Environment & Economy
Environment & Economy

Plastic bags in green bins OK in Ottawa as of today

Posted on 03 July 2019

The City of Ottawa is hoping today's shift to allowing plastic bags in compost will get more organic waste out of landfills. Last year city councillors voted to allow people to put compost in plastic bags, such as grocery or bread bags, along with bagged dog feces. Ottawa's organic waste diversion rate sits at just 40 per cent, and the city is hoping to boost it. It's hoped that by letti ...

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John Kerry: ‘World leaders not doing enough to protect oceans’

Posted on 13 June 2019

Ireland and other countries across the world are failing to play their part in adequately preventing the destruction of oceans, which is contributing to climate change, former US secretary of state John Kerry has said. Speaking to The Irish Times in advance of attending a summit on protecting oceans in Cork on Monday, Mr Kerry said fossil fuels, where possible, should be kept in t ...

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Gas surges globally as green groups cry foul

Posted on 13 June 2019

2018 was a “golden year” for natural gas with demand surging worldwide, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Friday, prompting concern from environmental groups over the climate impact of the world’s new favourite fuel. Demand for gas grew 4.6 per cent last year — the fastest rate since 2010 — and gas accounted for nearly half of the total increase in worldwi ...

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Wealthy countries need to find a new solution of where to dump their trash

Posted on 13 June 2019

Less than two years after China banned most imports of scrap material from abroad, many of its neighbors are following suit. On May 28, 2019, Malaysia’s environment minister announced that the country was sending 3,000 metric tons of contaminated plastic wastes back to their countries of origin, including the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Along with the Philipp ...

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Trump’s new attempt to gut clean air protection

Posted on 23 February 2019

President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency is laying out a devious plan to give the coal industry a major break on toxic air emissions. The EPA announced in December it will change the way it evaluates costs and benefits for the mercury and air toxics rule. The main target is the limit on emissions of mercury, a powerful neurotoxin t ...

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Clear-up operation under way on polluted Fife beaches

Posted on 23 February 2019

An operation to remove polluted parts of two beaches in Fife is under way. Environmental health officials are trying to work out the source of the pollution on beaches in the villages of Limekilns and Charlestown. Residents reported a strong smell of oil on Monday, and pockets of pollution were seen on the shoreline near the villages. The waste is being put into s ...

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Factory Farms Pollute the Environment and Poison Drinking Water

Posted on 23 February 2019

Hurricane Florence, which battered the U.S. East Coast last September, left a trail of ruin and destruction estimated to cost between $17 billion and $22 billion. Some of the damage was all too visible—smashed homes and livelihoods. But other damage was less so, like the long-term environmental impacts in North Carolina from hog waste that spilled out over large open-air lagoons sa ...

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New water pollution fears linked to 1980 plane crash

Posted on 23 February 2019

DOZENS of boreholes are to be tested after a potentially cancer-causing chemical was found in private water supplies near the Airport, almost 40 years after foam believed to have contained the pollutant was used following a plane crash. Tests carried out on a number of boreholes as well as streams and bodies of water to the north of the Airport show very low levels of per ...

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50 million gallons of polluted water pours daily from mine sites across the U.S., including Colorado

Posted on 23 February 2019

RIMINI, Mont. — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting water supplies in Montana, California, Colorado, Okla ...

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'Brexit gap' over wildlife protection is looming

Posted on 23 February 2019

Eighty per cent of the laws that protect the Welsh environment are tied to the EU and time is running out to replace them, nature groups have warned. They claimed wildlife and air and water quality could all be affected. One organisation - WWF Cymru - has written to Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths calling for "urgent action". The Welsh Government said it was ...