather, Climate Crisis, Cop26

Top greenhouse gas emitter South Africa earns kudos for new protection measures

The Healthy NDCs Scorecard has recognised South Africa’s efforts in revising its nationally determined contributions to mitigate climate change The post Top greenhouse gas emitter South Africa earns kudos for new protection measures appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Surveillance, South Africa, Pollution, Cabinet, Monitoring, Paris Agreement, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Top Six, Groundwork, Rico Euripidou, Nationally Determined Contributions, Climate Ambitions, Global Climate Health Alliance

Kunming Declaration on biodiversity: A show of political will that lacks targets

More than 100 countries pledged to better protect nature at UN biodiversity talks last week The post Kunming Declaration on biodiversity: A show of political will that lacks targets appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Nature, Pollution, Un, Biodiversity, Land Degradation, Survival International, Stellenbosch University, Greenpeace International, Biodiversity Loss, Top Six, UN biodiversity conference, Convention on Biological Diversity, Campaign for Nature, High Ambition Coalition For Nature And People

MMSEZ authorities dodge every question about livelihoods threats, climate change, water scarcity and more

MMSEZ chief executive Lehlogonolo Masoga, the Limpopo Economic Development Agency and the consulting agency Enviroxcellence failed to address the concerns of people living in the Vhembe biosphere The post MMSEZ authorities dodge every question about livelihoods threats, climate change, water scarcity and more appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, China, Water, Pollution, Openaccess, Vhembe, Special Economic Zone, Biosphere, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Environmental Impact Assessment, Public Participation, MMSEZ, Musina Makhado Special Economic Zone, Limpopo Economic Development Agency, Lehlogonolo Masoga, EnviroXcellence

Rotting Red Sea oil tanker could leave 8m people without water

FSO Safer has been abandoned since 2017 and loss of its 1.1m barrels would destroy Yemen’s fishing stocksThe impact of an oil spill in the Red Sea from a tanker that is rotting in the water could be far wider than anticipated, with 8 million people losing access to running water and Yemen’s Red Sea fishing stock destroyed within three weeks.Negotiations are under way to offload the estimated 1.1m barrels of crude oil that remains onboard the FSO Safer, which has been deteriorating by the month s...
Tags: Environment, Oil, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Pollution, Fossil Fuels, Oil Spills, Fishing, Yemen, Red Sea, Gulf of Alaska, FSO

Elon Musk says 'do not worry too much' about methane, the gas used in SpaceX rocket fuel that accounts for 20% of global greenhouse emissions

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Hannibal Hanschke-Pool/Getty Images Elon Musk once again voiced his support for a carbon tax at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting. He said the policy "is really needed," and would benefit Tesla, but hurt ultimately SpaceX. Musk said "do not worry too much about methane," the gas responsible for 20% of greenhouse emissions. Elon Musk endorsed a carbon tax at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting on Thursday, a position he's held since 2015, even though impl...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Climate Change, Trends, Global Warming, Tesla, Pollution, Epa, Mars, Biden, Methane, Musk

Sewage could leave Windermere lake ‘ecologically dead’

Campaigners say combination of waste from local plant as well as private septic tanks to blameWindermere could become “ecologically dead” because of the amount of sewage being pumped into its waters, campaigners have warned.Pictures show algal blooms across the surface of the lake. Campaigners say there is also evidence of dead fish and invertebrates, indicating the waters are not healthy. Continue reading...
Tags: Utilities, Environment, Water, UK News, Pollution, Waste, Environmental Activism, Lake District, Windermere

Historical climate emissions reveal responsibility of big polluting nations

Six of top 10, including China and Russia, yet to show ambition on emissions cuts before Cop26Analysis of the total carbon dioxide emissions of countries since 1850 has revealed the nations with the greatest historical responsibility for the climate emergency. But six of the top 10 have yet to make ambitious new pledges to cut their emissions before the crucial UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.The six include China, Russia and Brazil, which come only behind the US as the biggest cu...
Tags: UK, Climate Change, China, Russia, Environment, US, UK News, World news, Canada, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Brazil, Un, Glasgow, China Russia, Climate Crisis

Photos show Manila Bay mangroves ‘choking’ in plastic pollution

The Navotas mudflats are among the last of their kind and act as a crucial feeding ground for migratory birds, but they are being buried in plasticThere are stray, abandoned flip flops, old foil food wrappers, crumpled plastic bags, and discarded water bottles. The Navotas mudflats and mangroves in Manila Bay are buried in a thick layer of rubbish.It is “almost choking the mangrove roots,” Diuvs de Jesus, a marine biologist in the Philippines who photographed the area on a recent visit, said. Co...
Tags: Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Pollution, Jesus, Manila Bay

Captain Obvious Returns: Studies Say Ride-Hailing Apps Cause Pollution

As luck would have it, hiring thousands of drivers to cruise around a city in search of their next fare has some negative environmental impacts. That’s the word coming from expert researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, who we can only hope are prepared to tackle similarly impossible quandaries — like establishing what happens to an object […] The post Captain Obvious Returns: Studies Say Ride-Hailing Apps Cause Pollution appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Technology, Research, Traffic, Green, Pollution, Public Transit, Studies, Autos, Congestion, Carnegie Mellon University, Ride-sharing, Reports, Taxis, News Blog

Huge domes of dust drift across my floor. Where do they come from – and why do I feel so afraid? | Brigid Delaney

I spend all day at home in lockdown in a state of revulsion. When I’m not cleaning, I’m sneezingIs it Covid or is it dust? Since I moved into this apartment, I frequently wake up with a runny nose, an inflamed throat and watery eyes.I’ve never lived in a place that’s so dusty. The amount of dust I must deal with each day is confounding. I am constantly dusting, only for it to return an hour later. Where does it come from? Why is it here? Can we cohabitate or will I inhale so much of it that I’ll...
Tags: Health, Environment, Religion, Australia news, Pollution, Soil, Allergies, Brigid Delaney, Australian lifestyle

Sasol commits to net zero ambition by 2050, triples 2030 emission reduction targets

But Sasol shouldn’t rely on natural gas a transition fuel, say civil society organisations The post Sasol commits to net zero ambition by 2050, triples 2030 emission reduction targets appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Renewables, Natural Gas, Paris Agreement, Sasol, Top Six, Green Hydrogen, 2050, Fleetwood Grobler, Centre For Environmental Rights, Low-carbon, Net Zero Emissions