Pollution and Waste

The world’s bleak climate situation, in 3 charts

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David Roberts
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We’re currently heading for around 3 degrees of warming

Global average temperatures have risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times. At current rates, they could exceed 1.5 degrees by 2030. And global greenhouse gas emissions, after a brief lull from 2014 to 2016, are rising again. ... Read more about The world’s bleak climate situation, in 3 charts

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought

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George Dvorsky
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For years, scientists have been tracking a large accumulation of floating trash, mostly bits of plastic, in the north Pacific ocean called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” or the “trash vortex.” This region, according to the latest research, has more lost and discarded plastic inside it than previous surveys suggested—like, a lot more. And it’s still growing. ... Read more about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought

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Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns

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More than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies, according to a UN report on the state of the world’s water.

The comprehensive annual study warns of conflict and civilisational threats unless actions are taken to reduce the stress on rivers, lakes, aquifers, wetlands and reservoirs. ... Read more about Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns

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"Paris of the oceans" pact crucial to save seas, says WWF head

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Sophie Hares
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People should pay attention to the origins of their seafood and push companies to play their part in ocean conservation - Pavan Sukhdev

By Sophie Hares

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To save the world's oceans from rampant over-fishing, pollution and degradation, countries should hammer out a deal like the Paris Agreement on climate change that sets stringent targets for protection, said the head of global conservation group WWF. ... Read more about "Paris of the oceans" pact crucial to save seas, says WWF head

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Europe’s half a million landfill sites potentially worth a fortune

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Joshua Jacobs
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One Third of Food Lost, Wasted – Enough to Feed All Hungry People

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Baher Kamal
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ROME, Nov 28 2017 (IPS) - Believe it or not, the way to eradicate hunger from the face of the Earth is as feasible as it is handy.

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150 Organizations Call for Ban on ‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Packaging

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Leon Kaye
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For several years, oxo-degradable plastic packaging was hailed as one solution to cope with mounting pollution and overwhelmed municipal waste streams. These materials could be made out of conventional plastic resins, such as polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene, with ingredients such as metal salts added to hasten disintegration. This grade of packaging also includes plant-based resins that could biodegrade in industrial composting or biogas generating facilities. ... Read more about 150 Organizations Call for Ban on ‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Packaging

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UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet

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Asia-Pacific — home to more than half the world's population and some of its fastest-growing economies — is a key battleground in the fight against pollution, one of the biggest threats to the planet and its people, the U.N. environment chief said. ... Read more about UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet

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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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