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Coverage of pollution since July 11, 2024.

'Pervasive environmental issue': Microplastics levels high in Toronto-caught fish

"...Madeleine Milne, co-author of the latest study, said the results show how microplastic pollution has become a “pervasive environmental issue. ”..."


Seagrass and Plastic Are Not Friends Hakai Magazine

"...In 2021, what sounded like a good news story hit the media: in the Mediterranean, seagrasses were trapping plastic waste, capturing fragments in their leaves and locking microplastics in seafloor sediments. The news cycle was spurred by a study of Neptune grass, which showed that when this seagrass species sheds its leaves each autumn some of that plastic debris is jettisoned back to shore, slightly cleaning the marine environment. At the time, scientists and reporters billed the Mediterranean seagrass as a potent ally in the fight against marine plastic pollution..."


UN climate talks leader says financial help for poor nations is urgent goal of negotiations

"...He noted this year's four-figure death toll from heat in India, more than 1,000 dead from heat in Saudi Arabia during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and millions of people left without power during a brutal heat wave in Texas in calling global warming a national security threat to every country..."


Soros' Open Society Foundations say their restructuring is complete and pledge $400M for green jobs

"...How do you improve regulations so that pollution comes down? How do you create tax breaks for businesses that adopt green technologies? How do you address the whole issue of critical minerals? Nowrojee said were the types of questions OSF is asking with this new funding. How do you help governments with building up green infrastructure solar, wind, hydropower? And then with the nature of work changing, how do you upskill workforces?..."


New plastic regulations will keep more plastic waste out of communities

"...These changes will keep harmful waste out of landfills and will reduce oxo-degradable plastics, which contain chemicals that cause breakdown into microplastics and pollute the environment..."


Single-use plastic bags banned as next round of B.C. plastic regulations kicks in

"...A statement from the province says food-service businesses are also restricted from distributing single-use containers with certain plastics that are hard to recycle, including “biodegradable” and “compostable” plastics as well as polystyrene foam..."


Federal environment minister visits London hoping to reverse messaging on carbon tax

"...We're doing this because we're seeing everywhere between forest fires, floodings, heat waves, more and more the impacts of climate change, said Guilbeault..."


Mind the mangroves! Some Kenyans combat the threat of logging with hidden beehives

"...Mangroves are threatened by illegal logging, climate change and rising seas, pollution and urban development. According to a Kenya environment ministry report in 2018, about 40% of mangroves along the Indian Ocean coast are degraded..."


Oil spill soils birds, dirties Montreal's Pointe-aux-Trembles shoreline

"...The Canadian Coast Guard said on Thursday that it had received a report confirming a slick of pollution from an unknown source between 13th Avenue and Tricentenaire Avenue, on the outskirts of Montreal..."


Oil spill in the St. Lawrence River: birds soiled, shoreline polluted by motor oil

"...CCG teams were on site all day and "proceeded to actively contain the slick and recover the pollutant," the organization said in an update on its website, adding that recovery operations would resume early Saturday..."


World's first hydrogen-powered commercial ferry set to operate on San Francisco Bay, officials say

"...Frank Wolak, president and CEO of the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association, said the ferry is meaningful because its hard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vessels..."


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Recent episodes that mention pollution.

Maria Gallucci: Zero Emission Marine Vessels

Duration: 29:00

"...When it comes to energy transitions, marine vessels tend to get overlooked, even though they are some of the worst polluters of our oceans and air..."


Raksha Vasudevan: Rocky Mountain Ways

Duration: 29:00

"...Denver, Colorado’s majestic mountains, green space, and reputation as an ecologically advanced city draw people into this growing metropolis..."


Putting a price on pollution only makes sense if there's a real alternative, says leader of the NDP

Duration: 7:08

"...Politicians and industry gathered together this week for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA)s annual general meeting, held in Ottawa, Ontario..."


The billion-dollar pollution solution humanity needs right now | Stacy Kauk

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about pollution.

Eco-Cleaner Made From Sugar & Creating Zero-Emission Aluminum | WEF | Top Stories of the Week

"...With the right approach, the energy transition can create jobs and prosperity, presenting enormous potential for emerging economies..."


What are cumulative effects?

"...Pollutants from urban runoff, like oil and gas, that might have spilled or dripped on the road..."


Circular design for food: six short stories

"...This collection of six short stories screened at the COP28 Future Economy Forum Pavilion Cinema Club will take you on a regenerative production journey, from Africa and Latin America to India and the United Kingdom, and will explore how, by applying circular design strategies, we can create a food system that builds biodiversity and soil health, delivers clean air and water, and positively contributes to tackling climate change..."


Completing the Picture: Designing a food system thats positive for nature and our climate

"...The transition to renewable energy is critical in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but its only half the story..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about pollution relevant to the latest news.

Bioremediation: An Economical Approach for Treatment of Textile Dye Effluents

"...In bioremediation, the microorganisms utilize organic pollutants as a source of food or energy..."


A review on WO3-based composite photocatalysts: synthesis, catalytic mechanism and diversified applications

"...This technology uses semiconductor photocatalysts to convert solar energy into directly usable chemical energy, showing great potential for application in environmental pollutant purification and clean energy production, with broad development prospects..."


Exploring the 3E, hydrogen, and ammonia creation potentials of a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant using an air-cooled conde

"...Africa has the greatest potential to transition to more sustainable energy sources due to its enormous renewable energy resource potential, particularly solar..."


Livestock Manure Compost Mixed with Biochar: Efficient Pelleting and Pellet Production Characteristics

"...The pelleting of biochar mixed with livestock manure compost could have the following advantages: (1) use compost as a binder, (2) reduce the moisture content of compost for pelleting by simply mixing without drying, and (3) promote the application of biochar for carbon sequestration by simultaneous application with agricultural machinery for chemical fertilizers while preventing dust pollution and additional work for the farmer..."


Sustainable high-quality seaweed production from deep seawater

"...Small-scale industries utilising DSW have been established, with DSW being employed for bottled drinking water, aquaculture, agriculture, cosmetics, medicine, food, and power generation?all contributing to substantial economic benefits..."


Taxonomic and functional Odonata assemblage metrics: macrophyte?driven changes in anthropogenically disturbed floodplain habita

"...As Odonata are used as bioindicators of freshwater status worldwide, the presented results could be used in the protection of endangered wetland ecosystems and their biota..."


Ensuring nutrition and food safety within planetary boundaries: The role of microalgae-based ingredients in sustainable food ch

"...Given this, this study conducts an analysis oriented to food key ingredients considered essential in human nutrition, namely: proteins, ?-carotene as a precursor of vitamin A, and polyunsaturated fatty acids (docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic acids), using life cycle assessment (LCA) linked to the planetary boundary structure, under nine indices: climate change, biosphere integrity, global biogeochemical fluxes, stratospheric ozone depletion, ocean acidification, global freshwater use, land use change, chemical pollution, and atmospheric aerosol loading..."


Wastewater treatment with sustainable bionanocomposites: a comprehensive review

"...This study highlights the significance of bionanocomposites in addressing wastewater treatment challenges and underscores their potential for sustainable water management practices..."


Recent advances and prospects of constructed wetlands in cold climates: a review from 2013 to 2023

"...Constructed wetland (CW), a promising, environmentally responsible, and effective green ecological treatment technology, is actively involved in the treatment of various forms of wastewater..."