What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans’ way of life Gove’s cotton bud ban is feeble. This is how we can wipe out plastic Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed Single-use plastics could be banned in England next year I kept all my plastic for a year – the 4,490 items forced me to rethink More than 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, major study finds Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles Hidden plastics: just when you thought it was safe to dunk a teabag Coalition considers letting power companies buy offsets to cut emissions ‘Plastic is literally everywhere’: the epidemic attacking Australia’s oceans
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‘Stop Poisoning Yourself’–Urged Students of Shahajpath School

An Awareness Raising Campaign was organized by Environment and Social Development Organization- ESDO for the students of Sahajpath School on 10th April, 2018 at the school premises. The event was started at 11:30 am and continued to 2:30 pm. The aim of this campaign was to encourage the students to avoid products containing mercury and to […]

Drug waste clogs rivers around the world, scientists say

River systems around the world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drugs waste which harms the environment, researchers have found. If trends persist, the amount of pharmaceutical effluence leaching into waterways could increase by two-thirds before 2050, scientists told the European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna on Tuesday. “A large part of the freshwater ecosystems […]

‘It’s our lifeblood’: the Murray-Darling and the fight for Indigenous water rights

When the water levels of the Darling river fall, local elders in Wilcannia, New South Wales, say, the crime rate spikes, particularly juvenile crime. It seems like an odd correlation until the elders explain just how important the river is to their everyday lives. “It’s boring here when the river stops running,” says Michael Kennedy, chairman […]

Linc Energy guilty of causing serious environmental harm

A failed Queensland energy company has been found guilty of causing serious environmental harm by polluting the Darling Downs with hazardous contaminants despite warnings from scientists. Linc Energy has been on trial for weeks at Brisbane district court, where the jury was told that toxic gas leaked from its operations between 2007 and 2013. The company was charged with […]

Warming climate could see butterfly loved by Churchill return to UK

He was the consummate politician who could bend nations to his will, but Winston Churchill was powerless when it came to butterflies. The British prime minister hired the country’s leading lepidopterist and spent years attempting to reintroduce two extinct species into his back garden. Despite his best efforts, and the release of hundreds of black-veined whites and […]

Shipping faces demands to cut CO2

A battle is under way to force the global shipping industry to play its part in tackling climate change. A meeting of the International Maritime Organisation in London next week will face demands for shipping to radically reduce its CO2 emissions. If shipping doesn't clean up, it could contribute almost a fifth of the global […]

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

West Wales, last weekend. The old foam mattress lying waterlogged on an otherwise clean beach might have been at sea for months before it was washed up on the tide. A large bit of it had broken off, and the rest was crumbling. It was a clear threat to wildlife, so we heaved what was […]

Drinks bottles and can deposit return scheme proposed

People in England will soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste. The deposit will increase prices – but consumers will get the money back if they return the container. The scheme is expected to cover single-use glass and plastic bottles, […]

First of London’s new drinking fountain locations revealed

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed the locations of the first four drinking fountains to be installed in the capital under a new pilot scheme in an effort to combat single-use plastic. The first fountain was installed last week in Carnaby Street in the West End, while in the coming weeks two will […]

How effective are earthquake early warning systems?

Earthquake early warning detection is more effective for minor quakes than major ones. This is according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists modelled ground shaking along California's San Andreas Fault, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or more is expected within 30 years. They found that warning time could be increased for […]

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