Category: Pollution

The Search for Clean Air Amid Australia’s Smoky Fires

 

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An example of the planet, the best of possible worlds the LNP government has been leading us into this century. (ODT)

The AQI hit 4,650 on New Year’s Day in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. That was the day that fires chased us home from the beach. When we got to our house, I stuffed paper towels in the crevices of the doors, but it was wasn’t enough. That night, I didn’t sleep. It was sweltering. And every breath tasted like sticky tar.

The Search for Clean Air Amid Australia’s Smoky Fires

Millions of plastic pieces choking Port Phillip Bay

An estimated 800 million bits of rubbish are flowing into Port Phillip Bay annually from just two rivers, painting an alarming picture of pollution on Melbourne’s much-loved coastline.

The figure emerged from a submission to the state government by the Port Phillip EcoCentre environment group, which estimated the amount of mostly plastic litter flooding into the bay and posing a threat to marine life.

via Millions of plastic pieces choking Port Phillip Bay

‘Toxicity a relative thing’: Worst industrial chemical disasters in human history — RT News

An explosion rocked the Arkema plant in Texas once again Friday due to degrading chemicals as a result of Hurricane Harvey. RT looks back at history’s worst industrial chemical disasters, following the plant CEO’s comments that “toxicity is a relative thing.”

Source: ‘Toxicity a relative thing’: Worst industrial chemical disasters in human history — RT News

Fla. Nuke Plant Leaking Radioactive Contamination into Biscayne Bay | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Radioactive contamination linked to the Miami-area Turkey Point nuclear power plant is entering Biscayne Bay, a new study (pdf) shows.

Source: Fla. Nuke Plant Leaking Radioactive Contamination into Biscayne Bay | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

The Amount of Plastic in the Ocean Could Outweigh Fish by 2050 | VICE News

With the plummeting price of oil, the cost of the raw petrochemicals that go into plastics is lower than using recycled materials — and conservationists worry that offers little hope for a let up in the amount of plastic entering the world’s oceans.

Source: The Amount of Plastic in the Ocean Could Outweigh Fish by 2050 | VICE News