Tag Archives: marine pollution

China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

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China’s offshore supply ship De Shen working at an oil spill area during a clean-up operation at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photograph: Transport Ministry Of China/EPA

Scientists say consumers should be wary of buying any seafood that may have passed through the area until the toxic impact of the spill has been assessed

January 18, 2018 — Consumers in Japan, China and South Korea should be wary of buying seafood until governments in the region have monitored and released details about the toxic impact of the Sanchi oil spill, scientists have warned. Continue reading China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

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Smoke and flames from the burning Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea. Photograph: AP

Ship was carrying 136,000 tons of oil that now threatens to pollute some of China’s most important fishing waters

January 16, 2018 — The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on Sunday, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the Continue reading East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago

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Scientific diver taking notes during coral bleaching event at Alcatrazes island, Sao Paulo state shore, Brazil. Credit: Leo Francini / Alamy Stock Photo.

Mass coral reef bleaching events have become five times more common worldwide over the past 40 years, new research finds, with climate change playing a significant role in the rise

January 4, 2018 — The scale of bleaching has been rising steadily in the last four decades, a study author tells Carbon Brief, with the global proportion of coral being hit by bleaching per year rising from 8% in the 1980s to 31% in 2016. Continue reading Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

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The EU wants companies to design plastic products with reuse in mind to try and cut back on waste. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

EU opts for public awareness campaign on the impacts of plastics on the environment saying a tax would not be sustainable

October 6, 2017 — The EU has ruled out penalties on single-use plastic products, in favour of raising public awareness of the damage consumer plastics are doing to the world’s oceans. Continue reading EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet

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Philip Lymbery, head of Compassion in World Farming and the author of two books on the destructive impact of industrial agriculture. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

It’s time the world woke up to the real impact of modern, industrial farming, says Philip Lymbery, author of Farmageddon and the Deadzone

October 4, 2017 — The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth, according to the head of one of the world’s most highly regarded animal campaign groups. Continue reading Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet

Coca-Cola increased its production of plastic bottles by a billion last year

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Coca-Cola bottles collected by Greenpeace volunteers during a beach clean in Mull, Scotland. Photograph: Will Rose/Will Rose / Greenpeace

Increase puts Coke’s production at more than 110bn single-use plastic bottles a year, according to analysis by the green group

October 2, 2017 — Coca-Cola increased its production of throwaway plastic bottles last year by well over a billion, according to analysis by Greenpeace. Continue reading Coca-Cola increased its production of plastic bottles by a billion last year

‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

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A beach in Quang Trach district is strewn with dead fish after the toxic spill in April 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A year after Vietnam’s worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation

August 14, 2017 — “We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin” – the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the country’s fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu. Continue reading ‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

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Toxins from manure and fertiliser pouring into waterways in and around the Gulf of Mexico are causing harmful algal blooms, leading to widespread ‘dead zones’. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

A new report shows toxins from suppliers to companies like Tyson Foods are pouring into waterways, causing marine life to leave or die

August 1, 2017 — The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

Securing our food now and into the future

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WEALTH OF THE SEA. An undated handout picture made available by Australia’s James Cook University (JCU) on 31 January 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File/James Cook University

‘It’s about time to protect the oceans’

April 11, 2017 — Oceans mean the whole world.

They provide us food. They offer shelter to many species that enable life to exist on earth. They protect us from the impacts of climate change. Continue reading Securing our food now and into the future

Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050

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In this file photo, an Indonesian young boy collects plastics on a polluted river in North Jakarta, March 20, 2008. Mast Irham/EPA
An overwhelming 95% of plastic packaging worth $80-120 billion (73-110 billion euros) a year is lost to the economy after a single use

DAVOS, Switzerland (Jan. 20, 2016) — Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material, a report warned Tuesday, January 19, on the opening day of the annual gathering of the rich and powerful in the snow-clad Swiss ski resort of Davos.

Continue reading Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050