Pollution and Waste

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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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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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
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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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