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10 Oct 2019

Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.
The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal...

Publisher: Forbes

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9 Oct 2019

Carbon Engineering – Taking CO2 Right Out Of The Air To Make Gasoline

Extracting CO2 from air is the best way to reverse global warming without resorting to expensive technologies, convoluted tax schemes or preventing billions from getting sufficient energy. If you then make gasoline from it, then you’d kill two birds with one stone. That stone is Carbon Engineering.
Extracting CO2 from air is the best way to reverse global warming without resorting to expensive technologies,...

Publisher: EcoWatch

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5 Aug 2019

U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Last week, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the U.S. Naval station in Virginia Beach had spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. While the incident was by no means as catastrophic as some other pipeline spills, it underscores an important yet little-known fact—that the U.S. Department of Defense is both the nation's and the world's, largest polluter.
Last week, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the U.S. Naval station in Virginia Beach had...
6 Jul 2019

Pacific Ocean plastic garbage clean-up removes 40 tonnes of fishing nets and plastics

The sailing cargo ship Kwai docked in Honolulu last month after a 25-day voyage with 40 tonnes of fishing nets and consumer plastics aboard, gathered from what has become known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The latest annual clean-up voyage by the non-profit Ocean Voyages Institute (OVI) used satellite imagery to specifically target discarded fishing gear. More than half a million tonnes of plastic nets - so-called ghost nets - are abandoned each year in oceans across the world, entangling and killing up to 380,000 sea mammals.
The sailing cargo ship Kwai docked in Honolulu last month after a 25-day voyage with 40 tonnes of fishing nets and...
5 Jun 2019

Everest glaciers ‘retreating dramatically’ as pollution found buried deep in snow, scientist says

Glaciers in the Everest region are melting at an alarming rate because of increasing pollution and global warming, a scientist has claimed. Professor John All, of Western Washington University, said his team discovered that samples of snow taken from the world’s highest mountain and surrounding peaks were surprisingly dark.
Glaciers in the Everest region are melting at an alarming rate because of increasing pollution and global warming, a...

Publisher: Vox

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8 May 2019

Air pollution from every single power plant in the world, tracked

Tuesday brings a somewhat mind-blowing announcement in the world of power plants and pollution. In a nutshell: A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public.
Tuesday brings a somewhat mind-blowing announcement in the world of power plants and pollution. In a nutshell: A...
22 Oct 2018

A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history

An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history. Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan.
An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long...
17 Apr 2018

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global  plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.
Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The...
11 Apr 2018

Drug waste clogs rivers around the world, scientists say

River systems around the world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drugs waste which harms the environment, researchers have found.If trends persist, the amount of pharmaceutical effluence leaching into waterways could increase by two-thirds before 2050, scientists told the European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna on Tuesday.
River systems around the world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drugs waste which harms the...
13 Nov 2017

15,000 scientists give catastrophic warning about the fate of the world in new ‘letter to humanity’

The message updates an original warning sent from the Union of Concerned Scientists that was backed by 1,700 signatures 25 years ago. But the experts say the picture is far, far worse than it was in 1992, and that almost all of the problems identified then have simply been exacerbated.
The message updates an original warning sent from the Union of Concerned Scientists that was backed by 1,700...
3 Oct 2017

Coca-Cola increased its production of plastic bottles by a billion last year, says Greenpeace

Coca-Cola increased its production of throwaway plastic bottles last year by well over a billion, according to analysis by Greenpeace. The world’s biggest soft drinks company does not disclose how much plastic packaging it puts into the market. But analysis by the campaign group Greenpeace reveals what they say is an increase in production of single-use PET bottles from 2015-2016.
Coca-Cola increased its production of throwaway plastic bottles last year by well over a billion, according to...
27 Mar 2017

A Louisiana Town Plagued by Pollution Shows Why Cuts to the EPA Will Be Measured in Illnesses and Deaths

When the Environmental Protection Agency informed people in St.  John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, last July that the local neoprene plant was emitting a chemical that gave them the highest risk of cancer from air pollution in the country, the information was received not just  with horror and sadness but also with a certain sense of validation. The air pollution crisis in St. John the Baptist may be the best illustration of why we need the EPA — and how the imminent slashing of the federal agency’s budget will be measurable in illnesses and deaths.
When the Environmental Protection Agency informed people in St.  John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana,...

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