Pollution in all its forms killed 9 million people in 2015 and, by one measure, led to economic damage of $4.6 trillion, according to a new estimate by researchers who hope to put the health costs of toxic air, water and soil higher on the global agenda.
Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches
A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets.
The lentil-size pellets known as “nurdles” are used as a raw material by industry to make new plastic products.
But searches of 279 shorelines from Shetland to Scilly revealed that 205 (73%) contained pellets.
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An innocuous metal cylinder in a garden at the foot of the Italian Alps, quietly snacking on air pollution, may be part of the answer to President-elect Donald Trump’s ambition to stimulate coal burning.
Its maker, U-Earth Biotechnologies, is one of a handful of companies worldwide seeking to combat smog by, essentially, digesting it. The 10-foot tall cylinder, part of a demonstration project in Turin, contains a strain of bacteria that can consume car exhaust, sulfur dioxide from coal plants and other airborne nasties. One of the units can create a bubble of clean air about the size of a basketball court, according to co-founder Betta Maggio.
So how did an international environmental champion fail to meet the promises of a sustainable Rio in time for the city’s biggest international event in decades?
Coal dust is responsible for about 22,900 premature deaths per year in the E.U., according to areport released Tuesday. This report is the first analysis to show how coal dust travels, damaging the health in countries hundreds of kilometers away.