environmental pollution

dove lake, in tasmania’s popular cradle mountain tourist spot

Tasmania’s lakes among most contaminated in the world

Historic mining has polluted lakes with lead, copper and arsenic, including in World Heritage Area — Metal contamination levels in some of Tasmania’s lakes are among the highest in the world, a new study has found, while those within the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area have also been badly polluted by mining. The Australian National …

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a marine biologist holds up a sample of seawater containing microplastics

EU proposes ban on 90% of microplastic pollutants

European Chemicals Agency draft law aims to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution — A wide-ranging ban on microplastics covering about 90% of pollutants has been proposed by the EU in an attempt to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution in 20 years. Every year, Europe releases a bulk amount of microplastics six times bigger …

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the amount of plastic pollution is expected to treble in the next decade

‘Stop treating seas as a sewer,’ MPs urge in bid for protection treaty

Paris agreement for the sea recommended as rates of plastic pollution to skyrocket — A new global agreement to protect the seas should be a priority for the government to stop our seas becoming a “sewer”, according to a cross-party group of MPs. Plastic pollution is set to treble in the next decade, the environmental …

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taxes and charges paid by transport users cover less than half the true cost

Pollutionwatch: transport’s true cost to the environment

Our polluting behaviours are subsidised by taxes and a lowering of quality of life — The “polluter pays” principle feels like natural justice. We would all agree factory owners should be responsible for the pollution they cause. But this idea is less supported when we are the polluters and have to pay more. A European …

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the red-bellied piranha

‘Sad surprise’: Amazon fish contaminated by plastic particles

Scientists in Brazil find first evidence of plastic pollution in Amazon basin freshwater fish — Scientists have found the first evidence of plastic contamination in freshwater fish in the Amazon, highlighting the extent to which bags, bottles and other waste dumped in rivers is affecting the world’s wildlife. Tests on the stomach contents of fish …

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