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China's War on Foreign Garbage

For more than 30 years, imports of recycled goods have fueled China`s manufacturing boom. The government has now announced that it`d had enough. By the end of the year, it told the World Trade Organization, it would stop accepting most recycled plastics, paper, textiles and other products from overseas. The decision is part of a campaign against "foreign garbage" that harms public health and the environment

July 20, 2017
Bloomberg

China launches five "green finance" pilot zones

China has launched five pilot zones to promote "green finance" and help pay for a war on pollution that is expected to cost at least 3 trillion yuan ($440 billion) a year, according to notices published by the central bank. The five zones will be set up in the provinces of Guangdong, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, as well as the far western region of Xinjiang, and financial institutions will be given a variety of incentives to provide credit and special funds for environmentally friendly industries

June 27, 2017
Trust.org

Big tobacco leaves huge ecological footprint - WHO

Tobacco growing causes massive harm to the environment through extensive use of chemicals, energy and water, and pollution from manufacturing and distribution, WHO said. The United Nations agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute to greenhouse gases blamed for climate change, but gave no estimate of damage. The ecological footprint goes far beyond the effects of cigarette smoke, WHO said in its first report on tobacco’s impact on the environment. “From start to finish, the tobacco life cycle is an overwhelmingly polluting and damaging process”

May 30, 2017
Reuters

Dar rivers in danger of drying up

Human and industrial activities around Mzinga and Kizinga streams as well as Mpiji and Msimbazi rivers have polluted them. People living around the areas have turned the streams and rivers into dumpsites and disturbed alignments and natural water. The rivers are being polluted by the concentration of high organic and nutrient, low dissolved oxygen, and high counts of indicator organisms from home and industrial activities, environmental experts told the press

May 28, 2017
The Citizen , AllAfrica.com

Remote Pacific island found buried under tonnes of plastic waste

Henderson Island is an uninhabited, 5-km wide speck of land halfway between Australia and South America. A recent expedition by researchers from the University of Tasmania found 38m items of rubbish weighing a total of 18 tonnes spread across its beaches. The South Pacific Gyre is a circular water current and it appears Henderson Island is one place where debris is spat out, these items are decades old in many cases

May 15, 2017
New Scientist, NPR.org, Forbes, Live Science

New analysis reveals deadly scale of diesel emissions

Illegal and unregulated diesel emissions are causing tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths worldwide, a new analysis says. The meta-analysis examined data from 30 studies and found excess nitrogen oxide was linked to 107,626 premature deaths around the world in 2015. Researchers warned the number of people dying due to diesel emissions could grow to 180,000 in 2040 if governments don’t act

May 15, 2017
Deutsche Welle, Guardian, Phys.Org

Ongoing forest destruction has put Asia-Pacific at risk of missing global development targets

The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, threatening the realization of global sustainable development goals by the 2030 deadline, according to the UN agricultural agency. Forests continue to be degraded and lost at a rate of 3.3m hectares per year, they provide clean air for breathing and safe water to drink and are home to more than 80% of land animals and plants and a natural defence against climate change 

May 15, 2017
United Nations

Responding to drought must be sustainable, not piecemeal

UNDP representative in Kenya, Siddarth Chatterjee, writes an opinion blog for the Thomson Reuters Foundation in which she sounds the alarm over the growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition which are developing across more than half of Kenya’s 47 counties. Chatterjee points to the three hardest hit regions of Turkana, Marsabit and Madera where a third of all children under five are acutely malnourished and says this is already double the ‘emergency status threshold,’ so she is asking the international community for help

May 14, 2017
Trust.org

Report finds CAP highly inefficient especially to environmental effects

A new report from the European Environmental Bureau and BirdLife Europe suggests that an overhaul of EU farm policy is needed to meet global sustainable development goals SDG12 and SDG15. The EU Commission defended the policy but admitted things can always be improved 

May 11, 2017
Farmers Journal

93,000 people die annually from firewood smoke – NGO

The Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment and the Women’s Earth Alliance have trained 30 women from different communities across Kaduna State on how to use clean and energy efficient cooking stoves. The NGO director said ‘if a woman cooked breakfast, lunch and supper with firewood, the consequence of her action was equivalent to smoking three packs of 20 cigarettes a day.’ Smoke is the biggest killer of people, particularly women, after malaria and HIV Aids; no less than 72% of Nigerians solely depend on firewood for cooking their meals

April 30, 2017
PMNews Nigeria

Burundi : 5 communes sur 119 ont interdit la défécation à l’air libre

In only 5 districts out of 119 in Burundi is it banned to defecate in the open air. In the remainder no ban is in place which becomes an important factor in encouraging the spread of diseases such as cholera

March 16, 2017
Burundi Agnews

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Illegal gold mining in Venezuela causing deaths, malaria, gang fights and deforestation

A three-year recession in Venezuela, paired with rampant inflation and food shortages, has prompted many to turn to illegal gold mining to get basic supplies in an overpriced black market. It is estimated that around 100,000 people are involved in illegal mining, with many sites primarily in mafia hands. However, malaria has abandoned the remote jungle areas and is now spreading at rates not seen in Venezuela for 75 years. Illegal miners are catching malaria by the tens of thousands it is reported

March 21, 2017
Mining, International Business Times

Non communicable diseases

Study finds how polluting nanoparticles get into blood and damage hearts

Inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes, scientists said on Wednesday. Most worryingly, scientists who conducted this experiment said, nanoparticles tend to build up in damaged blood vessels of people who already suffer from coronary heart disease and make it worse

April 26, 2017
Reuters, BBC

Communicable diseases

Commitment at all levels is essential for prevention of Dengue: Nadda

Union Minister of health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda, said commitment at all levels is essential for prevention and control of dengue, adding that by working together dengue can be prevented. For this purpose cleanliness is the most important thing. National Dengue Day is an occasion to spread awareness about its prevention and control. We must not create an environment for the dengue to breed in

May 16, 2017
Business Standard, Outlook India

Six megatrends that could alter the course of sustainable development

UNDP policy specialists outline the ‘six megatrends that could alter the course of global sustainable development’ in an opinion piece for The Guardian. These trends include: 1) poverty and inequality reduction 2) population growth, ageing, migration and urbanisation 3) the consequences of environmental degradation and climate change 4) economic, financial, conflicts, disease outbreaks - shocks and crisis, 5) extensive financing for global development 6) technological innovations to power the change

April 14, 2017
The Guardian

SC bans sale, registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1

The Indian Supreme Court restrained auto manufacturers from selling BS-III vehicles from April 1st when emissions rules would come into force. The judges said ‘the health of millions of citizens was more important than the commercial interests of manufacturers’ and directed the government to not allow the registration of polluting BS III vehicles next month

March 30, 2017
Times of India
March 29, 2017
Deutsche Welle, Indian Express, Hindustan Times

China says pollution inspectors find firms falsifying data

Chinese air quality inspectors found problems at more than 3,000 companies during inspections over the first three months of this year, of which, a large proportion were found to be falsifying data, the environment ministry said. Some companies tried to stop inspectors from carrying out checks, including Apple supplier Foxconn

March 30, 2017
Reuters
February 27, 2017
China Daily

Western demand for goods from China is killing 100,000 a year

A new study claims Chinese-made goods bought in western Europe and the U.S. have, in effect, killed over 100,000 people in China in one year alone – as a result of air pollution associated with their manufacture.  Microscopic pollutant particles in the air from increased manufacturing and consumption mean India and China are now shouldering the biggest burden in terms of pollutant-linked deaths. The study authors say in 2007 22% of air-pollution related deaths were associated with goods and services produced in one country and consumed in another

March 29, 2017
New Scientist, Eureka Alert, The Guardian, USA Today
March 30, 2017
Business Day

Childhood lead exposure linked to lower adult IQ

Kids exposed to high levels of lead decades ago may now be approaching middle age with lower IQs and earning potential than they would have had otherwise, a new study suggests

March 28, 2017
Reuters

Children 'worst sufferers' of environmental degradation: Prez

In inaugurating the ‘World Conference on Environment 2017,’ Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said children ‘were the worst sufferers of adverse impact of pollution and there was an urgent need for an ‘out-of-box’ solution to curb the perils of environmental degradation.’ He added ‘environmental factors are responsible for an estimated 24% of the global burden of disease in terms of healthy life years lost and 23 % of all deaths and 24% of all under 15’s die of diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory disease all of which are environment related’

March 25, 2017
Press Trust of India, ANI News

Smog-hit Beijing plans 'green necklace' to block pollution

Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei will plant trees, establish green belts and make use of rivers and wetlands to create a green necklace to protect China’s smog-hot capital from pollution, the Hebei government said

March 23, 2017
Reuters
March 24, 2017
Reuters

Nearly 600 million children to live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040: UNI...

In a new UNICEF report, the writers outlined the scenario where one of four children worldwide will be living in areas where water demand far outstrips supply by 2040

March 22, 2017
News Express , Reuters, The Guardian, bdnews24.com

Court grants living status to the ganges

Uttarakhand’s high court granted the Ganga and Yamuna rivers status as living entities, bestowing on them the same legal rights as a person, a move that could help in efforts to clean the pollution-choked rivers

March 22, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 21, 2017
Reuters, Le Figaro
March 20, 2017
Press Trust of India
March 22, 2017
Indian Express
March 21, 2017
The Asian Today

Pollution Is Killing India’s Holy Ganges, Harming Hindu Devotees

The Sankat Mochan Foundation published a study into the water quality of India’s holy Ganges River which said waste pollution is killing the river. The study found that people bathing in the Ganges are running a risk of cholera, hepatitis A, typhus and gastrointestinal diseases from the waters

March 18, 2017
Latin American Herald, World Hindu News
March 15, 2017
Agencia EFE

West African urban polls find clean water top priority

Reuters reports on examples of several African cities which are polling people on the fringes of urban areas to learn what were their main desires/needs. The results from the Resilient Africa Network regional lab indicated that ‘access to clean water and/or sanitation’ where priorities for them

March 17, 2017
Reuters

Nigeria’s Water Bill Could Criminalize Drinking Water For Millions

Around 1-in-10 people in Lagos have access to water which the state utility provides. The rest, some 19m residents, rely on informal water sources, either drilling their own bore holes to drink or fetching water from lakes or rivers. Those who can afford it pay exorbitant amounts to water vendors. So activists are sounding the alarm as the Lagos government has just passed a law to criminalize the extraction of water, including the drilling of boreholes and the purchasing of water from private sellers

March 17, 2017
Huffington Post

Why Garbage Dumps Are so Dangerous

Open dumps for rubbish and waste in the developing world, such as the one in Ethiopia, where many tragic deaths recently occurred, are also hazards which can cause water pollution, loss of biodiversity, increased greenhouse gas emissions and the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria. Accidents like the one in Addis Ababa only go to highlight this pressing danger even more

March 15, 2017
Bloomberg

Pollution, traffic biggest deterrent for people to walk: survey

Exposure to pollution and traffic is the biggest deterrent for people keen on walking, a multi-city study said. The study looked at what were the barriers to walking in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and

March 8, 2017
The Hindu

In Costa Rica 1000 Children a year die as a Consequence of a Polluted Environment

Contamination and a dirty unhealthy environment make children sick and cause their death worldwide, according to a WHO report. In Costa Rica, 1,000 children a year die as a consequence of a polluted environment

March 7, 2017
Costa Rica Star

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year: WHO reports

Unhealthy environments are responsible for one-quarter of child deaths, according to two new reports from WHO. ‘A polluted environment is a deadly one, particularly for young children as their developing organs and immune systems, smaller bodies and airways, make them especially vulnerable to dirty air and water’

March 7, 2017
xinhuanet, Daily Star

Air pollution can change efficacy of antibiotics, says study

A new study from University of Leicester researchers shows that bacteria which cause respiratory infections in humans are directly impacted by air pollution, altering the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment, and thus, increasing the potential for infection

March 3, 2017
CNBC, Financial Express

In drought-hit Kenya, fairer sharing of rivers helps keep the peace

Associations for water users along the Enkare Narok tributary are complementing the work of nine other groups on the main Ewaso Nyiro River. Together they are managing the resources in a way to avoid the violence that has erupted elsewhere, between herders and farmers, as drought shrank pastures

March 3, 2017
Reuters

Top Trump Advisers Are Split on Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The New York Times reports that ‘the White House is fiercely divided over President Trump’s campaign promise to cancel the Paris Climate Change agreement, with more moderate voices maintaining that he should stick with the agreement despite his campaign pledge’

March 2, 2017
New York Times