Category Archives: Environmental News

UK Will Back Full Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze

Big news! Research led the environment secretary to overturn the government’s previous opposition, meaning a total EU ban is highly probable.

Environment secretary, Michael Grove, revealed last week that the UK will back a complete ban bee-harming pesticides (exempting greenhouses) across Europe. Continue reading UK Will Back Full Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

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11-Year-Old Scientist Invents Device That Can Detect Lead In Water

By Fattima Mahdi, Truth Theory

Meet 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao. She isn’t like most 11-year-old’s. With a passion for science and a determination to take action, she invented a revolutionary device that detects lead contamination in drinking water.

Gitanjali was inspired by the Flint Water Crisis. “I started following the Flint water crisis two years ago when I was nine,” said the seventh grader. “I was surprised that there wasn’t a fast, reliable process for testing water for lead.” Continue reading 11-Year-Old Scientist Invents Device That Can Detect Lead In Water

Nestle Extracting Water From Canadian Towns On Expired Permits

By Amelia Kinney, True Activist

The corporate giant known for processed foods and sugary beverages blames the lapse on complicated new regulations.

https://www.zmescience.com/science/nestle-company-pollution-children/

World’s biggest bottled water producer, Nestle, has been exposed for sourcing water in Canada on expired permits. Environmentalists are outraged that the Canadian government is letting Nestle continue to capitalize on public resources and contribute huge amounts of plastic pollution. Continue reading Nestle Extracting Water From Canadian Towns On Expired Permits

Gucci Is Going Fur-Free And Donating Money From Remaining Fur Sales To Animals

By Igor, True Activist

They will hold an auction for the remaining fur, which will be donated to animal rights organizations.

Following Armani’s big transition into a fur-free designer company last year, fashion powerhouse Gucci has also announced that their brand will be going fur-free starting in 2018. After seeing the writing on the wall and where consumers and the fashion industry were headed, it was inevitable that Gucci would go this direction, and now consumers are hoping even more companies will follow suit. Continue reading Gucci Is Going Fur-Free And Donating Money From Remaining Fur Sales To Animals

Environmental Impact of Amazonian Hydropower Significantly Underestimated

amazon-rainforestvia The Watchers

The environmental impact of hydropower generation in the Amazon may be greater than predicted, according to new University of Stirling research.

The study suggests that estimates of biodiversity and carbon losses associated with tropical hydropower may be higher than estimated as they fail to consider the full impact of forest fragmentation.

Led by Dr. Isabel Jones, of Biological and Environmental Sciences, the research studied lianas – long-stemmed woody vines, enshrined in popular culture as Tarzan’s favorite mode of transport – within the Balbina hydroelectric dam in Brazil. Continue reading Environmental Impact of Amazonian Hydropower Significantly Underestimated

International Group Of Award Winning Photographers Came Together To Expose The Illegal Wildlife Trade

By Amanda Monteiro, Collective Evolution

People in developed nations are rarely exposed to wildlife or animals beyond domestic pets. This, of course, doesn’t mean that they aren’t around us, but rather that their relative invisibility makes them easy to forget about — out of sight, out of mind. Yet as our demand for land increases, their habitats become increasingly threatened, and now, more than ever, we are seeing them occupy ‘our’ spaces once more because they simply have nowhere else to go. In Toronto there is a raccoon crisis, for example, and in Mumbai, it’s leopards. Continue reading International Group Of Award Winning Photographers Came Together To Expose The Illegal Wildlife Trade

Good News! Britain Announces Plan To Ban Antique Ivory Trade

By Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Environmental activists are welcoming the move.

Positive news! Last Friday, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced an end to the trade in ivory of all ages. The BBC reports that previous attempts would have excluded antique ivory produced before 1947, but advocates said that presented loopholes for poachers who continue to hunt and kill endangered species for their tusks. When announcing the plan, Gove said the repeated cycle of poaching “shames our generation.” Environmental advocates have welcomed the move. Continue reading Good News! Britain Announces Plan To Ban Antique Ivory Trade

Coca-Cola Produced 1 Billion More Plastic Bottles Last Year, Says Greenpeace

By Amanda Froelich, True Activist

In 2016, Coca-Cola produced more than 110 billion single-use plastic bottles, according to a new analysis by Greenpeace.

Though no one company is to blame for a number of plastic bottles piling up in landfills, Coca-Cola certainly holds a fair share of the responsibility. According to a new analysis by Greenpeace, the world’s biggest soft drinks company increased its production of single-use PET bottles from 2015-2015 by more than one billion. This puts Coke’s total production in 2016 at more than 110 billion. Continue reading Coca-Cola Produced 1 Billion More Plastic Bottles Last Year, Says Greenpeace

Newly-Developed Japanese Turbines Harvest Energy From Waves While Protecting The Coast

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

Thanks to a team of researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), it is now possible to harness renewable energy from waves while simultaneously protecting the coastline from erosion.

Normally, tetrapods (star-shaped structures made from concrete) are used to protect coastlines from eroding. With the aid of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) turbines, however, the coastlines can be protected while renewable energy is harvested. Continue reading Newly-Developed Japanese Turbines Harvest Energy From Waves While Protecting The Coast

France Will Phase Out Glyphosate Weedkiller By 2022

By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze

Yesterday the French government announced a 2022 deadline to phase out the use of glyphosate – the active ingredient to herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup. Roundup is the world’s best-selling herbicide and is used agriculturally, industrially and even on individual lawns everywhere.

While many outlets are reporting an outright French ban on glyphosate, the truth is that the country has “rowed back” on its original intention to ban the herbicide. Continue reading France Will Phase Out Glyphosate Weedkiller By 2022