Environment

Plastic waste washes up on Australia’s distant shores, rings change at the checkout

Plastic waste washes up on Australia's distant shores, rings change at the checkout

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - On the palm-fringed beaches of Christmas Island, a speck of land in the Indian Ocean between Australia and Indonesia, plastic waste is piling up on the white sand and killing marine life. Debris and plastic litter found by Tangaroa Blue, an Australian Marine debris initiative, on Christmas Island, Australia in this undated…
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Fresh quakes hit Hawaii after Kilauea volcano erupts

Fresh quakes hit Hawaii after Kilauea volcano erupts

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A series of fresh earthquakes on Friday, including a powerful magnitude 6.9, hit Hawaii's Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing fountains of lava into residential areas and forcing hundreds to evacuate. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the strongest tremor at 12:32 p.m. (2332 GMT) measured 6.9, a magnitude capable of causing…
9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air: WHO

9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air: WHO

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Nine out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants, shows new data from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution, says a WHO release issued in Geneva today. It says, air…
Scientists to publish first-ever land health report

Scientists to publish first-ever land health report

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Scientists will publish the first-ever analysis today of the global state of land and its ability to sustain a fast-growing human population that relies on it for 95 percent of all food. The diagnosis is likely to be dire, providing a comprehensive overview of what other reports have already warned: unsustainable farming, mining, factory production,…
9 ways to save yourself from lightning strikes

9 ways to save yourself from lightning strikes

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Measures taken timely can save many lives during a lightning storm. But it is very tough to recall the tips in the face of trouble therefore we need to drill ourselves to get familiar to these measures.    Amid tragic incidents of deaths in this monsoon's thunderstorms, the Met office has recently come up with…