New satellite images published Monday by the European Space Agency show an increase in air pollution in the Brazilian Amazon while fires burned in the region last month. Several maps showed more carbon monoxide and other pollutants in August than in the previous month, when there were fewer fires.
"Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 percent of our oxygen is burning," French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter. "It is an international crisis. Members of the G7, let's talk in two days about this emergency."
Single-use plastics have been banned in the Everest region to reduce the amounts of waste left by mountaineers. The new ban in Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, home to Mount Everest, covers all plastic of less than 30 microns in thickness as well as drinks in plastic bottles.
Seafood lovers who prize the mussel for its earthy taste and succulent flesh may be unaware of its growth potential in the fight against water pollution. The mussel is the hoover of the sea, taking in phytoplankton for nourishment along with microplastics, pesticides and other pollutants — which makes it an excellent gauge.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted the submission by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee that directions have been issued for stopping the illegal activities and for imposing compensation.
Federal, state and territory leaders agreed at a meeting at the Great Barrier Reef city of Cairns to task their environment ministers with setting a timetable to end the cross-border disposal of waste plastic, paper, glass and tires. Waste disposal has become an increasingly pressing problem since 2017 when China, previously its main destination, barred imports of almost all foreign plastic waste.
The results indicated that water treatment alone was sufficient to cause an 18 per cent reduction in roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) infection rates. Adding sanitation and handwashing increased reduction to 22 per cent. The other parasitic infections examined did not have significant reductions from any of the interventions.
Henderson Island is an uninhabited coral atoll that lies halfway between New Zealand and Peru, with 5,500km of the ocean in either direction. Despite its extreme isolation, a freak confluence of geography and ocean currents means Henderson has one of the highest concentrations of plastic pollution on the planet with an estimated 18 tonnes of accumulated plastic.
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