In India, 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste lies uncollected every day. Some of this washes up in Tamil Nadu state where it pollutes and contaminates the food and water of communities living along the Bay of Bengal
From Cambodia to California, industrial-scale sand mining is causing wildlife to die, local trade to wither and bridges to collapse. And booming urbanisation means the demand for this increasingly valuable resource is unlikely to let up
The European Commission published yesterday its roadmap setting out its objectives on the issue of plastics. In particular, it intends to reduce “the leakage of plastics into the environment”. Unfortunately, if we welcome the intention, we can only be critical of the solutions proposed.
I was delighted to see giant basking sharks on a recent trip to Scotland, but such moments of wonder are rare. Creating fishing reserves would allow our oceans to recover – and preserve this incredible feeling
“My conclusion,” writes the Indus script scholar Asko Parpola, “is that the Indian Rsyasrnga legend goes back to the Harappan religion, where the unicorn bull depicted on thousands of seals has a real local animal, the nilgai antelope, called rsya in Sanskrit. His single horn, the length of which is exaggerated, has a phallic connotation and emphasizes the importance of this animal as a symbol of fertility.”
California’s lingering drought has pushed the number of dead trees across the state past 100 million, an ecological event experts are calling dangerous and unprecedented in underlining the heightened risk of wildfires fueled by bone-dry forests.
In American business culture – corporations are people, and nature is something that can be exploited with a little capital to make a lot of profit. But what if we gave nature the same legal rights as persons?
Earth-force meets money-force at Standing Rock. I’m so relieved I’m here. It scares me to think that I might have missed this.We get up at dawn. Four hundred people walk slowly in a light snow to the river by the camp. A teacher is talking. His headdress is a crisscrossing of long, narrow feathers. He is of the Havasupai, the people who live by the blue-green waterfalls at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He calls out across the river. “Water is life! Take me! My heart beats with you!”
According to a study from Plymouth University, plastic pollution affects at least 700 marine species, while some estimates suggest that at least 100 million marine mammals are killed each year from plastic pollution. Here are some of the marine species most deeply impacted by plastic pollution.
A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to rise by as much as six feet this century, the destruction of coastal forests is expected to become a worsening problem worldwide.