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EU declares war on plastic waste

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Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up plan that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030

The EU is waging war against plastic as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.

Following China’s decision to ban imports of foreign recyclable material, Brussels on Tuesday launched a plastics strategy designed to change minds in Europe, potentially tax damaging behaviour, and modernise plastics production and collection by investing €350m (£310m) in research.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/16/eu-declares-war-on-plastic-waste-2030

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Environmentalists alarmed at marijuana industry’s massive use of carbon-based electricity

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Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

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Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity

Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have multiplied tenfold. Most sea creatures cannot survive in these zones and current trends would lead to mass extinction in the long run, risking dire consequences for the hundreds of millions of people who depend on the sea.

Climate change caused by fossil fuel burning is the cause of the large-scale deoxygenation, as warmer waters hold less oxygen. The coastal dead zones result from fertiliser and sewage running off the land and into the seas.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/04/oceans-suffocating-dead-zones-oxygen-starved

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This NYC store is an environmentalist’s wonderland

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Lauren Singer, known for living a zero waste lifestyle in New York City, runs a store called ‘Package Free Shop’ in Brooklyn. Her popular blog, ‘Trash is for Tossers’ details how she lives a lifestyle free from sending trash to landfills. She’s making the minimal environmental impact she can, and you can too by replacing everyday disposable products with reusable ones from her shop. You can shop online as well at her online store. Read more…

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Source: http://mashable.com/2018/01/03/packagefree/

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Peer Inside a Mysterious Blue Hole in the Great Barrier Reef

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EPA Leaders From Past GOP Administrations Slam Proposed Pebble Mine In Alaska

Three former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency slammed a proposal to open a gold and copper mine in the heart of an Alaska salmon fishery, saying the project could devastate natural ecosystems and imperil a multibillion-dollar industry.

William Ruckelshaus, William Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman ― all former heads of the EPA under Republican presidents ― joined former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt in signing a letter published in The Washington Post on Tuesday. In the letter, they voiced their opposition to the controversial Pebble Mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

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Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/12/12/epa-pebble-mine-alaska_n_18798194.html

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North Atlantic right whales could become extinct, officials say

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Mysterious disease wastes South Florida’s corals, and scientists are racing to find a cure

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A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida’s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and serve as homes to a vast range of marine life.

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Source: http://www.latimes.com/la-na-florida-corals-20171210-story.html