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Imported plastic waste poisons Indonesia’s food chain

WNM | Nov 16, 2019 at 8:17 AM

Highly toxic chemicals, posing dire risks to human health, have been found in dangerous concentrations in free-range chicken eggs in Indonesian communities where plastic waste accumulates. Plastic scrap is entering Indonesia through recycling imports, primarily from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, UK, and the US.

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High-tech mapping and apps fight deadly dengue outbreak in Honduras

WNM | Nov 15, 2019 at 11:23 AM

Medicins Sans Frontiers is using GIS mapping technology and a mobile phone app as key tools to combat the virus and plan their work. The technology allows health workers to identify dengue hotspots and direct prevention and awareness-raising campaigns to the most-affected areas.

China CO2 emissions from energy sector still on rise

WNM | Nov 14, 2019 at 1:16 PM

China’s emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from its energy sector are expected to increase this year and next, driven by rising oil and gas consumption instead of by coal, a team of industry experts warned.

Flood, fire and plague: climate change blamed for disasters

WNM | Nov 14, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Extreme floods in Venice, fires in Australia and even an outbreak of plague in China have been attributed to climate change this week, while researchers have warned that global warming could saddle future generations with life-long illness.

Countries with high emissions achieve greater benefits of renewable energy installed

WNM | Nov 13, 2019 at 4:14 PM

A Harvard study shows that countries with higher CO2 emissions and more air pollution, such as India, China, and areas in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, achieve greater climate and health benefits per megawatt of renewable energy installed than those operating in areas such as North America, Brazil, and parts of Europe.

Last Arctic ice area is disappearing

WNM | Nov 13, 2019 at 1:02 PM

The oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic Ocean, according to new research.