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Microplastics and our planet: Part 1 – looking at the problem

Microplastic pollution continues to be an issue of pressing concern for humanity. Particles are found in everyday items like fertilizers, cosmetics, household detergents, cleaning products, paints and products used in the oil and gas industry.

Emissions fell record 7 percent in 2020: study

Paris - Carbon emissions fell a record seven percent in 2020 as countries imposed lockdowns and restrictions on movement during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Carbon Project said Friday in its annual assessment.The fall of an estimated 2.

Inquest to probe role of air pollution in death of British girl

London - A coroner's inquest starts in London on Monday to determine whether air pollution played a role in the death of a nine-year-old girl who lived near a busy road.

Researchers find microplastics on top of the world at Everest

Kathmandu - Traces of microplastics have been found close to the top of Mount Everest, a study showed Friday, likely originating from equipment used by the hundreds of climbers who summit the world's highest peak every year.

Bags and balloons: NGO documents plastic pollution choking sea life

Washington - A dead manatee in Florida was found to have swallowed so many plastic bags they formed a cantaloupe-sized ball in its stomach, while a baby turtle had its intestines perforated by tiny plastic fragments.

India's capital awakes to 'severe' smog as revellers defy cracker ban

New Delhi - Toxic smog blanketed India's capital early Sunday after firecrackers were set off throughout the night to mark the country's biggest annual festival Diwali despite a ban, further worsening the city's air quality levels.

Pandemic casts shadow over India's festival of light

New Delhi - Fear of the coronavirus, mixed with chronic pollution, has spoiled the party for hundreds of millions of Indians celebrating the biggest Hindu holiday of the year on Saturday.

Shoppers shrug off pandemic, pollution ahead of India's biggest festival

New Delhi - Crowds packed New Delhi markets on Thursday ahead of India's biggest holiday of the year, shrugging off record coronavirus cases and toxic smog in the capital.

Delhi battling dual crises of pollution and coronavirus

New Delhi - India's capital is reeling from the double impact of the coronavirus and severe air pollution, New Delhi's chief minister warned Thursday, as the megacity reported a record jump in cases and its worst smog in a year.

Used car exports drive pollution to developing world: UN study

Paris - Getting rid of old cars is helping clean the skies over developed nations, but many clunkers are ending up in developing countries where they are add significantly to air pollution, a UN report warns.

Strategies for improving the environmental impact of DX

For many enterprises, digital transformation is a must, especially in terms of staying competitive and being efficien. But what about the environmental impact? How should businesses handle this aspect of corporate governance?

Death of sea life off Russia peninsula 'caused by algae'

Moscow - Blooming algae was behind a recent mass death of sea animals that saw octopuses and seals wash up on the shore off a Russian peninsula, scientists said on Friday in the final conclusion to their probe.

India's capital chokes on 'severe' smog as farm fires soar

New Delhi - New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to "severe" levels, hours after US President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as "filthy".

Air pollution costs Europe cities $190bn a year: analysis

Paris - Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs said in research published Wednesday.

Are air purifiers contributing to asthma?

A research study suggests that air purifiers could be contributing to rising levels of asthma and other respiratory conditions. This is due to the presence of endotoxin (fragments of bacterial cell walls).

Kamchatka marine life death caused by algae: Russian scientist

Moscow - The mass death of sea creatures in Russia's Kamchatka region was caused by toxins from microalgae rather than man-made pollution, a senior Russian scientist said on Monday, citing preliminary findings of an investigation.

The plastic problem: No sign of plastic waste levels decreasing

COVID-19 has seen a reversal of attempts to minimize plastic waster. The coronavirus pandemic has seen large amounts of plastic used in face masks, testing kits, and screens. What is the current state of plastic waste?

Delhi races to cut pollution on coronavirus warnings

New Delhi - New Delhi unveiled a slew of plans Monday aimed at reducing the Indian capital's annual toxic smog, as authorities warned the severe pollution could worsen the coronavirus epidemic.

'Two-headed beast': China's coal addiction erodes climate goals

Bejing - China's surprise pledge to slash its carbon footprint to zero by 2060 was met with cautious applause, but fresh spending on coal to rev up a virus-hit economy threatens to nullify its audacious bid to lead the world into a low carbon future.

Brown Danube: How Belgrade's sewers taint Europe's famous river

Belgrade - Just down the road from Belgrade's historic city centre, gates open for trucks to pass to the banks of the Danube, where they dump raw sewage into Europe's venerated river.

Tanker salvage begins as Sri Lanka battles oil slick

Colombo - International experts boarded an oil tanker stricken off Sri Lanka to begin salvage operations, the navy said Thursday, as firefighters looked to contain a large oil slick in the Indian Ocean.

Landmark protest in Mauritius over giant oil spill

Port Louis - Tens of thousands of Mauritians protested Saturday in the capital Port Louis over the government's handling of a giant oil spill off its pristine Indian Ocean coast.

Humans overshoot 2020 planetary 'budget' on August 22: report

London - Humanity will have burned through all the natural resources that the planet can replenish for 2020 by Saturday, according to researchers who said the grim milestone is slightly later than last year after the pandemic slowed runaway overconsumption.

Ship leaks more oil off Mauritius as calls for answers grow

Port Louis - A fresh streak of oil spilled Friday from a ship stranded on a reef in pristine waters off Mauritius, threatening further ecological devastation as demands mount for answers as to why the vessel had come so close to shore.

Ship leaks more oil off Mauritius as calls for answers grow

Port Louis - A fresh streak of oil spilled Friday from a bulk carrier stranded on a reef in pristine waters off Mauritius which is already reeling from the ecological disaster, as demands mounted for answers as to why the vessel had come so close to shore.

The treasured wetlands of Mauritius: Factfile

Port Louis - The oil spill off the coast of Mauritius has imperilled protected wetlands that boast rare mangrove forests and scores of fish and coral species.

Fighting on the beaches: Mauritius rallies after oil spill

Mah - The stench of oil from the grounded ship was overwhelming and Vikash Tatayah's eyes stung as he mopped up the sludge lapping the unspoiled Mauritian shoreline that he has spent his life protecting.

The Japan firms behind Mauritius oil-leak ship

Apo - The Japanese firm that operates a ship leaking fuel off the coast of Mauritius has been involved in accidents before, including a 2006 oil spill in the Indian Ocean.

Mauritius braces to halt new oil spill as tanker breaks up

Port Louis - Salvage crews raced against time Monday to prevent a second disastrous oil spill off the picture-perfect coastline of Mauritius, with a damaged tanker carrying nearly 2,000 tonnes of fuel at risk of splitting apart.

Mauritius races to clean up oil as ship leaking fuel breaks up

Port Louis - Salvage crews raced against time Monday to prevent a second disastrous oil spill off the picture-perfect coastline of Mauritius, with a damaged tanker carrying thousands of tonnes of fuel at risk of splitting apart.
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NASA satellite image acquired May 9  2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
NASA satellite image acquired May 9, 2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
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Hutchinson River in New York.
Hutchinson River in New York.
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Harvest time in China.
Harvest time in China.
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Pollution of our lakes  rivers  reservoirs and aquifers is a major problem worldwide.
Pollution of our lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers is a major problem worldwide.
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The Mega Expedition will take place in August 2015  in which up to 50 vessels will cover a 3 500 000...
The Mega Expedition will take place in August 2015, in which up to 50 vessels will cover a 3,500,000 km² area between Hawaii and California in parallel, creating the first high-resolution map of plastic in the Pacific Ocean.
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US refineries are using heavy crude oil from Canadian tar sand pits  like this one. The petroleum co...
US refineries are using heavy crude oil from Canadian tar sand pits, like this one. The petroleum coke left over is being exported to foreign countries.
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Measuring hyperlocal air pollution in Oakland  CA.
Measuring hyperlocal air pollution in Oakland, CA.
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Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
Tidal wetlands of Chesapeake Bay  Maryland  USA.
Tidal wetlands of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA.
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Chennai-born rapper Sofia Ashraf is the voice of the Indian people. She has released a rap song to p...
Chennai-born rapper Sofia Ashraf is the voice of the Indian people. She has released a rap song to promote her campaign to force the Hindustan Unilever to clean-up the environmental pollution.
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Silently destroying all known allergens, viruses and bacteria in the air via Airfree Purifier's air purification technology.
Liu Bolin speaking at one of his exhibitions in 2015.
Liu Bolin speaking at one of his exhibitions in 2015.
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Sensors: The next frontier for pollution reduction.
Sensors: The next frontier for pollution reduction.
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The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18  2012.
The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18, 2012.
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Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
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Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
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Few people living in America today will remember how it was in the 1940s. This is an image of a wartime production plant. LOC - CALL NUMBER LC-USW36-376, reproduction number LC-DIG-fsac-1a35072.
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Seriously polluted along its entire length  in 2007 the Ying River’s water quality was rated as be...
Seriously polluted along its entire length, in 2007 the Ying River’s water quality was rated as below Grade 5 by the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency.
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The company Airfree was founded in 2004 and is based in Portugal.
The company Airfree was founded in 2004 and is based in Portugal.

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