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Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution - BBC News
Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn.
Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in some areas, says the IUCN.
Up to 30% of plastic released into the oceans each year comes from primary microplastics, not the disintegration of larger pieces, a report found.
Debris from tyre abrasion and synthetic fabrics are the main sources, they say.
food  chain  pollution  water  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  plastic 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Sustainability or Prosperity? Why Not Both? | PolicyCast
describes the rapidly growing field of sustainability science, which combines a variety of disciplines in both the hard and social sciences to find paths towards a sustainable future. //&! Book Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice – (2016) by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson. //&! http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/insight/international/william-clark &! https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=LkLCmQwAAAAJ&hl=en &! http://earthsky.org/human-world/william-c-clark-defines-sustainable-development &! Jeffrey Sachs - Global Cooperation and Sustainable Development - youtu.be/cRWtRh3yLI0 &! "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." - youtu.be/n3kzzVP2c7w &! Jeffrey Sachs: "The Price of Civilization" - youtu.be/_G6SYmQ0swg - profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects: jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment.
sustainability  sustainable  macroeconomic  policy  microeconomic  policy  underinvestment  public  health  global  warming  economic  damage  GDP  Generationengerechtigkeit  fairness  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  unknown  unknowns  unintended  consequences  crony  capitalism  shareholder  capitalism  Wall  Street  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  air  pollution  water  pollution  noise  pollution  pollution  mass  extinction  ecological  damage  environmental  damage  livestock  farming  industrial  agriculture  policy  folly  short-term  thinking  short-termism  short-term  view  social  value  policy  error  ecological  footprint  carbonfootprint  deforestation  soil  erosion  climate  change  climate  crisis  book  society  Wertegesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  Jeffrey  Sachs  Movement  environmental  disaster  environment  environmentalism  resource  depletion  finite  resources  Pesticides  fungicide  herbicide  colony  collapse  disorder  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  Great  Barrier  Reef  drought  Ozone  politician  Fossil  fuel  industry  Food  Politics  carbon  tax  COP21  planning  law  building  code  renewable  energy  energy  policy 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Plastic bottle litter on beaches up 43%, conservationists say
Conservationists say they found 160 plastic bottles for every mile of UK coastline cleaned last year.
The Marine Conservation Society said more than 8,000 bottles were picked up during its Great British Beach Clean Up in September, up 43% on 2014.
It wants deposit return schemes, which give money back to people who return empty bottles, to encourage recycling.
More than 6,000 volunteers collected and recorded litter along 340 beaches across the UK.
The MCS said putting a charge on the bottles of up to 20p, which gets refunded when they are returned, would change behaviour, and called for the UK government to explore the potential of such a scheme.
recycling  waste  management  plastic  nation  plastic  bag  Petroleum  Industry  Wegwerfgesellschaft  ecological  damage  environmental  damage  microbeads  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  deforestation 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Plastic waste in Pacific Ocean washed up on Hawaii beach - in pictures | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
A new report released at Davos highlights some startling facts about the huge environmental and resource impacts of a fast growing plastics industry - bit.ly/1QebFEW
plastic  nation  plastic  bag  plastic  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  fossil  fuel  Wegwerfgesellschaft  Petroleum  Industry  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Plastikmüll erreicht Arktis: 2,7 Millionen Tonnen im Meer vermutet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eigentlich wollten die Polarforscher Meeressäuger und Seevögel beobachten - doch dann zählten sie auch Müll. Selbst im Hohen Norden treibt Kunststoffschrott im Wasser und wird zur Gefahr für die dort lebenden Arten.
mass  extinction  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  plastic  nation  plastic  bag  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  pollution  recycling  waste  waste  management  public  awareness  public  perception  public  discourse  public  debate  visibility  Policy  Makers  Nudge  theory  public  interest  public  image  sustainability  sustainable 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
How Soviet pollution destroyed the Aral Sea - BBC News
[ one example. doesn't mean its the last one ] In October 1990 Western scientists confirmed the virtual disappearance of the Aral Sea in Soviet Central Asia, formerly the fourth largest inland sea in the world.The loss of sea water was the result of 60 years of intensive agriculture and pollution by the Soviet authorities. It is considered the biggest manmade loss of water in recorded history. The surrounding areas were devastated. Local fisherman watched as the shore gradually receded and fish stocks ran out. Local children fell victim to respiratory illnesses. Professor Denys Brunsden, of London's King's College, was one of the first Western scientists to visit the Aral Sea in 1990. //&! Volunteers map UK coastline for industrial damage - bbc.in/1GSy6ZT - science led management; new artificial strip on coast changed things and beach stripped itself of sand ... //&! Beach litter 'increasing', says Marine Conservation Society - bbc.in/1xat2Q6
Aral  Sea  regulation  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  self-regulation  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  Desertification  soil  erosion  coastal  erosion  deforestation  unknown  unkown  unintended  consequences  complexity  mass  extinction  global  warming  climate  change  sustainability  sustainable  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Aquifer  water  rights  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  drinking  water  water  pollution  plastic  nation  recycling  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  Ocean  acidification  warming  heavy  metal  pollution  crony  capitalism  capitalism  exploitation 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction | Environment | The Guardian
Scientists have been warning for decades that human actions are pushing life on our shared planet toward mass extinction. Such extinction events have occurred five times in the past, but a bold new paper finds that this time would be fundamentally different. Fortunately, there’s still time to stop it.
mass  extinction  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  climate  change  global  warming  pollution  water  pollution  heavy  metal  pollution  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  plastic  nation  ocean  warming 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastic bag charge in Scotland sees usage cut by 80% - BBC News
[ the plastic bag chage, 5p, is not enough, should be 50p and seen as penalty! thus it is the little brother of Sugar/Processed Food/junk food/fast food/and animal product taxation (extra levies) to show people every day when they show that they know this is more expensive now because this has to pay for my sick days in later life, like insurance premium for risky behavior, to fund NHS! Even seeing it as carbon tax and environmental levy because of how dirty animal products are! ]"It's now becoming second nature to shoppers to reuse their carrier bags and hopefully to think more about our impact on the environment." [...] Asda witnessing a drop of 90% and Sainsbury's 100% as it no longer offers them to shoppers. [...] The policy came into being in Scotland on 20 October last year and England introduced charging at the beginning of this month.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris climate summit: UN negotiations 'need redesign' - BBC News
[ only bottom up works ... till the tide is big enough. same with health and fitness (which in part has to be about looking good/fit). self-esteem. ] The UN climate negotiations are heading for failure and need a major redesign if they are to succeed, scientists say. The pledges that individual countries are offering ahead of the Paris climate summit in December are too entrenched in self interest instead of being focussed on a common goal. The researchers say the science of cooperation is being ignored. Instead, they say the negotiations should focus on a common commitment on the global price of carbon. This means countries would agree on a uniform charge for carbon pollution, a scheme that would encourage polluters to reduce their emissions. The comments from researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, University of Maryland, US, and University of Cologne, in Germany, are published in the journal Nature. //&! bbc.in/1jYOUtz
United  Nations  UN  climate  change  bottom  up  consumer  choice  climate  crisis  global  warming  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  negotiation  national  interest  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  shared  economic  interest  Public  Good  zombie  consumer  selfish  gene  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  Career  Politicians  Kyoto  No  Representation  self-interest  self-improvement  self-actualization  awareness  perception  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  recycling  hyperlocal  local  NHS  health  sick  population  nanny  state  intrinsic  motivation  health  policy  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  crisis  Autonomy  Mastery  Purpose  Self-esteem  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  emissions  carbon  tax  carbon  pricing  carbon  trading 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
SEASPIRACY: What You Should Know About Fish, The Ocean, and More! - YouTube
fish pellets (heavy metals) are fed to on land livestock. ... do you know what is fed to your beef? fish pellets?! GMO crop!? what you piece of meat has been treated with (antibiotics, medication, supplements, etc)?! no. no disclosure. no transparency. no accountability. //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=fish
mass  extinction  Overfishing  Fish  Industry  Ocean  acidification  warming  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  economic  damage  tourism  coral  reef  pollution  heavy  metal  pollution  water  pollution  climate  change  global  warming  coastal  erosion  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  climate  system  climate  science  climate  crisis  flash  floods  flooding  Carnism  sustainability  sustainable  omnivore  Food  Chain  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  emissions  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  corporate  scandal  Livestock  farming  ethical  killing  Poultry  Industry  Meat  Industry  GMO  crop  GMO  deforestation  soil  erosion  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  plastic  nation  plastic  bag  Mercury  toxin  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Positioning  cholesterol  dietary  cholesterol  public  health  policy  public  health  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  policy  health  crisis  sick  population 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
How can plastic bag addiction be cured? - BBC News
From Monday large shops in England will charge 5p for each plastic bag. But how did shoppers get so used to free carrier bags in the first place, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. //&! bit.ly/1RgOTfj - Perhaps the crisis of conscience has eased and people have got used to the idea of their wastefulness again. The charge is clearly needed. But will it work? And does it go far enough? [ 5p isn't a pain, 50p probably. because then its seen (perceived) as overpriced/rip-off. but the consumer does not see, is not aware of the actual current cost and long-term cost to the environment, ecology, and knock-on economic damage of cleaning it up in 20-30 years because we have to to save the planet! where are the behavioural economic experiments when you need them? ] - make video arguing for a 50p price tag and study from dan ariely to conduct such a study.
plastic  bag  plastic  nation  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  Petroleum  Industry  economic  damage  public  awareness  public  perception  public  discourse  public  debate  sustainability  sustainable  Policy  pollution  Good  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  mass  extinction  water  pollution  air  pollution  landfill  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  emissions 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastikmüll: Bald 95 Prozent aller Seevögel betroffen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Forscher schlagen Alarm: Die meisten Seevögel haben bereits jetzt Plastikreste im Magen. Im Jahr 2050 könnten bis zu 95 Prozent aller Tiere betroffen sein. Die Wissenschaftler fordern eine bessere Müllentsorgung.
ecological  disaster  plastic  bag  plastic  nation  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  environmental  disaster  pollution  water  pollution 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nasa-Simulation: So gelangt Plastik zu den Müllkippen der Meere - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In fünf riesigen Müllstrudeln im Ozean sammeln sich zig Millionen Tonnen Plastik. Eindrucksvolle Simulationen der Nasa zeigen nun, wie der Abfall dorthin gelangt.
Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  plastic  nation  plastic  plastic  bag  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Humans Threw Out 92 Billion Pounds of Electronics Last Year
92B pounds of electronic waste thrown out last year Researchers claim some 92 billion pounds of electronic waste were thrown away last year. As the folks at Gizmodo put it: “That’s more than seven Great Pyramids’ worth of crapped-out Blackberry phones, forsaken Toshiba TVs, and human misery.” Consumers in the US were responsible for about 16 billion pounds — roughly 17 percent — of that waste.
recycling  rare  earths  electronics  plastic  nation  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
How I discovered a coffee pot was making my patient sick - Quartz
In January, a study published in PLOS linked environmental chemical exposure with early menopause. This study suggests a connection between the ubiquitous chemicals we’re exposed to and our health. Other studies support this concept, such as a 2014 research study showing BPA in the liners of canned beverages increases blood pressure. Health care providers generally are not taught to consider common household items as a potential cause of disease, but perhaps we should be. BPA is a known endocrine disruptor. Research evidence links BPA exposure with early puberty, infertility, breast cancer, and abnormal periods. It has also been tied to obesity, prostate cancer, and neurodevelopmental problems in children. The National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) found that obese adults are likely to have higher levels of BPA in their urine. [...] And lest you think “BPA-free” is the answer, the substitute plastics which contain bisphenol S or other resins appear to be equally hazardous.
BPA  bisphenola  Bisphenol  A  plastic  nation  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastik - Die Geißel der Welt-Meere - YouTube
>> "Kinderspielmacher werden nie fuer Kinder [und deren Sicherheit und Gesundheit] hergestellt. Sondern um Geld zu machen fuer den Hersteller." & "Wir muessen uns vor unserer eigenen dummheit schuetzen." - Cradle to Cradle
Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  plastic  bag  plastic  nation  plastic  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  unintended  consequences  bisphenola  Bisphenol  A  BPA  Phthalate  Weichmacher  Petroleum  Industry  carcinogen  carcinogenic  lobby  Lobbying  lobbyist  Consumer  Protection  public  awareness  Policy  Makers  error  folly  Career  Politicians  consumerist  Consumerism  zombie  Polyethylene  public  health  public  health  complexity 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Arktis: Umweltverschmutzung vergiftet Eismöwen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Bei Seevögeln und anderen Tieren vor allem auf den oberen Stufen der Nahrungskette sammeln sich diese Schadstoffe im Körper an.
Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  heavy  metal  pollution  complexity  ecosystem  plastic  nation  pollution  unintended  consequences  water  pollution  ecological  disaster  air  pollution 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Pottwal aus dem Mittelmeer verendet an Plastikmüll - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Todesursache des Pottwals ist für Stephanis ein Beweis dafür, wie drastisch die Folgen der Umweltverschmutzung sind - und dass Müllaufbereitungsanlagen für Plastikabfälle verbessert werden müssen. "Die kleinen und großen Plastikbrocken werden auch von Fischen verschluckt, die später auf unseren Tellern landen", warnte der Wissenschaftler. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch
Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  environment  plastic  recycling  ecosystem  pollution 
march 2013 by asterisk2a

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