Pollution

Too right it’s Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet

Growth must go on – it’s the political imperative everywhere, and it’s destroying the Earth. But there’s no way of greening it, so we need a new system
via Too right it’s Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian.

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Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

Greenpeace calls for investigation after levels of ruthenium-106 in atmosphere near Urals site found to be 986 times norm.
Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian
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ANWR Drilling May Be Allowed In Senate Tax Bill

The Senate could soon approve oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with its bill to overhaul the nation’s tax code.
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‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

Around 35,000 brave runners registered for the race after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels.
Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images
Source: The Guardian

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks 5,000 Barrels Of Oil In South Dakota, TransCanada Says

“It’s not too late to protect Nebraska’s families, farms, and communities from paying the same price,” a conservation group says.

Source: The Huffington Post

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Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

Very worrying finding’ from nearly 11km deep confirms fears that synthetic fibres have contaminated the most remote places on Earth.

Source: The Guardian

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Michael Bloomberg’s ‘war on coal’ goes global with $50m fund

Billionaire’s campaign has seen half of US coal plants close in six years. Now he is targeting Europe and beyond to fight climate change and air pollution.

Source: The Guardian

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GOP Congressman Says Nature Has A Way Of Cleaning Up Massive Oil Spills

Louie Gohmert of Texas claims he drove along the Gulf Coast looking for oil after Deepwater Horizon exploded but found only “a drop or two here and there.”

Source: The Huffington Post 

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Big Meat and Big Dairy’s climate emissions put Exxon Mobil to shame

It is time to stop the dairy and meat giants from destroying the climate and shift our support to making our small farmers, herders and ranchers resilient.

Source: The Guardian 

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Lawmakers Are Again Fighting Over Drilling In The Fragile Arctic Wildlife Refuge

“To suggest that we would despoil our environment for short-term gain is offensive,” Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a supporter of the drilling, said during a hearing Thursday.

Source: The Huffington Post 

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Climate Change Is Already A Public Health Crisis, Top Medical Journal Says

Heatwaves, disease-carrying insects and prolonged allergies are some of the early symptoms noted in a major new report.

 
Source: The Huffington Post

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Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Source: BBC News

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New data gives hope for meeting the Paris climate targets

Global carbon pollution appears to be close to peaking

Source: The Guardian

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Global atmospheric CO2 levels hit record high

UN warns that drastic action is needed to meet climate targets set in the Paris agreement

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UN warns of ‘unacceptable’ greenhouse gas emissions gap

Report reveals large gap between government pledges and the reductions needed to prevent dangerous global warming.

Source: The Guardian

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Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

A study was just published in the journal World Development that quantifies the amount of subsidies directed toward fossil fuels globally, and the results are shocking.

Source: The Guardian

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Wasteland: plastics campaign calls for grassroots action on pollution – video

In a film released by Surfers Against Sewage, narrated by the actor Imelda Staunton, the scale of the plastic waste that circulates on the currents of the world’s oceans is compared to a global nuclear security threat.
 
Source: Wasteland: plastics campaign calls for grassroots action on pollution – video

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Scientists Have Figured Out How Much Plastic We’ve Made Since 1950. It’s Not Pretty.

The number they came to is mind-boggling: 8.3 billion metric tons of virgin plastics produced worldwide since 1950. That’s as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings or a billion elephants, according to the BBC.

Source: Scientists Have Figured Out How Much Plastic We’ve Made Since 1950. It’s Not Pretty.

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Oil-exposed fish make dangerous decisions, study finds

Small amounts of oil can cause coral reef fish to engage in risky behaviours, according to a new study.

Source: Oil-exposed fish make dangerous decisions, study finds

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Fukushima’s radioactive water to be released into ocean under new plan

“Releasing (tritium) into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught,” Kanji Tachiya, head of a local fishermen cooperative, told the Japan Times.

Source: Fukushima’s radioactive water to be released into ocean under new plan

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