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Cancer-causing PCB chemicals still being produced despite 40-year-old ban
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Cancer-causing PCB chemicals still being produced despite 40-year-old ban

Industry could be producing more cancer-causing PCB chemicals today than at any other point in history, despite their production having been banned more than 40 years ago. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are human-made substances that were used as coolants and lubricants in electrical equipment until they were banned due to their links to health problems and because...

Shell must clean up pollution before it leaves Niger delta, report says
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Shell must clean up pollution before it leaves Niger delta, report says

Firm told it must take responsibility for toxic legacy of pollution and safe decommissioning of abandoned oil infrastructure. The oil firm Shell cannot be allowed to withdraw from the Niger delta before it takes responsibility for its toxic legacy of pollution and the safe decommissioning of abandoned oil infrastructure, a report says. Shell plc is preparing to...

Toxic gas putting millions at risk in Middle East, BBC finds
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Toxic gas putting millions at risk in Middle East, BBC finds

Toxic pollutants released during gas flaring are endangering millions more people than previously feared, a BBC investigation suggests. Flaring – the burning of waste gas during oil drilling – is taking place across the Gulf, including by COP28 hosts the United Arab Emirates. New research suggests pollution is spreading hundreds of miles, worsening air quality...

Is your seafood safe? New study reveals alarming levels of toxins in Pacific Ocean marine life
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Is your seafood safe? New study reveals alarming levels of toxins in Pacific Ocean marine life

Background The aquatic ecosystem is highly susceptible to climate change and other environmental factors, including residual toxins. Pollution of the marine environment can alter the ocean’s biological, physical, and chemical states, which in turn can severely affect the marine ecosystem and marine wildlife. The Pacific covers about 28% of the Earth’s surface and is among...

Metal-mining pollution impacts 23 million people worldwide
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Metal-mining pollution impacts 23 million people worldwide

At least 23 million people around the world live on flood-plains contaminated by potentially harmful concentrations of toxic waste from metal-mining activity, according to a study. UK scientists mapped the world’s 22,609 active and 159,735 abandoned metal mines and calculated the extent of pollution from them. Chemicals can leach from mining operations into soil and...

Climate Change Is Hurting River Water Quality, New Study Shows
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Climate Change Is Hurting River Water Quality, New Study Shows

Climate Change Is Hurting River Water Quality, New Study Shows. Climate change and extreme weather are taking a significant toll on rivers around the world, according to a new scientific review that includes a University of Maryland geologist as a co-author. Based on nearly 1,000 case studies, the paper published today in Nature Reviews Earth &...

‘It’s like a death pit’: how Ghana became fast fashion’s dumping ground
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‘It’s like a death pit’: how Ghana became fast fashion’s dumping ground

‘It’s like a death pit’: how Ghana became fast fashion’s dumping ground. Yvette Yaa Konadu Tetteh’s epic swim down the River Volta highlights the damage done to the country’s waterways by an out-of-control trade in secondhand clothes from the global north, and why it’s time for change. It’s mid-morning on a sunny day, and Yvette...

12 Most Polluted Countries 2023 – Breathing Heavy
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12 Most Polluted Countries 2023 – Breathing Heavy

12 Most Polluted Countries 2023: Breathing Heavy. Environmental pollution is a pressing global issue that poses significant health risks and ecological challenges. Unfortunately, there are countries around the world that face particularly high levels of pollution. From air pollution to water contamination, these nations struggle to combat the detrimental effects of environmental degradation. In this...

‘World’s money is flowing in the wrong direction’: Funding of fossil fuels eclipses climate finance
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‘World’s money is flowing in the wrong direction’: Funding of fossil fuels eclipses climate finance

‘World’s money is flowing in the wrong direction’: Funding of fossil fuels eclipses climate finance. Funding for polluting industries far outstrips support for climate change mitigation, a new report shows. Top banks are funding two of the world’s most polluting industries far more aggressively than governments are funding solutions, a new report reveals. Banks including...