Environment – June 2019

America and the world are watching a rapid deterioration of the progress made since the creation of the EPA in 1970 by Richard Nixon. The 21st century has witnessed a series of defeats outside the 8 years of President Obama.

Here’s a collection of recent articles on the plight of the environment.

2 thoughts on “Environment – June 2019

  1. Photograph lays bare reality of melting Greenland sea ice

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    Research teams traversing partially melted fjord to retrieve weather equipment release startling picture

    Rapidly melting sea ice in Greenland has presented an unusual hazard for research teams retrieving their oceanographic moorings and weather station equipment.

    A photo, taken by Steffen Olsen from the Centre for Ocean and Ice at the Danish Meteorological Institute on 13 June, showed sled dogs wading through water ankle-deep on top of a melting ice sheet in the country’s north-west. In the startling image, it seems as though the dogs are walking on water.

    The photo, taken in the Inglefield Bredning fjord, depicted water on top of what Olsen said was an ice sheet 1.2 metres thick.

    His colleague at the institute, Rasmus Tonboe, tweeted that the “rapid melt and sea ice with low permeability and few cracks leaves the melt water on top”.

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  2. Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America’s dirty secret

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    A Guardian report from 11 countries tracks how US waste makes its way across the world – and overwhelms the poorest nations

    What happens to your plastic after you drop it in a recycling bin?

    According to promotional materials from America’s plastics industry, it is whisked off to a factory where it is seamlessly transformed into something new.

    This is not the experience of Nguyễn Thị Hồng Thắm, a 60-year-old Vietnamese mother of seven, living amid piles of grimy American plastic on the outskirts of Hanoi. Outside her home, the sun beats down on a Cheetos bag; aisle markers from a Walmart store; and a plastic bag from ShopRite, a chain of supermarkets in New Jersey, bearing a message urging people to recycle it.

    Tham is paid the equivalent of $6.50 a day to strip off the non-recyclable elements and sort what remains: translucent plastic in one pile, opaque in another.

    A Guardian investigation has found that hundreds of thousands of tons of US plastic are being shipped every year to poorly regulated developing countries around the globe for the dirty, labor-intensive process of recycling. The consequences for public health and the environment are grim.

    A team of Guardian reporters in 11 countries has found:

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