Big cities beset with gridlocked traffic, major regions producing coal, pockets of heavy industry encased by mountains -- Europe's air pollution hotspots are clearly visible from space on most sunny weekdays.
An estimated 414 million pieces of plastic - including nearly one million shoes and 370,000 toothbrushes - have been found washed ashore on the beaches of remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean, according to a study. Plastic pollution is a well-documented threat to wildlife and its potential impact on humans is a growing area of medical research.
On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas man found something he could have found in the gutter of any street: trash. Victor Vescovo said he made the discovery as he descended nearly 6.8 miles to a point in Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench that is the deepest place on Earth. He saw angular metal or plastic objects, one with writing on it.
Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history and its impact will see extinction of one million of the eight million estimated number of animal and plant species, many of them within decades, unless their habitats are restored, said the UN-backed inter-governmental body in a report released in Paris on Monday.
Union minister Harsh Vardhan has discredited the recent global reports claiming over one million deaths in India due to air pollution, saying such studies are only aimed at "causing panic".
Researchers from IIT Delhi have found that mitigating the use of household fuels such as wood, dung, coal and kerosene—which means eliminating emissions from these sources without any changes to industrial or vehicle emissions—could reduce air pollution-related deaths in the country by about 13 per cent, which is equivalent to saving about 270,000 lives a year.
Scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany succeeded to do a computer simulation that fits ocean floor sediment data of climate evolution over this period of time.
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