Tag: Environment

The environmental costs of a Covid GE

The guidelines set out to ensure the safety and health of voters on Polling Day indicate that Singapore might see a huge amount of waste from one-time use plastics, just from that day alone. Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, all voters are to...

Face masks wash ashore in Sydney after Singaporean ship loses containers

Singapore—A Singaporean cargo ship is under investigation after having lost numerous containers of medical supplies and other goods. Sydney residents have reported finding surgical masks on their beaches in the past few days. Containers on the vessel APL England went overboard on Sunday (May 25)...

Citizens battle to save China’s sickly ‘mother river’

by Poornima WEERASEKARA Water has been a source of death as well as a source of life for a generation in Shenqiu, a region fed by a tributary of China's heavily polluted Yangtze river and pockmarked with notorious "cancer villages". Residents often faced a bitter choice:...

Slash emissions now or miss 1.5C goal, UN warns

by Patrick Galey with Marlowe Hood The world will miss its chance to avert climate disaster without an immediate and all-but-impossible fall in fossil fuel emissions, the UN said Tuesday in its annual assessment on greenhouse gases. The United Nations Environment Programme said that global emissions...

‘Uncharted territory’ as bushfires rage across Australia’s east

by Andrew BEATTY Australian firefighters warned they were in "uncharted territory" as they struggled to contain more than a dozen out-of-control bushfires across the east of the country on Friday. Around a hundred blazes pockmarked the New South Wales and Queensland countryside, around 17 of them...

Scores of Indian farmers arrested over polluting fires

More than 80 farmers have been arrested in northern India for starting fires that contributed to the recent pollution crisis in New Delhi and other cities, officials said Thursday. Each winter the post-harvest burning of crop stubble covers swaths of the region in toxic smog,...

Black year for European beekeepers

by Celine CORNU with Isabel MALSANG in Paris, Laurence BOUTREUX in Madrid and Mihaela RODINA in Bucharest This year has been a black one for many European beekeepers, particularly in France and Italy, where unpredictable weather has produced what are being termed the worst honey...

New Aussie law aims to help save Great Barrier Reef

Australia introduced stricter new laws to limit agricultural run-off into the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Thursday, in an attempt to save the reef and keep its prized world heritage status. The world's largest coral reef system faces multiple threats to its survival, most notably...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro fuels spat with Europe, fires soar

by Jordi Miro, with Sebastian Smith in Washington President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday that Europe has "nothing to teach" Brazil about preserving the environment, as the country aligns itself with the United States over fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. The far-right leader's comments come as...

Brazil’s army fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up

Brazil on Sunday deployed two C-130 Hercules aircraft to douse fires devouring parts of the Amazon rainforest, as hundreds of new blazes flared up and thousands protested over the destruction. Heavy smoke covered the city of Porto Velho in the northwestern state of Rondonia where...