Category: pollution

Urban ‘forests’ can store almost as much carbo…

Urban ‘forests’ can store almost as much carbon as tropical rainforests: undefined

Cocaine in the water makes eels hyperactive an…

Cocaine in the water makes eels hyperactive and damages muscles:

eartharchives:

There are low levels of cocaine and other drugs in many rivers,
and lab studies suggest that European eels are suffering muscle damage
as a result.

Most of Europe’s rivers and lakes fail water q…

Most of Europe’s rivers and lakes fail water quality tests – report:

Well this is depressing. 

Starch could replace normal plastic in food pa…

Starch could replace normal plastic in food packaging:

Found this quite interesting given the huge problem we’ve got with plastic food packaging. 

Study shows plastic waste can be converted int…

Study shows plastic waste can be converted into energy and fuels:

According to Science Advances, as of 2015, of the 6,300 million tons of plastic waste generated in the United States, only 9 percent has been recycled, 12 percent has been incinerated, with the vast majority – 79 percent – accumulating in landfills or the natural environment.

Adding NRPs (non-recycled Plastic) to the gasification process helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while significantly reducing the amount of waste byproduct to landfill – by up to 76 percent.”

Analysis | One unexpected sticking point at th…

Analysis | One unexpected sticking point at the G-7: Plastics pollution in the ocean:

“Two of the largest measured collections of plastic in the ocean are in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans near the United States.”

‘The Dump Killed My Son’: Mountains of Garbage…

‘The Dump Killed My Son’: Mountains of Garbage Engulf India’s Capital:

horrifying

The planet is on edge of a global plastic cala…

The planet is on edge of a global plastic calamity | Erik Solheim:

mad-as-a-marine-biologist:

“But let there be no doubt: we are on edge of a plastic calamity. Current projections show that global plastic production will skyrocket in the next 10-15 years.”

“Individuals are increasingly exercising their power as consumers; turning down plastic straws and cutlery, cleaning beaches and coastlines, and rethinking their purchase habits. If this happens enough, retailers will get the message and look for alternatives.”

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 pla…

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags:

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Thailand is one of the world’s largest consumers of plastic bags, which kill hundreds of marine creatures living near the country’s popular beaches each year.

Tragic! Enough with  the plastic.

50 nations ‘curbing plastic pollution’

50 nations ‘curbing plastic pollution’:

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Fifty nations are now taking action to reduce plastic pollution, according to the biggest report so far from the UN.

It’s a start!