Issues & Trends
|UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste
By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst, Nairobi
Nations have agreed that the world needs to completely stop plastic waste from entering the oceans.
|One Third of Food Lost, Wasted – Enough to Feed All Hungry People
By Baher Kamal
|Fight against malaria stalling and could reverse, warns 2017 World Malaria Report
SAN FRANCISCO — Between 2015 and 2016, there were 5 million more malaria cases globally, and Rwanda saw the greatest increase in malaria cases, with nearly 1 million people contracting the mosquito-borne disease, according to the World Malaria
|World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice
BioScience, Volume 67, Issue 12, December 2017, Pages 1026–1028,https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix125
13 November 2017
|150 Organizations Call for Ban on ‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Packaging
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.
|Climate change harms health worldwide as millions swelter-study
125 million extra people exposed to heat waves since 2000
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle
|Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study
Plastic pollution, overfishing, global warming and increased acidification from burning fossil fuels means oceans are increasingly hostile to marine life
|The Lancet Commission on pollution and health
Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today.
|How Big Water Projects Helped Trigger Africa’s Migrant Crisis
Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees, as thousands of people flee, many on boats to Europe.
|Plan B: Seven ways to engineer solutions to climate change
Summary: Here is a "Plan B" menu of geoengineering solutions that can be broken down into two categories: dimming the sun, which remains highly controversial, and capturing carbon dioxide (CO2).