Tag: Pollution

Heïdi Sevestre, the voice of the glaciers
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Heïdi Sevestre, the voice of the glaciers

There is something disconcerting about her. Heïdi Sevestre spends most of his time seeing the devastating effects of global warming on glaciers and warning the world of the danger he is running. Yet she is also one of those who almost always displays a fresh and radiant smile. When asked for her secret, the scientist naturally answers: “I'm fortunate enough to be deeply passionate about what I do, so I cultivate it. If I lose my faith, who will fight for our future? "At 33, this specialist in glaciology has just completed an unprecedented mission in the Svalbard archipelago, in Norway: the first “zero carbon” scientific expedition. Loaded with a sled weighing about twenty kilos and equipped with touring skis, she traveled, with three colleagues, the main island of Sp...
Corsica: oil residues recovered by firefighters on a beach on the east coast
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Corsica: oil residues recovered by firefighters on a beach on the east coast

Hydrocarbon residues were discovered on a beach on the east coast of Corsica after the probable wild degassing of a ship, the Corsican prefecture said.Access to the beach, located on the edge of the Solenzara seaside resort, was blocked by the gendarmes on Monday June 14, as was that of the neighboring campsite. A tractor then filtered the residue remaining on the sand, noted an AFP photographer.→ READ Corsica: on the track of the ship causing the pollution"The tailings are distributed over approximately 500 meters long and 50 centimeters wide in a discontinuous manner", specified the prefecture, adding that means were deployed to collect these remains of oil.The gendarmes and firefighters must carry out reconnaissance on land to identify "Any other areas of grounding or ...
Corsica: oil pollution is moving away from the coasts
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Corsica: oil pollution is moving away from the coasts

Will the Corsican coast finally be spared? Oil pollution at sea, presumably due to the illegal degassing of a ship, which threatened the east coast of Corsica on Saturday 12 June, has receded offshore.“We are more reassured at this stage because the drift keeps the pollution away from the coast. We have very fragmented pollution which is now about ten kilometers offshore ”, indicated on Saturday evening the frigate captain Christine Ribbe, spokesperson for the maritime prefecture of the Mediterranean. "But we must remain very careful, because the situation can change depending on the drift and the currents".Significant resources still deployedSpotted Friday during a military air exercise off Solenzara, in the east of the Mediterranean island, the oil pollution - black li...
Corsica: what do we know about the pollution that threatens the coasts?
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Corsica: what do we know about the pollution that threatens the coasts?

A black furrow in the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Heavy oil slicks were found in eastern Corsica on Friday. This Saturday they are dangerously close to the shores of the tourist sector of Aleria-Solenzara. The first aquifer is now 800 meters from the coast in the area of ​​Aleria, while the second off the municipality of Solenzara, is 3.5 kilometers, according to the prefecture of Haute-Corse.► Where does this pollution that threatens the Corsican coasts come from?The pollution spotted on Friday during a military air exercise off Solenzara, "Probably results from degassing" illegal ship in the Mediterranean, indicates the maritime prefecture. This process, prohibited at sea, consists for a ship in ridding its fuel tanks of the gases which remain there when they ar...
Corsica: two oil slicks detected 10 km from the coast
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Corsica: two oil slicks detected 10 km from the coast

The east coast of Corsica is threatened by hydrocarbons. The prefect of Haute-Corse announced on Saturday, June 12, that he has activated the Polmar-Terre plan dedicated to coastal protection while two heavy oil slicks drift about 10 km from the coast, in the Aleria-Solenzara sector.→ EXPLANATION. Corsica: what do we know about the pollution that threatens the coasts?This pollution is divided into two layers over a length of about 19 nautical miles (about 35 kilometers), said the maritime prefecture of the Mediterranean in a press release. It " probably results from degassing but the size and nature of the products do not allow a natural dilution to be expected and require the use of specific antipollution units and equipment », She explains.The prefect of Haute-Corse c...
World Environment Day: a decade to “restore ecosystems”
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World Environment Day: a decade to “restore ecosystems”

« The environmental consequences are unimaginable. It's a disaster ”Says Mudith Katuwala, Coordinator of the Sri Lankan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Pearls Protectors, specializing in the defense of the seabed.→ ANALYSIS. Cargo fire: in Sri Lanka, the prospect of an environmental disasterOff the capital Colombo, the container ship MV X-Press Pearl partially sank on Wednesday, June 3. Tons of plastic granules have already been spilled on a huge strip of the coast, in the southwest of the island. The ship was carrying a heavy cargo of chemicals as well as nearly 350 tonnes of oil in its tanks, which could spill into the Indian Ocean.An environmental disaster aggravated by the pandemicAlready weakened by the health crisis, Sri Lanka finds itself very isolated. " ...
In Sri Lanka, container ship MV X-Press Pearl threatens to sink
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In Sri Lanka, container ship MV X-Press Pearl threatens to sink

The fire-damaged MV X-Press Pearl container ship off Colombo is at risk of sinking while being towed away from the shores of Colombo, the Sri Lanka Navy said."The salvage company (Smit) involved in the #XPressPearl operation indicated that the vessel was sinking where it is now", tweeted Fisheries Minister Kanchana Wijesekera.→ EXPLANATION. Fire of a cargo ship in Sri Lanka: after the environmental disaster, the time for the investigationSri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had ordered the ship to be moved to minimize potential damage to the island's coasts. Emergency measures have been put in place to protect the Negombo lagoon, Sri Lanka's tourist hotspot, and the surrounding areas in order to limit the damage caused by possible debris or in the event of an oil spil...
Plants that capture CO2, for gardening while thinking of the planet!
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Plants that capture CO2, for gardening while thinking of the planet!

To reduce the concentration of CO2, which is harmful to the environment, focus on 3 plants that are easy to grow, depending on the space you have.► Ivy, always ivyFor gardens, balconies and planters, it is second to none. We often talk about it in these columns, to advise it, sometimes even to defend it when some find it formidable. Here are some of its qualities never mentioned here: it plays a protective role towards other plants, in the face of variations in temperature and humidity. Many buildings are covered with it, to promote insulation and allow good temperature regulation. In cities, it fights against pollution by absorbing particles, such as heavy metals in the air.In the garden, in ground cover or climbing, it is true that it quickly gains ground, leaving li...
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Microplastics Are Now Spiralling Around The Globe in The Air We Breathe

Our plastic pollution problem has become so bad that microplastics are now embedded in the regular cycles of the atmosphere, circulating around the planet like oxygen or water, according to a new study.  Plastic particles sent up into the air from ocean spray and road surfaces travel across continents and reaching the most remote spots on Earth, according to a mix of sampling and modeling done by researchers.Much of this plastic appears to have been circulating through our ecosystems for a long time – highlighting just how much of a massive clean up operation we've got on our hands if we're to reverse the plastic tide."We found a lot of legacy plastic pollution everywhere we looked," says geological scientist Janice Brahney from Utah State University. "It travels in the atmosphere and it ...
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Our Pandemic Trash Is Killing Wildlife on a Devastating Scale, Scientists Warn

Early into the pandemic it became clear that something was wrong: the first signs of a tangential and potentially deadly threat emerging in the wake of COVID-19.It was an old problem, in truth, but one given fresh potency as humans scrambled to protect themselves from the coronavirus. As production of single-use face masks and other disposable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like medical gloves exploded, so too did their presence in the environment.  That presence is one that ensnares and ultimately extinguishes wildlife, scientists report in a new study documenting the deadly effects of 'COVID-19 litter' on animals in their natural habitat."PPE litter, also referred to as COVID-19 litter, mainly consists of single-use (usually latex) gloves and single-use face masks, consisting of ru...