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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Worst Floods in European History?

The floods are feared to be the worst since 2002, when parts of Germany and the Czech Republic were devastated and communities in Austria, Slovakia, Russia and Romania were affected. Seven deaths have been reported in the Czech Republic, while southern and eastern areas of Germany, including Bavaria and Saxony, are also badly impacted by […]

Powerhouse Wildfire Burns Through California

July 6, 2013: The California wildfire has destroyed forest and homes in an area just north of Los Angeles. All evacuations were lifted for communities near the Powerhouse fire in the Antelope Valley, officials said Tuesday. “We’re cautiously optimistic that if the conditions continue, we’ll be able to see containment early next week,” said Los […]

Sea World’s New Friends

  By TFK Kid Reporter Alaa Osman Sea World Orlando has a new attraction. It’s called Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. I got to visit the Florida theme park on opening weekend to learn all about it. The exhibit features nearly 250 penguins, including Adelie and rockhoppers. I even got to pet one! The animals all live […]

No safe level of childhood lead exposure

Exposure to lead causes significant and widespread injury to human health. Of all toxic environmental pollutants, harms from lead exposure are probably better understood and better documented than are the affects of any other toxic environmental pollutant.  Children are especially sensitive to lead and the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that there is no […]

Waste in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh waste is collected informally and often burnt

Trend of Urban Waste Creation in Bangladesh There is an increasing rate of waste generation in Bangladesh and it is projected to reach 47, 064 tonnes per day by 2025. The Waste Generation Rate (kg/cap/day) is expected to increase to 0.6 in 2025. A significant percentage of the population has zero access to proper waste […]

What are Persistant Organic Pollutants (POPs)

What are the POPs The Stockholm Convention on persistant organic pollutants identifies 12 substances as persistant organic pollutants or POPs, they are: Aldrin, Chlordane, DDT, Dieldrin, Dioxins, Furans, Endrin, Heptachlor, Hexachlorobenzene, Mirex, Toxaphane and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). POPs are chemical substances having the properties: Produced and mobilized into the environment as a result of human activity, i.e. […]

Bangladesh: world leader in banning the plastic bag

Bangladesh was the first country to ban plastic bags and over a decade later many developed countries are still struggling to emulate this success.  Although plastic bags make up only a small percentage of all litter, the impact of these bags is significant. Plastic bags are particularly noticeable components of the litter stream due to […]

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