Tag Archives: water pollution

Hindu festival chokes Indian waterways with flowers and idol debris

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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

Nestle tackles ‘ocean-polluter’ tag in Philippines

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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

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

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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

‘Your eyes start itching’: pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks

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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

Tagus river at risk of drying up completely

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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 pollution risks ‘near permanent contamination of natural environment’

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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’

Number of ‘pollution incidents’ rises for first time in five years

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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

Environmental risks kill 1.7M kids under 5 a year – WHO

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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

Living with contamination, Fear and anger in Flint

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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

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.

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