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Ahmedabad Says NO to Plastic Straws

The world is changing everyday, and amongst all the bad news, sometimes we hear about some stuff that works for the betterment of society and this is one of them! ūüôā The Gujarat Government seems to be waking up towards the idea of banning Single-use disposable plastic. And after Maharashtra, many cafes and clubs have […]

Plastic hungry enzyme ignites hope for better recycling

Plastic hungry enzyme ignites hope for better recycling Scientists from Portsmouth University, have improved a natural occurring enzyme that has the ability to digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. PET, the plastic used in bottles, if let in the environment takes 100s of years to break down. The new modified enzyme, knows as […]

Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed in England

In a bid to cut down on plastic waste, the government has proposed a ban on plastic straws and cotton buds. An estimated 8.5 bn plastic straws are thrown away in the UK every year. The prime minister, Theresa May, will urge leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to follow UK‚Äôs lead in […]

Plastic microbeads ban enters force in UK

Plastic microbeads can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK, after a long-promised ban came into effect on Tuesday. The ban initially bars the manufacture of such products and a ban on sales will follow in July. The huge problem of plastic pollution choking the oceans has gained a […]

No more plastic bags in Montreal; first major Canadian city to implement ban

The¬† city¬† of¬† Montreal¬† is¬† taking¬† tough¬† measures¬† to¬† cut¬† down¬† on¬† waste.¬† Starting¬† Jan.¬† 1,¬† single-use¬† plastic¬† bags¬† will¬† be¬† banned.¬† City¬† officials¬† say¬† that¬† between¬† 1.4¬† and¬† 2.7¬† million¬† shopping¬† bags¬† are¬† circulated¬† every¬† year¬† in¬† Quebec,¬† but¬† only¬† a¬† fraction¬† of¬† them¬† are¬† recovered.¬† These¬† lost¬† or¬† abandoned¬† plastic¬† bags¬† are¬† a¬† […]

Bali declares ‘garbage emergency’ amid sea of waste

KUTA¬† (INDONESIA):¬† Bali‘s¬† palm–fringed¬† Kuta¬† beach¬† has¬† long¬† been¬† a¬† favourite¬† with¬† tourists¬† seeking¬† sun¬† and¬† surf,¬† but¬† nowadays¬† its¬† golden¬† shoreline¬† is¬† disappearing¬† under¬† a¬† mountain¬† of¬† garbage. Plastic¬† straws¬† and¬† food¬† packaging¬† are¬† strewn¬† between¬† sunbathers,¬† while¬† surfers¬† bobbing¬† behind¬† the¬† waves¬† dodge¬† waste¬† flushed¬† out¬† from¬† rivers¬† or¬† brought¬† in¬† by¬† swirling¬† […]

United Nations Vows to Move Towards a Pollution-Free Planet

The¬† United¬† Nations¬† development¬† Programme¬† plans¬† to¬† fully¬† support¬† the¬† objectives¬† of¬† this¬† year‚Äôs¬† General¬† Assembly¬† and¬† its¬† call¬† to¬† work¬† towards¬† a¬† pollution-¬† free¬† planet¬† to¬† help¬† advance¬† multiple¬† Sustainable¬† Development¬† Goals¬† (SDGs). As¬† highlighted¬† in¬† the¬† Report¬† of¬† the¬† Executive¬† Director¬† of¬† UN¬† Environment,¬† the¬† impact¬† of¬† pollution¬† and¬† its¬† many¬† drivers¬† is¬† […]

Goa to ban plastic bags from May next year

The¬† Government¬† of¬† Goa¬† has¬† decided¬† to¬† ban¬† plastic¬† bags¬† in¬† the¬† coastal¬† state¬† from¬† May¬† next¬† year,¬† said¬† the¬† Chief Minister¬† Manohar¬† Parrikar¬† on¬† Goa¬† Liberation¬† Day. He¬† also¬† said¬† that¬† they¬† aim¬† to¬† make¬† the¬† state¬† garbage- free¬† by December¬† next¬† year. Parrikar¬† said¬† that¬† ‘Swachh¬† Bharat’¬† and¬† ‘Nitol¬† Goem’ (Clean¬† Goa)¬† are¬† […]

Babies’ brains damaged by pollution

Seventeen ¬†million ¬†babies ¬†under ¬†the ¬†age ¬†of ¬†one ¬†are ¬†breathing ¬†toxic ¬†air, ¬†putting ¬†their ¬†brain ¬†development ¬†at ¬†risk, ¬†the ¬†UN ¬†children‚Äôs ¬†agency, ¬†UNICEF, ¬†has ¬†warned. As ¬†per ¬†reports ¬†from ¬†UNICEF : ¬†Breathing ¬†particulate ¬†air ¬†pollution ¬†could ¬†damage ¬†brain tissue ¬†and ¬†undermine ¬†cognitive ¬†development. ¬†It ¬†is ¬†also ¬†linked ¬†with ¬†verbal ¬†and ¬†non-verbal IQ ¬†and ¬†memory ¬†which […]

Roundup ‚Äď World Environment News (30th October, 2017)

¬†Shocking photos emerge of a sea of plastic Underwater photographer, Caroline Powers made a jaw dropping discovery in the Caribbean sea, near the island of Roatan, some way off the northern coast of the Honduras. Powers photographed large tracts of sea completely covered with plastic ‚Äď plastic bottles, bags and polystyrene plates. You can read […]

Eco-friendly Logos that can help save the environment!

Yes, you heard that right. But how does one make a logo eco-friendly? And how can you compromise on the logo? The golden arches of McDonalds represent years of steady, quality food and service. The half eaten apple represents decades of innovation. The Swoosh represents sports excellence. But every one of these logos is reprinted […]

Roundup ‚Äď World Environment News (16th October, 2017)

Gucci boss pledges to go fur-free in 2018 Marco Bizzarri, the Chief Executive of Gucci has said that the decision to go fur-free was part of a commitment to ‚Äúsustainability‚ÄĚ. Gucci’s remaining animal fur items will be sold at auction, with the proceeds going to animal rights organisations Humane Society International and LAV. Gucci will […]

6 ways for students to be Eco-friendly!

Being an environmentally-conscious student is extremely difficult because a lot of sustainable solutions to plastic/reducing waste are either too expensive or just entirely inconvenient. But a little effort into the right alternatives could make a huge difference, so here are a few solutions: Take reusable bags to the store with you to grocery shop! As […]

Roundup ‚Äď World Environment News (1st October, 2017)

EasyJet could soon be the world‚Äôs first eco-friendly airline The airline industry accounts for 1.3% of global emissions and has not been included in the Paris Agreement. This is a welcome step and among the first of it‚Äôs kind in an industry that has largely skirted the issue of emission reductions. In order to create […]

7400 tonnes of trash removed from Mumbai beaches – The heroes of the environment

Anybody who has been to the beaches of Mumbai will know what I‚Äôm talking about. Trash strewn everywhere, garbage that smells so much you forget what the sea smells like. They‚Äôre in an abysmal state and with the population of Mumbai growing everyday and more trash coming in, it looked like an apocalypse coming. However, […]

Roundup – World Environment News (15th September, 2017)

India in electric car push by 2030. China bans electric cars. A new auto policy by the government of India has an aggressive push towards moving to electric cars by the year 2030. China has also started making plans to end the sale of internal combustion engines, which could also come into effect by the […]

Why drinking tap water may not be as safe as you think

Scientists from the University of Minnesota warn that 80% of the worlds drinking water has been contaminated by plastic US ranks highest with contamination rates at 93%, India and Lebanon close second Lowest levels recorded in France, Germany and the UK at a shocking 72% 83% of the 159 water samples tested from nations around […]

Roundup ‚Äď World Environment News (31st August, 2017)

The last 15 days have been trying for the world as countries face unprecedented flooding- from Houston to Yemen to India, countries are grappling with the devastating effects of these disasters many of which are linked to climate change. Read about that and more- Hurricane Harvey: strong evidence linking it to climate change Scientists believe […]

The plastic bottle village: A story of how one man recycled 1.5 million plastic bottles

The village of Isla Col√≥n in Bocas Del Toro, Panama is very unique; while it may look utterly normal from the outside, it is the first village in the world where all the houses will be made entirely out of plastic bottles. Yes! Plastic Bottles! The architect behind this revolutionary idea is Robert Bezeua. Originally […]

Roundup ‚Äď World Environment News (15th August, 2017)

Air pollution, plastic waste and climate change continue to dominate headlines. The effect on animals is truly distressing but environmentally conscious citizens attempt to find ways to reduce waste and fight pollution. Read more below- Plastic trash is finding its way into the digestive system of wildlife The Alaskan Department of Fish and Game has […]

Roundup ‚Äď World Environment News (1st August, 2017)

Another fortnight has gone by and the fight to save the environment continues. The fight for climate change has become tougher with news that India has diverted money away from the green fund, a journey in the arctic is now easier due to melting ice caps and Al Gore‚Äôs new documentary serves as a stark […]

Roundup ‚Äď World Environment News (18th July, 2017)

Highlights from the world environment news this fortnight ‚Äď Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Australia take steps to ban plastic, HK busts largest ivory haul, France aims to ban all petrol and diesel cars, the US might come back into the Paris Accord and more. Important steps have been taken, while there is a lot more […]

A million bottles a minute: world’s plastic binge ‘as dangerous as climate change’

Combating the use of single use plastic has become as important as combating climate change. Plastic has reached all corners of the earth including remote Artic beaches with very little human population¬† and nearly 18 tonnes of plastic was recently found on one of the world‚Äôs most remote islands, an uninhabited coral atoll in the […]

Roundup – World Environment News (30th June, 2017)

Another fortnight has gone by and the fight to save the environment continues. Many important decisions and actions have been taken around the world. President Macron, Arnold Schwarzenegger have joined politicians and legal experts to launch a campaign on environmental rights to present to the UN, research shows how plastic is killing UKs beaches and […]

Roundup – World Environment News (15th June, 2017)

A lot has happened over the last fortnight with respect to the environment. Governments of various countries, including top polluters like China and India, have come together to take concrete steps to save the environment. The Paris accord continues to gain strength and traction – countries like China, India and the EU have put more […]

The everyday guidebook for sustainable development

How to go Green and yet live the normal life- The everyday¬†guidebook for sustainable development. From school till college, I have always had at least one chapter every year telling me how important sustainable development is to conserve our resources. But, no one really told us how to actually go about it. For all I […]

Endangered Species on the Verge of Extinction

An endangered species is one which is threatened by extinction. Besides biological factors, there are various human activities that lead to the endangerment and the extinction of a large number of animals. Recent estimates revealed a rate of 100 to 1,000 species lost per million per year, mostly due to human intervention in the natural […]

How plastic and global warming are destroying your child’s future

    Climate change has been¬†widely recognised as the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. Along with the old and disadvantaged, children are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. Children suffer¬†around 90%¬†of the disease burden from climate change. UNICEF argues that, although children are more vulnerable to the effects of […]

The catastrophic effect of plastic on human health and wellbeing

  Plastic has become an integral part of human lives but directly affects the interference of humans with the environment and is harmful to human health too. Plastic and its by-products such as Polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, polyester, polyethylene, etc. (that‚Äôs a lot of poly!) have no doubt made our lives and activities a whole lot […]

Plastic ban in India

In light of the recent Plastic Ban in Madhya Pradesh, it is interesting, perhaps, to note a hike in this particular area in India- the amount of plastic waste we generate; which eventually results in a series of negative consequences. The packaging of Plastic is the main plastic product worldwide (97 million tons/year ‚Äď 37% […]

Why plastic is bad

As a human species, we’ve made great strides. In the last 25 years - the size of computers has gone down from filling an entire room to the palm of our hands. That’s pretty cool. We’ve also made great strides with plastics. The laptop that I’m writing on is made of plastic, which makes it [...]