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Famed Belgian statue wasted 1,000 to 2,500 litres of fresh clean drinking water each day

For four centuries the celebrated Manneken Pis – the “peeing boy” in the local Dutch dialect – has embodied the laissez-faire culture of the Belgians.

But, to the surprise of officials in the city of Brussels, it has emerged that the bronze statue had been weeing fresh clean drinking water – some 1,000 to 2,500 litres of it a day, sufficient for the use of 10 households – directly into the city’s sewers.
Manneken Pis no longer peeing water down the drain
#Belgium #Europe #Worldnews #Water #Environment #Sculpture
 
Found a nice simulation environment called BOOLR, you can find a copy of it here: boolr.me #simulation #environment
 
After dramatic rescues, some 900 people still on board as the cruise ship reaches Molde port on Norway's west coast. #Europe #Norway #Environment #Weather
 

Alabama ranked fifth in environmental protection


(The article also includes a map in which you can check how many toxic wastes your state omits in favour of your decreasing wealth. Just in case you're curious to see.)
Alabama had the fifth highest volume of toxic releases into waterways in 2017 with 11.2 million pounds, and the fifth most toxic substances released into the air with 27.1 million pounds.

Just in case you thought that this high ranking was good. It isn't.

The analysis was published this month in the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory, a massive collection of legal pollution reports filed with the agency from more than 21,000 industrial facilities across the country. The reports lay out how much of certain chemicals are emitted to the air, land and water from manufacturing operations, electric utilities, as well as facilities like hazardous materials landfills that accept certain toxic substances.

However, take away land releases, which include the heavy mining waste, and Alabama and other southeastern states be... show more
 

Dead whale washed up in Philippines had 40kg of #plastic bags in its stomach | #Environment


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/18/dead-whale-washed-up-in-philippines-had-40kg-of-plastic-bags-in-its-stomach

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Several vessels and helicopters take part in the rescue, as facilities to receive passengers are set up on land. #Norway #Europe #Environment #Weather
 

Dead whale washed up in Philippines had 40kg of #plastic bags in its stomach | #Environment


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/18/dead-whale-washed-up-in-philippines-had-40kg-of-plastic-bags-in-its-stomach

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More than 200 million people in US are at risk for some kind of flooding in the coming weeks, forecasters say. #Weather #Environment #US&Canada #UnitedStates
 
From Kenyan water women, to Iran's drought crisis and a polluted paradise: our picks for World Water Day, and every day. #Water #HumanRights #Environment #UnitedNations #Kenya #Jordan #GlobalWarming #ClimateSOS #Poverty&Development #NewZealand #Women
 

Death Valley now hosts first sea ever


“It was breathtaking! In between shooting photographs, we always steal a few seconds for ourselves and take some deep breaths out there, allowing the scene to wash over us in all its ephemeral beauty,” Elliot McGucken told AccuWeather over the phone.

“I kept planning and canceling [trips to Death Valley], but I know that as time goes on you get less and less chance for rain as you get into summer, so I figured I better go now, so I did. I was really lucky,” McGucken told AccuWeather.

“I kept planning and canceling [trips to Death Valley], but I know that as time goes on you get less and less chance for rain as you get into summer, so I figured I better go now, so I did. I was really lucky,” McGucken told AccuWeather.
#DeathValley #Desert #... show more
 

As air pollution gets worse, a dystopian accessory is born - Will we all soon be wearing face masks like we wear sunglasses?


The global future of air quality doesn’t look so good. As humanity continues to make little progress fighting climate change, fires are expected to get more frequent. And in some cases, like in California, that new pollution is erasing decades of improving air quality.

The American Lung Association estimates that 133.9 million people in the United States are exposed to unhealthy air conditions every year. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.2 million people die every year from exposure to air pollution. A recent report from IQAir, a group that surveys air pollution worldwide, highlighted the cities with the worst pollution, many of which were located in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Most of this air pollution comes from industry and other emissions.

Enter the face mask, an accessory ripe for the market in these dystopian times. People who live in desert areas have long known to cover their mouths and protect their l... show more
 
As air pollution gets worse, a dystopian accessory is born - Will we all soon be wearing face masks like we wear sunglasses?

The global future of air quality doesn’t look so good. As humanity continues to make little progress fighting climate change, fires are expected to get more frequent. And in some cases, like in California, that new pollution is erasing decades of improving air quality.

The American Lung Association estimates that 133.9 million people in the United States are exposed to unhealthy air conditions every year. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.2 million people die every year from exposure to air pollution. A recent report from IQAir, a group that surveys air pollution worldwide, highlighted the cities with the worst pollution, many of which were located in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Most of this air pollution comes from industry and other emissions.

Enter the face mask, an accessory ripe for the market in these dystopian times. People who live in desert areas have long known to cover their mouths and pro... show more
 
Southern California's hillsides have put on their most gorgeous garment, a robe composed of countless golden poppies. #US&Canada #UnitedStates #Environment
 
The number of people killed when cyclone Idai hit Mozambique has doubled and is expected to rise further. #Africa #Mozambique #Environment
 
This #US city has banned restaurants from throwing away food waste wef.ch/2ys4Ehw #environment
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After Mozambique, the cyclone battered neighbouring Zimbabwe, cutting off the eastern district of Chimanimani. #Zimbabwe #Africa #Environment #Cyclone
 

Scrubbing in the #kitchen


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Years ago I gave up "kitchen #sponges" because they are made from petrochemicals.

Instead I use a plain washcloth which can go straight into the washing machine with my other towels.

This way I'm not buying stuff just to throw away - especially not for the profit of the oil industry!


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For tougher #scrubbing jobs, I have an even more effective and #ecofriendly solution - #LEMONS.

When you're done with a #lemon, save the #peel. Use the tough outer rind along with a spoonful of #bakingsoda to #scrub your tougher #pots and #pans.

You get exactly the #scouring action that you need to get stuff #clean without damaging your #cookware. Plus it smells absolutely great!

And when you're done with the #lemonpeel, simply toss into the #compost (or if you're like me and you haven't tried compost yet, just toss into your sink's built-in garbage disposal or your regular trash).

Try these scrubbing alternatives for a week, and see if you can ditch polyester sponges forever!


#plasticfree #noplastic #zerowaste #sustainability #environment
 
Almost 160 injured and dozens reported missing after heavy rain wreaks havoc in eastern Papua province. #Indonesia #AsiaPacific #Weather #Environment
 

The 12 Signs That Show We're in The Middle of a 6th Mass Extinction


Here are 12 signs that the planet is in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, and why human activity is primarily to blame.

#6thMassExtinction #environment #climatechange

https://www.sciencealert.com/these-12-signs-show-we-re-in-the-middle-of-a-6th-mass-extinction?
 

40 kilogram of plastic bags found in dead whale's stomach


“The most plastic we have ever seen in a whale. It’s disgusting,” Darrell Blatchley, a Davao City-based American marine biologist and President of D’ Bone Collector Museum Inc., posted on his Facebook page as the “final cause of death.”

Released on Saturday evening, the result of the necropsy, conducted by Blatchley and Dr. Elaine Vera Belvis of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Fishery Management Regulatory and Enforcement Division showed “all stomach compartments were full of foreign materials such as plastics of varying sizes and shapes, sacks, among others.”

On February 13, 2019, a dead a pygmy sperm whale was found in Panacan, this city. Condom and plastic wastes were recovered from its stomach. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MIndaNews)
#Environment #wildlife #MaritimeAnimals #News #Environmentalism #PlasticWaste #Toxic #EarthsDestruction #Whale #Cetacean #SpermWhale
40 kilos of plastic bags recovered from dead whale’s stomach
 

US, SA and Brazil derail UN resolution to regulate geo-engineering


Switzerland and nine other nations originally asked the U.N. Environment Programme for guidance on possible future governance options and analysis of the implications of geoengineering, but they agreed to substantially reduce the scope of their resolution in hopes that the United States, Saudi Arabia and Brazil would allow it to move forward.

Besides Switzerland, the motion was backed by Burkina Faso, Micronesia, Georgia, Liechtenstein, Mali, Mexico, Montenegro, New Zealand, Niger and Senegal. Other parties, including some European nations and Bolivia, argued for even stronger language for using caution in approaching geoengineering. None of them opposed the final resolution.

“It seems to me inconsistent to say, on the one hand, that global warming is the biggest problem that humanity faces, and then go on to say, on the other hand, but we shouldn’t even do research on SRM because it may pose risks,” he said. “Either climate change is the biggest ... show more
 

Floods cause Midwestern emergency


“Many residents and communities across our state have been responding to flooding that has impacted homes, businesses, and cities and towns across Wisconsin," Evers said in a statement. "The warm temperatures and rain the last few days have caused much of the heavy snowpack and ice to melt resulting in flooding, ice jams, and rivers and creeks to rise."
#US #USA #Floods# NaturalCatastrophe #NaturalHazard #News #Trump #DonaldTrump #Nebraska #Midwest #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #Environment #Environmentalism
 

How the "War on the EPA" Was Waged | FRONTLINE


If you care about what the hell went wrong and how to prevent it in the future, this will be worth your time to watch. PBS is giving up those monsters game.

"This Was a Hostile Takeover"


https://www.youtube.com/embed/diys0b8h9rQ
#Environment #EPA #BigOil #Corporatocracy #Climate #Pollution
 

Norwegian lawmakers nominate adolescent climate activist Greta Thunberg for Nobel peace prize


"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees," Norwegian Socialist Left MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP.

Three MPs for the opposition Socialist Left nominated Thunberg for the prize before the 31 January deadline, Ovstegard said, meaning her nomination is valid for the 2019 prize which will be announced on 11 October.

According to the Nobel Institute, 304 individuals and organisations have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
#Norway #Thunberg #GretaThunberg #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #News #Politics #Environment #Environmentalism #ClimateActivism #NobelPrize #NobelPeacePrize

Teen climate campaigner Greta Thunberg (16) nominated for Nobel Peace PrizeThe Swedish schoolgirl climate campaigner has inspired worldwide protests, striking a chord with younger people disillusioned by the slow progress of the adult world in halting climate change.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General demands a year of transformative solution in regards to climate policies


Addressing the main topic of the Assembly – the need to shift to sustainable forms of consumption and production – the deputy UN chief reminded the audience that we are all living with negative consequences of the current “Take, Make and Dispose” global economic model.

The Deputy Secretary-General gave specific examples showing how governments, the private sector and civil society are making a positive change. She noted that several large hotel chains are committed to reducing water consumption and waste by 50%; countries including India and Costa Rica are committed to eliminating single-use plastics; and she cited a project in the Kiribati Islands, which is providing families with a unique hydroponic system to make food without soil.
#UN #UnitedNations #... show more
 

Trump's pick for World Bank chair safe to become new chairman


David Malpass, the U.S. Treasury’s undersecretary for international affairs, will interview with the World Bank’s executive directors in the coming days, the bank said in a statement.

Malpass, a Drumpf loyalist and former campaign adviser, has raised some concerns that he will use the bank to further Drumpf’s controversial “America First” agenda.

The other nations should have sent opposers as well, to actually raise some competition for this chair. Without it, a Trump loyalist is going to occupy the seat for the next few years, if not the ongoing decades.

Pledging to stay the course on climate change goals will likely win support for Malpass from board members, said Scott Morris, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a former Treasury official.
#Trump #D... show more
 

Frankreich droht Ölpest nach Havarie italienischen Öltankers in der Briskaya


Im Einsatz sind Aufklärungsflugzeuge sowie ein Spezialschiff gegen Umweltverschmutzung, wie das Umweltministerium zuvor mitgeteilt hatte. Die Behörden fürchten eine Ölverschmutzung an den beliebten Stränden der Atlantikküste wenige Wochen vor den Osterferien.

Das Schiff hatte Gefahrgut an Bord. Der Inhalt von 45 Containern wurde von der Meerespräfektur als gefährlich eingestuft. Außerdem hatte die "Grande America" rund 2200 Tonnen Schweröl an Bord, wie der Sender Franceinfo berichtete. Das 214 Meter lange Schiff, das auch rund 2000 Fahrzeuge transportierte, hatte zuletzt starke Schlagseite bekommen. Die 27 Menschen an Bord wurden von einem britischen Kriegsschiff gerettet. Das Frachtschiff war von Hamburg auf dem Weg nach Casablanca in Marokko.
#Havarie #... show more
 
Facing a dilemma, Kenya's government displaces thousands of people, as it moves to protect East Africa's largest indigenous mountain forest. #Africa #Kenya #Environment
 
Students across the US plan to walk out of school in support of Green New Deal and broader international mobilisation. #UnitedStates #ClimateSOS #Environment #US&Canada #GlobalWarming
 
Volunteers teach people how to behave with elephants used to migrating through forest that now hosts refugee camps. #Bangladesh #Rohingya #Myanmar #Refugees #Environment #UNHCR
 

Coke Company confeeses to produce more than 3.3 million tonnes of plastic garbage


The figures – which the company has refused in the past to disclose – reveal the amount of plastic packaging Coca-Cola produced in 2017. The company did not reveal the scale of its bottle production but when its packaging footprint is translated into 500ml PET plastic bottles, it amounts to about 108bn bottles a year, more than a fifth of the world’s PET bottle output of about 500bn bottles a year.

“We applaud the companies that are publishing this data and encourage all companies that make and use plastics to disclose their plastics footprint.”

“Ambition levels must continue to rise to make real strides in addressing global plastic pollution by 2025, and moving from commitment to action is crucial.”
#Economy #Economics #Environment #Environmentalism #News #Politics #FreeMarket #Capitalism #Corporatism #CaptialismKills #Waste #Garbage #Plastic #Wildlife #CocaCola #CokeCompany #Nestlé
Coca-Cola Admits It Produces 3 Million Tonnes Of Plastic Packaging A Year
 
About 500 people, many of them children, received medical treatment after inhaling the fumes from dumped toxic waste. #Malaysia #Environment #Health #AsiaPacific
 
Pollution in Asia's fourth-largest economy has been up by factors like coal power generation and vehicle emissions. #Environment #SouthKorea #AsiaPacific
 

On the death of my family's dairy farm · Abe Voelker


#politics #environment

The bane of industrialisation and globalisation.
 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D - NYC) questions Wells Fargo executives about their involvement in ICE detention centres


You can hear this confrontation on the C-SPAN recordings. I heard about it on Twitter, but this one works as well. Just check it out when you are interested.
She also questions Wells-Fargo's involvement in the construction of the Dakota Pipeline, crossing the Standing Rock area, if I understood her and remember correctly.
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #... show more
 
Scientists estimate pollution caused 8.8 million extra deaths in 2015, more than about seven million caused by smoking. #Pollution #Environment #Health #Europe
 


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There is no planet B!


Make the world #GRETA again!
Everyone of you can be a little #GRETA!
Don’t stop fighting for our favorite planet!

March 15 - Just make a sign and go protest!


https://fridaysforfuture.org
#fridaysForFuture #Protest #SchoolStrike #Students #Climate #ClimateChange #Politics #Demo #GretThunberg #environment #resistance #school #youth
 
Does anyone have any good links on #queer perspectives on #ClimateChange? Nothing thick with queer or feminist theory, please, I mean on a more practical level how can queer experience or activism play a role in fighting climate change. Hard for me to think of a good example, but perhaps something like survival strategies from previous attempts at extinction which can inform activism, politics or social change? Or different perspectives on social organisation (families and children)? Thanks.
#LGBT #LGBTQ #environment
 

Anthropocene doesn't exist and species of the future will not recognise it.


#anthropocene, #future, #environment, #MassExtinction, #DeepTime
English – The Conversation - 2019-03-11 14:56:24 GMT

Anthropocene doesn't exist and species of the future will not recognise it



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Norway's Insanely Efficient Scheme Recycles 97% of All Plastic Bottles They Use


When it comes to #recycling #plastic waste, #Norway is ahead the pack. In fact, the Scandinavian nation has virtually lapped the rest of the world.

Through an organisation called #Infinitum, Norway has created one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly ways of recycling plastic bottles, and the results are so impressive that many nations are following suit.

According to The Guardian, the scheme has allowed Norway to recycle 97 percent of all its plastic bottles, with less than one percent ending up in... show more
 

How Greta Thunberg’s Lone #ClimateStrike Became a #Global Movement – Rolling Stone


https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/greta-thunberg-fridays-for-future-climate-change-800675/

#climatechange #environment #future
How Greta Thunberg’s Lone Strike Against Climate Change Became a Global Movement
 
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