Pollution and Waste

10 Million Child Deaths Attributed to a Lack of Toilets

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Randall Hackley
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In a world in which 14 percent of the population in the 21st century still defecate outdoors, children remain among the most vulnerable to a lack of toilets, contamination from human waste and dirty water.

The young are suffering the brunt of a health and development crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 10 million children under the age of five since 2000 because they have no access to a basic toilet, according to a new report from the international development organization WaterAid. ... Read more about 10 Million Child Deaths Attributed to a Lack of Toilets

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August | 2013 | DESANews - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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Food, Energy and Cities discussed online with DESA experts

As a way to bring United Nations reports closer to the general public, eight experts from DESA held a Facebook chat on 25 July to promote the recently launched World Economic and Social Survey 2013. Here are some of the questions and issues raised from all around the globe and an overview of the report. ... Read more about August | 2013 | DESANews - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

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Tess Riley
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A relatively small number of fossil fuel producers and their investors could hold the key to tackling climate change

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world'€s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. ... Read more about Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

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UN: Record Amount of E-Waste Generated

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VOA News
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A record amount of electronic waste was generated last year, according to a United Nations University report.

In 2014, 41.8 million tons of e-waste - mostly cell phones, refrigerators, washing machines and other domestic appliances - were dumped around the globe. Less than a sixth of that was properly recycled said the report prepared by the U.N.'s education and research branch. ... Read more about UN: Record Amount of E-Waste Generated

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The pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic

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Chris Mooney
Deserted ship near iceberg
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Drifts of floating plastic that humans have dumped into the world'€™s oceans are flowing into the pristine waters of the Arctic as a result of a powerful system of currents that deposits waste in the icy seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia. ... Read more about The pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic

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Value of eco crimes soars by 26% with devastating impacts on natural world

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http://www.theguardian.com - Arthur Neslen
Indians take pictures of contaminated water at the Vijyaipura landfill near Bangalore. According to reports tonnes of solid and electronic e-waste are dumped there every day. Photograph: Jagadeesg Nv/EPA
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Environmental crime is now the world’s fourth biggest crime and is a growing threat to security and natural resources, say UN and Interpol.

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Biodegradable plastic 'false solution' for ocean waste problem

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http://www.theguardian.com - Adam Vaughan
Plastic litter washed up on Pembrey beach, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK. A UNEP report says plastic litter is spreading from Arctic to the Antarctic. Photograph: Paul Quayle/Alamy
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UN’s top environmental scientist warns bottles and bags do not break down easily and sink, as report highlights the ubiquity of plastic debris in oceans.

Biodegradable plastic water bottles and shopping bags are a false solution to the ubiquitous problem of litter in the oceans, the UN’s top environmental scientist has warned.  Most plastic is extremely durable, leading to large plastic debris and “microplastics” to spread via currents to oceans from the Arctic to the Antarctic, a UN report published on Monday found.
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Geodesign Session 4 Water Sustainable Practices SD and No Baja

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Geni Geodesgin

There are several different directions that our planet can take to address the ever growing need for water and energy. This will involve integrating technologies of a large and small scale into our grid and into our homes as well. There are two main technologies in which to address large scale water sustainability: desalination and ‘pure water’ recycling. As the California dries out, it is increasingly important to adopt proven strategies to maintain the current standard of living. ... Read more about Geodesign Session 4 Water Sustainable Practices SD and No Baja

How the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves manages 700 partners

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Andrea Useem
Rahda Muthiah, left, talks with a woman using an improved cookstove in Gujarat, India. Photo: Romana Manpreet, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
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In the partnerships-for-development arena, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is one of the largest and most complex. It launched with fewer than 20 partners and now has 700 around the world. Devex Impact asked the Alliance’s executive director, Radha Muthiah, how the small secretariat manages such a complex alliance and what other “mega partnerships” can learn from the alliance’s experience.

Tell us about how the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves came to life? ... Read more about How the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves manages 700 partners

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China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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Ivan Watson
Where your used electronics go in China
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Did you ever wonder what happens to your old laptop or cellphone when you throw it away?

Chances are some of your old electronic junk will end up in China.

According to a recent United Nations report, "China now appears to be the largest e-waste dumping site in the world."

E-waste, or electronic waste, consists of everything from scrapped TVs, refrigerators and air conditioners to that old desktop computer that may be collecting dust in your closet. ... Read more about China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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