Anybody who has been to the beaches of Mumbai will know what I’m talking about. Trash strewn everywhere, garbage that smells so much you forget what the sea smells like. They’re in an abysmal state and with the population of Mumbai growing everyday and more trash coming in, it looked like an apocalypse coming.
However, a group of dedicated citizens made it their life’s goal to clean up the beaches of Mumbai and give them a second chance. On the eve of the International Coastal Cleanup day, this group of heroes was joined by 2400 people including the Indian coast...
India in electric car push by 2030. China bans electric cars.
A new auto policy by the government of India has an aggressive push towards moving to electric cars by the year 2030. China has also started making plans to end the sale of internal combustion engines, which could also come into effect by the year 2030. India and China, now joins countries like France, Norway and the UK. Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Korea and Spain have set official targets for electric car sales.
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Hurricanes, act of God or global warming?
Scientists from the University of Minnesota warn that 80% of the worlds drinking water has been contaminated by plastic
US ranks highest with contamination rates at 93%, India and Lebanon close second
Lowest levels recorded in France, Germany and the UK at a shocking 72%
83% of the 159 water samples tested from nations around the world are affected
Current water filtration systems are inadequate against microplastics
Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs.
Orb media teamed up with a researcher from the University of Minnesota to undertake a scrutiny of plastic fibers in our tap water....
The last 15 days have been trying for the world as countries face unprecedented flooding- from Houston to Yemen to India, countries are grappling with the devastating effects of these disasters many of which are linked to climate change. Read about that and more-
Hurricane Harvey: strong evidence linking it to climate change
Scientists believe that hotter temperatures (including temperature of the Gulf of Mexico) were contributing factors to the intensity and duration of Hurricane Harvey. Experts say that in looking at a storm like Harvey, the impact of climate change is not simply about higher temperatures in the atmosphere and...
The village of Isla Colón in Bocas Del Toro, Panama is very unique; while it may look utterly normal from the outside, it is the first village in the world where all the houses will be made entirely out of plastic bottles. Yes! Plastic Bottles!
The architect behind this revolutionary idea is Robert Bezeua. Originally from Canada, Robert came to Bocas several years ago and realised that despite its beauty, it had a serious garbage problem. Robert spearheaded the Bocas recycling program in 2012, in which he and some volunteers collected nearly 1 million bottles in 1.5 years. These bottles...
Air pollution, plastic waste and climate change continue to dominate headlines. The effect on animals is truly distressing but environmentally conscious citizens attempt to find ways to reduce waste and fight pollution. Read more below-
Plastic trash is finding its way into the digestive system of wildlife
The Alaskan Department of Fish and Game has been studying the digestion of a number of rescued moose and caribou and found that all of them have plastic waste like grocery bags, sandwich bags and rope in their system. This plastic remain undigested and often block their digestive tract leading to their death.
Another fortnight has gone by and the fight to save the environment continues. The fight for climate change has become tougher with news that India has diverted money away from the green fund, a journey in the arctic is now easier due to melting ice caps and Al Gore’s new documentary serves as a stark reminder that different parts of the world continue to be affected. The Mediterranean sea is full of plastic waste and researchers have just found another garbage patch which is nearly a million kilometres long in the South Pacific Ocean. News from the Philippines that...
Highlights from the world environment news this fortnight – Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Australia take steps to ban plastic, HK busts largest ivory haul, France aims to ban all petrol and diesel cars, the US might come back into the Paris Accord and more. Important steps have been taken, while there is a lot more to do. The environment still suffers everyday. The worlds largest iceberg has broken off the Antarctic due to global warming, potentially destabilizing the entire ice shelf. Read more below.
Australia puts pressure to ban plastic bags, Woolworths and Coles ban plastic bags
Pressure is growing...
Combating the use of single use plastic has become as important as combating climate change. Plastic has reached all corners of the earth including remote Artic beaches with very little human population and nearly 18 tonnes of plastic was recently found on one of the world’s most remote islands, an uninhabited coral atoll in the South Pacific.
A million plastic bottles are being bought around the world every minute and the number is expected to jump another 20% by 2021. The demand for bottles is currently equivalent to about 20,000 bottles being bought every second and is driven by...
Another fortnight has gone by and the fight to save the environment continues. Many important decisions and actions have been taken around the world. President Macron, Arnold Schwarzenegger have joined politicians and legal experts to launch a campaign on environmental rights to present to the UN, research shows how plastic is killing UKs beaches and wildlife, kids are suing Donald Trump’s government over climate change, Singapore has committed $150million to improving the environment. Read more below -
Global pact on environmental rights to be presented to UN-
Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts...