There’s no real way to fix the plastic problem without simply producing less of it, said Nicky Davies, executive director of the Plastic Solutions Fund, a group that funds projects to end plastic pollution. “The first thing we need to do is turn off the tap.”
Burning away their future.
I've spent over a decade thinking about, studying, and speaking out against human-caused ecological negligence. That negligence takes multitudes of forms. For example, local people burn biomass such as farmers burning piles of tree branches on their land or neighbors burning piles of plants in their gardens (colloquial terms such as "bonfires", "campfires", "BBQs", etc). For the relatively ignorant and small-minded, these localized air-polluting activities may not seem like a big deal. However, humans taking part in activities that emit air pollution causes both diseases (proximate) and will ultimately cause human societies to collapse (eventually) due to the effect of climate heating (caveat. If humans don't change their air polluting behaviors - and stop doing them).
During my time of environmental activism, I've had many different ideologies of my own. I used to be more naive and believed that people only need to be informed about how air pollution causes disease and climate change. However, to inform someone about the harm caused by, for example, inhaling smoke pollution, that someone must:
1. Have the background knowledge to understand what you're talking about (e.g., chemistry, biology).
3. Care and trust what you are saying (trust the source of information. e.g., a Doctor or scientist can be a less or more trusted source of information).
Unfortunately, many people don't have the required background knowledge (e.g., scientifically illiterate) and trust the wrong sources of information such as the adverts from the businesses that are selling fuels and their associated politicians - also known as #GreenWash #disinformation or phrasing it simply, lying so as to make a profit (fraud \ corruption)
However, when speaking out against air pollution I did use to think that the response I received from people was because, in general, humanity didn't care. However, I came to realize that that idea didn't make sense (in general).
To explain why that didn't make sense I will briefly describe what air pollution is and its effects on humans and the environment. (generally) Air pollution is caused by burning the element carbon. All living organisms (Plants, Animals, Fungi, Bacteria, Viruses, etc) are carbon-based lifeforms (including humans). When carbon is burnt that chemical activity emits gasses (e.g., carbon dioxide) and carbon particles (e.g., smoke) into the air (atmosphere, generally). Whilst there are other chemicals involved during the burning process, the majority of harm is caused when humans inhale carbon particles. Once a human has inhaled, for example, smoke or traffic pollution, the carbon particles travel into the lungs and from there into the bloodstream. In a dense form, carbon particles can be seen with the unaided eye, for example, smoke, when more dispersed carbon particles can't be seen (unless viewed through a microscope. Hence the term, microscopic particles).
Once in the body, carbon particles cause damage to humans. It's a long list of diseases, however, an example of a few: cancer, asthma, dementia (i.e., brain damage), and heart attacks, strokes (cardiovascular diseases in general).
For a general overview of the medical evidence of the effects of wood smoke inhalation see the Doctors and Scientists against woodsmoke pollution website https://www.dsawsp.org/
Finding scientific evidence about how deadly is air pollution isn't difficult, but, folk generally aren't that interested in that evidence (it's not a cute cat picture or sports cars). https://www.sciencedirect.com/search?qs=air%20pollution
So, as mentioned, I once thought that the reason why, for example, people didn't respond as expected when I stated the fact that, for example, air pollution causes childhood disease or climate change, was because humans, in general, didn't care.
However, people do of course care about their own health. Therefore, something else is going on. What is the underlying psychology that makes people thoughtlessly ignore the (not pleasant) information that would improve their own health outcomes? Nobody wants cancer, asthma, heart disease, or dementia.
Air pollution causes dementia https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=air+pollution+dementia
Generally, what's going on is humans' fear, ignorance and denial are causing people to not learn how air pollution affects their health or the climate.
So, many people are thoughtless (ill-informed) regarding how the effects of how their own air-polluting activities are harming their own health and causing climate heating. Whilst there are many examples of this ecological thoughtless negligence, a trip to, for example, many #uk campsites will prove my point. There you will see many adults choosing to sit around campfires or BBQs, oblivious to the fact what they are doing is harming themselves by inhaling wood smoke pollution (although, having fun whilst doing it).
Humans have been burning wood for hundreds of thousands of years (if not longer). Evidently, many humans enjoy doing it. They enjoy the fire, the smell, the experience. However, besides air pollution causing human disease, air pollution also damages the environment. From acid rain to climate change, humans are burning away their future.
A general solution https://qoto.org/@Empiricism_Reloaded/110511036586999020
However, if humanity was choosing and focusing on the general solutions climate change would have been mitigated.
#science #evolution #psychology #pollution #climate #ClimateChange #wildfires #Smoke #FaceMasks
EPA sued over #pesticide-coated seeds’ ‘devastating impacts’ on US #wildlife
#Environmental groups’ lawsuit seeks to force tighter regulation of #neonicotinoids on seeds that #pollute soil, water and air
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jun/10/epa-pesticide-toxic-seeds-lawsuit-environment-pollution #Environment #Sustainability #Pollution
Marine biologist Uli Kunz and his fascination with the sea
#Television #OliKunz #pollution #oceans #biodiversity #diving #climatechange
“We may be able to see some haze or smell smoke [in Europe, from wildfires in the U.S. and Canada]"
What an incredible experiential reminder of the interconnectedness of the essential global ecological systems on which we all rely.
#wildfires #pollution #climatechange #climatecrisis
The smoky pall is finally thinning here tonight.
Friendly stars are, once again, seen gracing our skies,
If through human-made light pollution.
Even Polaris, invisible for too many nights,
Registers via these old eyes.
The stars endure,
Though we may not.
The air we breathe was getting better. Then climate change hit.
From Vox: "A new report finds that pollution from wildfires, heat, and drought is making it harder to improve air quality."
Tornado Quest Top Science Links For June 2 - 9, 2023 https://tornadoquest.org #science #weather #climate #pollution #environment #drought #tornado #cimatechange
"More than 50 chemicals discovered in water off Hampshire and West Sussex coasts"
https://phys.org/news/2023-06-chemicals-hampshire-west-sussex-coasts.html #UK #pollution
"University of Portsmouth and Brunel University London researchers analyzed 288 samples and have so far detected more than 50 compounds across 22 sites. These include pharmaceuticals, and recreational drugs.
The team also discovered pesticides, including simazine, propamocarb, imidacloprid, and clothianidin."
Your Guide to Understanding the East Coast Smokepocalypse
"But while the Smokepocalypse—as it’s been dubbed on the internet—clears in some places, experts say that the situation is far from over. This curated guide will arm you with everything you need to know, including how to protect yourself, your loved ones and even your car the next time you find yourself enveloped by wildfire smoke—because, yes, climate change is making that scenario more likely to occur again."
Wired: How to Check the Air Quality Near You https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-check-air-quality-index-apps/ #Tech #wired #TechNews #IT #Technology via @morganeogerbc #Gear/HowToandAdvice #Science/Environment #Science/Health #environment #DirtyBreeze #airquality #pollution #wildfires #health #how-to #advice #Gear
Peter Brookes Times cartoon: June 9, 2023
“I thought it was shut down for good. But money can buy anything, I guess.”
Despite widespread opposition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking the next step in their plans to dredge a superfund site in order to creating a docking terminal for oil tankers in the Gulf: https://www.texasobserver.org/corps-canal-project-matagorda-bay-dredging/
Reprinted from our friends at @insideclimatenews.
(📸 #Photography by Dylan Baddour)
#environment #ClimateChange #OilAndGas #Texas #GulfCoast #energy #pollution #water #Houston
Those #biodegradable #plastic bags? They’re probably no better than oil-based plastic for reducing #microplastic #pollution.
Quote: “…biodegradable plastics may be as toxic as conventional fossil fuel-based plastics and contain similar types and amounts of chemicals of concern… biodegradable plastics are reported to only break down in industrial or controlled composting conditions, and persist in marine environments for many years with close to no biodegradation.”
Europe joins fight against Canada wildfire smoke
The plan has been a top priority for Gov. Glenn Youngkin. #GlennYoungkinKillsVirginia #Virginia #Climate #Pollution
Virginia Moves Forward With Plan to Exit Carbon-Cutting Coalition as State Is Blanketed by Smoke https://www.motherjones.com/mojo-wire/2023/06/virginia-regional-greenhouse-gas-initiative-glenn-youngkin/
“Since probably June 2021, on discharge into Lavaca Bay, Formosa has violated their permit 428 times and been penalized over $10 million [for] violations.”
From the archives: Diane Wilson's efforts to force a chemical company to clean up #Texas waters are a reminder that sometimes there are battles we can win. An interview by @delger ... https://www.texasobserver.org/diane-wilson-goldman-environmental-prize-seadrift/
#environment #pollution #Plastics #water #GulfCoast #news #politics #USpol
The #CanadaFires evoke many images out of the past.
Manhattan skyline enveloped in heavy smog, May 1973 (Chester Higgins/NARA)
New York air pollution: How to protect yourself from smoke
#air #pollution #smoke #airpollution #health #NewYorkCity #wildfires #Canada
Massive #pollution incidents have ballooned in #Texas, with an almost total lack of enforcement in response. In the last 20 years, about 1 billion pounds of "excess" #emissions were released across the state, according to this investigation from @grist and #Science Friday: https://www.texasobserver.org/texas-excess-emissions/
(📸 Photo by Mark Felix/ @texastribune)
(repost with alt text)
#ClimateChange #Houston #water #environment #news #politics #USpol #AirQuality
Could checking today's Air Quality Index become as commonplace as checking the temperature?
Scientific American explains what the index measures and how to use it: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-use-the-air-quality-index/
One of the highlights for me of #OceanRace's #Aarhus stop was the opportunity to visit the legendary #Tara #science platform - and coincidentally, this week's #Nature editorial is on just how remarkable the contribution from Tara has been.
#CoralReefs #Biodiversity #Ice #Microplastics #Pollution #ClimateChange
Smoky haze blanketing U.S. and Canada could last for days as wildfires rage, winds won’t budge.
The AP has the latest: https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-canada-quebec-smoke-new-york-washington-86eb7685c5330c548fd93891fffcfd65
Deposit Return Scheme: #Scotland🏴 must defend it’s environment and it’s democracy from ongoing Tory attacks:
#CircularEconomy #Pollution #Landfill #DRS
Canadians and North American East Coasters, we here in the West (California, Oregon, Washington) know exactly what you're going through and we sympathize. Until the winds shift and move the toxic air away from your areas:
1) Keep all windows, doors, and vents closed.
2) Run indoor air filters especially near the young, old and people with breathing complications.
3) Avoid going outside but if you must, wear N95 masks. They trap the dangerous particulate that's floating in your air.
4) Please keep your pets indoors until the air clears. They're just as vulnerable to toxic air as we are.
#fire #smoke #pollution #mask #Canada #EastCoast #toxic #breathing #air
Photo of the sky from our backyard Spring 2020 (no edits or filters.)
Eastern U.S. #airquality reaches harmful levels as #Canadian #wildfires rage:
"As of mid-afternoon, #NYC had the world’s worst air quality, and federal officials briefly halted air traffic at the city’s LaGuardia airport... Hazardous particles have degraded air people breathe... In NYC and other cities, officials warned of health risks and urged vulnerable people to wear high-quality masks — such as a N95 or KN95 — if they go outside."
Gift 🎁 link:
With many U.S. states under pollution warnings, here's a look at the Air Quality Index, and how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke and other pollutants.
From Vox: https://www.vox.com/22664710/wildfires-air-quality-pollution-aqi-health-app
an excellent article about the water impact of computers & the internet: https://three.compost.digital/every-drop/ by Olu Niyi-Awosusi
#environment #ecology #pollution #tech #water #ClimateChange
From the archives: @delger catches up with the elder-statesman of #Climate advocacy, Al Gore, in #Houston, to discuss environmental #racism in the place where that term was born: https://www.texasobserver.org/al-gore-climate-reality-project-houston/
#ClimateChange #OilandGas #environment #news #politics #pollution #Texas #energy #democrats
UK no longer following EU guides on cutting safe levels of BPA plastic containers.
As a result, the safe level of BPA in plastic containers in the UK is now 20,000 times higher than in Europe. #bpa #pollution #food #eu #cancer #brexit
A description of the air quality index. Ottawa is currently reading 207.
#ForestFires #Pollution #Weather #Ottawa
An hour ago, I posted an air quality index chart for Ottawa with a reading of 192, ‘Unhealthy’.
Now it has jumped to 207, ‘Very Unhealthy’
An eerie, thick, yellow, miasmic pall has settled over the area. Take care out there.
#AirQuality #Weather #ForestFires #Pollution #Ottawa
Commente réduire son empreinte plastique ? Commencez par changer de banque suggère Manon Richert, de Zero Waste France. Beaucoup de banques financent des projets pour augmenter la production de plastique. https://vert.eco/articles/par-ou-commencer-pour-reduire-son-empreinte-plastique #plastique #pollution #biodiversite
“World bicycle day: If we all cycled like the Dutch, CO2 emissions would drop by 690 million tonnes”
#WorldBicycleDay #Bicycles #Pollution #Emissions #Netherlands #Dutch #Study
@proactivepaul This is quite misleading. Batteries can be recycled unlike petrol or diesel engines. Electric technology is advancing very quickly. And it works.
One growing aspect of electric cars is shared use. Its more affordable for those of us who can't afford a new vehicle.
The main problem with electric cars is a hostile government.
Most of the technologies being talked about by Rowan don't work yet, and may never work
If you can ditch you car, smog kills
What is it with #Conservatives and their addiction to child lung wrecking filthy fossil fuel created #pollution?
Could it be they’re duty bound to defend and promote the burning of filthy fossil fuels because their major donors are filthy fossil fuel corporations?
Can you believe it? Are these people serious?!
Killing pigs and using their fat as jet fuel?? What the --
How about this idea instead? Let's just STOP FLYING SO MUCH!!
Nationalize the airlines and shut them down. Take over the factory farms and close them for good.
Except that probably makes way too much sense. It's what any thinking person with a conscience would do.
But capitalists don't care. They don't care about killing animals or polluting the atmosphere or even bringing about the end of civilization. None of that matters to them if there's 💵 money 💵 to be made!
#Ecology #Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #Capitalism #Pollution #Vegan
The scourge of plastics, a gift to us and our environment from consumer capitalism and the fossil fuel industry.
Here's a headline at Salon...
"Significant Global Ecological Disruption"
Plastic is destroying Earth — and recycling won't help
Children in Western countries have long been taught the virtues of recycling. Because plastic products never decompose on their own, kids are instructed to dispose of them in specially-designated bins so they can be reused. The thinking is that if plastic products are continuously repurposed instead of being simply thrown away, it will lessen the plastic pollution crisis currently choking off life on this planet.
Yet a new report by Greenpeace USA reveals that recycling plastic not only fails to help the problem — it may actually make things worse. More significantly, the report reviews dozens of previous studies about plastic pollution to arrive at a sobering conclusion: If humanity does not get plastic pollution under control, the entire Earth ecosystem could be placed in grave danger.
Foremost among the report's notable statistics: Less than 9% of global plastics even wind up getting recycled, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme, indicating that the programs created to encourage plastic recycling have been minimally effective. Even if they were being more widely utilized, however, they do not offset the tons of new plastic products being created every year. Finally, there is evidence that the process through which plastics are recycled may actually make them more hazardous to humans who are subsequently exposed to them.
Graham Forbes of the Global Plastics Campaign at Greenpeace USA said: “The plastics industry — including fossil fuel, petrochemical, and consumer goods companies — continues to put forward plastic recycling as the solution to the plastic pollution crisis. But this report shows that the toxicity of plastic actually increases with recycling. Plastics have no place in a circular economy and it’s clear that the only real solution to ending plastic pollution is to massively reduce plastic production.”
Plastic production, disposal, and incineration facilities are most often located in low-income, marginalized communities across the world, which suffer from higher rates of cancer, lung disease, and adverse birth outcomes associated with their exposure to the toxic chemicals.
Dr. Therese Karlsson, Science Advisor with the International Pollutants Elimination Network, said: “Plastics are made with toxic chemicals, and these chemicals don’t simply go away when plastics are recycled. The science clearly shows that plastic recycling is a toxic endeavor with threats to our health and the environment all along the recycling stream. Simply put, plastic poisons the circular economy and our bodies, and pollutes air, water, and food."
FULL ARTICLE -- https://www.salon.com/2023/05/30/significant-global-ecological-disruption-plastic-is-destroying-earth--and-recycling-wont-help/
SEE ALSO -- https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/new-greenpeace-report-calls-out-toxic-hazards-of-recycled-plastic-as-global-plastics-treaty-negotiations-resume-in-paris/
#Ecology #Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #Capitalism #Plastic #Pollution
Every minute, the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic waste is dumped into our oceans.
EVERY! SINGLE! MINUTE!
All in the name of “growth” and “progress.”
See -- https://www.unep.org/plastic-pollution
#Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #Capitalism #Plastic #Pollution
The number of flying insects have decreased by 76% in only 27 years in protected areas.
This declining number will not just harm wildlife but also food production 🐝 🐝
Pollinators like bees are crucial to our biodiversity!
#environment #EndFossilCrimes #ClimateCrisis #Science #warming #Nature #climate #ClimateEmergency #climatecrisis #wildlife #ClimateAction #photo #photography #GlobalWarming #pollution #mangrove #news #biodiversity #earth
This is so disgusting. It's like a bad dream I can't wake up from...
Diplomats from 175 countries gathering in Paris for plastics treaty talks on Monday may want to pack an umbrella, but not just because there's a chance of rain.
France's capital will also be showered during the five-day talks by billions of microplastic particles falling from the sky, according to the first-ever plastics pollution weather forecast.
French scientists have found that most plastic particles falling across Paris' catchment area are nylon and polyester, probably from clothing. Other bits are cast off by tires, which shed them especially when vehicles brake.
Over an entire year, up to 10 metric tons of microplastic fibers settle over the Paris area, scientists estimate.
The density of "plastic fall" can increase by an order of magnitude during heavy rain.
Measurements taken by other teams have replicated these findings in half a dozen cities around the world.
Microplastics that hit the ground can still be ingested or inhaled when stirred up, for example, on a windy day.
Plus, it's not only humans and human cities being polluted and poisoned this way...
The equivalent of a garbage truck's worth of plastic refuse is dumped into the ocean every minute.
"Plastic particles break down into the environment and this toxic cocktail ends up in our bodies, where it does unimaginable damage to our health," said Marcus Gover, head of plastics research at the Minderoo Foundation based in Perth, Australia.
Concern over the impact of plastics on the environment and human well-being has surged in recent years along with a crescendo of research documenting its omnipresence and persistence.
In nature, multi-colored microplastics — by definition less than five millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter — have been found in ice near the North Pole and inside fish navigating the oceans' deepest, darkest recesses.
Plastic debris is estimated to kill more than a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year, according to the United Nations Environment Program, and filter-feeding blue whales consume up to 10 million pieces of microplastic every day.
In humans, microscopic bits of plastic have been detected in blood, breast milk, and placentas.
Gah. It's utterly horrifying what industry has done in the name of "growth" and "progress." Yet still we carry on with Business As Usual, week after week, year after year.
FULL ARTICLE -- https://phys.org/news/2023-05-weather-cloudy-showers-plastic.html
#Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #Capitalism #Plastic #Pollution
Residents in western Tokyo have been testing themselves to measure their exposure to PFAS, often referred to as "forever chemicals," with results showing levels of the chemicals that could bring long-term health risks. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/05/28/national/japan-pfas-risks-growing-awareness/?utm_content=buffer3c21a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #news #japan #tokyo #pollution #chemicals #yokotaairbase #pfas #environment
#water.... the major issue of the new millennium:
in the UK we have a problem of #pollution compounded by leaks & dilapidated #infrastructure;
In southern #Europe the persistent #drought, caused by #climatechange & again compounded by leaks is about shortages of water;
periodically, across the world, suddenly there is too much water & #flooding ensues....
We need answers to these issue if we are to survive & let me tell you #privatised water provision is not going to deliver anything useful
Headline at the Guardian:
"Is it too late to halt deep-sea mining? Meet the activists trying to save the seabed"
If mining companies are given the go-ahead to exploit the ocean depths, the environmental cost will be devastating.
Miners hope to drill into hydrothermal vents (those iconic deep-sea chimneys), and also extract metals from mountains protruding from the seabed. Most commonly explored, however, and likely to be the first mining undertaken, are what’s known as polymetallic nodules: lumps of metals and minerals mixed with all sorts of sediment, which sit on the ocean floor.
This mining will see hordes of large mining machines moving along the seafloor like bulldozing combine harvesters, scooping up nodules and whatever else is in their path.
“Everything around them will be disturbed,” says Dr Diva Amon, a deep-sea biologist. “The top 10cm for certain, home to the majority of life on the seafloor. That means huge amounts of habitat and animals will be lost.” Out the back, water, sediment and shredded wildlife will be pumped out, wreaking havoc. Everything else collected will be pumped through a network of pipes up to a ship on the surface. “Here the nodules will be separated from other materials like water, sediment, and likely crumbled pieces of metal that will be spewed out into the ocean as waste.”
#Ocean #Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #Pollution #Capitalism
The Plastic Crisis Finally Gets Emergency Status.
Plastic pollution costs the world up to $600 billion a year. A new UN report provides a road map for drastic action.
#plastic #pollution #climate #climatechange
A distressing headline at Grist:
"Plastic Bottles Harm Human Health at Every Stage of Their Life Cycle"
In 1973, a DuPont engineer named Nathaniel Wyeth patented the PET plastic bottle. Since then, production has skyrocketed to more than half a trillion bottles per year, driven by beverage companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé.
It’s no secret that most of these PET bottles, named for the polyethylene terephthalate plastic they’re made of, are never recycled. Many end up on beaches or in waterways, where they degrade into unsightly plastic shards and fragments that threaten marine life. But blighted beaches are only the tip of the iceberg. According to a new report, PET plastic bottles cause hazardous chemical pollution at every stage of their life cycle.
Although industry trade groups like to advertise PET as “100% recyclable,” the reality is that 70% of bottles are never collected for recycling. Instead, they’re dumped, sent to landfills, or incinerated, causing air pollution that disproportionately affects low-income communities and communities of color. Of the remaining 30%, estimates are that only one-third are turned into new bottles; the rest are either wasted during the recycling process or “downcycled” into lower-quality plastic products like carpeting.
With global plastic waste generation expected to triple by 2060, experts say recycling infrastructure is unlikely to keep pace. Recent research also shows the recycling process may unintentionally incorporate toxic chemicals into recycled toys, kitchen utensils, and other products, potentially putting consumers at risk.
FULL ARTICLE -- https://grist.org/accountability/plastic-bottles-harm-human-health-at-every-stage-of-their-life-cycle/
Interesting article about using natural dying as a tool for data analysis.
#dye #natural #data #analysis #water #pollution https://themarkup.org/hello-world/2023/05/13/the-color-of-data