A million bottles a minute: world’s plastic binge ‘as dangerous as climate change’
Jul06

A million bottles a minute: world’s plastic binge ‘as dangerous as climate change’

[posted by Sandra Laville and Matthew Taylor on The Guardian, June 28, 2017] Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be...

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Federal judge orders more environmental analysis of Dakota pipeline
Jun19

Federal judge orders more environmental analysis of Dakota pipeline

[posted by Valerie Volcovici on Reuters, June 15, 2017] A federal judge ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Wednesday, opening up the possibility that the line could be shut at a later date. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington said the Army Corps did not adequately consider the effects of a possible oil spill on the fishing and hunting rights of...

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A good week for clean air: tough new pollution standards mean plants must conform or close
Jun07

A good week for clean air: tough new pollution standards mean plants must conform or close

[posted on ClientEarth, April 28, 2017] EU countries have voted to secure tough new industrial pollution rules that could save thousands of lives each year. These standards have not been updated since 2006 and environment organisations have campaigned strongly to ensure success this time. After the UK lobbied to weaken the ‘LCP BREF’, as it’s known, environmental lawyers ClientEarth led a group of NGOs to write to Secretary of State...

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Increased cancer rate in US linked to bad environment
Jun05

Increased cancer rate in US linked to bad environment

[posted by Helen Thomson on New Scientist, May 8, 2017] Improving the worst environments in the US could prevent 39 in every 100,000 cancer deaths. That’s according to the first study to address the impact of cumulative exposure to environmental hazards on cancer incidence in the US, which found strong links between poor environmental quality and increased rates of cancer. The environment we live in can influence biological processes...

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Call on the Swiss National Bank to vote at the annual meeting of Chevron
May31

Call on the Swiss National Bank to vote at the annual meeting of Chevron

On the basis of the anti-Chevron campaign, several Swiss organizations have launched a call to the Swiss National Bank (BNS) to request that it intervenes in the annual Assembly of Chevron Corporation in the United States on 31 May 2017 to vote in favour of climate, human rights and environmental resolutions. In two resolutions, the Ecuadorian case is also mentioned which, according to the shareholder initiators, has been...

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Stop Glyphosate: say no to the herbicide for our health’s sake!
May30

Stop Glyphosate: say no to the herbicide for our health’s sake!

[posted by Maurizio Bongioanni on SlowFood, May 30, 2017] An independent study finds consistent traces of glyphosate in a sample of pregnant women in Rome. Since the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as ‘probably carcinogenic for humans’, the debate raging round the world’s most used herbicide has mounted, while the license to use it in Europe has been renewed for the whole of 2017. If you still...

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