Pollution Control

In Nigeria, a Big Oil Toll

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ALEXIS FLYNN, WILL CONNORS
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A landmark United Nations study into the long-term environmental impact of oil production in Nigeria says that oil spills have led to acute health risks for area residents and widespread environmental damage that may take as many as 30 years and $1 billion to clean up.

The report released Thursday also shines a spotlight on the activities of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which for years drilled in the area and which funded the report.

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Melting Arctic ice releasing banned toxins, warn scientists -- Unknown amount of trapped persistent organic pollutants poses threat to marine life and humans as temperatures rise

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Damian Carrington
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The warming of the Arctic is releasing a new wave of banned toxic chemicals that had been trapped in the ice and cold water, scientists have discovered.

The researchers warn that the amount of the poisons stockpiled in the polar region is unknown and their release could "undermine global efforts to reduce environmental and human exposure to them."

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Scripps Study Finds Plastic in Nine Percent of 'Garbage Patch' Fishes

Report: Shipping emissions to rise in Arctic

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Juliet Eilperin
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Climate change in the Arctic is not likely to spark an immediate boom in oil and gas exploration, according to a new study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. But it will increase shipping there, and shipping-related emission of greenhouse gases will intensify in the region.
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