Pollution – GBRI
 

We already know that air pollution has been linked to not just respiratory illnesses, but also reduced memory and loss of intelligence in humans. Now a new study by researchers from the University of Southern California found that early exposure to vehicular emissions increases the risk of obesity in children. Babies exposed to high levels of […]

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Ships across the globe are supposed to meet a 2020 deadline imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that requires them to switch to cleaner, more expensive fuel with a lower sulphur content of 0.5%, compared with 3.5% as currently used. However, environmentalists are concerned that thousands of ships might install “emissions cheat” systems that pump pollutants into […]

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“Your lungs are filled with tar! Do you smoke heavily?” asks the doctor. “No, doc. But yes, I breathe!” This is the conversation most of us living in highly polluted urban areas might be soon having with our doctors. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Head, warns that air pollution is the “new tobacco”, and the […]

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We have literally drowned our planet in plastic – plastic debris can be found in the deepest of oceans, inside the bodies of marine animals, table salt, drinking water and so on. Unsurprisingly, microplastics have now found their way inside our bodies too. A small study has detected microplastics in human excrement for the first […]

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UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove just announced that a ban on plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers could be in place within a year. The move is aimed at tackling the mounting problem of plastic pollution and forcing business establishments to offer readily available non-plastic alternatives. The ban would come into force at some point between October 2019 […]

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The news that a team of researchers from South Korea’s Incheon National University and Greenpeace East Asia found microplastics in a whopping 90% of table salt they sampled shouldn’t really come as a surprise considering how ruthlessly we are dumping millions of tons of plastic trash into our water bodies every year. Microplastics are virtually everywhere. […]

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A 2015 study involving seabirds and marine plastic debris, undertaken by a team of scientists from Australia and Britain, found that almost 90% of the seabirds alive had pieces of plastic in their guts. Now if our plastic consumption continues at the present rate, 99% of seabirds will carry plastic in their guts by 2050. And […]

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UNICEF has expressed its concern over poor air quality in the UK and stressed that children in the country are facing long term ‘health crisis’ after being exposed to toxic air while commuting to school. The leading children’s charity further added that the kids are being denied their basic human right to breathe clean air. The organisation, […]

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