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Humans now ingesting microplastics, says study

Microplastics

A new study has found that humans are ingesting microplastics. The study, commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency and the Medical University of Vienna, has found microplastics in the human stool. The international study involved five women and three men aged 33-65 who lived in different parts of the world. They kept a nutrition diary for one week and then gave ...

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Over 90% of sampled salt brands contain microplastics

Microplastics

Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia, according to a new study co-designed by Kim, Seung-Kyu, Professor at Incheon National University and Greenpeace East Asia. The study, which has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, analysed 39 various salt brands ...

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Sailors, biologists raise awareness in Pacific over plastic pollution

Eat Less Plastic voyage

A team of sailors, actors and biologists are on a five-month expedition across the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness on the growing concern of plastic pollution. According to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) on Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Eat Less Plastic team is currently docked at Port Denarau Marina, Nadi, the third largest city of Fiji and will in the ...

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UK to partner Nigeria on Ogoni clean-up, others – Envoy

UK Ogoni clean-up

The United Kingdom has pledged to partner with the Federal Government in efforts to clean the Ogoni area in the Niger Delta and tackle other environmental challenges across the country. Ms. Lavie Beaufils, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, conveyed the pledge on Monday, October 8, 2018 in Abuja when she paid a courtesy visit on the Minister of ...

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Climate action could prevent one million air pollution-related deaths

Cars-Pollution

New research from C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and the New Climate Institute shows that climate action, such as doubling bus network coverage and frequency in cities, could prevent the premature deaths of over one million people per year from air pollution and traffic accidents. The report, titled “Climate Opportunity: More Jobs; Better Health; ...

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Expert seeks stakeholders’ collaboration over gas flare-out procedure

Ibe Kachikwu

President, Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), Mr Dada Thomas, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 urged stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to collaborate to find a lasting solution to gas flaring in the country. Thomas said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, while reacting to the 2019 deadline set by the Federal Government ...

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Google launches Street View cars to map air pollution

Google Maps Street View car

Google, in partnership with Aclima, has announced its new Street View global launch to map air pollution. The global expansion will start with 50 cars in Houston, Mexico City and Sydney, Australia. The Google Maps Street View cars will be equipped with Aclima’s sensor node which will generate snapshots of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, among others, which can ...

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EU report blames poor air quality for 400,000 yearly deaths

vehicular pollution

Air pollution causes more than 400,000 premature deaths across Europe annually, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. EU action on improving air quality is falling short on implementation, monitoring and enforcement, the report added. These shortfalls have major human and economic repercussions, including about 400,000 premature deaths a year, according to a new ECA ...

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4.5tr cigarette butts thrown away yearly – Studies

Cigarette butts

The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) says cigarette butts have become the most discarded waste item worldwide, with some 4.5 trillion thrown away each year, representing £1.69 billion of toxic trash annually. WHO-FCTC said various studies indicated that this was compounded and accelerated as bans on indoor smoking took effect in many of the world’s cities and ...

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30,000 tonnes of microplastics enter environment yearly – Study

Plastic pollution

The Fraunhofer Society, a German research organisation, says some 330,000 tonnes of microplastics are entering the environment each year. According to a study released on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, researchers said the largest contributor of microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic that do not break down for many years and damage the bodies and tissues that absorb them – is the tyre ...

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