What I do find quite strange and frustrating is the lack of public information about the quality of air.
Earlier this month the New York Times published an op-ed by Australian ecologist Roger Bradbury entitled “A World Without Coral Reefs.” Bradbury’s article makes a frightening claim: the planet’s reefs are doomed, sentenced to death by overfishing, pollution, and acidification caused by the ocean’s absorption of carbon dioxide.
The modern age of environmentalism is about half a century old. During that time awareness has grown, our knowledge of the challenges has increased while important practical progress has been made, for example in reducing some kinds of pollution and in the establishment of protected areas. We are, however, still very far from reconciling the demands of people with what our planet can sustainably provide.
The full horror of hitting 50 hit me personally this year as I ‘celebrated’ my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I realised that half my life has been spent in the Green Movement.
Fifty years ago, few people cared about pollution, deforestation, whaling or the Ozone later. But even with an increasing awareness of issues concerning the environment, there is still a long way to go.
This week The Independent is looking at the successes and failures of the Green Movement at 50, with a series of blogs and features centred around the question: “Has the environment movement been a success?”
Harmful chemicals circulating in the environment may affect more parts of the body than was previously believed, according to a new study.
A team of researchers from the University of Exeter and University College London found that environmental oestrogens may contaminate organs that until now scientists had not considered vulnerable to their deleterious effects.
Environmental oestrogens derive [...]
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