Tag Archive | environmental pollution

“The plastics crisis is more urgent than you know. Recycling bottles won’t fix it”

Illustration by Eva Bee

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A deposit scheme for bottles won’t make a scrap of difference. This stuff is in our food, our clothes – and in us.

 

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“Just 20 percent of e-waste is being recycled”

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/just-20-percent-of-e-waste-is-being-recycled/?mc_cid=593431c28f&mc_eid=eaaa9fef29

Opting to handle your bills online keeps a lot of paper out of the bin, but the devices you use to go online eventually die anyway. If this “e-waste” ends up in a landfill, the energy and materials that went into manufacturing and delivering those devices are lost. And besides being unsustainable, disposal can expose people to hazardous metals and compounds.

 

“Supermarkets must stop using plastic packaging, says former Asda boss”

Woman buying bread in an Asda supermarket, England, UK

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The former boss of Asda is calling for supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging saying billions of pounds of investment in recycling has failed to resolve the world’s plastic proliferation crisis.

“Fatbergs”

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https://qz.com/email/quartz-obsession/1081406/

Meet the fatberg, a monstrosity made of discarded cooking oil and wipes, but also condoms, sanitary napkins, diapers, and other items that form a clot in a sewer system. A record-breaking specimen—250 meters (820 ft) long and and 130 tonnes (143 tons)—was discovered in a Victorian-era tunnel in Whitechapel last week.

“Plastic polluted Arctic islands are dumping ground for Gulf Stream”

Walruses with marine litter on Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago

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Beaches on remote Arctic islands are heavily polluted with plastic, a new expedition has found, demonstrating that the region is the dumping ground for waste carried northwards on the Gulf Stream.

“MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads”

Facial scrub particles

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37161479

The Environmental Audit Committee says the tiny balls of plastic used in shower gels and facial scrubs can even be found in Arctic sea-ice and on the ocean floor.

The MPs say synthetic fibres from worn car tyres and fleece jackets may also be harming wildlife.

“This 21-Year-Old May Have Found The Way To Clean Up The Plastic In Our Oceans”

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Boyan Slat was just 16 when he realized he wanted to rid the oceans of plastic. It all happened after he dove into the problem in the most literal way while snorkeling in Greece and finding more drifting plastic than fish swimming.

Once back in his native Netherlands, Slat delved into the topic as people told him that cleaning up the ocean was impossible. Still, Slat, a young inventor who by then already held the world recordfor most high-pressure rockets simultaneously launched, persisted until he found what he was looking for.

“Volkswagen Drops 22% After Admitting Diesel Emissions Cheat in U.S.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-21/volkswagen-drops-15-after-admitting-u-s-diesel-emissions-cheat

Volkswagen AG lost almost a quarter of its market value after it admitted to cheating on U.S. air pollution tests for years, risking billions in potential fines and a backlash from consumers in the world’s second-biggest car market.

The shares plunged as much as 23 percent to 125.40 euros in Frankfurt, extending the stock’s slump for the year to 31 percent. The drop wiped out about 15.4 billion euros ($17.4 billion) in value.

“Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists”

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/24/insecticides-world-food-supplies-risk?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.

Billions of dollars’ worth of the potent and long-lasting neurotoxins are sold every year but regulations have failed to prevent the poisoning of almost all habitats, the international team of scientists concluded in the most detailed study yet. As a result, they say, creatures essential to global food production – from bees to earthworms – are likely to be suffering grave harm and the chemicals must be phased out.

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It’s a dangerous cycle when trying to increase crop yields, farmers have put the whole food supply at risk.