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‘The ocean is not a dumping ground’

By Nasseem Ackbarally Port-Louis, Mauritius, Apr (IPS) – An internationally renowned scientist, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became Mauritius’s sixth president on June 5, 2015 – and one of the few Muslim women heads of state in the world. Her nomination constituted a major event in the island’s quest for greater gender parity and women’s empowerment, giving a higher profile to women in the ... Read More »

Pruitt and the pesticide threat

Mojisola Ojebode Ibadan, Nigeria – A new report issued by the United Nations (UN) takes a controversial stance on synthetic pesticides. The conventional wisdom is that they are essential to feed the world’s growing population, which is expected to hit nine billion by 2050. But the report’s authors call our reliance on synthetic pesticides “a short-term solution that undermines the ... Read More »

Mobile phone towers emit harmful radiation, finds ministry

Mobile phone towers in the country are emitting a harmful level of radiation, a government report has found. The Health Ministry submitted a report on the radiation levels of phone towers to the High Court on Wednesday with a directive to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to take necessary measures to lower the degree of radiation. A High Court bench ... Read More »

Eliminating energy-related carbon emissions possible: IRENA

Decarbonisation of global energy system, led by renewables and efficiency, would create economic gains Berlin, Germany, 20 March — Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy ... Read More »

Chamber Judge stays tannery owners fine

Dhaka – The Appellate Division Chamber Judge on Sunday stayed a High Court (HC) order that directed 154 tannery owners of Hazabibagh in the city to pay Tk 30.65 crore fine for not relocating their factories to the Tannery Estate of Savar within the scheduled time. Read More »

FoE slams UK budget for not tackling air pollution

Friends of the Earth has slammed Tuesday’s budget after the Chancellor failed to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis, which leads to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year. Mr Hammond also signalled the UK’s continuing addiction to climate-wrecking fossil fuels, saying it was absolutely essential that we maximise the exploitation of remaining North Sea oil and gas reserves. Read More »

Annual cost of polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths: WHO

Dhaka, Mar 7 – More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new WHO reports. ... Read More »

One in 10 people think air quality bad even at toxic levels

• 38 out of 43 air quality zones across the country are breaching legal limits for air pollution • Friends of the Earth launches nationwide citizen science air pollution experiment Friends of the Earth is calling on the UK public to take part in a ground-breaking nationwide experiment on air pollution as a YouGov poll reveals that although nearly two ... Read More »

Millions of preterm births linked to outdoor air pollution

Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year. The study, which was led by a team from The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York, found that in 2010, about 2.7 million preterm births globally – or 18 per cent of all preterm births – were associated with ... Read More »

Environment Deptt action against 23 polluting factories

Dhaka – The department of environment (DoE) has taken legal action against 23 factories including 14 washing and dyeing factories whose electricity connections were snapped for polluting the environment. According to DoE, a court of monitoring and enforcement under the DoE has fined five factories Tk 32 lakh for polluting the environment of Ashulia, Savar and Gazipur. Read More »

Coal-laden vessel sinks in Bay

Bagerhat – A coal-laden cargo vessel capsized near Fairway Buoy in Mongla in the Bay of Bengal on Friday. Abdur Rahman Biswas, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Mongla Police Station, said the cargo vessel named ‘MV Lady Marry’ sank in the bay near Hiron point while heading towards Noapara, Jessore after loading 1000 tones of coal from the mother vessel in Mongla ... Read More »

China restricts cars, factories amid latest smog alert

China’s capital and other northern cities have banned half of all vehicles from city streets and ordered factories, schools and construction sites closed in response to a five-day smog red alert.The emergency steps significantly reduced traffic in Beijing on Saturday, although it wasn’t clear what effect it was having on air pollution. Read More »

 Delhi schools closed for 3 days as smog pollution worsens

Delhi’s chief minister has shut all schools in the Indian capital for three days as its citizens struggle with choking smog. After an emergency cabinet meeting, Arvind Kejriwal promised a raft of measures to combat the extreme air pollution. All construction and demolition work has been banned for five days in the city. Water will also be sprinkled on main ... Read More »

Smog chokes Indian capital after Diwali festival

A thick blanket of toxic smog covered parts of New Delhi on Monday after millions of revelers let off firecrackers to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said that pollution in the city of 16 million had reached the highest official category of “severe” in several districts, and warned ... Read More »

2 billion children breathe toxic air worldwide, UNICEF says

New Delhi (AP/UNB) — A new report from UNICEF says most of the 2 billion children in the world who are breathing toxic air live in northern India and neighboring countries, risking serious health effects including damage to their lungs, brains and other organs. Of that global total, 300 million kids are exposed to pollution levels more than six times ... Read More »