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Dealing with the world’s waste crisis

The world's waste crisis

While the world produces billions of tonnes of rubbish every year, it is estimated that only 16% of this is recycled while a massive 46% is disposed of unsustainably. As the amount of waste they produce increases, countries do not have the appropriate systems in place and are struggling to deal with the efficient collection and disposal of waste.

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Big Wave of Support for Our Oceans

SurfingBali

Financial contributions are rolling in to fund dozens of initiatives aimed at healing and protecting the oceans at the fifth annual Our Ocean Conference held on the Indonesian island of Bali October 29-30.

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Smoky Cooking Kills Millions

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Cooking with charcoal indoors emits smoke that is fatal to millions of people every year, according to new data released Wednesday by the World Health Organization. WHO says, in total, household and outdoor air pollution result in “an alarming death toll” of eight million people a year.

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World Leaders Pledge Pollution-free Planet

BeatPollution

“With the promises made here, we are sending a powerful message that we will listen to the science, change the way we consume and produce, and tackle pollution in all its forms across the globe,” said Dr. Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Costa Rica’s environment minister and president of the 2017 UN Environment Assembly.

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Extinction Stalks Meat-Eating Carnivores

Extinction Stalks Meat-Eating Carnivores

The African lion faces extinction by the year 2050, wildlife experts project, at risk due to indiscriminate killing in defence of human life and livestock, habitat loss, and prey base depletion from poaching and illicit trade.

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EU Warns of Toxic Toys, Clothes

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Buyers beware! The European Commission has published new figures showing that last year more than 2,000 dangerous products triggered EU-wide alerts. Coping with the threats involves stemming the rising tide of products bought online from outside the European Union.

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UK, China Collaborate on Low Carbon Cities

Shanghai pollution

Four newly funded research projects aim to develop an understanding of current buildings, mobility and energy services to help urban planners lower climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions while keeping residents comfortable and moving efficiently.

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Nonprofit Lawyers: It’s not an Oxymoron, It’s ELAW

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The nonprofit Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) is the go-to organization for 300+ lawyers in more than 70 countries who act as environmental defenders. Sunny Lewis gives us an insight to some of their most important work to date around the world.

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