Pollution

Petrochemical Industry – The Lies about Plastic

Plastics production is increasing exponentially when it should be decreasing. Petrochemical companies are now not only responsible for climate change but also for trashing the planet with plastic. Scientists have warned us that the planet is risking permanent and irreversible contamination by plastic as we speak.

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Shipping Responsible for Massive Air Pollution

It seems that in shipping and political circles human life has a price. The estimated sixty thousand people dying worldwide from this pollution appears to be acceptable as long as we continue along the path of indiscriminate economic growth at all costs.

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Cruise Liners are Heavy Air Polluters

Passengers on cruise liners could be exposing themselves to dangerous levels of pollution, according to an investigation by UK’s Channel 4’s Dispatches team that found some public areas on the ships’ decks were more polluted than the world’s worst-affected cities.

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Cigarettes Kill Wildlife – Environment NOT your Ashtray

Smoking cigarettes kills 7 million people a year globally, and it scars the planet through deforestation, pollution and littering. Details of the environmental cost of tobacco are revealed in a study on the global tobacco epidemic released in 2017 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Ocean Plastic Garbage Patch, This is What it Looks Like

The most famous example of an ocean gyre’s tendency to collect our trash is the Great Pacific Garbage patch located within the North Pacific Gyre (shown here). While this is the most infamous garbage patch, it is not the only one in the ocean.

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Bottled Water and Tap Water Contains Plastic Worldwide

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in tap and bottled water after a new analysis of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastic.

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Microfibres Pollution – Greenpeace International

The expansion of fast fashion wouldn’t be possible without polyester. Relatively cheap and easily available, polyester is now used in about 60% of our clothes. Polyester is plastic. But, if we take into account the fossil fuels used in its production, CO2 emissions for polyester clothing are nearly three times higher than for cotton!

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Microplastic and Microbeads Explained

Microplastic are small plastic pieces less than five millimetres long which are harmful to life in the oceans and to our health. Microplastic come from a variety of sources, including from larger plastic debris that degrades into smaller and smaller pieces.

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Plastic Waste: We are the Problem

Worldwide 80% of plastic waste ends up in landfills and the environment. There it multiplies by breaking down into smaller pieces, up to sizes that are measured in microns (1000 microns = 1 mm). All the plastic ever manufactured still exists somewhere on Earth, most of it too small to see. It enters the food chain via packaging, water, agricultural produce and other species we consume, and ends up in us.

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Plastic Pandemic is now a Global Crisis

We are forced to deal with plastic pandemic with urgency as it has now reached global proportions. It is estimated that there was the equivalent of 200 million garbage-truck-loads of plastic in the oceans and landfills at end 2015 and that this will become the equivalent of 500 million garbage-truck-loads by 2050.

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