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Coverage of environmental pollution since May 27, 2021.

Billionaire Irvings get help from the feds

"...However, when the company was charged with three Fisheries Act violations (reduced from 15), it was pouring improperly treated effluent into the riverway, which is home to dozens of species at risk, including Atlantic salmon. During the trial, the company failed a mandatory pollution test, which analyzed the toxicity of its effluent on rainbow trout. The company attempted to challenge the constitutionality of the test but ultimately pleaded guilty, and along with the fines, committed to invest in an environmental treatment facility for its byproducts within five years..."

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More than 230,000 microplastics could be in your holiday dinner: study

"...The university’s study explored whether meal ingredients packaged in plastic would result in more microplastic particles found in the food items..."

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Editorial: How many zeros in a net-zero carbon-emissions future?

"...That is a major mistake for clean energy advocates and public policymakers because without accurate accounting estimates in how much the transition to renewable energy is going to cost industry, government and consumers, a viable and affordable net-zero plan cannot be produced..."

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Fertilizer turning Europe's farms into massive reservoirs of microplastics

"...The sludge that is created through sewage treatment processes is rich in nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen, making it an excellent source of fertilizer for agriculture. But not all that it contains is good for the environment, with a new study demonstrating how the material acts as a vehicle for huge amounts of tiny plastic fragments to enter soils, so much so the authors suggest Europe's farms could be acting as the world's largest reservoir for microplastics pollution. Sewage sludge serves as an appealing and sustainable source of fertilizer, for both large-scale agriculture operations and home gardeners..."

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Shuswap artists raise awareness around importance of pollinators in upcoming exhibit

"...Pollinators play a key role in regulating ecosystem services supporting food production, habitats and natural resources. The volume of pollinator-dependent food crops has increased threefold over the last 50 years, making humans more dependent on pollination..."

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Air pollution may be reducing pollination abilities of bees and butterflies

"...Researchers from the University of Reading, the U. K. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the University of Birmingham found that there were up to 70 per cent fewer pollinators and up to 90 per cent fewer flower visits when common air pollutants found on ground level were present..."

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New W.H.O. Guidelines Underscore An Air Pollution Crisis

"...Combatting air pollution, therefore, will require concerted political effort. The new recommendations’ announcement comes in the weeks before Cop26 in Glasgow, where U. N..."

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Scientists in Singapore transform fruit leftovers into antibacterial bandages

"..."In Singapore, we consume about 12 million durians a year, so besides the flesh, we can't do much about the husk and the seeds and this cause environmental pollution," said Professor William Chen, director of the food science and technology program at NTU. The fruit's husks, which make up more than half of the composition of durians, are usually discarded and incinerated, contributing to environmental waste..."

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Russia: Black Sea oil spill much bigger than first thought

"...MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Wednesday opened a criminal probe into an oil spill off the country’s Black Sea coast that appeared to be far bigger than initially expected and left traces of pollution along the scenic coastline..."

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Scientists offered using methanol in power generation for electric cars

"...According to scientists, given the current level of oil and gas consumption, these sources of energy will be enough for mankind for the next 60 years. At the same time, the development of new deposits of fossil fuels leads to the degradation of production areas, including the Arctic, to the melting of permafrost and the release of colossal volumes of methane. This enhances the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion..."

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Pollutant concentration increases in the franciscana dolphin

"...The franciscana dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei) is an endemic species of the marine regions of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, and it is considered a vulnerable species according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Currently, it is considered the most threatened cetacean in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, and its population decreased due to accidental bycatches that accelerated by mid-20th century with the artisanal shark fishing to take vitamin A. Now, the future of this species is in danger due to accidental fishing --it causes between 1200 and 1800 dolphin deaths every year, mainly juvenile ones-- and the progressive degradation of the environment due to the impact of maritime transport, tourism and environmental pollution..."

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Sustainable production of biofuels from the algae-derived biomass

"...The development of algae-based biofuel would not only change environmental pollution control but also benefit producers' economic and social advancement..."

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Chironomus riparius Larval Gut Bacteriobiota and Its Potential in Microplastic Degradation

"...The characterized strains are promising candidates for the development of environmentally friendly strategies to degrade organic pollution and microplastics in freshwater ecosystems..."

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The dynamic nexus between biocapacity, renewable energy, green finance, and ecological footprint: evidence from South Asian eco

"...Against this backdrop, this study explores the impact of economic growth, biocapacity, renewable energy use, natural resource rent, agricultural value-added, green finance and information and communication technology on the ecological footprint..."

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Evaluation of water-energy-food-environment-agricultural economic growth nexus integrated approach to achieve sustainable produ

"...Therefore, this approach, due to the simultaneous integration of two concepts of sustainable development in the agricultural sector, can overcome the weakness of the WEF nexus in not paying attention to the issues of environmental pollution affected by the use of chemical inputs and the weakness of separating pollution-agricultural growth in not paying attention to the management of water and energy resources in the agricultural sector..."

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Link Between Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Consumption and Co2 Emissions: A Monte-Carlo Simulation Study

"...However, excessive use of energy sources, particularly nonrenewable energy, leads to the depletion of natural resources and significant environmental impacts..."

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Estimation of Short-Lived Climatic Pollutants (SLCPs) and Other Pollutants Generated from the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Sura

"...The various activities of solid waste management contributed to the emission of Carbon dioxide, Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulphur, Particulate Matter and Short-Lived Climatic Pollutants (SLCPs) such as Methane and Black Carbon..."

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Does the environmental protection tax reduce environmental pollution? Evidence from a quasi-natural experiment in China

"...The mechanism analysis reveals that the EPT has the tax enforcement effect and energy efficiency effect, that is, the EPT reduces pollution emissions through increasing actual tax burden and improving the efficiency of energy utilization..."

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A Review on Crumb Rubber Content in Modifying Asphalt to Save the Environment from the Solid Waste Crisis

"..., if it is burned air pollution occurs as it releases toxic gases, or if landfilled, the fertility of the soil decreases as it is a non-biodegradable waste material..."

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Biopreservation of Dairy Products Through Postbiotics

"...The world?s food security is threatened by the exponentially rising population, declining soil fertility, significant daily environmental pollution, biomagnification, and countless other obvious and obscure factors..."

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Technology of Hydrogen Production from Aluminum Scrap by Using Ultrasonic Cavitation

"...The proposed technology allows not only to produce hydrogen in a way that is safe for humans and the environment, but also to eliminate one of the many causes of environmental pollution associated with the disposal of household and industrial waste..."

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