Pollution

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Posted on October 6, 2017 - 2:49pm, by abrown
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Via National Post

"The Canadian Arctic might be getting showered with trace amounts of poison thanks to Russian space launches which still employ a highly toxic fuel that most of the world has already phased out."

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Posted on September 28, 2017 - 3:31pm, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"According to the report, drafted largely during the Obama administration, eliminating sales of water bottles prevented up to 112,000 pounds of plastic from being sold and discarded each year, along with up to 140 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, between 276 cubic yards and 419 cubic yards of landfill space stood to be saved."

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Posted on September 15, 2017 - 10:44am, by abrown
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Via The Guardian

A vessel carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel oil and marine gas sunk on Sunday off of Salamína island, and the resulting oil spill has hit popular beaches and bays in Athens’ Argo-Saronic gulf. It has been described as an ecological disaster.

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Posted on August 8, 2017 - 10:59am, by abrown
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Via News Deeply

"Too many nutrients washing into our waters create oxygen-deprived “dead zones.” But voluntary steps to reduce nutrient runoff and shrink dead zones just aren’t working, says environmental researcher Don Scavia."

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Posted on July 10, 2017 - 1:41pm, by nwehner
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Via All Africa

"Efforts to create an even cleaner Seychelles have kicked into high gear after a country-wide ban on common plastic items went into effect over the weekend."

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Posted on July 6, 2017 - 2:13pm, by abrown
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Via Hindustan Times

"The water that hits the shores of Mumbai’s Chimbai, Juhu and Versova beaches is contaminated with plastic, household garbage and dangerously high levels of faecal matter"

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Posted on June 21, 2017 - 3:22pm, by nwehner
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Via The Daily Catch

"Data from a six-month study, conducted by Dutch intern Robin Fokker, indicates that 44% of the beach users are picnickers, followed by 35% of beach walkers, and 10% of fishermen. Whereas 39% of the marine debris documented on the beach was predominantly fishing related, this proportion did not include the popular litter items found worldwide, such as cigarette butts, food wrappers, and plastic bottles. This is interesting enough due to the fact that fisherman contribute 39% of the litter along the coast but only make up 10% of the beach users, and that’s without their food and beverage litter!"

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Posted on June 20, 2017 - 9:44am, by nwehner

Via Phys.org

"The continent is considered to be a pristine wilderness compared to other regions and was thought to be relatively free from plastic pollution. However new findings by scientists from University of Hull and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have revealed that recorded levels of microplastics are five times higher than you would expect to find from local sources such as research stations and ships."

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