The case at the administrative court in Montreuil outside Paris was brought by a mother and daughter who argued their health had been harmed by the air in a notoriously congested area of the city.
Leaders during an ASEAN meeting over the weekend are expected to sign a "Bangkok Declaration" on fighting maritime waste -- a first of its kind. Just five Asian countries -- China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand -- dump more than half of the eight million tonnes of plastic waste that end up in oceans every year, according to a 2017 Ocean Conservancy report.
“I saw news of trash overflowing the world...sea animals dying from eating plastic...I felt I must do something,” says the 48-year-old entrepreneur, who leads an online community of more than 20,000 people seeking to practice a waste-free lifestyle.
In Japan’s Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish is not that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be “zerowaste” by 2020. The categories cover everything from pillows to toothbrushes as the town aims to recycle all its waste, sending nothing to incinerators, by next year. Items must be washed and dried to facilitate recycling.
The Group of 20 major economies were set to agree a deal on reducing marine plastic waste at a meeting in Japan Sunday where they also discussed energy security following the oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
Villages where people still defecate in open face nearly 13 times higher risk of faecal contamination of ground water as compared to open defecation free (ODF) villages, says a study by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The assessment has also found that risk of ground water contamination in Bihar is maximum at nearly 36%.
"On World Environment Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet. Living in harmony with nature is a part of the Indian ethos. India is committed to addressing climate change and bequeathing a greener, eco-friendly habitat to our children," President Kovind wrote on his Twitter handle.
Prof. John All of Western Washington University and his team of scientists spent weeks testing snow on Everest and surrounding peaks, as well as plants on the foothills. All said Tuesday after returning from the mountains that they found there was lot of pollution buried deep in the snow, and that the snow was surprisingly dark when they processed and filtered it.
Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service