Indian workers remove religious offerings from the Yamuna river in Delhi. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Environmentalists say holy ceremonies such as 10-day Durga Puja overwhelming already polluted Yamuna river
October 3, 2017 — Sections of a major river in Delhi are choking with plastic, flowers and debris after an annual Hindu festival in which hundreds of idols were immersed in Indian waterways.
Continue reading Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris Image by Rappler.com In a report released in Manila last week, environmental group Greenpeace tags the Philippines as the ‘third-worst polluter into the world’s oceans’ after China and Indonesia
MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 27, 2017) — Global food and beverage giant Nestle vowed on Tuesday, September 26, to address allegations by Greenpeace that it was polluting the world’s oceans with cheap plastic packaging for its Philippine products.
Continue reading Nestle tackles ‘ocean-polluter’ tag in Philippines The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe. Photograph: Michael Heim/Alamy Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted
September 6, 2017 — Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.
Continue reading Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals Houston’s petrochemical industry has leaked more than 2,700 tons of extra air pollution in connection with Hurricane Harvey. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP Communities face surging toxic fumes and possible water contamination, as refineries and plants report more than 2,700 tons of extra pollution
September 3, 2017 — Hurricane Harvey has resulted in Houston’s petrochemical industry leaking thousands of tons of pollutants, with communities living near plants damaged by the storm exposed to soaring levels of toxic fumes and potential water contamination.
Continue reading ‘Your eyes start itching’: pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks Entrepenas reservoir on the Tagus river in Guadalajara, Spain. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Climate change, dams and diversion bring Iberian peninsula’s longest river, on which millions depend, to brink of collapse
August 14, 2017 — The Tagus river, the longest in the Iberian peninsula, is in danger of drying up completely as Spain once again finds itself in the grip of drought.
Continue reading Tagus river at risk of drying up completely Plastic bottles and other debris gather on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington DC. Plastic has now outstripped most other man-made materials. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA First global analysis of all mass–produced plastics has found humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or oceans
July 19, 2017 — Humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes of plastic since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or polluting the world’s continents and oceans, according to a new report.
Continue reading Plastic pollution risks ‘near permanent contamination of natural environment’ The Environment Agency picked out South West Water as having the highest number of sewage spills and needing to make improvements to environmental performance. Photograph: David TW Gee/Alamy A study by the Environment Agency found that number of pollution incidents rose by 160 to 1,902 in 2016
July 12, 2017 — The number of “pollution incidents” such as sewage spills reported by UK water companies has risen for the first time in five years, according to a new report.
Continue reading Number of ‘pollution incidents’ rises for first time in five years POLLUTION. Indian school children wear masks as they sit inside a school cab as schools re-open after three days of closure due to smog, in New Delhi on November 10, 2016. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP Harmful exposure can start in the mother’s womb, increasing the risk of premature birth, which can lead to life-long health problems
GENEVA, Switzerland (Mar. 7, 2017) — More than one in 4 deaths in children under 5 are linked to polluted environments, according to two new World Health Organization reports published Monday, March 6.
Continue reading Environmental risks kill 1.7M kids under 5 a year – WHO CITY IN CRISIS. The Flint River backdropped by the city skyline on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP ‘How long is this supposed to go on… and what’s going to happen next’
FLINT, Michigan, USA (Feb. 4, 2016) — Eighty-year-old Melvina Fields worries about getting contaminated water in her mouth each time she bathes. But what upsets her most, as the crisis in Flint drags
Continue reading Living with contamination, Fear and anger in Flint 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